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Tips for Getting Through a Breakup

7 Tips for Getting Through a Breakup

No breakup is ever easy, but some breakups can make you feel like you’ve been sucker punched. And during those times, it can become sincerely difficult to see a way forward. Maybe your friends and family don’t seem to understand why you’re struggling so much, but you have every right to your feelings and your personal journey of mourning. (Because...

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How to Come Out as an LGBTQA Adult

Most of us had a childhood filled with both subtle and overt lessons of how people and things “should” be. Our family, culture, and society expect us to fit into a certain mold and behave a certain way. Because of the type of upbringing that many people experience, it can be very difficult for people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual...

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Get Some Sleep! 5 Tips for Busting Through Your Insomnia

If you find yourself struggling to fall or stay asleep, you’re not alone. Insomnia, the chronic inability to get sufficient sleep, is a common problem affecting millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 study, more than a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a daily basis.With a lack of sleep at the...

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How to Help Children Understand Terrifying Events

As a parent, your job is to make sure your kids grow and develop in a safe and healthy environment. While it’s possible for you to control your immediate environment – your home – it’s simply not possible to ensure the greater world around your child is safe and free from trauma or natural disasters.The latest research points to the...

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You Don’t See Bluebonnets at Night

Last week, my dad got pretty sick very quickly. It felt like one of those “rally ’round the family” moments, so I drove to Georgetown (a small town near Austin) when I finished work on Thursday night. It was a contemplative, nighttime, three-hour drive, all by myself. I got there and spent two days with my brother and sister, shuttling...

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How to Support LGBTQ Teens

How to Support LGBTQ Teens Coming Out

The LGBTQ movement has made some landmark strides in the past decade. The “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, health insurance discrimination has been prevented, and same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide. This, in combination with greater awareness and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in society and the media, has helped LGBTQ teens find...

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Compliments and Self Esteemation

Why Compliments Don’t Boost Self Esteem

When a loved one is suffering from low self-esteem, it’s hard to know what to say. Naturally you want them to see themselves as you see them. You want them to feel joyful about the reality of who they are, not be mired down in the falsities they insist are truths.In the past, you may have tried showering them with compliments, only to wonder...

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Benefits of Having a Pet for Mental Health

The Mental Health Benefits of Having a Pet

People with mental and physical disabilities have been using service animals and emotional support animals for decades. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), under Titles II and III, a service animal “is any dog specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or...

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Jogging Trail Thoughts

Thoughts from the jogging trail in Memorial Park: It's amazing where your mind runs, if you head out for the jogging trail, but forget to bring your headphones. So walking in silence today, these are some of the things I thought about. On the jogging trail, you see people who are fit, heavy, tall, short, fashionable, frumpy--but they are all...

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It’s always “right now”

So I’ve finally had the chance to start reading “The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead” (Travis Langley, Ed.), and even in the intro, there are interesting things to think about. In his intro, Langley quotes Hershel, from The Walking Dead (TWD) Episode 4-8: “Ever since I gave Glenn my watch, it’s always ‘right now” for me.” This is one concept that I will often talk to my clients about.

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