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February 18, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Divorce Affect Adolescents' Ability To Communicate With Their Parents?

February 18, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Marriage is common and so is divorce. Over two million marriages occur in the U.S. per year. By the time a person turns 50 years of age, over 90 per cent of people in the U.S. have tied the knot. According to the American Psychological Association, a happy home gives a child the chance to be a healthier adult in all ways - mentally, physically, and emotionally. So what happens to teens whose parents’ divorce? Is it possible to create a happy home post-divorce? A recent Norwegian study published in the Journal of Public Health aimed to answer that question particularly when it came to divorce and conversational difficulties with parents and the effects on adolescent health and self-esteem. [More]

December 24, 2017
by Christie Hunter

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New Years Resolutions

December 24, 2017 16:17 by Christie Hunter  [About the Author]

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A New Year has arrived and with a New Year comes new hopes and dreams just bursting to be fulfilled. Losing weight, quitting smoking, and getting healthy are by far the most popular resolutions. And yet the attainability of a resolution has become virtually impossible to achieve for most people. Breaking down goals into pragmatic parts results in more successful outcomes. [More]

April 13, 2015
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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Dove’s #ChooseBeautiful Looks To Transform Beauty

April 13, 2015 10:32 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC  [About the Author]

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Dove’s new campaign #ChooseBeautiful is challenging women across the globe to rethink what it means to be beautiful and acknowledge their own beauty. Dove’s most recent inspirational advertising placed a “beautiful” sign and an “average” sign above two adjacent doors of buidlings in San Francisco, Shanghai, London, Delhi, and Sao Paulo. The cameras were then rolling to see what women of all ages would do when faced with the decision to walk through the “average” door or the “beautiful” door. The large majority of women chose to walk under the “average” door, some with hesitation, others seemingly without thought. [More]

April 3, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Anything You Can Do I Can Do BETTER: Praise and Sense of Self in Children

April 3, 2015 07:55 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.  [About the Author]

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It is a well-known fact that parenting does not come with a manual of standard procedure (which would indeed be helpful) and at times, various topics arise which make parents second-guess themselves. Recently, the topic of praise and narcissism has been at the forefront of social media and sensationalized pop-culture blogs. However, what is missing is an expert opinion on the matter based upon a combination of empiricism and years of experience with hundreds, even thousands of children. [More]

February 11, 2015
by Juliana Fruhling,MA-MFT, RCC

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Doctor's Orders- Time to Play Evidence Suggests

February 11, 2015 11:30 by Juliana Fruhling,MA-MFT, RCC  [About the Author]

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Research has shown that one tool that has proven to be effective in reducing anxiety in young children is educating parents to engage with their children in Non-Directive Play, also known as Child-Centred Play. Non-Directive Play Therapy has been practiced for years as an effective therapeutic technique to use with young children. [More]

August 22, 2014
by Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP

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5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

August 22, 2014 04:55 by Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP  [About the Author]

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It’s summer, time for swimsuit season, sleeveless tops and cool, comfortable clothing. At least it is where I live, in hot and humid Houston, Tx. How is your body image in summer months? We are all bombarded by media messages day after day, but it can certainly increase in the summer months when we’re likely to be more exposed and more self-conscious of our bodies. [More]