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What is EMDR and How it Can Benefit You.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that focuses on past negative experiences (memories) that are emotionally charged and driven. EMDR utilizes the learning capabilities of the brain to help process past experiences and integrate them into the present. These past negative experiences often influence our present thoughts, feelings, emotions, and …

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The Benefits of EMDR with People Having History of Trauma

What is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.  Eye movement or other forms of bilateral stimulation seem to activate problem-solving processes, something that happens during REM sleep when the eyes are darting back and forth.  EMDR clinicians focus on a key specific problem and identify negative and positive emotions, sensations, and beliefs.  Then …

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How Does Trauma Effect Children and Adolescents?

What is trauma? Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Trauma can occur at any time in an individual’s life. Not all traumatic events leave visible marks on the individual’s body. Trauma can be held in the body leaving lasting effects emotionally and psychologically even when physical marks are not seen. Children …

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Mental Health Awareness Month

While in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that this May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Over 43 million Americans live with some sort of serious mental illness. Unfortunately, only 41% of those struggling receive treatment for mental illness.  The challenges of mental health take many different forms. The first …

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Understanding and Practicing Self-Care

What is self-care?  Self-care involves taking care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Self-care helps us feel better, e.g. feeling less stressed, anxious, depressed, and makes us more resilient. The first step for self-care is identifying and understanding our needs in various areas in life that require more attention. Then we deliberately take corresponding …

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The Benefits of Teletherapy During COVID-19

Telehealth (online counseling) has been around for years and has been increasing in popularity.  We have all been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and with orders to shelter in place, Teletherapy provides a good option for many people to follow the order and continue with their treatment.  Historically, telehealth has been used when geographic, physical, or …

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Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders may be more prevalent than you realize. The latest statistics indicate that more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder; 10 million of those individuals are men. Eating disorders involve severe disturbances in eating behavior.  The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia.  Both of these …

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The Art of Forgiveness

For many people, forgiving someone for a transgression is not an easy thing to do. Contrary to popular belief, forgiveness is not about condoning or excusing the other person’s behavior or forgetting the wrongdoing. It is a shift in our thinking whereby the wrongdoing does not loom as large, we’re less focused on retaliation and …

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Navigating Around Holiday Stress

Holiday stress seems to be something we all get affected by mainly because we try to do too much. Being proactive will help keep stressors low. Below are some tips to help you cope through the Holiday season: Mindset is key…Try to have an Attitude of Gratitude. Perhaps, keep an ongoing gratitude journal or list. …

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What Parents Can do to Address Toxic or Unhealthy Peer Groups

The tween and teen years are filled with risky and worrisome behaviors.  Some of the most significant health risks in life are started during adolescence and in the presence of peers. These include: cigarette smoking drug use alcohol use exposure to sexually transmitted diseases involvement with the legal system academic decline, including dropping out When …

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Easy Mindfulness

We’re all busy, and many of us don’t have time (or are unwilling to make time) to formally practice mindfulness skills. However, we can practice informally throughout the day. Here are a couple of ways of practicing mindfulness:  1) Mindfulness in the Morning Pick an activity that is part of your daily morning routine, such …

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