Lukin Center Blog

Retail Therapy: Merits, Drawbacks, and Practical Alternatives

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on April 19, 2017

We hear the phrase “retail therapy” thrown around a lot these days. People think it’s a legitimate way to respond to depression, stress, anxiety, or really anything that’s weighing you down. But there are serious drawbacks to practicing this approach.

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Topics: Individual Therapy, depression, anxiety, Retail Therapy

How to Survive (and Even Enjoy) Thanksgiving Dinner After the Election

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving. Sometimes it's a joyous evening celebrating our blessings --- and sometimes it's a bitter battle of outrage and divisiveness. And sometimes it's both (or somewhere in between).

Regardless of your political leanings, the election was a stressful time and the stress is likely to continue through the holidays. To better prepare for the traditional family events up ahead this holiday season, brace yourself to take the high road in the upcoming scenarios that may occur.


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Topics: Stress, Individual Therapy, Holidays

Using CBT and Other Methods to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on October 27, 2016


September, October, Novem... where did the year go?

As the summer months pass, days grow shorter, daylight becomes scarce, and we’re less active. Instead of going for our morning jog we’re spending more time in front of our TV and hiding under our covers to stay warm. This change in the weather and our activity can start to take its toll on our minds and bodies. Called the Winter Blues, Seasonal Depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, this phenomenon is backed by a substantial and growing basis in scientfic research and affects millions of Americans each year. But with the right treatment approach, even someone who is consistently bogged down by this disorder can overcome it. 


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Topics: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stress, Seasonal Depression, Therapy, Individual Therapy

The Most Important Traits to Look for in a Therapist

Posted by Dr. Konstantin Lukin on September 30, 2016

Finding a psychologist or psychotherapist can be a tricky endeavor. If you're looking to see a professional for the first time, or if you've moved to a new area, selecting a therapist who's a good match for you can be crucial for your mental health improvement success.

If you have a current therapist but you're less than thrilled with his or her performance, don't limit yourself. Don't be afraid to shop around a bit and find a fit that's right for you. You've already taken the step to see a therapist, why not make the most of it and make sure that your seeing the right person? With all that in mind, here are a few traits that an effective therapist will display. 

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Topics: Therapists, Choosing a Therapist, Individual Therapy