THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND SADNESS

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By Erin Goldberg, L.M.S.W. The winter months can be an especially difficult time for all of us, specifically those who suffer from seasonal depression. Millions of people around the world experience symptoms of depression or sadness at some point in their lives; therefore, recognizing the difference between a diagnosis of depression and the emotion of…
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Active Body and Mind in the Winter Time

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By Brittany Kochajda, L.M.S.W. During the winter, the days typically feel short, dark and cold. And as a result, it can feel difficult to stay physically and mentally active. A contributing factor to this condition could be due to major depressive mood, with seasonal patterns.  Studies from the Cleveland Clinic show 5 percent of people…
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A NEW YEAR, A NEW MINDSET 

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By Dominic Landini, L.M.S.W. As the new year is upon us, this can be a great time to kickstart a new routine, health goal or mindset for the upcoming year.  It is also a good occasion to reflect on what we have accomplished throughout the year and any goals that haven’t been achieved. But when…
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New Kids on the Block: How to Support Your College-Bound Child

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By Julie Ponce, L.M.S.W. The transition from high school to college can be both an exciting and scary time. For most, it is the first time they live away from home and provide for their own needs. College-age students vary in their knowledge of independent living skills from effective budgeting, the joys of laundry, and…
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Screen Time Tips for Returning Back to School

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By Kara Ettenson, L.M.S.W Every parent hopes for a solid start to a new school year. But it’s quite common to expect an adjustment period as children and their families make the transition from summer vacation to going back to school. One of the biggest issues many parents grapple with is the impact of screen…
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Good Sleep Strategies to Make Your School Day a Dream

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By Rachel Blaschak, M.S., L.L.P. Sleep is an integral part of a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. So it is no wonder that sleep is a critical contributor to development for children and adolescents. Young people require more sleep than adults, often needing 9-11 hours of sleep per night. However, maintaining healthy sleep patterns…
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A New Normal- Reuniting Your Child With Friends

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By Lindsay Ferguson, MSW Living in and exploring our vast world is scary without an international pandemic occurring. If we add in COVID-19, it can make interacting socially seem that much more intimidating. Engaging with friends should be relaxing, easy, and uplifting. Who would have thought there would be a time when children and teens…
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What is Child-Centerd Play Therapy and How Can It Help

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  Karie Glide, LMSW Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) has been a huge part of my approach to working with kids. It centers on the relationship between the therapist and the child as a foundation for change. Using CCPT, the therapist creates a space providing developmentally appropriate materials to facilitate play in a meaningful way. Play…
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On Preparing your Child for Therapy

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  Sarah Hakala, MA LPC The decision to take your child to see a therapist is one that can be very difficult, even agonizing, for parents. Some parents worry their child will refuse to talk or throw a huge fit. Others have concerns about the stigma historically associated with mental health treatment and if their…
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