What is Motivational Interviewing?

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Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic approach that originated within the substance use treatment world of counseling. However after significant research, and in our practice, clinicians have found that clients dealing with all sorts of issues respond well to this kind of therapy. Motivational Interviewing is a particular kind of conversation and therapeutic relationship aimed at […]

Understanding CBT

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy, commonly referred to as CBT, is a therapeutic approach that highlights the connection between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In CBT, sessions may include emphasizing the present, concrete goal setting, and understanding the interaction that our thoughts, feelings, and experiences have on our own behavior. Part of the framework of CBT involves […]

Things to Think About When Considering Moving in with your Partner

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Taking the leap to cohabitate with a significant other can feel like a big step – and it is! While it is not binding like marriage or coparenting, cohabitating comes with its own adjustment and challenges. There are many things to consider – budget, division of home-centered tasks, guests and visitors, food, merging routines; the […]

Back to School Blues

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*due to the myriad of family, caregiver, and support roles that young people have in their lives, I use the terms “student”, “young person”, and “child” interchangeably in this article. You are welcome to stick with the word that is most meaningful to you*  By now, the vast majority of American students are back to […]

Overcoming Social Anxiety Post-Pandemic

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Social anxiety, while a legitimate clinical diagnosis, has been used more colloquially in the wake of Covid. Perhaps, as the holidays are fast approaching, you are feeling nervous to “re-enter” society, socialize with friends, attend large gatherings and family get togethers, and meet new people. This experience has become the norm for many adults in […]

Talking to Kids & Teens About Difficult Topics

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As the war in Ukraine has unfolded, seemingly in front of our global community, many adults find themselves feeling stressed, anxious, and on edge – even those without a personal connection to Ukraine. Similarly, children and teens are also experiencing fear, frustration, and helplessness. And with less life experience and independence than adults, young people […]

Dealing with Grief and Loss: Finding Hope and Healing

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by Vladimir Paramoshin Grief and loss are universal experiences that can be difficult to navigate. Whether dealing with the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or a dream, grief can be overwhelming and painful. It is a natural response to a loss and can take many forms, including sadness, guilt, confusion, and […]

Self-Criticism and Depression:

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How to Recognize and Counter Negative Self-Talk Depression is a complex mental health diagnosis that affects millions of people worldwide. While there are many factors that contribute to depression, one of the most common is self-criticism. Self-criticism can be defined as the act of evaluating and judging oneself harshly and negatively. It can sound like […]

The Power of Self-Compassion

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“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer  Self-compassion is a powerful tool that can help manage stress, build resilience, and improve your overall well-being. Practicing self-compassion is a vital aspect of maintaining your mental health. Practicing self-compassion involves treating yourself with kindness and understanding, […]

The Power of MindfulnessHow Parents Can Help Children Establish Independence & Self ManagementThe Power of Mindfulness

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As children grow into young adults, it’s essential that they learn to manage their lives independently. Children, especially teenagers, often desire the independence that adolescence and adulthood brings, without recognizing the responsibilities and accountability required to truly earn increased independence. Similarly, parents feel ambivalent, and it can be challenging to let go and allow your […]