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How to Practice Self-Compassion

Most of us from a young age are taught how to be kind, considerate and compassionate toward others. But rarely are we told to show the same consideration to ourselves. This becomes even more true for individuals brought up in abusive or unloving homes.What is Self-Compassion?Self-compassion is taken from Buddhist psychology and refers to how we can relate to the...[ read more ]

Do You Know the Signs of Someone Who is Suicidal?

According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, over 47,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2017. In the same year, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts.Knowing the signs of suicide is the primary step in preventing someone you know and love from successfully taking their own life.The Warning Signs of SuicideHopelessnessMany individuals who are contemplating...[ read more ]

How to Bring Up Resilient Children

Have you heard the phrase “helicopter parent?” It describes a mother or father that ‘hovers’ around their child 24/7, overseeing their life to keep them from every potential danger, pitfall and mishap. Many parents whose children have experienced bad things tend in this direction. It makes sense. When your worst nightmare as a parent comes true, it's a lot harder...[ read more ]

Finding Hope In the Darkness

Life is not always a walk in the park with hope around every corner. People do not always bring you roses and compliments; sometimes they bring you broken bones and torn hearts. The stories I have heard in my office would shock and disgust and horrify many. Members of the club Abuse, Rape, & Violence, however, would just shake their...[ read more ]

4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety on Your Coffee Break

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect roughly 40 million people over the age of 18 in the United States. Though these disorders are highly treatable, only 36.9% of those with anxiety seek treatment. Perhaps this is because of busy schedules or a lack of insurance that causes so many people with anxiety to suffer...[ read more ]

Can Human Connection Heal PTSD?

An Example From The NICU Premature babies are highly susceptible to germs. Their little bodies are not fully formed. Their lungs and hearts and immune systems struggle to do the basics because in an ideal world, they would still be inside the womb letting Mom do the heavy hitting. So, you would think the best idea would be to protect...[ read more ]

How to Begin Healing After Personal Trauma

No one is ever prepared for a tragedy. In fact, most of us go through our lives believing that tragedies happen to other people. When people do experience a distressing or life-threatening event, such as a car accident, natural disaster, rape, or terrorist attack, they often develop extreme anxiety or PTSD. Many develop ongoing problems with their personal relationships and their own...[ read more ]

How to Talk to an Angry Teenager

It's well known that the teen years are the most trying time for parents. It may seem like their rebellion is personal, and that they're determined to make your home life miserable; but in reality, this is a natural process. Your teenager is maturing both physically and emotionally, and their brain is still developing. When their frontal cortex develops in...[ read more ]

Counseling to Military Active Duty and their Families

Happy 4th of July! This post is a shout out to all the incredible military families working to support our country and our soldiers. While the 4th of July is a time to celebrate our country, it can also be a time to recognize the sacrifices made by our service men and women every day. Military families are uniquely affected...[ read more ]

5 Personal Techniques to Work Through Flashbacks

Flashbacks are our brain’s way of processing traumatic events that we’ve experienced. But what tends to happen is, our subconscious goes to our storage cabinet to access some important memories regarding the event, and everything sort of tumbles out of the cabinet all at once. This falling out or flashback experience can feel almost as traumatic as the initial event....[ read more ]



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