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 …

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 …