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What Are Signs of Childhood Emotional Neglect?

February 24, 2021

Hannah Hopper, LPC, NCC “I don’t know why, but I often feel so empty and numb inside.” “I had a good childhood, so I don’t know why I can’t just be happier.” “I’m not sure who I am, what I like, or what I want.”  Do any of these statements above hold true for you? One of the misconceptions about childhood emotional neglect is that if you can’t see any scars from it, then it won’t leave…

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How Can We Grieve the Loss of a Life We Had Wanted?

November 26, 2020

I’m one of those people who knew what I wanted to do from a young age. I knew I wanted to help people and I knew I wanted to be a mom. Once I had my end goals in place, I began working backwards to see the steps I’d need to take at each stage of my life in order to make my dreams a reality. Through my work I’ve come to realize I am not alone…

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How Can I Improve My Emotional Intelligence?

November 13, 2020

Most times when people think of intelligence, they think of intelligence based on their IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Something that is just important, if not more important in my opinion as a therapist, is emotional intelligence. It can be a hard subject to understand and also challenging to increase emotional intelligence. I recently read an article from Fast Company that touched on this very topic, “5 Simple ways to boost your emotional intelligence everyday” by author Harvey Deutschendorf. …

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Why Do We Meditate?

October 17, 2020

As we have had the past few months to reflect back on 2020, it has really opened by eyes into what habits and routines I have been engaging in. These habits can both be identified as positive and negative but focusing on the positive habits is very important.  One habit that I have really stuck on to is meditation.  Gaining an understanding of why meditation is helpful and important is key to also engaging in meditation.  I…

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How Mentors Impact You

September 19, 2020

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, EMDR Certified  A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser. We usually think of mentors in a professional or academic context, such as a boss or a teacher. Yet, mentorship also exists on a personal level. Think of the people who’ve provided you with emotional support, vital life lessons, and guidance – these are also mentors. Sometimes your personal mentors are obvious, such as friends and family members, and other times they are…

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Ways to Curb Your Drinking Habits

September 8, 2020

While we were being sheltered-at-home and summer starting, I have noticed a slight uptake in the increase in alcohol intake. Have you ever realized how much you might be drinking on a night out with friends or while watching a movie at home? Sometimes we do not realize what we are doing or how things are affecting us. Have you tried to stop or curb your drinking? Continue reading to identify a few ways to help regulate…

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Understanding Schemas

August 31, 2020

By Eric Dean JD, MBA, MA, MA, LPC, CADC Our perspectives are constantly being shaped by a plethora of environmental, genetic, and behavioral factors. Our perception of what we experience, has a significant impact on how we feel and behave as a result. Being exposed to a vast amount of information daily, we often use cognitive shortcuts to make assessments about situations. The mental models we use to classify and organize myriad ideas and information are called…

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How to Get Yourself to Exercise

August 15, 2020

DISCLAIMER: I am not a fitness guru and do not have any education in it, so please consult with your doctor prior to engaging in any exercise. Every year, every month, every week, I tell myself I am going to start exercising and eating healthy, but that ends up never sticking. During the last few months, and since the beginning of 2020 really, I have tried hard to stick to new lifestyle goals (I do not like…

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Being an Ally: The Importance of Being Uncomfortable

August 9, 2020

Protests have erupted all over the world in response to the video of George Floyd being murdered by former police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Systemic racism and police brutality are, unfortunately, nothing new to our country, but the death of Mr. Floyd lit the match igniting the world to call for change. As a white woman, I’ve thought a lot about the word “ally” this week. When people say they’re…

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