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Put Yourself First!

January 15th, 2020 by

Happy New  Year! Looking for a New Year’s resolution? What if you chose one that not only improves your overall mood and level of functioning but also improves your relationships with others? Put Yourself First! Simpler said than done, yet this is one of the most effective ways to make a signi...

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Helping Children Understand the True Meaning of Christmas 

December 13th, 2019 by

So many cultures have holiday rituals at this time of year, centered on bringing the light to the darkness, and love and peace to each other.  Speaking here to my religious and cultural tradition, I know many Americans will be celebrating Christmas soon. Some of us will stay in our home, some wi...

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If everything I read makes sense, why does it fail when I do it? It must be me. Trust me, it isn’t you. 

November 24th, 2019 by

Often when we work on ourselves, we find helpful tips from friends, news articles, and social media posts. These well-written stories of how to better your life can be inspirational, but for someone already overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, these stories may perpetuate feelings of chronic frust...

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Stillness

November 2nd, 2019 by

Most people can recall a proverb that was passed down to them while they were growing up that reflects our society’s admiration for keeping busy.   Maybe it was the saying “the early bird gets the worm” or “busy as a beaver.”  There is no denying that being busy is considered somet...

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Live By Grace, Not Perfection

September 17th, 2019 by

One way to impact daily happiness is choosing to live by grace rather than perfection. Grace is the practice of giving kindness and understanding in situations in which it is not deserved. It is not based on merit or worth. It is given despite a wrong or a mistake. When you do this, it not [&hell...

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Overwhelmed by all the bad in the world, and ready to give up?

August 13th, 2019 by

Recently I became disheartened when someone I love and respect stated that they weren’t sure if they could get behind forgiveness given the state of the world today. This broke my heart a bit because this person is generous with understanding, optimism, “being the solution”, and is often t...

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Join Beverly Therapists in a Supply Drive for Asylum Seeking Families

August 13th, 2019 by

As our hearts mourn for so much that feels so wrong in the world, we ask how can we help be the healing? At Beverly Therapists, Jennifer Lara will be leading a supply drive for Sueños Sin Fronteras. Sueños Sin Fronteras is a Latinx and Womxn- led collective responding to the immediate, short-te...

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How to Stay Sane in an Insane System

July 19th, 2019 by

Many of us have worked in big bureaucracies or other systems in which Rule #1 seems to be “nothing makes sense.” We can spend much of our time frustrated and angry about how illogical the decisions of others may seem. Sometimes these decisions impact us directly; at other times, they just s...

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What’s going on in your teen’s life? Confessions of a Therapist . . .

June 27th, 2019 by

Author’s note:  The purpose of this article to provide psychoeducation and support to parents, teachers, coaches, or any other adult/authority figures who have frequent contact with teens of “Generation Z” or “I-Generation” and want to know more about the unique challenges today’s t...

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Moon Circle

May 31st, 2019 by

Human connection is proven to be an important part of wellness. For ages, people have gathered in groups for many reasons to connect, empower each other, and heal. “A circle” is a gathering with some commonly agreed guidelines and can form around a wide range of themes including common id...

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