Behavioral Health Blog

Understanding Trauma

When people think about trauma, they imagine the absolute worst thing that could happen. People often assume that something does not qualify as trauma unless it is an extreme situation, with an extreme reaction. It’s easy to understand why going to war might be traumatic, but such thinking minimizes the trauma that each of us has faced at some point in our life. As…

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Summer 101

Summer is an exciting time!  School is out, the days are long, the sun is strong, and you can relax.  Well, maybe in theory.  I have heard from parents and children alike that summer can be daunting.  Some people can experience distress with less routine and structure, especially children.  This unease may lead children to experience an increase in anxiety, feel a lack of…

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Getting A’s: From Autism to Asperger’s and Everything on the Spectrum

Although all the testing in the world can't capture the whole story of a child's behavioral concerns, the correct testing can provide valuable insight to help each child succeed. Reaching a diagnosis can be an arduous journey because there's a lack of understanding about how the symptoms and diagnoses vary between boys and girls. The statistics and behaviors often indicate a need for testing,…

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Got Kids? Got Guilt.

As I sit here tonight thinking about what to write for this article, I also have passing thoughts of “If and how will me missing a crucial part of their day (bedtime) several nights a week have an impact?” and “Is letting them watch Moana while I eat my lunch in peace messing up their development?” Comments from other people and comparing on social…

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Movies Exploring Mental Health

Movies can be a wonderful platform in which parents and children can have an honest dialogue about everyday life, as well as emotions/mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it. Here are three movies that can foster a dialogue in regards to mental illness and everyday life for individuals of various ages. Whether parents watch these movies with their kids or watch on their…

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January 2018 – Fresh New Year

Many people attempt to begin new healthy habits on New Years Day. Ashley Wooley, LMFT has some great tips for you as you begin your new habit journey. For the last five years my New Year’s resolution has been to eat healthier. Unfortunately, as my family and probably my co-workers could tell you, that is a resolution that I have yet to keep, and…

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Stop the Sensitivity

This is it. People talk about how soft we're making our kids; the coddling, pampering, protecting. We've talked about inclusion, making kids feel good, how we all need to take care of each other and be sensitive to the needs of others. But as a therapist and business owner, it needs to stop. This story says it all. The fact that a state high…

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