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 …

Parenting

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written by: Cortney Ricks, CSW I am a parenting book junkie.  I have way too many parenting books but can’t bear to part with them because I refer back to them often!   I am also a child therapist and a mother of 3 little ones. I’m in the throes of parenting my own children right now and also helping other …

Positive Psychology

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written by: Karen Rowe MTF-I Positive psychology focuses on what makes people function optimally—bringing happiness and satisfaction into their lives—regardless of the troubles and problems they face. Positive Psychologists are striving to improve emotional health rather than simply remove pain (Duckworth, Steen, & Seligman 2005). Marie Jahoda suggests six characteristics that promote well-being: acceptance of oneself; growth/development/becoming; integration of personality; …

Suicide Prevention and Encouraging Self Worth in Teens

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written by Monica Hall, SSW      In recent weeks, a slew of articles and information were circulating through social media aimed at providing education against, and ultimately preventing suicide.  Sept 9-15 was declared as National Suicide prevention week.  Many of these articles caused me to pause and think further about the dear families that have been forever affected by …

The Importance of Self Care.

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Written by: Hayley Hughes I was talking with a friend the other day and she shared a quote that has stuck with me–“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale …