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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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Healing Divorce with Support Groups

Divorce takes a toll on each individual and has an effect on the wider circle of family, friends, coworkers, and even neighbors. It is not only an ending, but an unraveling – of connections, of trust, of habits, of lifestyle. Divorce support groups can be an important part of recovering from the wounding that is […]

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New Year – New Start

Events and rituals help us focus, adjust, adapt, and move forward in our lives. Instead of New Year’s Resolutions (which can be very good things), I suggest goal setting, using every 3 months as benchmarks. Effective goal setting is specific, concrete, and time limited. Set some goals for your year today! At the beginning of […]

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Merry Christmas!

In recent years, the annual holiday season, historically called Christmas, has become a political, social, and cultural debate within the United States. Different sides of the argument hotly debate the appropriateness of certain words, symbols, figures, and traditions. Often, when “Merry Christmas” is spoken, it is intended simply as warm wishes arising from cultural habit. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Gratitude: As Thanksgiving approaches, we often hear the word “gratitude”. Many of us have a lot for which we are thankful. Sometimes, during historically traditional holidays, people experience sadness and have difficulty with expressing or experiencing gratitude, because holidays bring back memories of times past. Sometimes those are difficult or painful memories and sometimes they […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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  October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. This awareness works in combination with breast cancer awareness (also this month), as both are significant issues affecting women. Check out the events in your community and see what you can learn about intimate partner abuse, historically referred to Domestic Violence. Mary Kay Cosmetics & Avon are two […]

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Grief

Grief is a part of life. This is a hard truth and one that is often difficult to accept. Kubler-Ross outlined 5 stages of grief, which include anger and sadness. Some list 10 stages which include: 1) Shock, 2) Emotion, 3) Depressed and Lonely, 4) Physical Distress, 5) Anxiety or Panic, 6) Guilt, 7) Anger […]

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Family: what do we think of when we hear the word “family”?

  Does it evoke positive emotions, negative feelings, or a mix of contradictory reactions? Family is about attachment; emotional attachment to other people. Family can mean many things. It is the elemental social unit of human beings. Family, in a basic sense, generally begins with the biological connections to relatives from our childhood – namely […]

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