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My Case for Changing Mother’s Day to Mothering Day

Being a mother myself, I know first-hand the laborious journey of all that motherhood entails. I have experienced such tremendous joys, have sacrificed my own needs repeatedly for my family, and humbly, I am grateful for it all. It’s sweet to be celebrated on Mother’s Day but honestly, I si...

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Embracing Challenging Emotions

Many of us grew up in families where avoiding expression of emotion was valued. We weren’t provided safe space to feel or express a full range of emotion. Perhaps our primary caregivers worked really hard to avoid their own challenging emotions thereby only praising us for those feelings viewed...

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Happy Holidays?

As the holiday season approaches, we look for those perfect presents for our loved ones.  Parents cannot wait to capture the never ending smiles on their children’s faces as they come into the living room to open their gifts.  People decorate their homes to create a winter wonderland. Unfortu...

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Let’s Talk About Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss

“God knows best.” “Focus on the children you DO have.” “At least it was early on in the pregnancy.” “Maybe it was not meant to be.” “You need to let go, and get over it.” “You can always try again.” “Take it as a sign.” These are some of the things that well intentione...

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Healing Trauma with Yoga and Meditation

It is said the the buddha teaches one thing, suffering and the end of suffering (Salzberg). Although, the Buddhist concept of suffering is not limited only to trauma, it is helpful in understanding how our relationship with trauma creates suffering. Mark Epstein is a Buddhist scholar and psychoth...

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Finding Your Confident Voice

As 2018 approaches and you begin thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, remember to include goals surrounding your mental and emotional health.  One way to do this is to improve your communication skills.  In our daily interactions with others, particularly those with whom we spend a lot...

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Reflections from a Neighborhood Therapist

“Ask me permission before you ask me a question,” the teenager shared. I quietly paused, to think about what this youth was telling me. It was our second session together and we were just beginning to cultivate a relationship. I was in my mid 20’s and had been in the social service field fo...

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The Importance of Affirmations

This morning, I rolled out of bed reminding myself of my new self-care routine. But first, I had to clear a few mental road blocks: don’t look at emails, don’t look at Facebook, don’t stop to make a coffee first….  I tied my shoes, opened my treasure chest of essential oils, reached for ...

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on” – Abraham Lincoln September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month We would like to take this time to bring forth awareness and resources of the 10th leading cause of death  Suicide is the intentional act of taking o...

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Who You Gonna Call…When You Are a First Reponder?

Not too long ago, my kids were watching the Angry Birds movie, for what seemed to be the millionth time in the week, when I heard my husband ask them to stop singing along to one of the songs. The song was Sound of da Police by KRS-One. After learning that this song portrays a […]

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