Posts Categorized: Carleen Newsome

Help, my teenager is driving me crazy!

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Adolescence is a transitional period in the human life span, linking childhood and adulthood. Numerous changes are happening between 12 and 18 years of age. Sometimes these changes begin as early as 10 years old. Often competent parents who have enjoyed the job of parenting become unhinged during their child’s adolescent years. I often hear […]

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Healing Your Trauma Wounds

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Traumatic events are distressing or life-threatening experiences that can severely compromise emotional well-being. Such events can include being the victim of a crime, experiencing or witnessing a severe accident, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, exposure to a natural disaster, participating in war combat or enduring physical, sexual or emotional abuse. After a traumatic event it […]

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Creating meaning and purpose in the midst of change

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Throughout life it is normal and expected to experience periods of time when we seem to be transitioning from one phase of life to another.  Life transitions can be joyful – like when we get married or become a new parent or overwhelming – like when we experience the death of someone close to us […]

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All Arguments are not Created Equal

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Arguments happen in all marriages, in fact they are necessary.  Conflicts  may arise because of  financial stresses, parenting issues and misunderstandings. Couples must face these daily disagreements in order to operate and function effectively.  However, there are forms of negativity in arguments that have been found to be more destructive or corrosive to a marriage than others.  Dr. Gottman, a noted […]

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A Quick and Easy Technique to Improve Marital Communication

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Do the arguments between you and your spouse quickly disintegrate into a heated battle without any chance of reaching a win/win conclusion?  Check to make sure that a harsh start up is not dooming you to failure.  A harsh start up is when you or your spouse begins a discussion with a harsh or critical statement. This statement […]

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Healthy Self Esteem in Teens

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In today’s world developing healthy self esteem is a challenge for many pre-adolescent and adolescent girls. Our relationship with God, family, friends and the media all contribute to the development of our sense of self.  Today’s media has a particularly disturbing influence over how girls view themselves and their bodies.  In a recent survey of fifth through […]

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The Science Behind Happiness

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Up until the last decade psychology has focused on the diagnosis of mental illness, empirically proven  interventions that decrease symptoms, and medications that improve daily functioning. Thanks to this research there is hope for people suffering from a multitude of symptoms such as anxiety and depression.  Some people, including myself, believe that looking at the […]

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