Posts Categorized: Stress & Emotions

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One during the Holidays

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As we approach the end of the year, the atmosphere seems to change: the air gets cooler; the lights seem brighter; and there tends to be a certain level of merriment. For some people, this time of the year also brings a sense of sorrow with it. It may be the first year without a […]

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Normal Anxiety vs. Problematic Anxiety

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What can be normal anxiety in our kids and what leans towards problematic? Let’s first discuss what is normal through different developmental ages of children. This is called “normal” because as children grow, they are placed in new situations that may present new worries or concerns, but will pass once they learn to cope. It […]

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What Truly is Anxiety and is My Child Going Through a Phase?

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Anxiety has become a hot topic for us to talk about but the truth is we can all experience it on some level. We think of anxiety as worrying about a certain situation and outcome to the point that it is disrupting our daily lives. Anxiety is also our body’s response in heighten situation to […]

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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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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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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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