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Eight Ways to Explore Your Pride During Pride Month

June is pride month for the LGBTQ+ community which honors the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.  The riots, lead by trans-women of color, served as a tipping point in the Gay Liberation Movement. One enduring symbol of the LGBTQ+ community is the rainbow flag, crafted by Gilbert Baker in the late 1970’s. Baker …Read the rest…

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Learning to Live With a Chronic Illness and Your R...

If you live with a chronic illness, or if you were suddenly and permanently disabled, you’re not alone. Chronic illness and permanent disabilities are a fact of life for millions of people. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is also one of the hardest: accept that things are forever changed. …Read the rest…

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Feeling a Little Bit Off-Kilter? See Your Local Thera...

You take care of your car with regular maintenance and tune-ups. You also take care of your physical health with annual checkups. But many of us don’t think about the fact that we may need a mental health tune-up as well. If you feel like you’ve been out of sorts lately, it’s a good time …Read the rest…

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7 Ways to Make the Peace and Joy of the Holiday Seaso...

Whether you live in a big city like Houston with a population of over two million or in a small town with just a few hundred residents, during the holiday season you’re bound to notice that many people try to be more joyous and peaceful. It’s by no means easy, of course. The holidays can …Read the rest…

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Thanksgiving and Guests with Political Differences: 5...

This year’s election has been more contentious than most. Everyone’s still on edge and feelings are raw on both sides. Lucky you, you get to spend Thanksgiving with all these people. Before you cancel Thanksgiving altogether because you don’t know how to handle these political differences, try these 5 tips instead to keep the peace. …Read the rest…

Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotion...

Grounding Techniques Grounding techniques are a set of tools used to assist you to stay in the present moment during episodes of intense anxiety or other overwhelming emotions. Staying in the present moment allows people to feel safe and in-control by focusing on the physical world and how they experience it. Grounding techniques are useful …Read the rest…

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Childhood Emotional Neglect or Trauma: You Can Overco...

You’re an adult. But deep down inside you carry with you a hurt that seems to be etched into your mind and heart. All too often, you feel hollow and empty within, as if something is missing, but you have no idea what. And at times, rejection hits you so hard that you feel like …Read the rest…

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Mental Illness: The Unseen Dangers of Addiction

Guest Post by Adam Cook: Adam has a strong understanding of the devastation that can be caused by addiction. He recently lost a close friend to an addiction-related suicide. In an effort to better educate himself and to help others, he created AddictionHub.org, a site that provides addiction and mental health resources. When he isn’t working …Read the rest…

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Bringing Acceptance and Change Together: What is DBT ...

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a type of psychotherapy that promotes acceptance and change of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to manage and reduce mental health problems. Mindfulness is a central part of this treatment approach. Initially, DBT therapy only involved treating people with suicidal behavior and borderline personality disorder. But it is also effective …Read the rest…

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Dealing with Difficult People: How to Build STRONG Bo...

Boundaries – that’s something difficult people just don’t want you to have. They often act as if your boundaries don’t exist.They disrespect your privacy, your values, your life choices. Though at times they may not realize they’re trampling on your rights and dignity, that doesn’t excuse their rude behavior. What can you do to stand …Read the rest…

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Do Negative Thoughts Get Stuck in Your Head? 5 Ways t...

We’ve all heard the saying “we’re our own worst critic,” and in most cases it couldn’t be more true. Most of us have negative thoughts, and this is normal. Having negative thoughts isn’t the problem, the problem is that we start believing them. Get those negative thoughts out of your head! Here’s how to get …Read the rest…

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Do Guilt and Shame Follow You Everywhere? Take These ...

When you feel you’ve done something wrong, it can leave you with feelings of guilt. This is perfectly normal. The problem occurs when you are far past the point where you should have forgiven yourself, and let these feelings go, yet you find yourself still holding on to them. This can be a sign that what …Read the rest…

9 Ways to Cope with Emotional Pain (without Food, Alcohol or Shopping) Houston, TX

9 Ways to Cope with Emotional Pain (without Food, Alc...

You find yourself suffering emotionally and looking for anything to help ease the emotional pain. What can you do? Perhaps you could turn to alcohol to numb the pain. Or you might use food to cope and over time start binging. You might decide to buy something new to distract yourself. Shopping, food, and alcohol aren’t a problem …Read the rest…


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