Responding Instead Of Reacting

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written by: Amy Frandsen, LCSW Responding Instead of Reacting Difficulties in relationships are often caused by our inability or unwillingness to have mindful awareness and mastery of our own emotions. Most of the time, we feel like a person “made me feel ___”… whatever emotion you overwhelmingly felt, whether that emotion is anger, joy, frustration, hurt, or excitement. The truth is, …

Increasing Happiness

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Written by: Makensie Baker, LCSW At different times in our lives, we may experience bouts of feelings of depression, hopelessness, sadness, loss of pleasure, etc. During those times, it is hard to find the motivation to go about with your usual daily tasks. It is also difficult to enjoy those things that usually bring you happiness or pleasure. Often people …

Spotting an adoption scammer.

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Written by: Emily Anderson, LCSW We find that some couples approach adoption with the fear that they will get scammed by an expectant mother. Unfortunately, this does happen however it is not as common as believed. With the help of some of our clients we have compiled a list of tips to keep in mind for situations where you think you …

Validation: The Core of Good Communication

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Written by Amy Frandsen, CSW Feelings are not right or wrong–they just are, and everyone has them.  Instead of hiding feelings, they can be felt and expressed and used as a way to connect with others. When feelings are shared, they need a safe place of acceptance, validation, and empathy.   Validation is communicating that the other person is worthwhile …