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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 in Houston can help. In “3 Things,” song-writer Jason Mraz gives us…

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Support for Coping with Infertility

I was recently interviewed by Dr. Carolyn Clansy Miller for Blog Talk Radio on how to cope with infertility. Infertility is an important topic as many people aren’t aware of the extent the pain of infertility can bring. Coping with infertility can be a daily struggle as the dream of having a family is threatened. I thought…

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Resources for Coping with Infertility

Going through infertility can be a devastating, confusing, frustrating and lonely experience. Understanding more about your options can help you feel more in control of a situation out of your control and help prepare you for decisions you may be faced with. You may make choices to build your family in different ways than you ever imagined.…

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Managing Traumatic Stress

Have you experienced a disaster or other traumatic event?  If you’ve been involved in a disaster, experienced trauma, or similar event, it’s normal to initially experience shock and denial. Both shock and denial are your body’s protective reactions. Shock is a sudden and often intense disturbance of your emotional state that may leave you feeling stunned…

How to Support a Loved One Surviving Trauma

When someone goes through a loss or a serious trauma, it can be difficult to know what to do or say. While it may be uncomfortable or awkward to talk about, keep in mind that the most important thing is to be present and available. You don’t have to do anything really, except offer support…

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Counseling for Grief: Moving Beyond Grief and Loss

There are all types of losses that you may experience throughout your life – loss of loved ones through death and divorce, loss of a pet, loss of a job, or even loss of a dream. Coping with grief and loss is difficult for everyone. Stages of Recovery from Grief and Loss There are some predictable…


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