Author Archives: L. Chris Cannida

About L. Chris Cannida

I am a licensed professional counselor living and practicing in Tulsa, Oklahoma

‘Tis the Season for Joy and Gratitude – Using Gratitude to Unlock Joy

If only feelings of joy and gratitude were synced to a calendar. That would certainly make the holiday season an easier experience, at least for some. Constant messages all around us suggesting we must feel joy and be grateful can … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Managing Difficult Emotions During the Holidays

There is no shortage of information written about coping with the holiday season.  That’s because there’s no shortage of people feeling extra stress this time of year.  Yet many people will cower in the darkness of an emotional corner before reaching … Continue reading

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From Panic to Peace

COPING WITH A PANIC ATTACK During a panic attack you are likely to breathe more quickly or more deeply (or both) than you usually do.  This will have the effect of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide you have in … Continue reading

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You Can Cancel Christmas If You Want

With the Thanksgiving holiday complete, we’ve now approached one of the biggest hurdles of the year for some people – the holiday season.  For many people, the season can trigger its share of painful memories.  I’m no different.  The holidays … Continue reading

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When Your Therapist is Just a Person

Periodically, a psychotherapy client will ask me if I’ve ever been in therapy for myself. They are sometimes curious at my comfortable response of “Why, yes, of course”.  Some test the boundaries and would like to hear details of my own experience … Continue reading

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Christmas – A Celebration of Grace

The last thing I wanted to think about on the morning of Christmas Eve was death. Yet there I was, driving into the city to run an errand, tears streaming down my face, missing my mom. Resisting the reality that … Continue reading

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Christmas – A Celebration of Grace

The last thing I wanted to think about on the morning of Christmas Eve was death. Yet there I was, driving into the city to run an errand, tears streaming down my face, missing my mom. Resisting the reality that … Continue reading

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