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PTSD: Recognize the Signs and Learn How to Overcome I...

What is Trauma? When we undergo something negative, our brains make an adaptive connection to explanatory information to help us turn the experience into something more positive, like a learning experience. This adaptive process is what enables us to“get over” or “work through” our feelings. But when an experience is extremely negative for us, our …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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Understanding Unresolved Grief: What is It? What are ...

The 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Hurricane Ike hitting Galveston and Houston in 2008, or the repeated wildfire blazes in California – all examples of devastating events that cost a lot of lives and caused massive grief for many. In today’s world, there are more things aside from old-age that rob people …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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When Grief Won’t Let Go, Grief Counseling Can Pull ...

In 2015, more than 23,000 people died in the city of Houston alone – leaving a vastly greater number of people grieving their loss. While it isn’t the only cause of grief, death is the chief one. The more significant the loss – someone especially close to you – the more intense the grief will …Read the rest…

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Examining Complex PTSD: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatme...

The National Center for PTSD reports that around 5.2 million Americans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in any given year. At nearly 2 percent of the country’s population, that’s a huge number. But did you also know there is something called Complex PTSD? Typically, PTSD is related to a single experience, like an …Read the rest…

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Living with Your Spouse’s PTSD: 4 Ways to Cope

With political campaigning in full swing, we’re hearing phrases like “taking care of our vets and their families, who have sacrificed so much.” But for those who are family members of someone who is, or has been, in the service, these are more than just political buzzwords. It is a fact of everyday life. And …Read the rest…

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More than Depression: Understanding Shame Based Depre...

There are many symptoms of depression and each individual may manifest different symptoms, or related symptoms, in different ways. Some people, however, check off all the markers for depression yet have not been helped by a variety of treatments and therapies for depression. In these cases, it may be something more. It might be shame based depression. …Read the rest…

Recovering from trauma. Houston, TX

4 Steps to Recovering from Trauma

Recovery from trauma can happen for you. No matter whether your traumatic experience occurred during childhood or just recently, you can and deserve to heal and move forward.   Trauma? Me? Many people are unsure if “trauma” applies to their own experience, since we often associate the word with horrific accidents, violent assaults, or natural …Read the rest…

coping with loneliness during the holidays

4 Ways to Cope with Rejection and Loneliness During t...

At this time of year, when spending happy moments with family is given so much emphasis, it’s even harder to deal with the loss of a family member, painful family memories, and loneliness. The holidays may be a greater reminder of the loss of someone you love. Sometimes being with family causes us to self-evaluate in …Read the rest…

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Coping with Emotional Pain without Using Food or Comp...

Tara is a sensitive person. She finds herself taking on the emotional experiences of others; she can’t stand to see anyone in pain. Tara feels scared, small, and overwhelmed when problems arise, and she turns to food to stop the emotional flood. After eating, Tara doesn’t feel better for long. Compulsive Behaviors Help You Soothe …Read the rest…

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Lessons in Resilience

Life throws curve balls.  A person loses a job.  A relationship ends.  Someone dies.  The question is, “Now what?”  How do I deal with this loss?  Can I get back on my feet again?  What can I do to grieve and recover?  Resilience counseling can help. In “3 Things,” song-writer Jason Mraz gives us more …Read the rest…


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