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Connection & Disconnection in Family Relationships

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“We are never so vulnerable as when we love.” (Siegmund Freud) Human beings are social creatures with an innate need for connection with others. It is as essential to our survival as our need for water, food, and shelter.  We flourish when our connection with others is secured, and we suffer when this connection breaks apart. […]

Benefits of Art or Play Therapy for Kids and Teens

Throughout history, art has been used by humans to tell stories, express ourselves, and communicate with one another. From cave paintings to modern art, drawing pictures is one of the most natural forms of expression for humans, even when language has not been available to us. It is a unique communication tool that has played […]

Supporting Trans Youth: Parental Anxiety

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One of the main challenges parents of trans and nonbinary youth express to me is something they often share with their kids: feeling alone and unsupported. That feeling has changed in recent years. It’s hard to separate parental reactions to a child coming out, or asking for support with names, pronouns, clothes, and other kinds […]

Igniting Your Creativity: Using Art for Mental Well-Being

Art has always held a special place in my heart. I can’t say that I am a great artist but I’ve always found the act of creation to be very fulfilling. Rather than fixating on the end result, I find comfort in the process of drawing and painting, because it allows me to connect with […]

Battling Burnout: Strategies for Replenishing Your Energy and Well-Being

In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, battling burnout has become an all-too-common experience for many individuals. Juggling multiple responsibilities, managing workloads, and dealing with personal challenges can leave us feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of burnout, its signs and symptoms, and effective strategies to combat it […]

Wellness: Achieving A Healthy Lifestyle

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Wellness is a process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy lifestyle. There is no standard or universal model when it comes to wellness. Most wellness models consider physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual as important areas to think about, while others include occupational and financial as part of their wellness […]