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4 Sports Psychology Tips to Empower your Child or Teen through Athletics | Orlando Lake Mary Certified Sports Counselor

Just participating in sports does not automatically foster positive growth in children. Many factors play a crucial role in your child’s success with athletics. The top four factors that I have found to help encourage positive sports participation are: Fun and Constructive Atmosphere Appropriate Parental Involvement Having an Encouraging Mentor A Focus on Transferable Life [...]

Do Most Sexual Abuse Survivors Lose their Childhood | Amanda Perry, Michelle Knight, & Gina DeJesus | Dana West, LCSW Orlando Abuse Counselor

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Darkness into Light Fleeing from the pits of darkness, Amanda Perry, 27, escaped from being held hostage for over a decade.  She called 911 at a neighbor’s house and found freedom after 10 years being held hostage.  She wasn’t the only one, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, 23, and Michele Knight, 32, were found alive Monday night [...]

Coping with Tragedy | Fear, Anxiety and Grief after Boston Marathon Bombing | 3 Tips to Cope with Virtual Trauma | Orlando Trauma Counselor

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Are we safe? Are our children safe? What’s the world coming to? What can we do when tragedy strikes? According to CBSNEWS.com, “Two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring dozens others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities [...]

Lindsay Lohan | 3 Tips to Discuss Negative Celebrity Influence on Your Child | Orlando Teen Counselor

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It’s no mystery that celebrities in America are intensely scrutinized through constant media attention.  Every movement and action is dissected, analyzed, and mocked by millions of strangers who know nothing about the reality of celebrities’ lives.  Every other day there seems to be a new article about mishaps and accidents in various celebrities’ lives, and [...]

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting | Tips to Talk to your Kids | Adam Lanza | Orlando Counselor

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The world stood still for a short moment. News reports described a horrific scene at a Connecticut elementary school. The report stated that a young man in a bulletproof vest forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire inside two classrooms. According to the Associated Press, the young man was identified as [...]

9 Parent tips to talk to your kids after a school shooting | Newton Connecticut | Orlando Child Counselor Jim West

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While the details are unraveling about the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut parents around the country are wondering what to say to their kids to make them feel safe at school.  So what can parents say to their kids to make them feel safe? 9 Parent Tips to Talk to your Kids after a School [...]