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Managing Food Fears during the Holidays

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Holidays mean a variety of things – family, friends, joy, parties, holiday meals, and even heightened anxiety if you’re struggling with food fear, body image concerns, or disordered eating. Gatherings that are centered on food can quickly create feelings of shame, guilt, stress, and fear. Here are some tips to get through the holidays while […]

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Music for Mental Health

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When you need to focus on a project, must tackle a long to-do list of boring tasks, or just have had a hard day, you might crank up the sounds of whatever music inspires you. Music is a natural mood booster, and research now confirms that music not only influences our moods, but can reduce the negative effects of stress, while helping us focus and manage our emotions. Listening to music actually changes the way your brain functions. If you’ve […]

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“Empty Nest” Transition – What’s Next?

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The transition to an “empty nest” from a full one is a big one, to say the least.  While parents know the end goal is to help support their children become independent adults, the experience of their leaving home can be painful. Are they prepared? Are they strong enough? What was not taught that should […]

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To Trust or Not To Trust…. That is the Question

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Have you ever passed up potential friendships and opportunities to be part of a group because you were afraid you wouldn’t be accepted, or you would wind up getting hurt?  Have you ever trusted someone too quickly only to be disappointed or hurt by them?  Most of us have experienced both situations at one time […]

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Finding the “We” by Holding onto Hope

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Sometimes it can feel as though we live in a country that is becoming more and more divided. Turning on the news comes with an emotional assault and reminder that there is always an “us” and a “them”. More and more people are feeling burdened by the state of our disunity. There are more reports […]

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The Courage of Therapy

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Therapy is hard. If you’ve ever taken those first steps through a therapist’s doors, then you know how heavy those steps can feel. Stepping through those doors means that you’re being willing to say that something in your life isn’t working. You are saying, “I need help”; a transformative and counter-cultural statement in a society […]

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Dyscalculia: Learning Disability in Math

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Parents of children struggling with math in school may wonder whether their child has a learning disability.  Dyscalculia is the name of the learning disorder specifically associated with difficulty grasping basic math concepts.  The difficulty is diagnosed as a learning disability when the child’s struggle cannot be explained by inadequate instruction or low intellectual ability.  […]

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More than your Diagnosis – Differentiating Between Mental Illness and Burnout

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In recent months, I have noticed an increasing trend in some of my more “acute” clients. These are people who have been in therapy on and off for several years and have come to terms with their various diagnoses. They are actively committed to the treatment plan and are moving towards health. The trend that […]

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