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When You Fall In The Middle

Written by Emily Phan, LMFT The middle child is often noted for being the peace keeper in the family, the one who is close to both the older and younger children and can act as a bridge between the two when conflict arises. The middle class is considered by many to be the backbone of
Written by Kelly Couture, MEd, LPC-S Suicide is a topic that many people, including mental health clinicians, are uncomfortable talking about.  Despite suicide being a preventable symptom of an illness, 50,000 American take their own lives each year and it is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It is also unfortunately
Written by Emily Phan, LMFT This year has been remarkable, beginning with  hope as most New Years do, but followed by unprecedented global suffering and trauma. At the beginning of the year, a loved one mentioned to me that they already felt “off”, somewhat defeated,  and coined 2020 as “the year of death”. This caught
Written by Chris Williams, Clinical Intern Toxic Masculinity is a term that has been widely used over the past decade, designating manhood as defined by violence, sex, status and aggression. This definition of masculinity has harmful consequences for all genders and society overall.  So it begs the question…what can men do to reduce toxic masculinity?
Written by Holly Chuang, Clinical Intern I’m one of those therapists of the belief that there is always hope, hope that a person’s experience of life can get better.  I have felt like there was no hope before, and in my search for hope, learned to look for a source outside of myself.  Now, when
Written by Karen Loethen, LCSW This month I’ve been noticing something extremely common. People apologizing for just being. Sorry my purse is on the table. Sorry for taking a moment of your time. Sorry for making a sound. Sorry for occupying this space. Sorry. Some men apologize often. And women? Wow, many of us apologize
Written by Karen Loethen, LCSW So many of us work hard to improve our self-esteem and self-confidence and one common strategy for making improvements is to use affirmations. Affirmations are statements that we can use as a form of positive self-talk in order to get into the habit of substituting negative thoughts about ourselves for
Written by Karen Loethen, LCSW The other day my client lamented, “I need validation. I shouldn’t.” I asked him to sit back a moment and listen. The baddest people on the planet need validation. Military officers get amazing arrays of pins across their chests, medals, awards, bars, patches, salutes, statues, commemorations, and accolades of all
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