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How to Handle Grief

Posted on September 19, 2020 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (161)

How to Effectively Handle Grief



Grief is the overwhelming mental and emotional pain we experience over the loss of someone. Grief is unwelcomed yet unavoidable. We cannot control how and when we feel grief or even what causes it. But what we can control is how we ...

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A Therapist's Thoughts on Anxiety.

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (57)

What's the number one thing that I personally see that brings people into professional counseling? Anxiety and panic attacks. We are people burnt out, over-worked, inundated with news-feeds and the opinions and "highlight reels" of others. Social anxiety (fear of being judged) is unfortunately more and more common with teenagers. Teenagers are afraid to be themselves, worrying and becoming anxious about starting conver...

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Do I Control ANYTHING?! By Laurie Wren, LCSW

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (97)



Sometimes it feels like life is spinning out of control, and it’s all beyond your reach.

Is that your reality though? Is there something you can control?


1. Your thoughts

2. Your words

3. Your responses

4. Your choices

5. Whether or not you take care of yourself

6. What you say to yourself (“Stupid, lame, sick, awesome, brilliant, trying…”)

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How to Test Your Anxious Thoughts

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (643)

“How we see it is how it will be.” (Anonymous)

We most often suffer more from what we FEAR than what actually HAPPENS, so it’s important for you to learn how to evaluate what you are thinking. Things always look less fearful when we face them head on vs. running or distracting ourselves into TV, alcohol, food, or work.

Spend some time asking yourself these questions:*

1. What is the situation that I’m stressed or worried about?

2. What a...

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The Pressure of Being a Teen Girl

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (2356)

It was placed on my heart to put together a curriculum for teen girls, so that teen girls would have a safe, judgment-free zone to go each week to discuss the many challenges and pressures that come with being female. Us older ladies know a thing or two about the unique challenges that come with being a woman, but what about the challenges of being an adolescent female in this day and age? I have counseled numerous teen girls and they each talk about one common challenge: "PRESSURE." Pressure...

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Change Your Approach to Stress by Reframing Your Thoughts

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (94)

A helpful tip when feeling anxious is to challenge your thinking. Often, our thoughts affect how we feel and contribute to anxiety symptoms.


Three questions are helpful in challenging your thinking:


1. Where is the evidence for this belief?

2. Is there any other way of looking at the situation?

3. Is the situation as bad as it seems?


Join us for our 6 week Anxiety Group beginning August 3rd to learn additional ways you can m...

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How to Handle Divorce: Ten Quick Tips

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (458)

1. Protect the children. Children have a deep psychological need to think well of BOTH parents. Avoid letting them hear you put down or say bad things about the other parent, regardless of how justified you feel in saying these things.


2. Depend on the experts. Well- meaning friends and family will give you legal and psychological advice; that’s not a good source. Thank them for their concern and move on.


3. Avoid other drastic life changes. Make yo...

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Four Ways to Enjoy the Holidays More

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (104)

1. Choose one holiday activity that’s the most important to you this year. Then ask each family member (Immediate family ONLY) to do the same. This year choose to do just those activities. Can’t narrow it down to one? Ok, then chose one thing to opt out of this year. (Yes, you really can say no to that awkward party.)


2. Do something for someone else…use your imagination. This could mean leaving a potted plant by someone’s doorstep, feeding the homel...

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Getting the Most out of Therapy

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (138)

 Here are some suggestions for making your therapeutic experience the best possible:

1) Be totally honest. Believe me, I've heard every story. The human condition contains basic elements that exist in all problems presented, and you're not going to shock me, nor am I going to disapprove of you!

2) Be open to new ways of thinking. Although you are free to examine, use, or discard any suggestions I  may make, remember that behavior change is required for growth. "If you al...

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Keys for Less Stressful Communication

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (666)

1. Use a calm voice

2. Be direct and respectful

3. Avoid sarcasm

4. Use “I need” rather than “you should”

5. Ask for clarification if you need to

6. Take deep breaths

7. Call a time out if needed

8. Don’t assume they “just know”

9. Don’t use “you never” or “you always”

10. Take your problems to a licensed therapist if you find yourselves in the same argume...

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