Break the Chain

When I started therapy last year, I went in with 4 specific things I knew I wanted to eventually work on: anger, relationship, self esteem, and trauma. It was important for me to have a clear idea on what I wanted to address so that I was better able to find the right person to …

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Self-Soothing with Senses

It's important to have a toolkit for self-soothing. Keep a list of many different ways to pull your thoughts outside of yourself and ground yourself in the moment. If I find myself becoming overwhelmed with frustration or anxiousness or my mind is occupied with nagging negative thoughts, my go-to calming and grounding tool is deep, …

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Developing Emotional Understanding, Part 1

The broader and deeper our understanding of emotions and feelings, the better we are able to communicate about them, process them, and adjust how we respond to them. Things get muddled quickly, because most of us use the ideas of "emotions" and "feelings" interchangeably. While "emotions" and "feelings" are related, they are very distinctly different. …

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