Posts Categorized: Summit Staff Blogs

Executive Function and the Regulation of Emotion in Development

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Mastery of the regulation of one’s emotions is a life-long process.  Psychiatrist Erik Erikson (1959) posited that humans must go through eight stages of social-emotional development as they mature into early adulthood and then on to later adulthood.1  Each stage involves a “crisis” of development, which is typically both cognitive and emotional in nature.  For […]

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The Power of Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of the present moment. This practice allows people to become aware of thoughts, emotions, and body sensations from moment to moment. Mindfulness practice also involves doing one thing at a time. Because most of us are conditioned to doing several things at a time, we often do not […]

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How to Encourage Social Skills with your Children

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The phrase “social skills” describes interactions a person has in relationships that are used to communicate our thoughts and feelings through both verbal or nonverbal. A child’s verbal expression could be a statement of “I don’t care” or constant talking about a subject without asking the listener their opinion. A nonverbal expression could be a […]

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Why Affairs Don’t Just Happen (And How You Can Prevent One From Happening)

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An affair hurts. In the hours and days after an affair comes out, one or both partners may face these six, scary words. We search for answers to where and when things went wrong. Often, we give in to thinking we may never know and give up on the restoration and healing process.   What […]

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How to Get your Teen Invested in Therapy

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Watching your teenager struggle with life’s difficulties can be challenging.  Not knowing how to help can prove to be even harder.  If your teenager is having difficulty in school or extra-curricular activities, or is struggling in relationships, therapy might be the place for them to work it out.  Here are a few ways to spark […]

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DBT for College Aged Students: Is This Class Right for Me?

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So you’re already struggling, and now you have to go to college. College often involves more responsibility which is tough when you’re already struggling. Maybe your life feels like an uphill climb, in the rain, in knee-deep mud? Does it feel as though you can never catch a break and everywhere you turn, something more […]

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Why Self-Care is More Productive in the Long-Run

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Culture today constantly tells us, “keep pushing,” “there aren’t enough hours in the day,” “hustle,” or “work harder”. We are always receiving messages that what we’re doing is not enough, who we are is not enough, or if we just worked a little bit harder, we would be enough. We’re always looking to the next […]

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