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Eye Gazing for Couples: An Exercise to Try at Home

Although there are a multitude of ways to cultivate connection and intimacy within a relationship, some a more easily thought of than others.  For example, most people understand that increasing empathetic and supportive communication can have a positive effect on emotional intimacy. 

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How to Support Someone with Social Anxiety

Data from the World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative reveals that nearly 12% of Americans, at some point in their life, will meet criteria for social anxiety disorder (SAD).  This means their anxiety is so impactful that it gets in the way of daily living.  For the shy individuals out there, that are currently self-diagnosing, know that the problem must be severe enough to interfere with your ability to succeed at school, work, and other social settings.

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Bibliotherapy- Grief and Death

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.

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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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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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The Power of Self-Care: It’s NOT selfish, It’s NOT indulgent IT’S NECESSARY

“If the airplane cabin loses pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. Place the mask over your nose and mouth before helping others.” You know the drill – put your mask on FIRST. Even though our instincts often guide us to take care of EVERYONE else first, or at least those closest to us. Especially our family, right?

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­Gottman: Date 7

This week we are on to date number seven: growth and spirituality.  This chapter focuses on finding shared meaning within your relationship and discussing how each of you can accommodate for growth/change. 

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