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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It’s been an intense week

Grief is one of the most complex of emotions. You've probably heard it said that grief can include a variety of different, powerful emotions and feelings: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, guilt, confusion. The onslaught of these different emotions and feelings can change at any moment or each can last for long periods or we …

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Developing Emotional Understanding, Part 2

Brief recap from Part 1: Emotions are generated in the primitive Limbic System as an automatic physical response to stimuli. They are universal to all humans. Feelings are reactions to emotions and are shaped by our personal experiences, beliefs, and memories. The Basics of Basic Emotions There are some basic emotions that are expressed similarly …

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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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