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Half-Smile and Willing Hands – Parenting with DBT: A Series on Effective Parenting Strategies

The Mind-Body Connection: Half-Smile and Willing Hands Think of a stressful parenting situation you’ve been in lately.  . . riding out a tantrum, getting homework done, confronting your teen about a lie. How were you feeling? What were you thinking? Were you aware of any sensations in your body? We often think about how situationsContinue reading Half-Smile and Willing Hands – Parenting with DBT: A Series on Effective Parenting Strategies

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Coping with Infertility

The Trauma of Infertility Coping with infertility can be one of the most trying experiences you face, with the process challenging you physically, emotionally, financially – and for many – spiritually. Often, folks struggling with infertility end up experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health outcomes. Relationships and responsibilities can suffer, self-esteem can plummet, andContinue reading Coping with Infertility

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What’s the Health at Every Size® Approach and Why Should You Care?

The Health at Every Size® Approach Defined If the phrase Health at Every Size® has been popping up lately on your feed and you’re wondering what it’s all about, here’s a brief guide to the approach and how it can help you and those around you. According to the Association for Size Diversity and HealthContinue reading What’s the Health at Every Size® Approach and Why Should You Care?

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Boundaries for Beginners: Setting Limits that Preserve Your Relationships and Your Well-Being

Boundaries. We’re hearing a lot about them lately. But what exactly are they? Boundaries are limits we set with other people in order to protect our relationships – and ourselves. They are guidelines we communicate to others regarding how we want want (and need) to be treated. In fact, a healthy relationship cannot exist withoutContinue reading Boundaries for Beginners: Setting Limits that Preserve Your Relationships and Your Well-Being

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Home for the Holidays: Coping with Triggers

Going home for the holidays For some, the holidays evoke family, connection, and cheer. But, this time of year can be tough for many folks, particularly those in recovery from an eating disorder, substance use disorder, trauma, depression, or other mental health concern. Visiting people or places that bring up uncomfortable memories – or causeContinue reading Home for the Holidays: Coping with Triggers

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Youth Sports: 10 Reasons to Participate that Have Nothing to Do with Weight

Why Youth Sports? As someone who studied sport psychology before moving on to clinical, I learned the many benefits of youth sport participation. When children participate in sports, they mature physically, socially, and emotionally. What I find disturbing is a recent spate of advertising for youth sport touting weight loss as a motivation or primaryContinue reading Youth Sports: 10 Reasons to Participate that Have Nothing to Do with Weight

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Coping with Pet Loss – Grieving Your Animal Love

(cover image source) It’s inevitable but still so painful. Anyone who’s ever adopted a pet knows that it never ends well. It’s almost inevitable that we’ll one day have to say goodbye to our beloved family member, sometimes abruptly, sometimes  after a long, drawn-out ordeal. No matter how long they live or what the causeContinue reading Coping with Pet Loss – Grieving Your Animal Love