Category: Trauma and Resilience

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Embracing Change
Sara Heidbreder, LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

Accepting our emotions

When you think about depression or anxiety, what kind of image do you have about them? You may think that they are problematic or bad emotions that you would like to get rid of.

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to challenge that idea! I believe feelings of sadness, worries, and anger are all normal human emotions. What we may want to try is accepting them to manage them, rather than rejecting them.

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Couples and Intimate Partners
Jordan Ferranto, LCPC, ATR

Are You There For Me?

Around Valentine’s Day, many of us start to evaluate either the abundance or the lack of love we feel in our lives. Most of us like to know who we can count on when things get tough, especially as we continue to collectively survive the COVID-19 pandemic. In our most intimate relationships, we often find ourselves asking a seemingly simple question – are they going to be there for me?

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Embracing Change
Lisa-Stephanie Valme, MS, MA Counseling & Art Therapy Intern

Embracing Change with Work

In this present day, we often find ourselves attaching our worth as individuals to our work and careers. Though these are difficult perspectives to unlearn, it is important for us to be reminded that our professional accomplishments are not always directly correlated with our authentic and fulfilled selves. If you find yourself contemplating a change but are fearful of going through with it; remember that though leaving is stressful, staying can sometimes bring more distress.

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Embracing Change
InTouch & Motion

Career Changes in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in so many ways. Performing artists have been especially impacted by the economic, social, and emotional effects of the pandemic. Young artists who were just beginning their careers were halted in their tracks and progress toward their dreams postponed. Established artists who had come to rely on the security and consistency of regular work found themselves unemployed with uncertain prospects for the future.

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Creativity and Healing
Sondra Mailling, LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

What is Trauma-Informed Therapy?

Trauma-informed therapy is a holistic approach that recognizes that nearly all humans have experienced some sort of trauma, whether that be an acute event like an assault, ongoing trauma like childhood sexual abuse, or a collective trauma like the COVID-19 pandemic. I am committed to providing such care to my clients.

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Couples and Intimate Partners
Sara Heidbreder, LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

Power and Control in Relationships

To develop a healthy relationship, it is important for all parties involved to feel empowered, respect each other, and have equal power in the decision-making.

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