Besting the Holiday Blues

By Christian J. Billington, MA, NCC The holidays can be a busy time: a time for family, gift giving, reflection, well-established social expectations, and commitments. At the same time, the holidays can exaggerate stress, anxiety, loss, and loneliness. Sometimes the stressors can overwhelm the magic of the season. What follows are a few ideas to help you negotiate these difficulties. Instead of waiting for problems to erupt, consider strategies and skills ahead of time to help manage h...
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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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Where are You on the Trauma Map?

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC What happens in your body when you are faced with a threat? And, more importantly, what happens afterwards? The Trauma Map, first developed by Peter Levine and modified by Eric Wolterstorff at Trauma Dynamics, can help explain the process. In this model, there are five stages of experience, 0-4. These stages represent the reactions of a threat response system, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), headquartered in the most primitive part of the brain of all mamma...
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The Good Enough Family

By Lesley Cunningham, MA, LPC Most all of us came from a “good enough” family. We got our basic needs met most of the time; that is, we had adequate food, shelter, and clothing. We were mostly supported through difficulties, whether they were school, first jobs, or difficult relationships. This magical chemistry happens through “good enough” parenting and resources. Parenting can come in the form of birth parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, important near relatives, or family friends – ...
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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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