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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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Autism Awareness: Focus on Early Detection and Intervention

Information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness is very important for an early diagnosis and intervention is to an individual’s success. ASD refers to a collection of developmental disorders that relate specifically to communication, socialization and learning challenges, as well as restrictive or repetitive behaviors. People with ASD often have trouble communicating and...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shootings

When a tragedy like a recent school shooting occurs, we all feel a little shaken up. Some very tough questions also come up, for kids and adults alike. “Why did this happen? Is anyone really safe? Can this happen in my town?” It’s likely your kids are thinking about it. While they may need an adult to coax them into a discussion, it’s important for parents to use this...

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