Unraveling Trauma: Your Journey to Healing
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Unraveling Trauma: Your Journey to Healing

Today, we’re going to dive into the world of trauma and how it affects us in ways we may not even realize. Trauma is like this big, heavy backpack we carry, and it’s essential to understand its impact on our brains, bodies, and emotional well-being. But don’t worry, we’ll also talk about how you can…

Navigating Emotions: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Distress Tolerance
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Navigating Emotions: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Distress Tolerance

Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, they inform us about the world around us and what’s important to us, and they can be incredibly powerful forces that shape our thoughts and behaviors. However, managing emotions is a skills that few of us are actually taught growing up. For many people managing, emotions…

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 101: What is it and how can it help you?
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 101: What is it and how can it help you?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 101: What is it and how can it help you? by Shannan Blum, LMFT  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was initially developed by Marcia Linehan in the 1980s. She noticed patients with chronic suicidal thoughts often demonstrated ‘skills deficits’ along with extreme emotional sensitivities. She observed the suicidal thoughts occurred less frequently…

Trauma-Informed Care versus Trauma Treatment:  What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?
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Trauma-Informed Care versus Trauma Treatment: What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?

By: Shannan Blum, LMFTAssistant Director Connections Child & Family Center is a trauma-informed organization as well as one whose clinicians are trained in evidence-based modalities treating specific, unresolved trauma responses.  Are you confused by what ‘trauma-informed’ means and how that differs from providing specific trauma treatment? This blog will help!  All of us as humans experience…

Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism
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Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Having worked almost a decade with clients who suffered from eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression as well as trauma, one of the common themes among many was this push for “perfection” across many areas of their lives. This showed up in body image and appearance, school performance, friendships, relationship…

Factors That Increase the Risk of Depression in Teen Boys
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Factors That Increase the Risk of Depression in Teen Boys

While it’s true that teen depression seems to impact girls more often, teen boys certainly aren’t immune.  In fact, the mental health statistics surrounding teenagers might even be slightly skewed because many young men are afraid to admit they’re struggling. This is a problem when it comes to men and mental health, in general.  It’s…

Still Sad Although It’s Been a While – How Long Does It Take to Recover from Divorce?
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Still Sad Although It’s Been a While – How Long Does It Take to Recover from Divorce?

When you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to remember you’re experiencing a loss. Whether you ended things on amicable terms or things hadn’t been going well for a long time, it’s still an ending.  As a result, it’s normal to grieve.  There are plenty of external factors you experience when recovering from a divorce….

When Depression Robs You of Energy, Try These 5 Natural Boosters
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When Depression Robs You of Energy, Try These 5 Natural Boosters

Many people think that depression is synonymous with sadness. But clinical depression is so much more than simply feeling sad.  If you’re struggling with depression, you might experience a wide range of physical symptoms. Some days, you may suffer from headaches and digestive issues. You might toss and turn at night and then find it…

Practical Tips on How to Help Your Teen Deal with a Breakup
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Practical Tips on How to Help Your Teen Deal with a Breakup

Romantic relationships are challenging at any age, but especially for teenagers. That’s because teens are at the latter end of childhood and figuring out who they are, not to mention, they’re still growing physically and mentally.  The thought of your teenager dating may be uneasy for you, particularly because you know that the life expectancy…

Biofeedback for Stress Management – How Does It Work?
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Biofeedback for Stress Management – How Does It Work?

Biofeedback can help with a variety of health conditions—from headaches and asthma to chronic pain and high blood pressure. But it can also be used for stress management and anxiety. During a biofeedback session, electrical sensors are connected to different areas of your body. These sensors give you information about what’s going on in your…