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Navigating the Impacts of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood: Part II

This is the second installment in a two-part blog series examining the impacts of childhood trauma. To access Part I in this blog series, click here.   Trauma is not just an emotional experience, and includes physical changes to our functioning. Because of this, the life expectancy of childhood trauma survivors can be nearly 20 … Continued

Navigating the Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

From painting pumpkins and apple picking to participating in nightly family dinners, one’s childhood experiences are the building blocks of their adult future. Unfortunately, it is also common for a young person to have experiences over the course of their childhood that are not as happy or positive. For those who are exposed to trauma … Continued

The Silent Threat of Suicidality and Mental Illness in the Workplace

This blog addresses mental illnesses in the workplace, including suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255 for free, confidential support.   In 2017, an email from a software company CEO named Ben Congleton went viral. It started when a … Continued

Addressing Suicide Ideation: How to Find the Right Therapist

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. Many adults who experience suicidal thoughts do not access mental health services, and those who do begin treatment often do not finish it. In fact, the American Psychological Association has found … Continued

How to Approach Mindful, Purposeful Parenting

Parenting is no easy feat. Everyday life can be difficult enough without young ones testing your patience. Whether it is the chaos that ensues from waking up 10 minutes late and derailing your routine, or an unpredictable toddler who throws a tantrum at 7 in the morning because they weren’t allowed to put their pacifier … Continued

Accompanying a Loved One Through Grief

Anyone who has lived for any length of time has experienced loss and grief. It’s an inevitable part of life. Having friends and family comfort us and help us through those times is critical. But, what happens when it isn’t clear to us what the person needs, what is appropriate, or we’re uncomfortable with the … Continued

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition that affects a person’s ability to regulate emotions, maintain relationships and achieve a sense of self. Common Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder: Feeling empty or sense of worthlessness Struggling to control emotions Strong and intense feelings of shame Difficulty getting or keeping strong and meaningful relationships Persistent thoughts, … Continued

Finding Happiness: the Pursuit of Mental Wellness

The pursuit of happiness: It’s something we have all aspired to. It’s a concept so common as to have inspired countless books, movies and art. It’s even in the Declaration of Independence! Yet, it is the pursuit of mental wellness that will actually give people the effect they truly desire. That is because ordinary happiness … Continued

Managing Stress through Mindfulness

  Stress is a common feeling that every person experiences at times, resulting from a demand on the brain and body. It can be beneficial, for example when a person is faced with a life-endangering hazard or needs to prepare for a test at school. But an over abundance of stress can also be harmful … Continued