Mothering the mother

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written by Kendall Manwill, CSW In the world of childbirth and postpartum support, “mothering the mother” is a term used to describe the work of a doula or birth support person, whether during labor or postpartum. It encompasses the idea that mothers need to be supported as they transition to motherhood–that the new mother should be taken care of and …

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 …

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 …

Positive Psychology

Loni Emotion, Personal well being, Uncategorized

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

Loni Emotion, Personal well being, Uncategorized

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.

Loni Emotion, Personal well being, Therapy, Uncategorized

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 …