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Is your approach to child discipline wrong? These strategies work better than others, according to the professionals

Child discipline is tricky business: as there is a wide range of strategies and techniques that can (or actually can’t) get the job done. So which one’s do get the job done? According to science, the authoritative parenting style proves the most effective; this involves encouragement and clear communication. Another…

Can an emotionally abusive relationship cause PTSD? Understanding the impact of trauma and how to heal

Any kind of abuse—whether it be physical, emotional, mental, sexual, etc.—can lead to PTSD, as abuse is a highly emotionally distressing experience. The overactivation of stress hormones causes the victim of abuse to experience a fight, flight or freeze response, which makes it near impossible for the individual to focus…

Are my friends gaslighting me?

It’s hard to believe, but our closest friends are capable of manipulating us in ways we’d prefer not to imagine. One very dangerous form of this manipulation is gaslighting: or manipulating someone using psychological means into questioning what they know to be true. In close relationships, gaslighting involves shaming someone…

What is a working alliance in counseling? What does a healthy therapeutic relationship look like?

A working alliance in therapy, otherwise known as the therapeutic relationship, is simply the relationship that exists between the client and his or her therapist. In this alliance, both parties have the same goal: for the client to make improvements and benefit from great change throughout the therapeutic process. It’s…

Is it important to trust your counselor? How do counselors make their clients feel comfortable enough to open up?

A key to finding success in therapy is building a positive relationship with your therapist and feeling comfortable enough to open up to them. Counselors use different techniques to help their clients feel more comfortable in therapy, and in turn, make for a successful therapy journey. First, it helps to…

What does a healthy therapeutic relationship NOT look like? Here are five types of therapists you should avoid

When exploring different options for therapy and therapists, it’s important that you acknowledge the importance of a healthy therapeutic relationship and therefore avoid several types of therapists. The first kind of counselor you should avoid is the Conflict of Interest Therapist: or in other words, a counselor that your close…

What is emotionally focused therapy? Which counseling techniques prove important and beneficial to this form of therapy?

A range of techniques used in emotionally focused therapy help couples (and others) to better understand each other and address issues in their relationship. An emotionally focused therapist, Jennine Estes, identifies her favorite techniques: leaning in, repeating, joint roadmaps, and organization. To make her clients feel more comfortable in opening…

How parenting influences child development: Four tips for raising a happy, healthy child and equipping them with life-changing tools

You can set your child up for success by teaching them how to live a happy, healthy life and equipping them with beneficial tools. One parenting technique that can help you accomplish this mission is simply being honest with yourself—are you being the supportive parent or the pushy parent? Practicing…

You can be a good mom to your newborn and stay on top of your physical, mental, and emotional health—here’s how

While it’s important to prioritize your newborn’s health, it’s equally as important that you take care of yourself as well. Keep your physical health on track by staying hydrated and eating nutritious foods. You should also maintain open communication with your doctor and continue to listen to your body’s cues….

When Social Media Makes You Sad

We’re all guilty of it—scrolling enviously through our feeds, staring at all the pretty pictures and reading about our friends’ “glamorous” lives. But here’s the thing: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Have you ever heard someone refer to social media as a highlight reel? This means…

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