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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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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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­Gottman: Date 6

This week we are on to date number six: fun and adventure!  The Gottmans’ and Abrams’ discuss the vital importance play has in a relationship, stating that couples who play together, stay together.  And, play is not just for children – our sense of adventure and need for play, never goes away.  This date focuses on gaining a better understanding of what play means for your partner and what the two of you might enjoy doing together.  Questions to discuss on this date might be:  When was the last time you felt excited or curious while you were with your partner? 

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50 Ideas for Valentine’s Day

          With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I wanted to offer you all some thoughts for how to share the day with your partner (if the two of you celebrate the holiday)! 

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Life Lessons from Piper the Pup

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my girl Piper and marveled at her perspective on life, at least as I perceive it. I often think she has it all together and I could learn a thing or two from her. After all, her life is pretty simple and pretty fulfilled. She’s not nearly as stretched out or stressed out as I get sometimes. So, with New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, this year I’m taking my cues from Piper. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see all of Piper’s photos!

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Is it Anxiety?

Research shows children can begin experiencing anxiety in early childhood. As adults, we often think of anxiety as evidenced by constant worry and fidgeting. While children may exhibit these symptoms, there are a number of others ways children experience anxiety. Anxiety presents itself in a plethora of ways, such as

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The Power of Giving & Thanks

As much as I love summer, the holiday season is probably my favorite time of year. For me, it’s a time for family gatherings, celebrating time-honored traditions, and connecting with friends near and far. The good food and warmth and laughter I share with friends and family bring me so much joy. As the resident gratitude ambassador, this is my time of year. I’m thankful year round, but this season brings about a greater sense of reflection on what I have instead of what I don’t have. And how I can turn something seemingly unwelcome into something valuable.

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Halloween

            Sensory processing occurs when our nervous system integrates information from our senses and organizes it in to appropriate behavioral responses, according to the situations we are in (Bennie, 2010). Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD occurs when, “sensory signals are either not detected or don’t get organized into appropriate responses” (“About SPD,” 2018).

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Withholding Affection

Often, I work with couples who, by the time they find themselves in my office, have built a mountain of resentment towards one another.  I have found that one of the things that helps in being able to process their resentment and move forward from it, is to talk about how two opposing truths can exist within the same emotional space.  Meaning that: one can be disappointed and hurt by something their partner has said and/or done, and can also still love their partner (show them physical and emotional love). 

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Breathing Exercise of the Week!

Summer is south Texas is no picnic! Slogging through triple digit weather almost every day can definitely take its toll, making us hotter, more exhausted, and more irritated that we would ever wish to be! As I’m sure the title of this blog has given away already, one way to combat the adverse effects of this rising heat is through calm and focused breathing. So whether you’re trying to battle the external heat of the sun, or the internal heat of anger and frustration, this breathing exercise can provide the cool-down you’re craving!


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Death and Dying Resources for Children and Parents

Studies have shown that by age 5-6 years of age children understand that death is irreversible and by ages 7-10 years of age children conceptualize death as something that happens to everyone, including oneself. It is important to remember that each individual child varies in their rate of development.

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What Do All Those Letters Mean?: ASD

As I sat down to write the Therapy Thursday blog, a time we focus on all things clinical, I knew immediately what to write about. ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorders. I couldn’t help but smile because so many of my clients came to my mind, and I couldn’t help but think of their unique gifts and personalities.

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