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 ]

5 Daily Self-Care Exercises for Survivors of Abuse

Unfortunately, being a survivor of trauma or abuse is exceedingly common. According to the National Children’s Alliance, nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. annually. And according to the Center for Disease Control’s 2017 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 4 adult women and approximately 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical...[ read more ]

Getting Your Inner Spark Back: 5 Tips to Loving Yourself Again

We are born looking and freely accepting love. Babies and toddlers thrive with love and attention. They ask to be held, they ask for toys and presents and they feel they deserve them. When we’re very young, we simply somehow just “know” that we are amazing and deserve nothing but goodness. But then something happens… Maybe we didn't get the...[ read more ]

A Meditation Exercise You Can Do with Your Child

As a busy parent of a young child, you may find it challenging to find the time or space to meditate. One solution is to bring the two together, and have your child meditate with you. Now wait. We know how this sounds. If you're like us, you're thinking, "I can't get my kid to leave me alone in the...[ read more ]

Do I Have PTSD? Recognizing the Signs

As the #MeToo movement continues to highlight the prevalence of sexual aggression all over the United States, we often hear people talk about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Traditionally, people think of veterans or mass-violence when they think of PTSD. In fact, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in people who’ve experienced or witnessed all kinds traumatic or...[ read more ]

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