Getting Your Teen to Talk Openly with You. Yeah, Right!

Your child’s teen years bring on some of life’s biggest challenges — for them and for you as parents. During this transition to adulthood, so much is going on mentally, physically, academically and socially, it can be very difficult to…

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Talking to Your Kids About the Election

Words do matter, and many of us have been unsettled by not only the language used but also behavior exhibited throughout this election process. Parents have struggled to explain what is going on in our culture to children and teens….

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Talking About Depression – Infographic

According to the World Health Organization, depression affects 350 million people worldwide. Depressed people lose interest in the things they usually like to do and often feel sluggish, irritable, or fatigued. Waves of sadness and feelings of worthlessness or excessive…

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tips for dealing with school stress

Tips to Help with Back to School Anxiety in Children

The first day of school for our kids is hard for the whole family and should be addressed. So what can we as parents do to help with the transition?

1. Stick to a Routine – from when the kids wake up to most importantly a REGULAR BEDTIME

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Dear Diary I Think my Wife is Cheating on me, Carlsbad Therapy

Dear Diary, I think my wife is cheating on me… You decide to get married and life seems perfect. You think to yourself, everything is great and all is going well… but lately something seems different. Recently your wife’s behavior seems off and your instincts are telling you something is not right.

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Dear Diary I Think am Addicted, Carlsbad Therapy

Addictions never start out as addictions… addictions can take on many forms including an addiction to drugs or alcohol, exercise, food, love, gambling, shopping, work and so on. Having an addiction is like having a craving that can’t be satisfied no matter how much you try… so you do more to chase the high or euphoria. Addiction is compulsive and addicts will stop at nothing to get what they want or need to fulfill their addiction. Admitting you are an addict can be extremely difficult and hard to recognize which is why would like to offer you some insight.

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Emotional Clutter and Mental Health, Carlsbad Therapy

Emotional clutter affects your mental health as well as the relationship you have with yourself. If your emotions are getting the best of you, it is highly likely the messages you are sharing with yourself are ones that bring you down. Case in point, when you are presented with a challenge and in that moment, you tell yourself, “I am not good enough” the inevitable outcome will be that you simply are not.

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Close Relationship or Acquaintance, Carlsbad Therapy

As human beings, we each need close relationships in our lives to thrive and be well. When we think of the words close and relationship in the same sentence… we usually think about intimacy, which is why making distinctions, is important. You can be close to someone and not be intimate. The quality of your interdependence characterizes a close relationship. Relationships can intensify from a friendship to romance as time goes on. The dynamics between two people can begin as being acquaintances and overtime flourish into a genuine best friend.

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How to Set Boundaries, Carlsbad Therapy

Setting boundaries is not something that comes easy. For most, setting boundaries can be somewhat uncomfortable especially when you feel guilty for doing so. Before you can set healthy boundaries you have to do some soul searching to identify your limits. Boundaries are rules and limits a person creates to identify what are reasonable, safe and permissible ways others can treat, act or behave around him or her and how they will respond if and when someone pushes them beyond their limits.

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Types of Relationships, Carlsbad Therapy

Relationships are a vital part of healthy living. Throughout your lifetime, there will be people who come into your and for what ever reason end up becoming a part of your life. Relationships, from associates to romances… some of your relationships have the potential to enrich your life and add a level of enjoyment that is so impactful they naturally become someone you trust, love and respect.

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