Family

  • healing; pain; peace; affair; how to recover from an affair

How To Recover From An Affair & Move On With Your Life

By: Amanda Wiegert, LMHC Often times I hear people say things like, “My wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life.” We don’t marry someone with the expectation that the marriage is going to end in lies, betrayal, and infidelity. Nor do we ever imagine having to google "how to recover from an affair."  However, the harsh

  • parentification; parentified; depression; anxiety; codependency; single parent; parenting

What To Do If You Suffered Parentification (AKA Mothering Your Mother)

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC At this point of your life it has finally dawned on you that you did not have a childhood. Instead, you suffered parentification (a process of a role reversal where a child plays the parent to themselves or to their parent.) Having fun and feeling carefree as a kid was not an option for you. The question

Labor & Delivery Nightmare: Birth Trauma & Postpartum

Shattered Dreams: Labor & Delivery Sarah just found out she is pregnant and is excited but a bit anxious about labor/delivery. As a new mother she is doing everything in her power to prepare for the big day. She researches, makes plans, takes educational birthing classes, etc. Sarah is intentional about her steps and hopeful of having a good birthing

4 Relaxation Techniques to Try With Your Child

By: Allison Petro, LMHC Is your child going through a difficult time?  Perhaps you are concerned that your child is anxious or maybe your child has experienced an upsetting and confusing event also known as a trauma.  When children are anxious or have experienced or witnessed an upsetting event, it can manifest itself in many ways including: trouble sleeping, behavioral

7 Ways To Help Your Kids Post School Shootings

By: Janie Lacy How can anyone explain tragedies like the relatively recent killings in Parkland, Florida to kids? There are a few things that parents can do to address any questions or any fears that may come up in children after being exposed to news reports or conversations from classmates.  1) Be Flexible It is important that you realize there is

Dealing With In-Laws Who Do Not Seem To Accept You

Is it normal to want to be accepted by your in-laws? Not feeling accepted by your mother and father in-law can bring complications, causing you to feel rejected and uncomfortable around them. If you think about it you're joining into a family with a long history of established bonds. Realistically it can feel like you are the outsider especially when

Blended Families: Boundaries with the “Ex”

The toxic/vindictive ex-wife or husband that doesn't respect the boundaries of their relationship with their ex is because they have never really let go emotionally and will hang on for dear life all the while undermining the Ex’s capability to co-parent with them and move on to a new life. It would be nice if everyone involved could just get

Prince William and Prince Harry: Dealing with Death

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC In a documentary  called "Diana, 7 days" Prince William and Prince Harry share their experiences dealing with the death of their mother."I remember just feeling completely numb, disorientated, dizzy," William said. "You feel very, very confused. And you keep asking yourself, 'Why me?' All the time, 'Why? What have I done? Why? Why has this happened to

Back to School Anxiety 

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC You have everything ready and set for your teen's first few weeks back to school. Clothes shopping is done, new school supplies are bought, and lunches are prepped for the week. Everything is planned and perfect. Until you realize your teen's back to school anxiety starts creeping in. The next thing you know, you are trying

When Is It Time To Get Clean And Sober?

by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey When is the right time to get clean and sober? Now!  Often times when someone starts contemplating stopping or going into treatment they will come up with a list of various reasons why they can’t.  We frequently hear things like, “I don’t have time;” “I could loose my job;” “I won’t spend as much time with