Finding Peace Within: Mindfulness Exercises for Coping with Trauma
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Finding Peace Within: Mindfulness Exercises for Coping with Trauma

Trauma can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, but mindfulness exercises offer a path to inner peace and resilience. By bringing our focus to the present moment without judgment, we can gradually heal from the wounds of the past. In this blog, we’ll explore practical mindfulness exercises that can aid in coping with trauma and…

The Brainstorm: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain
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The Brainstorm: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain

Ah, adolescence—a time of growth, exploration, and seemingly endless changes. As parents, teachers, and mentors, we often find ourselves scratching our heads, wondering why teenagers act the way they do. Well, fret not! The secrets lie within the teenage brain, and it’s time for us to unravel the fascinating phenomenon known as the “brainstorm.” The…

DBT: Four Stages of Treatment
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DBT: Four Stages of Treatment

What is DBT and what does it treat? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was founded in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, a psychologist and researcher. It was initially developed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder who experience intense emotional dysregulation, unstable relationships, and impulsive behavior. Over time, DBT has been adapted to…

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…

Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself
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Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself

Trauma can feel like being caught in a storm, with emotions overwhelming us and our thoughts spinning out of control. During these moments, grounding techniques can be a lifeline, helping you find stability.  Let’s review five tips to help you stay present, connected, and anchored. When anxiety or dissociation strikes, take a deep breath and…

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating? 
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Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating? 

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?  By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CEDS As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), the most common questions I get about eating disorders (EDO) involve the difference between a full-blown diagnosable eating disorder versus the more mild ‘disordered eating’ patterns.  Introduction Sometimes people might state, “My child is just a picky eater,”…

Shame vs. Guilt
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Shame vs. Guilt

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Guilt and Shame can be confusing to many, and yet they influence our mental states and mental health. Understanding the difference between the two can be helpful in changing how we speak to ourselves in our own head (our self-talk). If we are parents, it can also be influential in…

How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety”
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How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety”

How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety?” How it Developed and Tips on How to Reduce It By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA   It’s everywhere right now. Can y’all feel it? Kids are hummin’ with it, Moms and Dads are feelin’ it, too. Employers are not exempt, either! It’s the mix and presence of both hopeful…

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…

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…