What is the Safe and Sound Protocol and How Can It Help You?
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What is the Safe and Sound Protocol and How Can It Help You?

Based on Polyvagal Theory  Polyvagal Theory or the “science of feeling safe,” is another one of the key research advancements that helps us better understand our challenges and gives us a foundational framework for non-invasive ways to support them. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and…

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…

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…

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…

Panic Attacks in Children: 3 Ways Parents Can Help Calm the Storm
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Panic Attacks in Children: 3 Ways Parents Can Help Calm the Storm

More children are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders than ever before. Some data has even suggested that many children feel worried most of the time. Unfortunately, anxiety and worry can sometimes manifest themselves in the form of panic attacks. Panic attacks are scary enough for adults to handle, let alone watching your child go through…

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…

7 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Overcome Depression
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7 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Overcome Depression

Most people will experience a depressive episode at some point in their lives. And some of those will deal with clinical depression that persists for months or even years. Although talk therapy and medication are the go-to treatment methods for depression, lifestyle changes can also be hugely beneficial in alleviating symptoms. Starting a practice and…