Cathy Citron-Bilovsky, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist


It is within your power to recognize that you determine your experiences. You can change how you view experiences and therefore how you feel. How you think directly affects how you feel everyday.
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Changing Perspective

We have a choice to either focus on the miracle of our experience or the agony and painful hardship of it.   Life is filled with different perspectives.  Cup half empty, cup half full.  Two different sides of the same coin.  Do we see the heads or the tails?  Each one of our experiences can [...]


Your Life’s Direction

  You can change your life’s course on any given day.  Sometimes we need a jumpstart by using a milestone (a birthday or new year) or a marker (a day of the week, first of the month) as motivation.  Any one of these can be the catalyst.  Any day can be the day you muster [...]


Pay Attention to Your Mental Health

Your emotions, thoughts and attitudes affect your endurance, efficacy and overall health.  Good mental health enhances your ability to cope with everyday troubles and more serious difficult crises and challenges.  Good mental health is fundamental to creating the life you want to live.  No matter how stressful the situation may be, there are steps you [...]


Relaxation Techniques for Reducing Stress

Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life experience.  It cannot be avoided.  You can counteract the negative effects of stress by practicing relaxation techniques which can stimulate a relaxation response in your body.  This relaxation response is a mentally active process that relaxes your body and your mind.  Stress can wear your body down [...]


Animal Companions

What could be better than having an animal companion in your life?  People who have canine companions have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, decreased feelings of anxiety, stress, and in general are healthier than the average member of the population.  Sharing our lives with animals can mitigate the effects of loneliness and is beneficial to [...]


Stand Up To Bullying

It is important that we all work together to take a stand against bullying.  Those who bully and are bullied are prone to suffer from depression, have low self-esteem, experience physical symptoms, perform poorly at school, and may think about suicide or make suicide attempts.   Bullying can take many forms:  from physical abuse (pushing, [...]


You and Your Doctor

The relationship between you and your doctor is so important.  Your doctor knows more about your health and well-being than any other person besides you.  Your doctor has the knowledge to influence and help you maintain the quality of your health.  If there are problems, your physician can help find solutions.  Develop a relationship that [...]



In order to have successful relationships, it is important to identify your needs, understand what they are, work to meet those needs, and be able to communicate your needs effectively.  Choose people to have in your life who are responsive to your needs.  Ask yourself, “What do I need?” What do I need to do [...]



Optimistic people experience the same pain and trauma as others who are not optimistic, however, they bounce back from trauma and pain to their happy disposition in a short period of time. Happiness can be learned it just takes time, thoughtful understanding, and practice.  Happy people are more stable, creative, healthier and live longer. In [...]


Raising Children

    Children are often jealous of their siblings. There are ways to help minimize jealousy. Here are some that may be helpful.   Teach children that they are part of a loving unit. No one is more special than the next. When celebrating one child’s milestone, for example a young child’s achievement, have the [...]


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