Recognizing Relationship Anxiety

Recognizing Relationship Anxiety  By Maddy Hopkins 7/18/22 Do you get anxious when you think about your relationship? Anxiety is a part of life, for better or for worse. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to manage anxiety, particularly anxiety that centers around relationships. Here are some ways to get started with unpacking and coping…

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Understanding Negative Emotions

As therapists, we encourage positive self-talk We encourage doing things that make you happy, and becoming your most authentic self. While all of these things are wonderful, we also need to address the other side of things; Negative emotions happen even when we are doing well in our mental health journey. When we are feeling…

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Invisible Disabilities

Do you ever feel as though your life experience is not very well understood by others? Do you have a medical, physical, or mental condition that is not obvious to the outside world? We all are familiar with the handicapped parking signs in front of many places that we frequent, such as grocery stores and…

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Is there a new normal yet?

At the beginning of the pandemic life as we knew it abruptly changed, with little time to mentally prepare for those changes. Anytime there is change, it creates a new opportunity to define what “normal,” is for us. Many believe grief is only related to a person we care about who has passed away, but…

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Learning From Failure

Let’s face it, no one likes to fail.  It can be embarrassing and frustrating and, at times, it can lead to major setbacks.  And, as parents, isn’t it our responsibility to protect our children?  The answer to this question is a complex yes and no.   The reality is failure is an inevitable part of life. …

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Structure in Unstructured Times

We made it to summer! As we enter the summer months, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and we tend to let out a collective sigh of relief. Even if your work schedule doesn’t change during the summer, something about this time of year feels different. Lazier, less scheduled, and more open to…

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Introvert or Extrovert?

(May 26, 2022) Which one are you? The terms introvert and extrovert are often used in casual conversation, and many people identify with one or the other. These terms, while used frequently, can be misused or misunderstood. So, what does it mean to be an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert is someone who gets…

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Boundaries 

(May 5, 2022) Boundaries should be a part of every relationship Especially healthy relationships. Practicing healthy communication patterns and clearly setting boundaries is a large part of what helps people to grow and find peace in their relationships with others and themselves. In her book, “Set Boundaries Find Peace”, Nedra Glover Tawwab dives into what…

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The Power of Humor

(April 19, 2022) “Laughter is the best medicine”  What does this phrase mean? Laughter in and of itself can’t cure colds, broken limbs, or kidney disease. So why do we say that laughter is “medicine”? Often, though not always, what we mean is that humor makes us feel better. Humor is an important tool in…

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Talking To Teens About Mental Health

(March 29, 2022) We need to talk to teens about mental health because teens need to know they can take charge of their own mental health.   According to the national institute of mental health (NIMH) in 2020, 31.9% of adolescents experience some type of anxiety disorder with 8.3% of them being severe.  NIMH also reported…

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