• It’s my responsibility as a mental health professional to remember the history of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual. Sexual orientation and identities were considered diagnoses that came with stigma and suffering. Homosexuality was considered a diagnosis until 1973, and [...]

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    Social expectations of being the perfect parent can be overwhelming. It’s common to feel useless over the thought of not being able to cope with your new responsibilities, or hopeless when the natural motherly feelings you expected aren’t present. Women and men across all socio-economic [...]

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    Life is a process of constant change. Sometimes, major life transitions can throw us out of balance to the point where we lose access to some important aspects of our experience, we lose our sense of grounding and routines, or we disrupt our connections to others.  Very brief, highly targeted [...]

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    Humans experience stress as a natural reaction to meet a demand or challenge. This “fight or flight” survival mechanism slows normal bodily functions like immunity and digestion to focus on breath, alertness, blood circulation, and muscle movement.  The degree to which we react can be [...]

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    Your parenting decisions have a tremendous impact on your child’s emotional and social development. Their belief systems are modeled by your example, and they will pick up moral values, discipline, and manners from what they see. It’s vital that parents give their children a healthy basis for [...]

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    Trauma can stem from various causes and sources.  It can be a personal tragedy, a natural disaster, a violent event, or any other type of unusual event. Trauma can take an emotional toll on the individual regardless of age. While it should be emphasized that there is no right or wrong way to feel [...]

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    People would cease to exist without relationships.  The sense of self dissolves without relationships with others, and by contrast, people are created and sustained within their social situations.  Sometimes relationships are the primary reason a person enters psychotherapy, yet they are always an[...]

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    Our family structure helps us develop relationship expectations, communication skills, life outlook, the way we show our love, coping skills, and many traits through conditioning. Chronic family conflict can negatively impact your physical, emotional, and mental health. Tension and ongoing conflict [...]

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    Domestic violence can affect all across race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. The severity and frequency of violent behaviors can vary dramatically. It may appear as behaviors that physically harm, or scare to maintain power and control over another. This unequal power struggle can involve pets [...]

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    Divorce will bring up many required changes in your routine in regard to legal, parental, financial, emotional, and practical aspects. Separation and divorce can be extremely emotional and challenging for all parties. Equilibrium may take several years to achieve after marriage dissolution, [...]

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