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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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Twenty years ago, a bully was someone who stole your lunch money or someone who shoved you against a locker.  In today's age, bullies come in all sorts of forms.  It was easier to identify who was a bully when they fit a stereotype, but now, just about anyone can be a bully - your former best friend, the quiet kid in the corner of class, or someone you never met before - online or off. Bullies are told not to bully, but adolescents are rarely taught how to love themselves... Read More
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Everyone gets the blues now and then, but do your blues last for weeks at a time?  If so, you may have depression, and you’re not alone.  Major depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the United States — about 16.1 million adults (that’s almost 7 percent) and 3 million teenagers will have at least one major depressive episode per year.  There are also multiple types of depression, including major depression, persistent depressive disor... Read More
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Whether you recognize the term or not, at some point you have dealt with a cognitive distortion. These are thoughts that feel like the truth, but they describe an emotional reality rather than an objective one. For those struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, often chronic and significant cognitive distortions play a big role in the struggle. 1. All-Or-Nothing (Black and White) Thinking: You see things in black and white terms, refusing to see any gray area. Distortion: If I&rs... Read More
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Therapy is different than talking to a friend.   Wait, what?!  You mean it's not the same?!  But, it’s basically like talking to a friend – except you don’t have to pay your friend to listen to you, right?! (WRONG)   Seeing a therapist is very different from having a heart-to-heart with a loved one. As humans we love the cathartic feeling of having a deep conversation with a good friend, and certainly therapy can have that same cathartic feeling. But ... Read More
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The Mess of Stress
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Bob Dale »
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope. Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your bloo... Read More
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