Laura Bravo

About Laura Bravo

About the author: Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC, is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, Florida since 2001. She has many years of experience with various issues including eating disorders, domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, children, teen and adult issues. Because each individual is unique, Laura uses an eclectic style of counseling selecting the most appropriate forms of therapy for the individual. Laura looks at all issues through a Wellness perspective, and is well versed in most forms of therapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapies. For more information, please contact Laura at Total Life Counseling, 407-248-0030.

3 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Addictions & Substance Abuse | Charlie Sheen

Famous actor Charlie Sheen has been in the news much in the last several years. Unfortunately, not for his acting. We see in the media a tumultuous personal life which appears to contain alcohol and drug addiction. Mr. Sheen just completed three weeks of substance abuse treatment, and yet still states “I find sobriety boring.”

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7 Signs of Addiction

What is Addiction? According to the Mirriam Webster dictionary, “addiction” is defined as “a compulsive need for and use of a habit forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawl.” People can be addicted to drugs (prescription or illegal), alcohol, gambling, sex, food, gaming, or nicotine.

When does it become a

By |February 21st, 2011|Addictions, Adults, Alcohol, Anxiety, Blog, Drug, Marriage, Sexual Addictions, Teens|0 Comments

What is Holiday Eating & Overeating? 5 Symptoms of Over Eating

Can’t resist that extra portion? Have to go through that drive through? Have to eat dessert, or maybe two?

Now that the holidays are behind us, many will turn their focus to improving health and shedding unwanted pounds. The average American gains SEVEN pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.  How can you tell the difference

By |January 12th, 2011|Addictions, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Overeating, Updates|0 Comments

5 Tips For Extended Family Holiday Scheduling

Are you dreading the holidays?  Do you have to split holidays with more than two groups of relatives?  Do you feel you are traveling all over the place and resent holidays?  Are you a people pleaser and trying to make everyone family member happy?

The movie “Four Christmases” is not just a funny movie, it’s a

Four Tips For Holiday Party Food Anxiety

Do you loathe holidays? Dread social invitations? Can’t stand the thought of a Christmas party? Those with eating disorders (Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge Eating or Overeating) shiver at the upcoming holiday season, not for the social aspect but for the food. Almost every single holiday tradition or event for most cultures and religions involves food. Thanksgiving

7 Coping Tips for the Chilean Miners

Millions of people have been glued to their television sets for the past two days as the Chilean miners have been plucked from their mineshaft, one at a time. The world watched as this seemingly impossible rescue occurred. There was much hope, joy and excitement for the rescue of these men. Over the next few