Author Archives: L. Chris Cannida

About L. Chris Cannida

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

Open Your Parachute: The Importance of Giving Your Body’s Natural Alarm System a Break!

Driving down a busy highway. Having to meet an unexpected deadline at work. Caring for a chronically ill family member. These scenarios and many more can keep our body’s natural “alarm” system on alert. This process in our body is … Continue reading

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What Are We Thanking Them For? Perspective from a Veteran’s Therapist

In the week leading up to this year’s Veteran’s Day I’ve heard “thank you for your service” spoken to an array of veterans (and active duty service members) for about a week now.  First, it was a young girl who … Continue reading

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PTSD: A “Not-So-Invisible” Wound

June is PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is the official name of an injury listed in the DSM V (the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Clinically, it’s considered a specific form of anxiety. Yet, … Continue reading

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The Life of Grief

photo courtesy of pexels.com It’s Memorial Day weekend.  There will be many people who are remembering comrades, spouses, siblings, and parents lost in service to their country.  At least half-dozen precious faces of soldiers pass through my mind as I … Continue reading

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Lifting the Burden of Shame

Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels “I made a mistake” vs. “I am a mistake”.  There’s a powerful distinction between those two statements.  The first is fueled by healthy guilt which can help us keep tabs on our own behavior and motivate us … Continue reading

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The Healing Agent of Talking

As some people consider seeking a psychotherapist or counselor (often used interchangeably), they may question how “just talking” to a professional might be helpful. Many of my clients have told me that they believed talking with someone who was not … Continue reading

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Why Am I Here? Where Am I Going? (Navigating the Therapy Process)

“The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free”. – Rollo May Some clients know exactly what issues they want to address when entering therapy.  They know how they feel and that they want to change that feeling.  Still others … Continue reading

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