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emotional trauma

Emotional Trauma: The Impact, PTSD, & How to Hea...

You or someone you know has been through something horrible. It was so bad that it left a lasting impression on you, and no matter how hard you try, it won’t leave you alone. Or, at least, that’s what it feels like. However, experiencing physical and emotional trauma is more common than we would like…

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Do I Need Therapy? Know When You NEED Counseling Serv...

If we are honest with ourselves, everyone could use a bit of therapy. Everyone has gone through something. You almost can’t be human without going through something. So, if you ask, “Do I need therapy?” overwhelmingly, the answer is yes.  Thinking back to your childhood, you can probably see that your parents and caregivers had…

Self-Talk, Positive or Negative: 9 Tips to Change, Im...

How do you speak to yourself? Inside, how do you address yourself? It’s a more important question than you may realize because self-talk, positive or negative, can change your life. If you take a walk through your local book store or scroll through your newsfeed, you’d find an abundance of posts about “positive attitude.” And…

toxic positivity

Toxic Positivity: What It Is & Why It Hurts

Toxic positivity; have you ever heard of it? It sound’s a lot like “Just look on the bright side” or “focus on the positive.” We’ve seen countless upbeat stories highlighting people who have stepped up and shone a light despite increasingly dark times. Take a few minutes on any social media platform and see if…

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13 Ways to Make Working From Home Easier That Your Th...

The most predictable thing about life is that, well…it’s unpredictable. You can be in a rhythm when, suddenly, you’re thrown a curveball and sent down a brand new path. Of course, it’s not just you. We’re all temporarily pushed out of our routines at one time or another. Change comes. Case in point: the COVID-19…

balance work and life

How to Balance Work and Life – Therapist Approv...

It is rare that any functioning adult in 2021 doesn’t feel overwhelmed. With the world reopening, your schedule is out of control, you have less and less and less free time. You have no time or energy to do the things you want, and it’s probably because you have no idea how to balance life…

Why Depression Needs to be Talked About

Why Depression Needs to Be Talked About

Depression is a common mental disorder in people of all ages. Depression affects millions of people each year and has the potential to lead to severe health problems. It’s normal to feel sad from time to time, but if you’re consistently miserable and it affects your quality of life, you might have clinical depression. It’s…

dialectical behavioral therapy

DBT 101: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Basics – What...

When you’ve been troubled by the same problems for years, and previous therapy hasn’t been very helpful, don’t give up hope. It might just be time to consider a new form of treatment. Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. If you’re not familiar with dialectical behavior…

emotional intelligence

How to Achieve Emotional Intelligence & Get In T...

Each of us gets to experience our own inner world, making it impossible for outsiders to ever see things as we do. Simultaneously (and somewhat ironically), we cannot always see ourselves clearly.  For example, this explains why it sometimes takes someone else’s observation for us to identify our emotions. In moments like this, you might say…

racial trauma

We Need to Talk About Racial Trauma

To state the obvious: 2020 has been a year of much racial turmoil and reckoning, and we have all been introduced or reintroduced to a wide range of terms of concepts. Jarring, and debated among us, has been rhetoric, including “white supremacy, privilege, and fragility—opinions about systemic racism, critical race theory, and reconciliation swirl through…

complex ptsd

Complex PTSD: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

In any given year, the National Center for PTSD reports that around 5.2 million Americans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which equates to nearly 2 percent of the country’s population. That’s a huge number. But did you also know there is something called Complex PTSD? They are often confused as they are very similar.  Within…

What is Mental Health

Mental Health: What It Is & How to Improve it

2020 has been challenging, and you have likely handled obstacles that you were not expecting. A fair amount of these challenges may have been out of your control. Though difficulties are typical, the knockout this year delivered is not. So, here are some tips and tricks to help you better understand and care for your…


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