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3 Life Lessons Girls Can Learn From Mo’ne Davis | Lake Mary Teen Counselor

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The school year has begun and soon so will Fall sports for many our children. Soccer, baseball, t-ball are all slated to begin. And unless you’ve been under a rock then you may not have heard of Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitching phenom, from Philadelphia's Taney Dragons. She is the first girl to throw a [...]

5 Self-Esteem Tips Girls Learn from Disney’s Movie Frozen | Lake Mary Child Counselor Lyris Steuber

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Disney’s Frozen is all the rage ever since it came out and there are many redeeming qualities in reference to girls self esteem tips! Even my 3 year old girl is obsessed with it. She can sing all the songs and loves pretending with the dolls. The reason why it resonates with so many girls [...]

3 Lies Teen Girls Believe | Orlando Teen Counselor Dana West, LCSW

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Ever stopped and wondered what happened to my sweet little baby girl while glancing at you’re teenage daughter struggling with self-esteem, relationships, and mood swings? It seems that it is a rite of passage in our society for teenage girls to battle with all these issues before discovering their value, worth, and place in adult [...]

Luis Suarez Bites & Breaks Bro Code | 5 Tips on How to Manage Anger with Competition | Orlando Family Counselor

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As we watch the World Cup series, we can witness all the intense emotions these athletes are faced with. As usual, when there is a bad call or a dirty play, anger is easily triggered. Consequently, we witness poor anger management out on the field. Luis Suarez, soccer player from Uruguay, was alleged to bite [...]

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 [...]