Preparing Children For Change

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC A few months ago we decided to move to a different town. In addition to requiring negotiating, logistical planning, and lots of sweat work, the move involved preparing our daughter for what was to come. With the excitement of moving also came the fear of the unknown, for both my daughter and me. Tons of questions went through our heads and we knew that we were going to miss our town – our friends, the restaurants, the stores – everything that had been fami...
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Parent Alienation: Manipulating a Child’s Loyalty

By Lesley S. Cunningham, MA, LPC Basic Instincts Children have a basic instinct: to survive. It is the reason for attachment, it is the reason for crying, and it is the reason why divided loyalties can happen. The survival instinct endows children with the innate ability to “read” their parents and, as a result, they are reading us constantly – our words and vocal intonations, but perhaps more importantly, our every move, the smallest facial expression, sigh, or teary eye. Parents al...
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The Shattered Experience: Trauma Memories

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Why is it that, when someone experiences post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they keep reliving the traumatic incident? The answer is complex, but there is a simple way to understand it using the metaphor of a book in a library. When we are faced with a threatening situation, our autonomic nervous system (ANS) jumps to our defense, sending out a cascade of neurochemicals designed to ignite life-saving behaviors (see a more comprehensive explanation of...
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Yoga is Effective Treatment for Depression

By Peter Lear, MA, LCSW, RYT Yoga asanas or postures have been practiced for over 5,000 years. Yoga has been around so long and has continued to grow in popularity in the last 10-15 years it, particularly in the West, for many reasons. One compelling reason is that it has a significant positive effect on mood, according to recent research.* Stress is a part of life; in fact, stress is one factor that enables our emotional and psychological growth by developing healthy coping skills. On the f...
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