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Toxic Partners

Individuals experiencing toxic behavior(s) in a relationship, especially those in relationships with an (un)recognized abusive partner, can experience many of these destructive behaviors. This article (and the books referenced in the article) is not only a thorough introduction to recognizing toxic behaviors in all kinds of relationships, but it offers PRACTICAL responses: 20 Diversion Tactics […]

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Counselor Dawn Echols Resolves Communication Clashes

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Anxiety: How & Why?

Anxiety seems to be a common malaise and presents frequently in counseling, and often in a variety of contexts, not just individual therapy & “generalized anxiety disorder“. Someone said to me recently: “Anxiety is culturally induced!” and that statement really resonates. Discussions in a therapy session can range from a) what to do about a […]

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Controlling or Abusive Relationships

Controlling or Abusive Relationships

Attending a Victim’s Rights Ceremony in Hall County recently turned my thoughts to the dynamics of abusive relationships, as well as the tragedy of domestic homicide and the triumph of individuals who escape a hurtful intimate partner or parent. As a culture, we can be tempted to “explain away” bad behavior, when the necessary response […]

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We are What we Eat

Personal trainer, nutritionist, author, and health blogger Jenay Green often writes about the importance of good nutrition (www.tipsonlivinghealthy.com ) and the value of exercise. Here at Dawning Phoenix, we support our psychotherapy clients in the quest for better mental health, including improving the physical body. Exercise and physical activity are strongly supported by research for […]

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Blog – Communication in Couples

Blog – Communication in Couples

Everyone wants to know what makes couples happy, what contributes to successful relationships that last a lifetime, or what contributes to the break down, and unfortunately, the break up, of a previously loving partnership. At Dawning Phoenix, we provide couples or partners counseling, brief solution-focused therapy for resolving conflict or improving communication, pre- or post- […]

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Finding the Right Therapist

When considering psychotherapy (or counseling), a person often is at a point of some urgency, or possibly even crisis. Not every therapist is going to be a fit for the problem at hand. Sometimes getting help immediately is more important than looking for “the perfect fit”, but when possible, asking a few key questions can […]

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Anxiety: When your Brain takes your Body as a Hostage

Many areas of our lives are fast-paced; as a result, individuals feel chronically stressed. A body in constant pressure mode breaks down; suddenly a person becomes physically ill, or chronic worry develops into severe anxiety, where your body’s alarm system just won’t turn off.  When this happens, a professional counselor can assist someone with learning […]

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Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can sometimes, but not always, be experienced as two sides of one coin. One way to describe anxiety is “overworrying” while depression could be briefly described as overburdened or very tired. Frequently, individuals experience both anxiety and depression at the same time or anxiety can create fatigue, mimicking depression. Symptoms of depression […]

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Popular Books and Movies: what message are you getting?

As a domestic violence researcher, it is difficult to dismiss concerns about literature and movies that might promote the acceptance of aggression and violence, especially in significant partnerships (i.e. “romance”). Younger individuals or people struggling to find healthy love relationships can be particularly at risk during times of transition or difficulty. This article highlights several […]

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