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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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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