The Holiday Season: Surviving or Thriving?

The Holiday Season: Surviving or Thriving? Michelle A. Culver, LMFT As the holidays are upon us, most will focus on what we are doing for others: spending time together, what gifts to give, and the food to be shared. While these activities are fulfilling in the long run, they cause stress in the moment. Some of the stress might sound … Read More

7 Tips for Flourishing During the Holidays

7 Tips for Flourishing During the Holidays Caitlyn Valle, LMFT The holidays are a time for relaxation, indulging, spending time with family, laughing and having fun…right? So why is there so much stress around the holiday time? For some, it’s the misalignment of expectations reality or spending a concentrated amount of time with family. For others is the spending on … Read More

Understanding Teenage Cutting

Understanding Teenage Cutting Q & A with a Professional Therapist Caitlyn Valle, LMFT With suicide listed as the second leading cause of death in individuals 10-34 years of age in the United States, it’s not surprising that this epidemic of self-injury is receiving mainstream media attention in popular music, online, and in television and radio programming. In 2016, nearly 45,000 … Read More

3 Signs Your Teenager May Be Suicidal

3 Signs Your Teenager May Be Suicidal By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT Everyone struggles, but sometimes that struggle becomes so real or so difficult that suicide is thought of over using the skills learned over time to deal with problems. “Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, … Read More

3 Ways that Mental Health Therapy is Useful

3 Ways that Mental Health Therapy is Useful By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT Life is hard and figuring out how to make it through the tough times can be hard, however, having a therapist can help make navigating the difficult times easier. People, oftentimes, doubt the usefulness and need for therapy because therapy is not a quick fix and allowing the … Read More

How to Start to Incorporate more Mindfulness into your Day and Life

How to Start to Incorporate more Mindfulness into your Day and Life By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT As Jon Kabat-Zinn once said “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” Mindfulness is paying attention and focusing on what you are doing and … Read More

Considering Your Child’s Development in A Busy World

Considering Your Child’s Development in A Busy World By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT These days we are all busy whether it be from work or trying to schedule in time for self-care. But, it is important to take into account your child’s developmental needs and how to foster them. It is important to remember that children do not always develop at … Read More

5 Tips for Talking to Your Children about Diversity

5 Tips for Talking to Your Children about Diversity How to bring a curious heart and mind to important conversations Caitlyn Valle, LMFT Culture, diversity, race, identity, privilege, faith, sexism, orientation, disability, ageism. When it comes to these important topics and having sensitive conversations with our children, where do we begin? When is the right time to talk with them … Read More

How to Help a Child Who Experienced Emotional Abuse

How to Help a Child Who Experienced Emotional Abuse By: Dilini Dharmawardana, AMFT According to Prevent Child Abuse America, Emotional abuse of a child “may be the most damaging form(s) of maltreatment” (Prevent child abuse America, 2018). Children want to be seen and heard. Emotional abuse can involve ignoring a child, verbally criticizing them, calling them names, and pressuring them. … Read More

Talking to your Child about Sexual Abuse

Talking to your Child about Sexual Abuse By Janet Plankenhorn, LMFT April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with that said I would like to take a few minutes of your time to help you make talking about sexual abuse comfortable for you and your children. Of course none of us want to think about the subject so it … Read More