Caregiving Tips

Caregivers Bill of Rights: 1. I have the right to take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my relative. 2. I have the right to seek help from others even though my relatives object. I recognize the limits of my

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EDMR is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories. The approach was developed to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders including depression, anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. When a traumatic or

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Marital Communication Tool

An issue that comes up often in counseling is communication.  Misunderstandings and misperceptions, without checking for accuracy, can quickly cause a minor disagreement to escalate to a full-blown argument.  To further cloud things, very often one partner or the other will make assumptions about how their partner will react and proceed as if this assumption

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Tips for Parenting Adolescents

Raising teenagers today is truly a challenge.  Technology, for all its conveniences, has enabled today’s teenagers to seemingly tune out even further from their families.  We can wage a war against texting, Facebook and the like or we can embrace it and use it to our advantage.  Communicating well with your teen need not be

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Positive Reinforcement

Praising a child sounds so easy. Don’t we all tell our children how wonderful they are? How well they did on a test or accomplished a task? Don’t all parents constantly praise their children? Why read up about positive reinforcements? Isn’t verbal praise a natural occurrence for all mom’s and dad’s? The answer, sadly, is

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Parenting Your Toddler Through the “No” Years

Example A: A while back, I was sitting on the floor at a local children’s music class with my then two year old toddler, having a bit of a hard time persuading him to stay put and sing along with his maracas. He was distracted by three other toddlers who were running around outside the

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Sandplay

Sandplay is a non-directive yet powerful therapeutic modality that allows the client to go beyond the limits of the conscious mind and work though issues in a safe, non-verbal way. Sandplay was developed by the Swiss psychotherapist Dora Kalff and is based on the Jungian concept that the psyche has the wisdom and desire to

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The Five Stages of Grief

Sadly, grief is something that everyone has to go through during his or her lifetime.  However, grieving does not only apply to the loss of a loved one.  One can grieve over the loss of a job, a marriage, or a friendship.  Below, are the five stages of grief.  There is no right or wrong

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Active Listening Skills

Acknowledging Person– Provide verbal or non-verbal awareness of the other person, eye contact. Restating, paraphrasing– Respond to person by repeating their feelings. Summarize the persons thoughts– Provide a focus of information by summing-up their feelings. Probing– ask questions in a supportive way that requires more information or that attempts to clear up misunderstanding. Perceptions– Check

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