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Ways that Compassion Can Help You Support a Loved One Suffering from Addiction

It can often be difficult knowing how to navigate a relationship that is tainted by addiction. Often, loved ones are told that helping an addict means creating codependency, and that the best thing to do is show some “tough love,” even if that means walking away.But is this really true?Is there a better way to relate to a friend or...[ read more ]

Ari’s Bike

This is an excellent piece by Juliet Zulu from a few years ago. It very accurately depicts the experiences of many of my clients who have struggled with combat-PTSD, but also shows the resilience and determination toward recovery that is possible. Ari's Bike from JULIET ZULU on Vimeo.

Self-care in Recovery from Codependence and a Host of Other Mental Health Issues:

At its most basic definition, self-care is any intentional action taken to meet an individual’s physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional needs. In short, it’s all the little ways we take care of ourselves to avoid a breakdown in those respective areas of health. You can read more about Self-care in Recovery from Codependence and a Host of Other Mental Health...[ read more ]

The Connection Between the Family You Were Raised Within And Codependency

Being a People Pleaser Did you know that there are a surprising number of areas of mutuality between growing up in a family in which the emotional needs of the children were not being met and a host of emotional issues? For example, being a people pleaser to a degree that doesn’t allow you to consider your own wants and...[ read more ]

The Mental Health Benefits of Having a Pet

People with mental and physical disabilities have been using service animals and emotional support animals for decades. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), under Titles II and III, a service animal “is any dog specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or...[ read more ]

4 Ways to Improve Self Esteem When You Have Depression

Depression and low self-esteem are two sides of the same coin. While low self-esteem leaves people vulnerable to depression, depression can absolutely destroy self-esteem.But, though low self-esteem may be deeply rooted, there are things you can do to improve it, even if you are suffering from depression.1. Start Your Day with PositivityIt’s important you start each day positively. Doing so...[ read more ]

How I Developed My Holistic Approach to Trauma

My work as a therapist who focuses on trauma began with my clinical internship which was done at a residential treatment facility for men who were trapped in chemical dependency. I was actually pretty reluctant to accept this internship because I had experienced a great deal of pain stemming from addiction within my own family of origin. So, having been...[ read more ]




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