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1911, 2020

Restorative Creativity: Art and the Healing Journey

Restorative Creativity: Art and the Healing Journey For many who enter the doors of a therapist office, finding words to accurately honor painful and abusive experiences is an ongoing challenge. For those with PTSD, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, gaining access to and giving an account of the trauma can be profoundly difficult. Offering “Restorative Creativity” sessions to assist in processing traumatic experiences has given many clients a visual language with which to explore unprocessed, fragmented layers of their history. The power of visual imagery and the collaging of multiple images that feel like “they need to [...]

1211, 2020

The Loved Ones’ Suicide Prevention Guide

It’s never easy to watch someone you care about struggle. Whether that person is a child, a parent, a friend, or a neighbor, it’s easy to feel like there’s nothing you can do to keep them safe or make things easier. Since many people facing mental health issues are lost to suicide, this helplessness can be extremely scary for loved ones.  Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your loved ones’ risk of suicide. His Heart Foundation is dedicated to helping people and communities develop and maintain strong mental wellbeing. In that spirit, [...]

2110, 2020

Do I have Postpartum PTSD, Anxiety, or Birth Trauma?

At the time of this writing, mothers all over the country and the world are getting pregnant and giving birth during a global pandemic. These are unprecedented times, and new mamas are navigating pregnancy and childbirth where environmental factors are affecting and changing birthing experiences. Women may dream about their newborn baby's birth for many years, with hope, excitement, and expectation for this life-changing moment in their lives. Today, expectant mothers must deal with the complications COVID-19 creates for their birthing experiences and any unexpected birth trauma that may arise. Women, in great numbers, endure many types [...]

710, 2020

Help Your Marriage Survive the Pandemic

In every relationship, couples have natural ways they connect and natural ways they have conflict.  When life is easy the connecting part is easy and the conflict can be more easily be overlooked.  As life becomes more stressful connecting gets harder while the conflicts get exposed.  Stressors Expose Conflicts  There are several stressors that can have this affect on a marriage such as parenting, career challenges, other family relationships, health issues and any major life changes.  Since at least March most marriages have been impacted in some way by the stress of the Coronavirus pandemic as it [...]

2909, 2020

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Teenagers

We are wired to connect with others; at our core we are social beings. A major task for a teenager is to develop and form his or her identity, this development diverges from mom and dad and shifts toward peers in the teenage years. Due to COVID, teens are more disconnected than ever. One of the major paradoxes we have seen over the recent years, is the rise of social media and the furthered disconnection of our youth. The COVID crisis parallels and exacerbates the social media paradox, our teens are experiencing major isolation and it is [...]

909, 2020

The Impact of Honesty

"Honesty is such a lonely word, but mostly what I need from you." -Billy Joel Honesty in Relationships If relationships are built on trust, honesty is the mortar that holds the foundation together. I’ve heard it once said, “When you lie, you make yourself a stranger to me.” Think about that. When someone you care about deceives you, what you thought to be true is not, and a little bit of the reality of your relationship is either reshaped or shattered. At least that element of your understanding of your connection makes them like a stranger. Honesty [...]

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