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Not Suffering Enough
Often in my personal and professional life I hear the phrases “Other people have it worse”, “It’s not that bad”, “I’m just having a moment”, “I don’t really have any problems” and “Nothing bad has really happened to me”. After further discussion, we determine while those phrases may be true there is a struggle going on inside needing to be validated and worked through. We tend to minimize the struggles we have in our... Read More
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The Anxious Child
Parents tend to say things in an earnest and loving effort to help when a child is anxious. If you have an anxious child, it is not always easy to understand. A child doesn't know exactly how to express the way they feel.   Here are a few phrases that can help when the anxiety is high as an alternative to what a typical response might be:  Mommy said, "It's going to be ok. Trust me." Try this: Respond to your child's nervous system first. Help them calm down ... Read More
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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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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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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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We have all heard the term "Let it go...", and we can all agree it is much easier said than done, most of the time.  We would all like to be able to forgive, heal, and move on from the situation causing us distress.  But, how easy is that?  How long that process takes is different for each of us.  Healing is a process.   Here are 11 ways to forgive (and in return - you heal and move on): 1. Understand forgiveness Before you attempt to force forgiveness on your mos... Read More
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There is a misconception that an individual with binge eating disorder has a certain body type.   Binge eating disorder comes in all body types.  You by no means have to look a certain way to have an eating disorder.  Thinking, “I don’t look sick,” is a great way to convince ourselves we don’t have a problem.  When this happens, we get further and further away from beginning to recover from this illness. When we begin to realize that the app... Read More
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What is bullying?
Suzie stands by her locker in the busy junior high hallway talking with a girlfriend. On one occasion, Jimmy, a popular football player, knocks into her while going to his class, causing all of her books to fall to the ground. He glares at her over his shoulder and says, “Get out of the way you fat cow.” Suzie was embarrassed and hurt by Jimmy’s actions. She did not wait by her locker for her friend the next day. She carried her books in her back pack to every class to red... Read More
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