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Why Rapport Matters in Therapy

When it comes to therapy, rapport refers to the relationship between the client and therapist. In many psychological theories rapport is the foundation and cornerstone of the therapy process and without it, progress cannot be made. Rapport includes the connection, the trust, the sharing, the safety, the communication, and the dynamic of a relationship. In

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Highly Sensitive Children

The term highly sensitive child has been used more frequently recently and has helped many care givers to understand a group of children that were often overlooked or mislabeled. One of the most used definitions of a highly sensitive child is from Dr. Elaine Aron, who describes a highly sensitive child as one of the

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What is Gender Dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is the diagnosis given when the gender at birth is different than the gender they identify with later in life. Often times, significant distress is experienced due to the gender they were assigned at birth. In order to meet the criteria for a diagnosis, there must be a marked difference between the individual’s

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What is Sibling Rivalry? Why Does it Happen?

Sibling rivalry is often time the source of conflict between two or more siblings, but it is not always a bad thing. It is by nature the competition between siblings that can start any time after a second child is introduced into the family and there are a number of factors that can contribute to

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What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body image and the public’s or society’s influence upon it is often discussed in great detail and with a great amount of disdain; however, what is often neglected is how our own internal thoughts and brain wiring effect our body image. It is easy to blame the photographs of thin models we see everywhere for

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Pick Your Battles

Either in parenting or working with children, one of the most common pieces of advice that you will receive is to pick your battles, but what does this mean? By nature, children have very little control over their environment and world. This means that they will try to grasp control in any way possible and

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Stop Letting Setbacks Stop You

Almost everyone at some point in their life has set a huge goal for their self, and most everyone has had numerous failed attempts at reaching that goal. These are what we call setbacks. They are small, or even sometimes large, slip ups that tend to derail us from our progress towards these goals and

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Keeping Your Mental Health a Priority

Mental Health is the state of your psychological well being. The goal is for this to be a positive state without the presence of any mental disorders which is not always possible. The problem is that it is a part of ourselves that tends to get ignored or neglected, lessening even further the chances of

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College and Managing Stress

College is often talked about as one of the most fun times of a person’s life. It’s the time where you meet life long friends, go to parties, play sports, join a fraternity, and generally that first sense of freedom. The part that is often ignored and that young adults are often unprepared for is

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Lying to Yourself and Cognitive Distortions

A cognitive distortion is the mind’s way of convincing us of things that are not true. A cognition is a thought and a distortion is a variation from the truth. In other words, a cognitive distortion is a fancy way of saying that you are lying to yourself. These lies usually serve the purpose of

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Why Rapport Matters in Therapy

When it comes to therapy, rapport refers to the relationship between the client and therapist. In many psychological theories rapport is the foundation and cornerstone of the therapy process and without it, progress cannot be made. Rapport includes the connection, the trust, the sharing, the safety, the communication, and the dynamic of a relationship. In

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Highly Sensitive Children

The term highly sensitive child has been used more frequently recently and has helped many care givers to understand a group of children that were often overlooked or mislabeled. One of the most used definitions of a highly sensitive child is from Dr. Elaine Aron, who describes a highly sensitive child as one of the

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What is Gender Dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is the diagnosis given when the gender at birth is different than the gender they identify with later in life. Often times, significant distress is experienced due to the gender they were assigned at birth. In order to meet the criteria for a diagnosis, there must be a marked difference between the individual’s

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What is Sibling Rivalry? Why Does it Happen?

Sibling rivalry is often time the source of conflict between two or more siblings, but it is not always a bad thing. It is by nature the competition between siblings that can start any time after a second child is introduced into the family and there are a number of factors that can contribute to

Details »

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body image and the public’s or society’s influence upon it is often discussed in great detail and with a great amount of disdain; however, what is often neglected is how our own internal thoughts and brain wiring effect our body image. It is easy to blame the photographs of thin models we see everywhere for

Details »

Pick Your Battles

Either in parenting or working with children, one of the most common pieces of advice that you will receive is to pick your battles, but what does this mean? By nature, children have very little control over their environment and world. This means that they will try to grasp control in any way possible and

Details »

Stop Letting Setbacks Stop You

Almost everyone at some point in their life has set a huge goal for their self, and most everyone has had numerous failed attempts at reaching that goal. These are what we call setbacks. They are small, or even sometimes large, slip ups that tend to derail us from our progress towards these goals and

Details »

Keeping Your Mental Health a Priority

Mental Health is the state of your psychological well being. The goal is for this to be a positive state without the presence of any mental disorders which is not always possible. The problem is that it is a part of ourselves that tends to get ignored or neglected, lessening even further the chances of

Details »

College and Managing Stress

College is often talked about as one of the most fun times of a person’s life. It’s the time where you meet life long friends, go to parties, play sports, join a fraternity, and generally that first sense of freedom. The part that is often ignored and that young adults are often unprepared for is

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Lying to Yourself and Cognitive Distortions

A cognitive distortion is the mind’s way of convincing us of things that are not true. A cognition is a thought and a distortion is a variation from the truth. In other words, a cognitive distortion is a fancy way of saying that you are lying to yourself. These lies usually serve the purpose of

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