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Strategies for Building Resilience in Children

  The American Psychological Association describes resilience as “the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands.”  We all want this for our children. Building resilience helps children maintain a positive view of themselves, others, and the world …

Don’t yell…ACT! Managing Your Child’s Inappropriate Behaviors with the ACT Method. 

When children have emotional outbursts, aren’t listening, show defiance or display other troublesome behaviors, it’s easy to become frustrated as a parent. What do you do and how can you foster emotional growth in your child while further nurturing their self-control and personal responsibility?  The ACT method is a child-centered therapeutic approach that provides an …

Having Anxiety and Depression as a Healthcare Professional

Anxiety and depression can happen for a variety of reasons. It may be something you struggled with long before entering the healthcare field, OR, it may have taken root as a result of your work in the healthcare field. Either way, experiencing mental health challenges while working in a fast-paced, high-stress healthcare environment is a …

Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Adults

Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Adulthood Emerging adulthood is a season of life marked by self-focus, instability, identity explorations, feeling in-between, and a sense of possibilities.1 This stage occurs from age 18 to 29, when you’re finishing grade school and transitioning into a more ambiguous season.   Experiencing a new level of freedom and choosing what …

Healthcare Professional Burnout: Symptoms and Solutions

Define Burnout The Mayo Clinic defines burnout as “a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” Are you metaphorically raising your hand, saying, “Yes! This is me!”? If so, know that you’re not alone. Burnout is …

Understanding Anger in Children and Teens

Is your child or teen angry? If you have ever dealt with the angry outbursts of a child or had screaming matches with an adolescent, then you know how difficult it can be to respond positively to anger. Even the most patient parents may find themselves reacting emotionally and regretting what they have said. Ultimately, …

Exercising More May Decrease Your Anxiety

When we think about the benefits of exercise, we typically think about losing weight, getting stronger, looking better, or improving our heart health. We’re familiar with the physical benefits of exercising – and there are many! But, we may not realize that exercising also has a plethora of mental health benefits. Exercising builds confidence. It …

The Importance of Premarital Counseling for Christians

People of all backgrounds and beliefs understand the importance of investing in what matters most. And most all would agree that staying connected in your marriage is vitally important! Yet, for Christian couples, premarital counseling serves a distinct purpose. You’re entering a covenant with your spouse, and together, you’re also entering a covenant with God. …

The Blame Game: Common Problems Addressed in Marriage Counseling

“You’re the reason ______.” “You always ______.” “If you didn’t _____, then I ______.”  These are just a few phrases we use when we’re blaming our spouse. It’s so easy for even the best relationship to get stuck in the blame game. Pointing out fault in another, before seeing or noticing your own contributions, is …

How to Quiet the Chaos in the Midst of a Pandemic.

This week has been filled with uncertainty, panic, and fear. I have watched as my family, friends and clients have struggled under the weight of our collective experience of a pandemic. Personally, as a mom to a medically fragile child, this week has not been filled with peace. As this pandemic continues, it is time …