Scott Kampschaefer, LCSW is a therapist in Frederick, MD. He offers counseling for depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and s*x addiction.
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One of the most empowering things you can do in fighting depression and anxiety is to take up a regular practice of gratitude and mindfulness. It doesn't take special training or books to begin, and I share my thoughts on it below. Please forward and share for anyone you care about who might benefit from them.
Gratitude and Mindfulness: A Great Combination to Counter Mental Illness — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you suffer from depression at times and tend to get lost in negative thought spirals, you’ve probably noticed how these tend to bring your mood down in a hurry. If you also often find you struggle in finding anything to look forward to, then mindfulness and gratitude may be very important tools...
My most recent blog is another digest of another of the Pillars of Addiction Recovery. This month's is on Community. You can check it out at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2022/2/8/addiction-recovery-essentials-pillar-two-community
Addiction Recovery Essentials, Pillar Two: Community — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you are someone who struggles with addiction issues and find yourself mystified by how cunning and baffling your own situation is with your own ‘drug of choice,’ I am presenting my own condensed version of my latest book on the topic: The 5 Pillars of Addiction Recovery . This month’s pilla...
If you or someone you care about need help with anxiety but can't get in for treatment immediately, I have some ideas about what to do to help you cope in the meantime. Read more at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2022/1/25/how-to-cope-with-anxiety-when-you-cant-start-therapy-immediately
How to Cope With Anxiety When You Can't Start Therapy Immediately — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Are you stuck on somebody’s waiting list for therapy because they are full, but still feeling acute anxiety? Maybe you haven’t even called someone to get therapy help because you are feeling frozen from doing anything about it. You don’t have to sit on your hands in the meantime: there are som...
If any of you struggle with addiction issues and are interested in recovery, but daunted by how difficult a process it can be, I have posted a summary of the first of my 5 Pillars of Addiction Recovery in my latest blog on the topic. Please read and re-post for anyone you care about who has addiction issues and struggles with them. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2022/1/12/addiction-recovery-essentials-pillar-one
Addiction Recovery Essentials: Pillar One — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you are someone who struggles with addiction issues and find yourself mystified by how cunning and baffling your own situation is with your own ‘drug of choice,’ I am presenting my own condensed version of my latest book on the topic: The 5 Pillars of Addiction Recovery . This month’s pilla...
Here’s a little New Years message to help you get into 2022 and help you focus on the most important things in life.
New Years Greetings This is a short video to help people enter the new year with a better sense of how to get through more Covid and changes in the world around us.
Especially at this time of year, knowing about the pitfalls of love-bombing can be important for being able to avoid some common holiday hazards. Please read and re-post for anyone you know who might need to know about this. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/12/21/4-reasons-why-love-bombing-is-a-bust
4 Reasons Why Love Bombing is a Bust — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Are you someone who has ever been love-bombed only to later be left in the lurch by someone you thought loved you? Are you someone who’s ever love-bombed someone else and later realized you didn’t really mean what you said and did? In either case you could be a victim of love-bombing and the lik...
The holidays are a time when we typically think of getting together with family and friends, but for those who are isolated because of depression and other forms of mental illness it can be a very unpleasant time. Read about it below and repost for anyone you care about who may suffer from isolation as well! https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/12/6/isolation-during-the-holidays-and-3-ways-to-fight-it
Isolation During the Holidays and 3 Ways to Fight It — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Are you someone who normally struggles with isolation, but the holidays add an extra layer of loneliness and pain to an already deprived existence? Do you tend to just hope that something or someone comes along to spring you out of your lonely cell of existence at this time of year to somehow break
For all you Ted Lasso fans out there, this week I delve into his struggles with anxiety, panic, and depression and how this could relate to you or someone you know and care for. Check it out at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/11/8/the-curious-case-of-ted-lasso
The Curious Case of Ted Lasso — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you’re a fan of Ted Lasso, like I am, you’ve probably noticed he has developed a case of anxiety and panic attacks since the start of the show and moving to England. His situation is very similar to many people who suffer from anxiety and panic in that the anxiety and panic are definitely not...
Betrayal trauma is something that definitely causes a tremendous amount of suffering for those who suffer from it and their families. I discuss this and some do's and don'ts for it this week in my latest post. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/11/1/betrayal-trauma-and-how-it-affects-mental-health
Betrayal Trauma and How It Affects Mental Health — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Visit our page on trauma therapy to find out more about how Scott can help you with trauma. About the author: Scott Kampschaefer, LCSW is a private practice therapist in Frederick, Maryland. He has an extensive background in working with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder at a clinic for
I recently became acquainted with Dr. Gabor Mate, who is an internationally renowned expert on trauma. I reviewed his movie documentary The Wisdom of Trauma on my website. Check it out at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/10/18/gabor-mate-knows-trauma
Gabor Mate Knows Trauma — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you want to know what the essence of trauma is, I highly recommend watching The Wisdom of Trauma featuring Gabor Mate. He is a very gifted doctor who understands the subject both from a clinical and personal point of view. I review the movie/documentary in this week’s blog.
Road rage is a problem that has been with us for a long time now, but it isn't very well understood by many people. I offer my insights and ideas on how to overcome it in this week's blog post. Please share and re-post for anyone you think might appreciate it. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/10/4/the-causes-of-road-rage-and-how-to-cope-with-them
The Causes of Road Rage and How to Cope with Them — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Are you someone who feels like there are times when you just can’t seem to control your temper behind the wheel? Are you consistently appalled by how other people drive and can’t help but let them know about it? If you are concerned about how upset you get behind the wheel or you have someone in...
As we near the end of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, I wanted to offer my own thoughts on the importance of this issue. Please repost or share with anyone you care about who is impacted by suicide or self-harm. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/9/22/suicide-and-self-harm-awareness-is-a-year-round-necessity
Suicide and Self-Harm Awareness is a Year-Round Necessity — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and I want to take some time to explain why it is no less important this year than any other. It’s probably more important in 2021 than perhaps any other year.
There are some mental health issues subject to much misinformation. Problematic sexual behavior, commonly known as sex addiction, is one of them. I try to clear things up in my latest blog on the topic. Please read and re-post for anyone you care about who suffers from this. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/9/9/the-misinformation-around-sex-addiction
The Misinformation Around Sex Addiction — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Have you ever wondered if you suffer from sex addiction or not, then been confused by what mental health professionals say about the topic? It’s not just you, it’s the therapeutic community as a whole that is confused by the topic. I will do my best to try and clear up the misinformation to give...
Overspending and problematic sexual behavior can create a perfect storm due to how each feeds off the other. If you or someone you care about suffers from these twin afflictions, please read and share my latest thoughts on how to deal with them. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/8/24/how-to-counter-overspending-and-problematic-sexual-behavior
How to Counter Overspending and Problematic Sexual Behavior — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Are you a person who normally has reasonable spending habits except when it comes to problematic sexual behavior? Have you amassed unwanted credit card or other debt because somehow you don’t have any discipline when it comes to this area? Is your spouse demanding to look at or have control over y...
We are in a time where fear of the unknown can be an ever-present challenge. I give some suggestions on how to cope with below. Please read and share for anyone who might benefit from it that you care about. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/8/11/6-things-you-can-do-to-cope-with-fear-of-the-unknown
6 Things You Can Do To Cope with Fear of the Unknown — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Do you feel like you are constantly bombarded with crippling fear of what might happen? Are you continually running on adrenaline and feeling tired of how much you have to work just to deal with what may lie ahead? Do you see all kinds of terrible outcomes for what may lie ahead and have trouble rel
It takes courage to confront trauma, and Simone Biles is one example of self-care more people need to follow. I provide some insights into her situation, as well as that of other trauma survivors in my latest blog. Please read and re-post for others who suffer as well. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/7/29/avoidance-retraumatization-simone-biles-and-you
Avoidance, Retraumatization, Simone Biles, and You — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you watched the Olympics or the news about our most accomplished gymnast of all time and were left wondering why she withdrew from competition, this blog post is an attempt to get insight into how trauma, avoidance, and retraumatization can help explain things. It’s not so much to explain her b...
If you're the partner or spouse of someone who suffers from sex addiction or compulsive sexual behavior, there are some things it is good to know about them before deciding to get help for them. Read more at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/6/17/what-to-know-if-you-think-your-partner-has-a-problem-with-sex-addiction
What to Know if You Think Your Partner Has a Problem with Sex Addiction — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw There may be nothing more beguiling than feeling like your partner is cheating on you, but not knowing for sure what is going on. They may or may not be gaslighting you or pulling the wool over your eyes, but regardless of this they are probably a mystery to themselves as well. It can be helpful to
Many people are anxious of taking risks because they don't know how to face their fears to overcome them. I draw on inspiration from the famous local legend Harvey Penick in my latest blog from his Little Red Book in overcoming fear of taking risks in my latest blog. Please read and re-post for anyone you know who might benefit from it! https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/5/28/how-harvey-penick-helped-me-with-taking-risks
How Harvey Penick Helped Me With Taking Risks — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Have you spent much of your life being afraid of trying new things? Have you lived your life afraid of what would happen if you failed at something new? Have you wondered what your life would be like if you weren’t afraid so much of the time of doing something totally new? If these questions reson...
Change can be a major trigger for people's addiction issues. It's something I'm going through as I prepare to move my practice out of state up to the mid-Atlantic. You can read my take on it below and re-post it for someone you care about who struggles with addiction issues. Happy Mental Health Awareness month! https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/5/21/does-change-trigger-your-addiction-issues
Does Change Trigger Your Addiction Issues? — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Do you tend to struggle with change? Do you hate that unsettled feeling of knowing something you’ve counted on staying the same is suddenly going away? Even knowing something as awful as the pandemic may be ebbing away can fill you with a sense of dread along with the excitement of being able to g...
It's mental health awareness month, and there's probably been no other time in our nation's history when mental health needed to be more of a priority than it is now. Do what you can to improve your own and support that of your friends, family, and community. (Photo courtesy of Pexels).
The experience of religious trauma can be devastating for those who suffer from it, and is no less an issue today than it has been in the past. Please share and/or repost for anyone who might benefit from reading more at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/4/26/overcoming-religious-trauma
Overcoming Religious Trauma — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Do you feel guilty much of the time for doing and thinking things that others have told you are ‘bad?’ Have you been taught repeatedly that what you do and think can lead to eternal damnation and that you need to continually ‘make up’ for all the things you do? Has the name of God been invok...
With incidents of racial violence occurring on a daily basis, we need to have more awareness about racial trauma and how to cope with it. Please read and re-post for anyone you care about who might suffer from either one. https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/4/12/3-things-you-can-do-to-cope-with-racial-trauma
3 Things You Can Do To Cope With Racial Trauma — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw Have you ever been victimized in your school or community because of race? Do you feel like you have been mistreated because of your cultural beliefs and values at school? Have others treated you differently because of your racial affiliation or gender? If you have, then reading the rest of this pos
Remember the movie Crash? It has some interesting parallels to the times we're living in now: coming out of Covid and confronting social anxiety in the process. Read more at https://www.scottkampschaeferlcsw.com/blog/2021/4/1/social-anxiety-coming-out-of-covid-19-and-the-movie-crash
Social Anxiety, Coming Out of Covid-19, and the Movie Crash — Scott Kampschaefer, lcsw If you ever watched the movie Crash, you know how intense some of the interactions between the characters were in it. That’s my sense of the flavor of how ours have been the last 12-plus months in Covid have been and how strange re-emerging from this can feel for those with any degree of social an...
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