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6 ways sleep deprivation adversely affects anxiety

Sleep Deprivation: 6 Ways it Adversely Affects Anxiet...

We’ve been told from a young age just how important it is to get enough sleep. As children, we were forced to nap, much to our young dismay, because our bodies needed it. But somewhere along the line, maybe in college, possibly even earlier, we began to see sleep as an interruption to our productivity. We …Read the rest…

DBT emotion regulation

DBT Emotion Regulation: How to Manage Emotional React...

I’m Alexandra Marshall, a DBT trained Therapist in Houston. I help people develop skills to manage emotional reactions better and to start building healthy and connected relationships. I find that frequently, people come to me saying they want to stop overreacting when they get emotional. Or they want to start feeling heard and feeling more …Read the rest…

Disordered Eating Habits vs Eating Disorder – Do Yo...

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say that they’ve been “bad” for having had a breakfast doughnut or a bowl of ice cream for a snack. Others may pat their bellies after a big meal and note that they’ll have to hit the gym for an extra hour the following day. Although those kinds of remarks are often …Read the rest…

Make Your Space

Make your Space a Reflection of Your Love

After marriage, you go from leading somewhat separate lives, to coming together in a true union. Whether you already live together or will be moving in together for the first time, one way you will come together is through building a life in a new space. There are so many ways to personalize your space …Read the rest…

Pet, Emotional Support and Service Dogs Explained

Companion Animals: Pet, Emotional Support and Service...

Written by freelance writer: Brandon Butler There is a reason you call dogs man’s best friend. Their companionship can help us become calmer, happier people. Some research (and plenty of anecdotal evidence) suggests that companion animals greatly improve our mental and physical health.  Formally trained therapy dogs, registered emotional service animals, personal pets, and even other …Read the rest…

Why Food Doesn't Satisfy Your Hunger

Emotional Eating Therapy: Why Food Doesn’t Satisfy ...

You know the drill. Whenever you feel sad, lonely, or even just empty inside, you start emotional eating and reach for food. Food provides a comfort, allows a brief sense of fullness, and for a moment you no longer are focusing on whatever emotion you are feeling at the time. Yet, you never are satisfied. …Read the rest…

Understanding and Treating OCD

OCD Demystified: Understanding and Treating the Disor...

Popular culture greatly misunderstands Obsessive-Comulsive Disoder (OCD). People may use it in conversation as a joke (“That poster is a bit crooked, God I’m so OCD!”) or may confuse it with a tendency to like things neat and organized. The truth is, OCD is a debilitating disorder that affects an estimated 2% of the population. …Read the rest…

Expectations sabotaging your relationship

3 Ways Your Expectations May Be Sabotaging Your Relat...

Are you unconsciously sabotaging your relationship? Do you often find yourself back at square one fighting the same old fights with your partner? It could be that your expectations are sabotaging your relationship goals and creating this friction again and again. Your expectations have taken time to form. So long, in fact, that it’s possible …Read the rest…

Finding the right multicultural counseling therapist

Multicultural Counseling: Finding the Right Counselor...

People from minority cultures experience mental health problems that often get overlooked due to several factors. Misunderstanding the culture, preconceived notions, stereotyping, and lack of education and information are all factors that can harm a counselor’s multicultural competency. It might seem simple to find a multicultural counselor in a city as diverse as Houston but the …Read the rest…

Couple Fighting and Learning Conflict Management

8 Ways to Use Conflict Management and Keep Your Relat...

It’s not the absence of conflict that makes a relationship healthy, it’s the way you manage it. We shouldn’t view conflict as something that needs to be “fixed,” as it’s a normal part of any relationship. Instead, we should see it as a relational experience that needs to be handled appropriately. Allow your relationship to …Read the rest…

After Binge Eating

After Binge Eating: Empowering Steps to Take After It...

Bouncing back after binge eating begins with an acceptance of our imperfection. It also requires a belief in our ability to recover. Living fully, striving for improvement, means we must risk imperfection. So, for example, one of your goals might involve recovering from an emotional condition or self-harming pattern. A self-loving perspective allows for the …Read the rest…

Asses and alleviate stress in children

Stress in Children: How You Can Assess and Alleviate ...

Adults tend to think of childhood as carefree. But even very young children worry especially in big cities like Houston. Unlike adults, children don’t have the experience to evaluate the causes of their worries or the words to talk about them. Yes, stress in children is real. Stress in Children Is Real Some kid stress …Read the rest…


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