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What’s the point of talking about my past in therapy anyway?

“Why do I have to talk about my past when I’m dealing with a present problem that is causing me so much pain and suffering? Can’t you just give me tools to help me get rid of these feelings so I can feel better?” Connecte clinical psychologist Dr. Krista Pratte walks us through what emotions...
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Can Staying Home From School Help a Student?

School is where young people form relationships and learn lessons that will impact their futures but for children and teens in some situations, going to school can also be a major stressor. Can taking a break be a help or a hindrance to their well-being? Short answer: it depends. Dr. Sara Colalillo takes a look...
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Renegotiating Personal Boundaries in a Post-COVID 19 World

Amy Gregory's insightful blog takes a look at the ways in which easing of restrictions after the long period of enforced Covid-19 related social regulation had many of us struggling to rewrite, or even to remember, how to negotiate and maintain personal boundaries for ourselves.
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Better Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dr. Tobey Mandel offers us a a crash course on OCD that simply and deftly breaks down the cycle's key features, and discusses how therapists can use their understanding to help identify and address what's really going on behind the scenes of an OCD cycle.
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Validation

Validation is a term we hear more and more these days, and in therapist Candace Kensley's work with couples and families, it is something that comes up in almost every session. What does it mean, why is it important, and how can we use it to build better relationships? Let’s talk about it!
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Social support: Breaking down the why, the what, and the how

Social support plays a monumental role in creating, maintaining, and promoting health. In fact, we know from the literature that it is a protective factor against several physical and psychological health problems. Read on for more on why we need it, what it is and how to get it.
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I Want To Change….I Think!? A Brief Exploration of Ambivalence

Ambivalence can make us feel torn between opposing thoughts or feelings. In the context of therapy, this is SO normal, but the experience can be preoccupying and exhausting!
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Connecting with others: the importance of what we don’t say – an introduction to social signaling

Our capacity to connect with others is key to our psychological health, and the way that we express our emotions is key to our capacity to form close relationships. Social signaling - non-verbal signs we convey to others - has a strong impact when it comes to forming and maintaining our relationships.
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What We Didn’t Expect When We Were Expecting

As parents we don’t need to be perfect to be enough - there is a lot of value in being a “good enough” mom. Kids don’t need perfect parents. In fact, there is some evidence that helicoptering over our children makes it harder for them to learn valuable lessons about independence and making mistakes. Kids...
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