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Stuck in the Past, or Just Stuck? Understanding Perseveration

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We all feel stuck occasionally. We might feel in a rut, or unable to figure out our next step in our future plan or even in solving a small, seemingly manageable issue (where did I leave my keys?). Often a chat with someone for new perspective, a quick rest or break or a new hobby might move us past this sticky point. But when the stickiness is con...

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Planning for the Future with Your Teen

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Do you remember what it was like to be a Junior or Senior in high school? While we all have our own experiences, many of us in the baby boomers, gen x and millennials were told, we could be anything. All we have to do is work hard, show up, and stick to a path. Go to school, get good grades so you can go to college, get a good job. This job would a...

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Teen Mental Health – Pandemic Crisis

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In 2020 the emerging pandemic necessitated a change in our regular lifestyle. It was an ever changing and overwhelming time for many, but none more than for teenagers. The changes to both their social and personal lifestyles created a new set of stressors and tension on top of the existing challenge of just being a teen. The natural progression of ...

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10 Simple Ways to Help Combat Depression

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While it seems to be a buzz word or a catch all, depression is a real diagnosis and should be taken seriously. According to Mental Health America, over 47 million Americans live with some level of mental illness, depression falling into that category. The causes and treatments are myriad, and each individual should find that path that is right for ...

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Creating New Holiday Traditions After Loss

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While many people will associate the upcoming holiday session with warm feelings and joy, there are many others that will come into this season with mixed emotions after having experienced a loss of a loved one. One way to help cope with this loss is to create new traditions. New traditions are a wonderful way to really reflect on your loved one an...

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Managing Grief During the Holidays

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 Dear Alex, My teen was already showing signs of depression and anxiety before his father passed due to Covid. How can I help him manage the grief while we face the holidays without his father for the first time? -Grieving Mother Dear Mother, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. As we move into the holidays, memories and emotions w...

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Importance of Creating Boundaries

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What are personal boundaries and why are they so important? Personal boundaries are your core, personal values. Your identity and your ability to love and trust yourself. Personal boundaries can be anything, but they usually help define who you are. Boundaries are best identified as knowing when to say "No", without feeling guilty about it. Persona...

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The Lunchtime Quickie - Stress Relief During Quarantine

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Ok, tell the truth… we have all thought about it. Maybe you're working from home, a little stressed about the future, frustrated with work, and in need of a mental break. You step away from your computer, grab a snack, maybe a cup of coffee, sit down on the couch to browse social media. As you start browsing, you jump over to google to search "stuf...

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Life Balance & Intimacy

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Have you ever said to your partner, "not tonight, I'm too tired," or "I have a headache" to avoid intimacy? Faked an orgasm just to get it over with? Rest assured, you're not alone. Many of my clients complain about the lack of intimacy in their love life, and a lack of sex drive. While this can be hormonal or physically related, it can also stem f...

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