Posts Categorized: Helpful Articles

Transitions: How to Cope With Change and Set Realistic Expectations and Cope With Transition

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Change is inevitable, in fact they say that the only thing in life that is constant is change. If we pay attention, we can see that even in nature things are constantly changing. The seasons change, the tide changes, and climate changes. Change can be a difficult reality to accept but we have learned that […]

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Addressing Our Grief Over COVID-19

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Needless to say, there has been major changes in our world in the past month. We are all going to adjust and come terms with COVID-19 at different times and different levels. For instance, do you look outside your window and still question why people are out? Do you question for yourself is it safe […]

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How to Manage Our Household Anxieties

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So here we are, still at home with school remaining out, all due COVID-19 and keeping each other healthy and safe. Yet, how do we keep our household happy and calm with everyone home and getting annoyed? We have tried lots of tips and tools to keep busy, entertained at home, and calm, though we […]

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Supportive Friends and Empowering Therapists

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The scene is common. Usually, a group of men or women gathered around one distressed individual, plying them with tissues, words to bolster one’s masculinity, ice cream, and occasionally a nip of an adult beverage. For centuries, women and men have gathered in community to comfort their comrades in times of crisis. The common phrases […]

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The Power of Self Compassion

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Most of us can be critical of ourselves from time to time. We may judge our performance, appearance, behavior, or personality. Feelings of guilt or shame may prompt us to reflect on something we said or did. Reflecting on behavior can be a healthy learning tool for changing behaviors we don’t like or don’t connect […]

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When “Perfect” Isn’t Good

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Are you wondering, “Why is my child so easily stressed/overwhelmed?” “Why is my child so easily frustrated?” or “Is my child struggling with perfectionism?” If you ask these questions, there is a reasonable chance your child may struggle with perfectionism. According to the Center for Parenting Education, children with perfectionism put a large amount of […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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When I was growing up, my mom would always ask us in the morning, “How did you sleep last night?” Now I find myself working with teens and asking them a slightly different question, “Did you sleep last night?”. Usually the answers range from a shrug to answers that they slept 1-4 hours. Teenagers (and […]

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5 Social Skills that Every Kid Needs to Master Part III

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We’ve come to our final two social skills that every kid needs to master. While there are more than just 5 social skills, these five are foundational for all others that develop over time. #4 Recognizing Feelings in Others and Showing Empathy It’s very difficult to connect with anyone if we don’t recognize and acknowledge […]

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The Importance of Superheroes in Play

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Superheroes have always been around but lately it seems they have increased in the movies and television, so it would be only natural that our children are interested. Entering fantasy play can allow kids to unburden themselves and have insight into their own realities. It can also allow children to explore their limits or unhealthy […]

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Selfish or Self-care?

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People in our society often prioritize work, school or other people over their own health and well-being. When they come to therapy and are challenged about it, they state they do not want to be selfish. I have heard this over and over in therapy sessions with teens and adults. Our culture promotes competition and […]

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