Articles

Below are some useful articles written by past & present employees.

Coping With Threatening News

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Written by:  Laura Gutierrez Hearing news that there is a new virus that is highly contagious and spreading globally can be quite alarming. It is the sort of thing that will activate our fight or flight mechanism built-in in our body. The fight or flight mechanism is there to protect us and ensure our survival. […]

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Couples in Quarantine

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Wise words from Lauren Cloud, LMFT We have all had to face drastic changes these last few days and weeks. You may have found yourself wondering, “How can I be stuck with my partner in the same space for this long without killing them?” I will go through a few suggestions for maintaining some sense […]

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The Problem with New Year’s Health Goals and Some Tips

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

 Putting pressure on January to start a new health journey is daunting and quite frankly, arbitrary. Anyone can make steps, large or small, starting today to take action to make positive changes. Waiting until January 1st or 2nd can actually trigger people into worse behavior prior to the new year. There is a kind of […]

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Boundaries & Stress Management During the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Written by Meghan Ringler, MSW Intern The holiday season can be cheerful and joyous as time with loved ones is shared and traditions enjoyed. However, the holidays can be a time of stress as conflicts between family members and friends is escalated and the pressure to achieve the “perfect” holiday get-together can be over the […]

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Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 6 – October 12, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Borrowed from the National Alliance for Mental Illness The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) has designed the week of October 6th as Mental Illness Awareness Week. So what is mental illness? It is a condition that can affect someone’s thinking, behavior or mood. It may also affect the ability to relate well to others, […]

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How to Argue in front of Kids

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

It is absolutely okay to argue in front of kids – but within reason and with some boundaries! First, it’s important to understand that if children grow up seeing their parents never argue, then they themselves may become conflict-averse. As we know, you cannot avoid conflict completely, nor is that advisable. So while it may […]

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Helping Children Cope with the Threat of Violence

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Written by Hannah Evenson, clinical social work intern It has become clear that gone are the days where we can consider our schools to be the safest space for our children as countless threats of violence seem to happen around the country almost weekly. So what can we do as a community to combat this […]

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S.P.E.A.K.: Suicide, Prevention, Education, Awareness and Knowledge

Monday, March 25th, 2019

The Brighton Youth Commission (BYC) is a body of 22 youth and 6 adults who are appointed by the Brighton City Council to study matters and plan events impacting youth and families in the City of Brighton. One of their biggest projects is SPEAK Week. SPEAK (Suicide Prevention Education and Knowledge) started in 2012 after the death […]

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Healthy Coping & Holiday Stress

Monday, November 19th, 2018

by Rachel Morici-Leirer, LPC It is no mystery that the holidays can bring up depression, loss and overwhelm. The effects are understandable; holidays bring about increased demands, pressure, financial stress and perhaps grief and longing, especially when we have lost a loved one. Let’s focus on what you can do to minimize the holiday blues […]

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Feeling SAD About Shorter Days?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Feeling SAD About Shorter Days? by Patricia Summers, Marriage & Family Therapy Intern For many people, autumn is their favorite time of year with its crisp air, the aroma of fallen leaves, and the return of longer, cooler nights. For others, however, the shortening of daylight hours in our northern hemisphere brings with what many […]

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