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Relieving Stress by Missing Class

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As a clinician, one of the first things I hear from adults when speaking to them about school-based therapy is “but the student is missing class time” with an even bigger emphasis on missing academics. The rationale behind this concern is reasonable given students go to school to learn. Parents and school staff alike want […]

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Giving the Gift of Validation

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Validation is important because it communicates I hear you, I see you, and I care. When experienced from others it can feel like you have received the gift of acceptance and feeling understood. This is what makes learning the art of validation so important. It is an important skill that increases healthy communication with others, […]

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The Poverty of Pity

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As someone who holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I’m very aware of how tricky words can be. For instance, pity is often used synonymously with the term compassion, but the two couldn’t be any more different.  Compassion is what keeps the counseling profession alive while pity kills friendships, marriages, families, and communities. Having […]

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Self-Care: Taking Care of Your Body

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Self-care is doing activities to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Practicing self-care helps us reduce stress and manage our emotions better. Lack of self-care can lead to increased stress and illness overtime. While taking care of our physical health is only one part of effective self-care it directly impacts our mental […]

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More than a “Bad Mood”: Identifying Teenage Depression

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Adolescence is riddled with changes, being a teen means wrestling with identity, self-image, belonging, and much more. There are constant transitions which can be confusing and difficult for parents and teens to navigate. We know another contributing factor is that biologically there is an increase in hormones due to puberty that can also lead to […]

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Taking Care of Your Mind by Taking Care of Your Body

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As the weeks are progressing and the months turn into fall, I have been hearing from more and more of my clients about their stress level, study schedule, and difficulty managing everything they have to accomplish. It can be hard to prioritize ourselves when there are deadlines and projects looming overhead. One of the things […]

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Video Games – How Much is Too Much?

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We have all seen the rise and fall of trends in play in our children: slime, fidget spinners, and more, but what seems to stick around are video games. These games stick around because there is always something new to engage in and “get to the next level”. On one hand video games can be […]

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How to Tackle Bedtime

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Getting down a bedtime routine is like nailing the perfect recipe. In order to have a successful, stress-free, bedtime there are a few keys ingredients that go a long way when it comes to sweet dreams. Consistency Try to stay as consistent as possible when it comes to bedtime. The weekends pay throw off the […]

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