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Tips for Managing Anxious & Depressive Symptoms

Written by Jacklyn Fairchild, MS, LPCC, CCTP   Although individuals may experience anxiety or depressive symptoms for various reasons, there are a number of strategies to reduce these negative feelings. Practicing these skills ahead of time (while calm) may increase the likelihood that these coping skills will be used during times of emotional distress. Parents can model the use of these skills...

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Creating New Rhythms in Your Life

Creating new rhythms in this season of change, at first, surfaces in its mild form as discontent, and in its intense form as frustration. These emotions are information and call forth a response and recognition. If we delay we may react with negativity when we need delicate and mindful. Humans are abounding with resiliency when we give ourselves the chance to express our creativity. This is the...

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Having a Hard Time Working From Home?

Many of us have been faced with the new challenge of having to work from home during these uncertain times. Below are some tips to help you maintain productivity and manage work/life balance. Set a routine. Try to wake up at the same time as you usually would for work and keep the same hours and break schedules as best you can.   Try to get yourself psychologically in the mindset of work by...

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Thoughts on the New Year | Marty Laska, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, ACHT

Written by Marty Laska, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, ACHT   Here are some thoughts I am moved to share: I have read many lists, books and listened to many teachers on the topic of what a person should do if they want to be successful, spiritual, mature… and so on. What I am reminded is this: all the lists or requirements are developed by someone else. And even if we make our own list, there is a...

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EMDR: How the Heck Can Eye Movement Help Trauma?

First, let’s talk about trauma. There are all kinds of trauma both physical (like a serious injury) or emotional (like an assault). Sometimes there is a combination of both. We all have a pretty solid grasp on how our bodies can heal from physical trauma, but healing from emotional trauma is not so clear. Here’s a common example that illustrates this. We have all gotten a splinter at some point....

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