Supporting Emotional Intelligence at Home

As a school counselor, one of my greatest joys was teaching my students about their emotions. We would spend weeks and even months building our emotional vocabulary, learning how to identify and name our feelings, and practicing strategies for managing them. I would remind them that emotions are just like reading and [...]

Your EMDR Questions Answered

One of the most exciting techniques used in therapy over the past few decades is EMDR. Read on to find out more about it. What is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a technique that allows a person to access memories in a safe space, reprocessing them through visual and tactile [...]

Anxiety and teens: from the perspective of a high schooler

Being a teenager is certainly an overwhelming stage of life. There’s many pressures we have to deal with, both internal and external. Every decision and effort we make each day can determine the path to the rest of our lives, thus the immense amount of pressure to act, speak, and be perceived a certain way. [...]

What is Self-Compassion?

Author: Diana Diaconu, LMSW July 24, 2021 Self-Compassion as a practice has been around for over 2,000 years with roots in Buddhist philosophy. One of the core beliefs of this Eastern tradition is that we must learn to love ourselves before we can truly extend love to others. This core concept was later incorporated into [...]

9 Signs You Need A Life Coach

Author: Ericka Eller I remember watching Gilmore Girls and Paris (Rory’s perfectionist friend...I shouldn’t need to explain, doesn’t everyone know all about Gilmore Girls?!) hired herself a life coach to follow her around to manage her reactivity and help her to not be so high-strung. He frequently reminded her to take deep breaths before she [...]

The Truth About Black Mental Health

I had plans to write a very nice blog post the stigma of mental health and black families. You know, a few stats, history and my opinion. However, I would only play a role of minimizing an issue that has damaged families and lives for years. I ask as you read you open your mind [...]