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Kids lie more often and more effectively when punishment is on the line.  Because so many children go through a lying phase, or more than a phase, I want to talk about ways to consider and deal with dishonesty. Why does lying get under our skin so terribly?  As parents we know that honesty is critical to healthy relationships, to having integrity, and to resolving problems.  Dishonesty can land you in a heap of interpersonal, academic, legal, and/or professional trouble both in... Read More
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What do we mean by anxiety in children, and should parents be concerned about it? Many parents are unsure about when their child’s behavior is something for them to worry about, or whether it is fairly typical behaviour for children of that age. Many parents are not sure whether to be concerned when a usually talkative 8 year old becomes withdrawn and pre-occupied, when an 11 year old feels sick every school morning or when an adolescent suddenly begins to refuse to leave ... Read More
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In a nutshell, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you learn to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors so you feel better. By targeting your reactions to situations, CBT can help you react more effectively in challenging situations, and even learn to feel better when you are unable to change situations happening around you. GOAL-ORIENTED Unlike a lot of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy is a problem-solving therapy aimed at helping you achieve your goals. The goals can be... Read More
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One of the most valuable lessons in life I have found is learning the art of active listening. All too often, when people think of being a good communicator, they think of having good verbal skills.  However, much of healthy communication is knowing how to listen … and not just hear!   The first step to being an effective listener is to realize that hearing is not the same thing as listening! Watch out for being so focused on what you ... Read More
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There are many ways to set boundaries. There are the boundaries that people can set with themselves, such as how they cut out bad habits or enforce healthier habits. But setting boundaries isn’t always as cut and dry as people may think. Many boundary-setting scenarios involve setting boundaries relative to other people. In these instances, if you aren’t careful, you may not end up merely setting boundaries for self-care, as much as inadvertently building walls between you... Read More
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There are so many techniques when it comes to figuring out how to overcome needing approval from another.  Today I want to share with you a handful that I have found to be helpful, and with that said, hopefully helpful for you, as well. You don't need people to like everything you do.  You are you.  Embrace who you are.  Who we are as an individual is what makes us unique: your own personal characteristics, traits, mannerisms, quirks, imperfections, habits, and so much mo... Read More
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Parents often say they feel conflicted about the arrival of summer.  Some have expressed, “I love my kids, but it can get so overwhelming when they’re home from school every day.”  Most, enjoy the beautiful sunny weather, the lazy days and the vacations that come with the summer.  However, even the joys of the season can present new stresses, like juggling work and family responsibilities, packing for a trip, sibling conflicts and constantly hungry or bored child... Read More
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Imagine a future where therapists video chat with their clients.  It’s not as far away as you might think, and it’s only scratching the surface of how therapy is changing.  Therapy will always have the mission of helping people live a happier and healthier life, but the methods of working with and reaching clients are evolving rapidly.  A glimpse of that future... Roughly one in five adults in the U.S. experience mental illness every year. Approximately 6... Read More
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What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal... Read More
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Keeping your child in the dark, even when it is bad news, could be doing them a disservice.  He or she may grow up with a faulty perception of marriage and family life, and a distorted picture of how the real world works. The question of how to discuss distressing events is perhaps more pressing than ever. How much should we tell our children about what is happening in the world and how can we check they are not misinformed or fearful as a result? Know your Child Consider the pe... Read More
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