The Joy of Sharing Joy

Joyful Man

Published on: March 17, 2019

You finally met your goal at the gym, got a nice letter from your boss, lost weight, accomplished a personal goal, broke a habit, got a promotion, whatever your good news is don’t be afraid to share it.  We can be so reluctant to share good news. We say it all the time “I don’t want to brag,” “I don’t normally share these types of things,” “this isn’t like me,” etc. Why are we holding back? Why are we so afraid to spread our joy? We bond over the negative. We laugh and cry over ours and others misfortunes while… Continue Reading This Article

Move Forward Opens Eden Road Location

Lobby of Eden Rd

Published on: March 5, 2019

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest office, located at 825 Eden Road, Lancaster, Pa.  Renovated from top to bottom, the 50-year-old building has been turned from dental office to therapy suite. Complete with soundproof walls and doors and beautifully designed and decorated by Lisa Baker of Blue Stone Home Staging and Design, the new space provides a safe and inviting environment for clients. A Calm & Inviting Environment The soft lighting, neutral furnishings, and blue/green colored walls welcome clients into the relaxing and calming space with open arms. The office includes modernized facilities including new bathrooms for… Continue Reading This Article

The Benefits of Slowing Down

Dad and Daughter

Published on: February 25, 2019

We are all busy, it seems. Constantly preoccupied with what’s coming next, planning for the next event, the next big life goal, always trucking along, moving forward. While it is good to plan things out and work on achieving goals, sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down. Our lives are happening right in front of us and many of us are missing it. We are so busy worrying about what is coming next, what we should be doing, that we are missing the moments we are part of currently. Slowing down is a challenge for many of us…. Continue Reading This Article

Love Yourself First

Women Blowing Dandelions

Published on: February 8, 2019

Love yourself. It seems like a simple task, right? I mean you are here in this body and you have all these wonderful things about you, it should be easy to love your whole unique self. But, oh man it can be a struggle. Loving yourself can be hard. We are in a world where our self-esteem is constantly challenged, our self-perception is being taken on at every corner. Whether you are a perfectionist who struggles with always trying to be perfect or someone who struggles with negative self-talk, there are obstacles to be tackled daily.  Before you can truly… Continue Reading This Article

Parents: Help Yourself to Help Your Kids

Published on: January 22, 2019

This post is for you, parents — you know who you are. If you have a child who is working through some mental health issues, whatever they may be — depression, anxiety, struggling through divorce, friendships, or perfectionism — you should also seek help. Yes you, the parent, should also seek help. Why? You might be thinking “this is an issue my child is struggling with, I am fine.” Clear your head, so you can be available for your child By taking the time to speak to a licensed mental health professional about the struggles going on in your own… Continue Reading This Article

Sweeping Away Anxiety: Why Cleaning Can Help

Woman Mopping

Published on: January 9, 2019

Have you ever noticed that feeling of relief you get when your home is clean? Or the empowering emotions that roll through your body as you vacuum the floor, or clean out the closet? It is not necessarily that you like cleaning, let’s be honest nobody really enjoys the cleaning process. It’s more about how cleaning makes us feel.  For anxiety and depression sufferers, cleaning is something we have control over. Unlike the burdensome emotions we are often faced with or the day-to-day stressors that leave us feeling overwhelmed—cleaning is something constructive and positive that we can do to take… Continue Reading This Article

Meet Elizabeth (Lisa) O’Hara, LCSW

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Published on: December 18, 2018

Meet Elizabeth (Lisa) O’Hara, LCSW, a new therapist at Move Forward Counseling, LLC: What inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist? I have always been interested in people and how they work. As a child, my friends would call me on the phone to tell me about their problems. My parents made me a sign that read “The doctor is in. Five cents please.” What is your favorite thing about being a therapist? Being a witness as people begin to understand that there are always reasons for behavior choices and if they can understand the reasons, changes can… Continue Reading This Article

Eating with Mental Health in Mind at the Holidays

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Published on: December 10, 2018

’Tis the season for eating. The holidays are in full swing and with them comes the parties, gift baskets, special treats, and creative drinks. We are often told to be careful to not overdo it on the sweets, the alcohol, and the fatty foods but the reason for that usually revolves around our waistlines. The food we put into our bodies can also have a big impact on our mental health—especially for depression and anxiety sufferers.  This holiday season, and everyday really, we should be mindful of what we are putting in our bodies and what it is doing for… Continue Reading This Article

How To Cope With the Reminder of a Loss of a Loved One at the Holidays

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Published on: November 26, 2018

The holidays have a way of bringing a wave of emotions surrounding lost loved ones. The reminder of them is strong as we are gathering with others we care about and noticing their absence. While these feelings might make you want to curl up in bed and pull the blankets over your head until the holiday season is over, doing that wouldn’t benefit anyone. Grief invites us to remember, not forget. While memories can be painful, transforming that grief into a way to honor and remember that person can help to ease your pain. For example, you could light a… Continue Reading This Article

How To Set Boundaries With Your Family at Thanksgiving

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Published on: November 14, 2018

Holidays are great for many reasons — they bring people together to connect over food and traditions. But, they are also a time for family drama, arguments, and stress. If you are one of those people that dreads family get-togethers for this very reason, then it is time to set some boundaries.  Your stomach doesn’t have to turn at the very thought of Thanksgiving dinner with your family, you should be dreaming of turkey and mashed potatoes instead. You are in charge of you and it is time you show your family exactly what you will tolerate. Dysfunction is something… Continue Reading This Article