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How Being Gentle with Yourself Changes You (And How You Feel About Yourself)

By Carl Nassar, Ph.D., LPC, CIIPTS Self-compassion is among the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Being harsh with yourself is, well, hard on yourself: It hinders growth and causes self-esteem issues. When you’re constantly belittling your progress or comparing yourself to the other people around you, there is little to no satisfaction or joy. You’ll struggle to move forward because the mistakes of your…

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How to Identify Your Emotions

How are you? It’s a question you may hear nearly every day, but how often do you give an honest and accurate answer? Chances are that you usually answer with something like “Fine!” or “Good!” Some people may occasionally admit they are “not great” or “a little under the weather.” But people rarely give an accurate answer to this routine question. It’s likely not…

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Why and How to Feel Emotions That You Want to Avoid

By Nicholette Leanza, LPCC-S We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions. – Brené Brown Emotions help color our lives. Ones that we may consider positive, like happiness and excitement, can feel great. But the ones that we deem uncomfortable, like sadness and anxiety, can be the ones we desperately want to avoid. Some examples…

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How to Support Your Child or Teen Through Therapy

It’s impossible to deny the toll that the pandemic has taken on children and teens. While COVID-19 itself has not been as dangerous for their physical health, mental health issues have risen sharply in response to the pandemic. Heartbreakingly, at least 40,000 minors in the United States are grieving a parent who died from COVID-19. Many more have lost grandparents, teachers, and other important…

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What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD

While popular media would have people believe that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) exclusively affects adults, children can develop the condition. In fact, as many as one in 100 kids live with OCD. Parents who know about this disorder’s symptoms, causes, and treatment options can look out for signs of OCD in children and help their kids if the problem ever arises. [post_cta title="Worried about your…

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Do You Have a Fear of Crowds?

As the pandemic seems to come to a close, people may be able to start gathering in larger crowds soon. Take a moment to reflect on how that makes you feel. After more than a year of people avoiding crowds for good reason, it's natural to feel a little nervous about getting back to this part of society. How do you know when that…

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What Is Social Anxiety?

Most people have felt awkward in a social situation at one point or another. Maybe they didn’t know many people at the party or felt uncomfortable in the clothes they wore. But people with social anxiety, or social phobia, feel so uncomfortable that they avoid social interactions as much as possible. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 15 million adults…

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Use Jedi Wisdom to Enhance Your Life

By Nicholette Leanza, LPCC-S As many Star Wars fans know, Yoda’s wisdom is not just for young Padawans who are training to become Jedi Masters. It can also be for anyone simply looking to enhance their lives and live more fully. Yoda emphasized meditation and mindfulness as a way of understanding ourselves. Practicing these skills can bring deeper meaning to our lives. Here are a…

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Is Being a “Neat Freak” the Same as Having OCD?

In both popular media and everyday speech, the term “OCD” (meaning Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is synonymous with being unusually clean and organized. Characters with OCD on television obsess over germs and people say they "feel OCD” when they organize their homes. Not only are these uses of the term inaccurate, but they also serve to further the stigma of the disorder. Understanding and spreading the…

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