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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 4 Life Lessons for Kids and Teens (SPOILERS ALERT)! | Lake Mary Child Counselor

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted at the box office this past weekend with a domestic opening total of $247 million, $610 million worldwide. It is poised to continue to shatter box office records this Christmas season. After high anticipation and long lines, many like myself were able to see this long awaited movie. Though [...]

Paris Terrorist Attacks: 5 Ways to Face Your Worst Fears | Lake Mary Trauma Therapist Counselor

Paris Terrorist Attacks: 5 Ways to Face Your Worst Fears This weekend 129 people were killed by terrorist attacks in Paris, France with 80 seriously injured. The certainty of whether other attacks are imminent either there or in our own homeland is unclear, however, we were still gripped by the same emotions we felt on [...]

4 Ways to Help Children Cope with Emotions Based on Pixar’s Movie “Inside Out” | Orlando Winter Park Counselor

The movie "Inside Out" is based on 5 different emotions a person is faced with from birth and throughout childhood. The first emotion shown as a baby is joy, quickly followed by sadness. The movie continues to show how the other emotions appear as we witness Riley, the main character, engage in different life experiences. [...]

Drug use in Central Florida Elementary Schools | 4 Common Signs of Substance Abuse in Teens

Orlando drug abuse counselors comment on recent news related to increased drug use in elementary schools.  Every parent's biggest fear is to find out whether or not their child is using drugs or alcohol. There is never an easy way to be certain that your child is perhaps abusing drugs or alcohol. Many of the [...]

Baltimore Super Mom | 5 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Affect Social Change | Lake Mary Counselor

The events of the Baltimore Super Mom Viral Youtube Video has inspired Lake Mary Counselor to give 5 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Affect Social Change. By now you have see the video that went viral Monday of Toya Graham, a Baltimore mother of a 16 yr-old, who when protests turned violent Monday afternoon went out [...]

2015 Superbowl Commercial What “Like a Girl” Really Means Teaches 4 Self Esteem Lessons | Orlando Counselor

Orlando counselor offers 4 self esteem tips the 2015 Superbowl Commercial “Like a Girl" commercial teaches!  You may have caught the reality-based commercial in which girls of various ages were asked to “Run like a girl.” The commercial beautifully demonstrated how sexism, like racism, is socially constructed by the use of language in our society. [...]