Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Child

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC In my work with children and their parents, I frequently learn that the parent’s expectations of their children are unrealistic. And not having their expectations met brings parents a lot of disappointment, which translates into consequences for children, turmoil, and breaks in the child/parent relationship. To help you navigate this tricky terrain, I would like to share some thoughts about how to set realistic expectations for your child. I grew up in Roma...
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Hope

By Jaime Davila, MA, LPC, NCC  "A human being without hope is like a walking corpse…" ~ Schumacher, 2003 What drives us human beings to continue living from day to day? Is our drive to live simply a biological mechanism that enables us to survive as a species? What role does hope play? Although at first these may seem like odd questions, if we slow down and really consider them, there is a lot here to explore. The dictionary defines hope as "wish, expect, look forward to something, 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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Seeking Safety Group for Women with PTSD and Addiction

Alex Hayes, MA, LPCC, NCC
Join us... ...for a 10-week exploration of the interconnected nature of trauma and addiction. Seeking Safety is a well-researched group protocol for those who have both PTSD symptoms and addiction issues. Beyond a better understanding of what you are experiencing, you will develop skills and resources that help you manage PTSD symptoms, including depression and anxiety. The Seeking Safety group for Women is facilitated by two trauma and addiction specialists, Jennifer Carter, MA, LPC, LAC an...
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