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How to Manage Stress: Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks

Teen manages stress

During this time of year, it is normal and common to feel an increased level of stress.  Some things that can contribute to this include the holidays, finals at school, deadlines at work, and traveling to see family. While a low level of stress can be healthy to accomplish tasks, projects, and assignments, high levels of […]

Is Thanksgiving Good For Your Teen’s Well-Being?

Teen Thanksgiving

It’s a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. It means lots of family around the dinner table. It means terrific food that we only eat once a year.  It means different pies for an unlimited dessert. It means watching the NFL all day. And for teens, it means a long weekend of […]

Changing of Seasons and Mental Health: What’s The Link?

October is now here and we are quickly approaching the end of the year!  With Fall and Winter upon us, the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. While there are many people who love the changing of seasons, there are also those whose mental health is impacted by this change. Seasonal […]

How Can You Benefit From Positive Psychology?

What is Positive Psychology? In simple terms, positive psychology is defined as “the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008). It studies human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people […]

Therapy 101: Getting Started

Teens spending time together after therapy

What Is Therapy? Therapy, also known as talk therapy and psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a mental health professional to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, illnesses, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body).  Some things therapy can address include: How Can You Benefit from Therapy? Whether you are involved in individual, couple, […]

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Don’t Become a Statistic!

I am called a “survivor.”  My son, Jake, took his life at age 19 by jumping in front of an oncoming truck on a Montana Interstate. Absolutely horrible and our lives will never be the same. Was he on drugs or alcohol? No. Was he on anti-depressant medication? No. Did he share his feelings with […]

It’s Back to School For Your Teens. Are You Ready For Their Anxiety?

Back to school teens

Has this felt like the shortest summer on record for your teen?  School begins in just a few days almost everywhere. It was only a few years ago that school systems decided to move the starting date of high school from the day after Labor Day to late August, to now the 2nd week of August. […]

Celebrate Disability Pride Month

What is a Disability? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a disability is “any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions)”.  The World Health Organization (WHO) […]

Happy Father’s Day From a Survivor

Happy Father's Day

Father’s Day should be a positive day for dads throughout the year. Better than birthdays. Better than Christmas. Even better than your family vacation. All the attention of your family goes into this day. And for your children, all their attention shifts from themselves to their fathers.  Fathers feel proud, excited, joyous, and elated about […]

What Are Gender Pronouns and Why Are They Important?

What are pronouns? A pronoun is a word that refers to either the people talking (like I or you) or someone or something that is being talked about (like she, I, them, and this). Gender pronouns (like he, hers, and them) specifically refer to people that you are talking about. What is a “Gender Pronoun”? A […]

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