Anxiety, Communication Skills, goals, Social Skills

The Thing About Anxiety and Communication

Have you ever been having a conversation with someone who speaks very slowly, so much so that you can barely understand or make out what they are stating?  Often, you lean in, edge closer and utilize non-verbal cues in order to understand what the person is saying. Similarly, someone who lives in or is periodically in a state of anxiety is like a person who speaks softly…the communication is often missed, misinterpreted, or misread. 

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Depression, goals, Mental Illness Stigma, Sadness, self-esteem, Social Skills

The Truth About Masculinity: Toxic Masculinity in an Age of Therapeutic Vulnerability

I can remember being in a sophomore in high school, around the ripe age of 15, having the distinct and auspicious pleasure of navigating roles within the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Government Association. Additionally, I had the choice in being a lead actor in Drama Club or playing baseball and running track (the two sports simultaneously conflicted with Drama Club). As a tall, lanky young fellow, who was just as quick-witted as he was on the track field or in the baseball diamond, I was often made to feel less of a man because I chose to be in Drama Club my sophomore and junior years. Often, I heard that Drama Club was for sissies or gay men and a real testament of my young adult masculinity could be proven on the field.

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Communication Skills, Family, self-esteem, Social Skills

What is Your Best Valentine’s Day Story?

-valentines-day-clipart-6Valentine’s Day is more than just flowers and candy– and it certainly doesn’t have to be romantic either. Valentine’s Day is about love: whether this is sibling love, parent-child love, or the love of friendship. Erlese recalls a time when her daughter gave her a very memorable and touching Valentine’s Day.
What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

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Children, Communication Skills, Play Therapy, Social Skills

Why Choose Play Therapy?

What is play therapy? What are the benefits of play therapy and the signs in children that it might be needed? Erlese discusses how sheLittle Children Hands doing Fingerpainting found her passion for play therapy. She continues with how play therapy can be helpful and signs to recognize in your child that therapy might be needed.

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