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Improving Self-Esteem by Practicing Positive Affirmations Daily
May 9, 2022

A helpful, but not always easy, way to improve feelings of self-worth is the daily practice of positive affirmations. I like to use affirmations as a mental exercise, getting the mind into healthy shape. Positive Affirmations are helpful in...

Building Confidence 101
April 12, 2022

Looking back at my own experiences as a young female and those of the females around me, including clients, friends, and my younger sister, I wish that “Building Confidence 101” was a course I could have taken at some...

Strategies for Communicating with Your Teenage Daughter
February 28, 2022

There comes a time when every mother-daughter relationship has stress – which usually comes around the teenage years. Mothers are always trying to protect their daughters which can lead to confrontation around this age period. As mothers, you naturally...

The Serenity Prayer
January 6, 2022

As we head into another uncertain year, I have been reflecting on The Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Neibuhr. This prayer, popularized by The Twelve Step Program, is a beautiful guide to living a life of peace and wisdom. The...

Reclaiming 2022 – Part I: Control
December 15, 2021

We have experienced two long years with 2020 and 2021. I remember when 2020 started. I thought the biggest part of my year was turning 40, having no idea I would experience events that would forever change our lives....

Helping Your Child Regulate Their Emotions
December 13, 2021

Children and adolescents learn so much about how to navigate obstacles simply by watching their parents. They are like little sponges that soak up a lot of what they observe from their own homes and people in their lives...

Toxic Relationships Part 2: Understanding Gaslighting
December 13, 2021

Relationships that have grown toxic can sometimes be hard to spot, especially if you are experiencing gaslighting. In the previous blog, I’ve defined gaslighting as “manipulating someone with psychological means into questioning their own sanity.” Gaslighting forces you to...

How to Maintain Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season and a Pandemic
November 1, 2021

The holiday season can be a joyful time for many, but this time of year may increase people’s symptoms who experience mental health diagnoses. The holiday season can cause a lot of stress and isolation for many people. Individuals...

To be Young, Black and Depressed
October 1, 2021

There has been more acknowledgement, inclusion and research regarding the disproportionate rates of depression, lack of mental health accessibility and lack of individuals seeking therapy due to the stigma that still resides within the black community. We’ve seen the...

Building Boundaries
September 2, 2021

Learning and understanding how to build boundaries with your family, peers and coworkers is essential to forming healthy relationships. Having healthy boundaries with others can look different for each relationship you have in your life. Having more rigid boundaries with...