Breaking Down Sensory Sensitivities

Each person has a unique sensory profile, meaning that every individual has different sensory preferences and sensitivities. Common preferences may include observing a sunset, smelling flowers, or listening to a favorite song. Often, we call upon our preferences to self-soothe, relax, or experience positive emotions. Sensitivities tend to cause discomfort or distress and can make […]

Reducing the Risk of Major Depression When You Live Alone

Living alone can be both liberating and challenging. On one hand, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. On the other hand, you may feel lonely or isolated, which can increase your risk of depression. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to reduce your risk of depression and […]

Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills

Emotions, emotions emotions. Many people have a love-hate relationship with their emotions especially, intense emotions. Are you someone who struggles with intense emotions or feels stuck in difficult situations? Well, DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, might just be the tool you need to help you manage those emotions and behaviors. DBT is all about taking […]

Enmeshment Trauma: What is it?

Enmeshment trauma, or sometimes called emotional incest, refers to a family system that lacks boundaries. In an enmeshed family, the parents or caregiver inappropriately relies on the child to meet their emotional needs. The child, in turn, is not allowed to be emotionally independent and becomes more attuned with their parents’ needs than their own. […]

Managing Your Mental Health While Working Remotely

Three years after the beginning days of a global pandemic, many of us still find ourselves adjusting to completely virtual or hybrid work environments. Remote work offers opportunities for some that were not previously available, such as flexibility in working location and caretaking schedules, as well as a general increase in accessibility. However, working virtually […]

Meditation as a method for managing anxiety

Over the past few decades, meditation has become an increasingly popular tool for managing stress and anxiety. While meditation is traditionally practiced in several Eastern spiritual disciplines, it can be practiced secularly as well.  There are many different ways to mediate, however, most commonly mindfulness meditation is used to cope with anxiety. In mindfulness meditation, […]

What are trauma responses?

Trauma is the lasting emotional response that often results from living through a distressing event. Experiencing a traumatic event can harm a person’s sense of safety, sense of self, and ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. Symptoms of trauma include trauma responses. These various trauma responses may have been learned as a means of survival […]

Disorganized Attachment

As many know, attachment styles are a key component in understanding and breaking dysfunctional relationship patterns. Attachment styles develop in childhood based off our relationship with our caregivers. In adulthood they serve as the foundation for how one behaves, communicates, and handles conflict in relationships. Attachment styles are divided into two categories: secure and insecure. […]

How to make new friends when moving to a new City

Moving can be a very exciting and challenging time especially if you are moving to a new city. One of the biggest challenges can be making new friends. It can be difficult to navigate the social scene in a new place and find people with similar interests. However, with effort and determination, it is possible […]

Anxiety: How to cope with anxiety caused by things out of your control

Anxiety, feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease, is a common source of distress. When worrying is excessive, difficult to control, and causes significant distress or impairment, it can be especially challenging to cope with.  There are many causes of anxiety and different people may have vastly different triggers for their anxiety. A common source of […]