Posts Categorized: Helpful Articles

What Really Happens In the Play Room

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I often get questions about play therapy like, “Are you just playing games?” “How is this different from kids playing at home or at school?” etc. The answer to those questions are always “We are doing so much more than playing games and yes it is different than playing at home.”  Most often, when play […]

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6 Self Care Tips to Reduce Stress

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You can’t always control what stress life brings your way, but you can control how you choose to take care of yourself to reduce the tension you experience during those difficult times. Indulging in self-care helps you build resilience towards stress. When you neglect to focus on your personal needs, such as healthy eating habits […]

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What is Self-Compassion?

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Self-Compassion allows us to manage negative self-talk, perfectionism, people pleasing and judgmental thinking.  Self-Compassion increases our resilience to suffering, shame and failure.  In order to understand Self-Compassion, it is helpful to first reflect on what compassion is and what it feels like. Compassion happens when we recognize the suffering of another.  We can only recognize […]

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Sibling Rivalry: How to Stop the Madness

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Since the beginning of time, siblings have been at each other’s throats.  It’s one of the most frustrating things for parents and one of the most difficult things to manage.  The tattling, the bickering, the never-ending shout for mom to settle things…. it’s exhausting.  Sometimes rivalry starts when kids are trying to define who they […]

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Repressed Memories: Fact or Fiction?

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Do our brains protectively block our own recall of memories of traumatic experiences?  Repressed memories are thought to be blocked from one’s conscious awareness due to a high level of stress or trauma associated with the forgotten experience.  The validity of repressed memories – also referred to as dissociative amnesia or psychogenic amnesia – has […]

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Do I have To? 4 Tips to Dealing with the Procrastination Monster

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Procrastination gets the best of all of us. Things pile up and then we find ourselves doing everything else but those things. During busy times at work, I find myself cleaning every part of my house just to avoid thinking about work tasks! Often the longer you procrastinate the more intense the stress about the […]

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Navigating Through Grief

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The Holidays are here, in the midst of the hustle sometimes we need to stop and reflect on all the emotions stirring within us. As we focus on hanging the stockings with care and finding the perfect gift for our loved ones, we might need to gift ourselves a little self-care. The holiday season often […]

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Anxiety Red Flags

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When we are trying to determine our children’s problematic anxious behaviors, there are a few “red flags” that we can look for as warning signs. These signs are signals for us to watch for in order to beware if more support needs to be provided to of children and their worries. The first “red flag” […]

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How to Cultivate Self-Worth

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1) Use Positive Self-Talk People often times  have negative thoughts about themselves which can lead to poor self-image. These negative messages could have been told to a person as a young child or a person thought of these negative thoughts themselves. Regardless of where the negative thought came from, people can “rewrite” those messages. It […]

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