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Reading Time: 4 minutes We have all been tested over the past months—some physically, others mentally and spiritually—as we attempt to make sense of a pandemic. I notice my thoughts jumping from wondering how we will get through this, to hoping for a healthier planet, to feeling for those who are experiencing sickness and have lost loved ones, back […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes They say time heals all wounds. Unfortunately, time also has a way of opening the deepest ones back up periodically. The Events that Define Us There are a handful of moments in our lives that change us in some way: e.g., the day you gain or lose someone you love, the day your beliefs about […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s important to define art therapy, to help distinguish this healing modality as its own profession: what it’s not: a mere self-help approach. The goal for this article is to help break the stigma, clarifying the meaning and power of nonrecreational art therapy. Creating or engaging in art may be described by some as feel-good […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana’s “high” is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD oil has been shown to reduce inflammation, anxiety and offer relief to those suffering from both health challenges without the detrimental side effects of pharmaceuticals—no wonder we […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Stress, according to the World Health Organization, will be one of the, if not the biggest, contributor to human morbidity and mortality by the end of the year—scary prediction. Now not all stress is bad stress. we have “eustress” and that is the thing that gets things done, providing optimum efficiency. It is however when […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Anxiety is on the rise this year given the uncertainty about the unpredictable future. Here is an exercise to help you stay centered and focused on what is predictable and certain in your life. You can practice it whenever you need to return to the present moment. Breathe, inhaling and exhaling through your nose, as […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes “The common characteristics of groupthink include: an illusion of invulnerability; an unquestioned belief in the group’s inherent morality; collective efforts to discount warnings; stereotyped views of the enemy as evil; self-censorship of deviations from group beliefs; a shared illusion of unanimity; suppression of dissent; and the emerge of self-appointed mind-guards who screen the group from […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Self-improvement was something I continually strove for. I was always looking for a way to step out of my comfort zone and learn through new experiences. My interest in energy and alternative healing began with dedication to my yoga practice. I tried different styles from different instructors. Some classes were more fitness-based, with a strong […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the word “deinstitutionalization” became a familiar term in America’s psychiatric world as per the government’s initiative to reduce the nation’s state psychiatric hospital population. The idea, supposedly, was to remove patients from inhumane conditions. What we ended up with, in many respects, was something even worse. Those with severe […]

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