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  • How to Deal with Difficult Family During The Holidays

    December 10, 2018

    Family get-togethers are not always easy. Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our ...

  • What Happens When Your College Student Returns

    The return of the college student during the holiday season is a very exciting time.  Many of our youngsters have been away at school for the first time and are eager to come home to visit with ...

  • Are You Afraid To Put Your Guard Down?

    Learning how to set personal boundaries and how to implement those boundaries is a topic that can either make or break a relationship.   According to the dictionary a boundary is defined as ...

  • Grieving During the Holiday Season

    Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Most of us are not prepared for the long journey of grief which is sometimes devastating, frightening, and often lonely. We may ...

  • No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

    We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true.

    Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very ...

  • Enabling and Codependency

    Codependency is usually associated with the term “enabling.”

    Enabling is doing something for someone that they can or should be doing for themselves. It is taking responsibility for ...

  • Addictive Behaviors That Affect Self-Esteem

    Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that becomes the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities or has begun to harm the individual whether it be physically, ...

  • What to Do If Your Child Is Bullied

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Most children who are bullied keep quiet about it and do not tell an adult or parent. It is embarrassing for the child to admit that they are ...

  • Red Flags in New Relationships

    The first stage of dating begins with a sense of excitement and eagerness to learn about each other. Many of us enter into a relationship with the hope that this “may be the ...

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