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Helping Your Children Through These Challenging Times

 

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Though we're starting to come out of sheltering-in-place more and more each day, the effects are still very much with us. Many families are still trying to deal with the lockdown and the many feelings that came up during this unusual time together. 

So, I invited back one of my colleagues, Chelsea Owens, LMFT, who specializes in Psychotherapy & Art Therapy with Adults, Adolescents, and Children. In this talk, we discuss how (because the normal challenges around...

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Tackling the big decisions.


I’m noticing that there are so many decisions that we are having to make during this time of COVID-19.

Folks in my groups are talking about how taxing it is on their relationships when they’re having to deal with their friends, family, and partner in order to come to a consensus about how to interpret and adhere to the guidelines around COVID-19. They're having to face some difficult decisions.

Not only that -- but with more time and fewer distractions, they...

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Managing Financial Insecurity with Guest Thomas Faupl, LMFT, SEP

 

 

Money has various meanings for people. For many, it can mean security, and, right now, that desire for financial security is being threatened for millions of people and it’s causing a lot of fear, worry, and anxiety.

We all need to work internally with our fear and stress response so that we can stay flexible and make the best decisions possible in this fast-changing and unpredictable climate. We are all being affected (with some in more painful ways than others,...

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Is your anger at risk of getting out of control?

Here are four tips that I've recently been focusing on with my clients.

 

They’re pretty general, but I think they really work.

 

1.) Identify Your Triggers.
So, what does that mean? It means paying attention to your body and emotions and feeling in your body to find where your anger starts. Then, take note of the kinds of things that make you mad. It can be one thing or a combination of things... Sometimes it’s everything happening at...
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Parenting During a Pandemic (Free Talk with guest Holly Forman-Patel, LMFT, LPCC)

 

This 25-minute talk addresses several topics related to Parenting During a Pandemic, and most of these extend outside of the current situation as well. 

Whether you're in a single-parenting, double-parenting or co-parenting situation, these resources and information may be relevant and helpful for you.

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I've been working with so many clients who are struggling with the new challenges, (amidst the COVID-19 situation) around keeping their children safe, healthy and happy...

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Are you stuck in the "fear zone"?

In my groups this week, we're talking about how our mental capacity is at half-mast, with people having a hard time remembering what they’re supposed to do -- let alone which day it is.

So... to help to manage that, you may want to have some way of labeling where you are, right now, emotionally (and, perhaps, where you'd like to be). Take a look.

I always like to understand where I am.

Where are you (emotionally)?

 

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Co-Parents: Facing New and Exaggerated Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I hope you’re all finding sanity and strength during this challenging time. I wanted to share with you some of the new challenges I’m seeing my clients (who are in a co-parenting arrangement) facing currently. For those of you who are struggling with similar (or other) challenges related to co-parenting in the escalated situation, I hope this will help you to find your way through this new territory.

I’ve been speaking with many co-parent clients, who are facing new and...

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Have you recently separated or divorced and are now feeling left alone -- without your anchor?

 

Are you in the middle of a separation or a sticky divorce, and you’re pretty much at your wit's end because you can’t handle the divorce and this crisis at the same time? I’m going to give you a few tips on how you can compartmentalize the stressors so that you can still function.

I'm also offering 4-week workshops (once per week, confidential video conferences) for those who may be dealing with divorce and separation during this health crisis. You can learn more here if...

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Are you and your partner stressed -- and you find yourself taking it out on each other?

 

Sometimes, stress and crisis points bring out the weaknesses in relationships. You might not have the energy to handle the big stuff now, but here are a few tips that will keep you on track so that you can count on each other during this time.

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How can you help during a pandemic (without completely draining yourself)?

 

Sometimes when we feel so taxed ourselves, we can’t reach out and help other people. Sometimes, however, helping other people will really ease our own pain. Here are a few steps to think about how you might be able to help in the ways that won’t drain you.

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