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Grief vs. Mourning: What’s the Difference?

July 14, 2022

As I reflect on my experience with grief after losing my mother suddenly in August 2021, my thoughts were: was she in pain; did I help her to feel comfortable; was she aware of my presence. Grief and mourning are natural parts of healing after the loss of a loved one or friend. While grief and mourning relate to each other, they can each have a distinct impact. Grief and mourning are common terms to describe feelings…

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Tips to Incorporate Self-Care in the Warmer Months

July 4, 2022

Andromeda Peters, LICSW The warmer months come with longer days, often accompanied by changes in our emotions after emerging from the winter blues, as well as a change in our energy levels. Rather than taking a step back to relax and slow down, we may feel compelled to pack more onto our schedules. We may plan more travel, spend more time with friends and loved ones, and have busier weekends, causing us to exert more energy. With…

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Is It Toxic Positivity or a Positive Mindset?

July 3, 2022

Andromeda Peters, LICSW  Mental health is becoming more widely accepted on a global level. Cultures that have once deemed therapy as taboo are becoming more open to professional help. With that, therapy has become a space where one can simultaneously receive validation of their emotional experiences and a framework for shifting one’s thoughts to a healthier mindset. However, how do we know if we are leaning towards toxic positivity or just shifting to a healthier way of…

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How Can I Feel Better About My Body Image On Social Media?

July 1, 2022

Andromeda Peters, LICSW As we are approaching the warmer months, going into summer, mental health professionals note an increase in dopamine levels. We are able to spend more time outdoors, feel the nurturing energy of the sun, and even experience more physical activity. However, the warmer months are also accompanied by more emphasis on our physical bodies. Both the general media and social media have hindered the way we view our bodies in a society with a…

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Can Gratitude Negatively Impact Your Mental Health?

March 5, 2022

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC  There are many benefits of gratitude. In fact, studies indicate that gratitude improves your psychological functioning, physical health, relationships, and career (for more information on this, read my previous blog, What are the Benefits of Gratitude?). Yet, gratitude is not always beneficial.  Gratitude, like most practices, can have a positive or negative impact on your wellbeing. In certain circumstances, gratitude can indeed have a negative impact on your mental health.   Gratitude can minimize…

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What Are the Benefits of Gratitude?

March 4, 2022

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC Gratitude has gone viral. It’s easy to find books, journals, podcasts, and social media posts about gratitude. There is a reason for this popularity, as gratitude may have a positive impact upon your mental health as gratitude benefits your relationships, physical health, and career. Gratitude could strengthen your relationships Your relationships can have a strong positive impact on your mental health, and practicing gratitude can strengthen those relationships. Also, Fredrickson, & Gable (2103)…

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Am I Traumatized By COVID-19?

March 3, 2022

Meg Mulroy, LPC  As we usher in the new year with a highly contagious new strain of COVID, it’s hard not to think about how the pandemic has affected us all. In the past two years, our daily lives have drastically changed and we as a nation have witnessed numerous traumatic events and have had front row seats to death, loss, and grief. People have not just lost loved ones, but also jobs, routines, and much-anticipated plans,…

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Are You Setting Up Dreams for the New Year

March 2, 2022

  By Valarie A. Williams-Siler, Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist We are entering a new year and many of us are looking to determine what our next steps will be. Have you found yourself dreaming of starting a business, returning back to school, or perhaps entering marriage or a new relationship? The Webster dictionary defines dreams as “a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal; a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep”.…

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Avoiding Relationship Games In a Modern Dating World

March 1, 2022

Jessica Pontis, LCSW It’s a tough scene out there for people who are single.  In a world where connecting with new people has never been more accessible, why is dating so hard?  With the increase of different types of tech and apps out there aimed at helping single people connect, why does it seem like I hear more and more from clients the struggle to find open, honest, and straightforward people looking to find love.   One thing…

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How to Choose the Best Therapist for You

February 28, 2022

Danielle Farmer, LPC Starting therapy for the first time can be intimidating. There are steps you can take before your first session to lessen the feeling of fear and ensure you have a strong connection with your therapist. Having a compatible therapist makes the transition easier and can lead to a more successful outcome. Understanding the Relationship: Let’s start with understanding what makes for a successful therapy experience. A major component of what makes therapy successful is…

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