The Gift of Giving (or Not)

The Gift of Giving (or Not) Thoughtful choices and meaningful traditions Caitlyn Andrews Valle, LMFT A few years ago, eager to avoid the annual hubbub around buying “enough” and finding “the perfect gift,” my family began weighing the pros and cons of our holiday traditions. What we discovered was that although some of the gift giving was fun (the selecting … Read More

Rituals and How to Incorporate More Rituals During the Holidays

Rituals and How to Incorporate More Rituals During the Holidays By: Dilini Dharmawardana, MFTI During the holiday season, stress can overwhelm us and make enjoying the holidays difficult. However, having rituals in place that you partake in every year can help make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some ways you can create more family unity, happiness, … Read More

9 Rituals or Traditions You Can Start Today!

Nine Family Rituals or Traditions You Can Start Today! Janet Plankenhorn, MS LMFT Family rituals or traditions can help families build memories and bonds that will forever be a part of their lives. These rituals can be passed down from generation to generation, or you can start a new tradition right now! 1. Have an at home movie theater night … Read More

Gratitude and Ways to Feel More Grateful

Gratitude and Ways to Feel More Grateful By: Dilini Dharmawardana, MFTI Sometimes gratitude comes easy and sometimes it takes a lot of work. Especially these days, finding gratitude and being able to be grateful is important. Finding ways to be more grateful can help us find happiness. Here are some tips to help  you find gratitude: Tip #1: Keep a … Read More

Impact of Gratitude

Impact of Gratitude Accepting loved ones for the good the bad Caitlyn Andrews, MA, LMFT The season of gathering, family and togetherness is rapidly approaching, but what if the idea of togetherness brings up feelings of anxiety instead of happiness? Perhaps it’s somewhere in-between. You’re not alone. Despite our desires for a picturesque holiday, the holidays can unearth previous family … Read More

Strengthening Attachment Through Play

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Strengthening Attachment Through Play By Jennifer Hector, LMFT Play is fundamental to children’s social emotional learning. It is a field where kids can rehearse, work through and digest life’s possibilities. When parents join their kids in play, there is an invitation to enter into the child’s world, see through their eyes and engage in their exploration. This interactive exploration naturally … Read More

3 Ways to Help You Let Go and Move Forward

3 Ways to Help You Let Go and Move Forward By Dilini Dharmawardana, MFTI Sometimes we all have difficulties letting go and moving on. It is important to have tools in our toolbox to help us let go. Whether we are holding on to a past relationship, comment made by someone to us, or trouble letting go of feelings it … Read More

Am I Becoming My Mother?

How Your Own Childhood Can Influence Your Child’s Attachment Caitlyn Andrews, MA, LMFT   Like it or not, how we were loved, attended to and supported as children influences the way we parent our own children. But how? Attachment is the emotional bond between child and parent/caregiver and affects their emotional, social and cognitive development. More specifically, it’s a regulatory … Read More

3 Ways To Keep Your Relationships Fun and Alive

Relationships Want More Fun: 3 Ways To Keep Your Relationships Fun and Alive Dilini Dharmawardana, MFTI   Does your relationship feel less alive after a while of being together? Sometimes the more comfortable people get in a relationship, the more stagnant and boring the relationship may seem. Would you like your relationship to feel like it did when you first … Read More

Embracing Change

Embracing Change Marta A. Gea Franca, MFT   Change is happening as I write this article. Change is inevitable and constant. Summer is ending, children are going back to school, teenagers are off to college, people are moving to different places and transitioning to new jobs and homes. Life is moving in a fast pace. In the media, we watch … Read More