Navigating Difficult Relationships

Now that the school year is underway and the first day nerves are wearing off, your child is meeting new peers, making new friends, and seeing friends that they didn’t see all summer. Sometimes meeting new people goes just like we want it to.

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September Position of the Month: Straddle Up- From Our Sex Therapist

September’s highlighted position of the month is the Straddle Up, which is a variation of female-on-top (or cowgirl) position.  A sexual experience is a great time to physically and emotionally connect with your partner, but it can also be a great time to get in a workout/cardio together!

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Premarital Counseling – Exploring Beliefs and Values

Premarital counseling is not as common as you may think . . . or as common as may be warranted, considering today’s divorce rate. In my counseling experience, I see far more couples in distress, often on the verge of divorce, than I see couples preparing for a long healthy relationship together.

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Sleep

Where does this one fall on your priority list?  We can likely all agree that we are much more efficient, tolerant, and happy when we have had sufficient rest, but “a good night’s sleep” remains a subjective idea.  How much sleep is enough?  What are the risks?  You feel okay, so why make any changes to your sleep schedule? 

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Bibliotherapy- Self-confidence

Fostering healthy self-confidence is essential to build positive self-esteem. Positive self-confidence helps children try new things, take healthy risks, and solve problems. It gives them a solid foundation for learning and development. Bibliotherapy is a great way to introduce concepts to your child.

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Helping Your Child with Back to School Nerves

Starting the new school year is exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking for some children. Anxiety is a complicated for kids so I often use the terms nervousness, worry, fear, or school jitters. The term anxiety also comes with a stigma and many parents do not feel comfortable saying or recognizing that their child has anxiety. This can result in delaying treatment and not getting treatment at all.

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Sex Review

For many couples it can be uncomfortable to talk about sex.  As a sex therapist, I have heard all of the concerns and what ifs on more than one occasion.  What if I say the wrong thing?  What if my partner misunderstands what I am trying to say?  What if they take my comment as a criticism regarding performance? 

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Bibliotherapy-Worry and Fear

Did you know that 7.1 percent of children struggle with an anxiety disorder? Many other children will struggle with stress and nervousness. If you suspect that your child is struggling with the aforementioned, bibliotherapy is a great way to introduce the subjects.

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Working Through Depression: Symptoms & Antidotes  

When people share their experiences with depression with me, the most common theme I hear is a sense of feeling “heavy,” as though they are carrying a ginormous weight on their shoulders. Another visual often shared is a feeling of walking through knee-deep mud. That ubiquitous experience of heaviness is the proverbial shot in the foot that often interferes with a person’s ability to recover from depression.

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Bibliotherapy-Parent and Professional Resources for Anger

Bibliotherapy is a creative art therapeutic approach that uses literature to aid in the therapy process. Children’s books can be an excellent clinical tool to support children’s exploration and understanding of their world and life experiences. This is a great tool I often give to parents in order to continue the therapeutic work outside of the office. Many children identify with the characters in the book because they are overcoming the same obstacles. Over the next few weeks, I am going to provide a list of books that can help kids over come different obstacles from anger to anxiety. This week I’m sharing books on anger.

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School Readiness Camp: Frustration Tolerance and Communication Skills

 Welcome to the third and final week of my blog series featuring all six topics covered in Heights Family Counseling’s week long School Readiness Camp. This week’s blog will take a closer look at frustration tolerance and communication/listening skills. Below are links to 3 of my previous blogs.

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