Posts Categorized: Teen Issues

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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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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You Don’t Have to Be Alone

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September 10, 2019 was World Suicide Prevention Day. I work with many clients that deal with trauma and/or depression. I’ve worked with many clients that have contemplated or attempted suicide. Previous to my career as a counselor, I have lost friends who died by suicide. I know the impact it has personally. Thus, suicide awareness […]

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How are Food and Emotions Connected?

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Our culture now has a term for anger associated with hunger. Irritable, hungry people are often called “hangry”, a condition solved quickly by eating. While being “hangry” is not usually a serious problem, you may have wondered what kind of diet has been shown to be the best for brain and emotional health. Lean protein, […]

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Emotional Life?

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Parents of adolescents often tell me that their children stay up too late, usually on electronic devices, and that they are sleep-deprived during much of the school year.  Most parents assume that poor or insufficient sleep is impacting their teenager’s mood and ability to function optimally in school.  And they are usually right. Studies of […]

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Learning to Grieve Well

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Grieving affects all aspect of our life, and getting through a day, can seem overwhelmingly complicated. Paradoxically, finding a way to live with the pain of grief enables us to heal. Effectively coping is to alternate between enduring the pain as it hits us and having a break from it through distraction, busyness, and doing things […]

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Embracing the Changes, Challenges, and the New

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Summer is gone, and by this time of the year your kids are settling into the new school year.  A new school year can bring about a variety of emotions for your student and for you as a parent. Especially in the big transition years. One of the hardest for both parents and their child […]

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If You Are on The Fence About Counseling…

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Since becoming a counselor, it has continued to surprise me how many misconceptions there are out there about counseling and mental health care. In fact, one of the very first clients I ever had asked me if he had to lay down on a couch during sessions. I suppose it didn’t help matters any that […]

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Effectively Navigating Change

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Fall is approaching and there will be significant changes in our world. Leaves will fall and the temperature will as well. This is a change that we expect to happen each year. Expected changes can be nice however does that mean we will be prepared for them or know how to handle the change? There […]

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What to Do When Feeling Defensive

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Defensiveness is a factor dealt with in many relationships, whether it be constant trouble or a road block you encounter every now and then. We see defensiveness when we try to talk to someone about our feelings, experience, or opinions and feel an almost immediate wall built between us or accusation thrown back at us. […]

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