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

By |May 8th, 2013|

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 after

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Instagram Beauty Pageants | Orlando Counselor | Teen Girls Self-Esteem | Toddlers & Tiaras | Tips for Parents

By |April 26th, 2013|

From Toddlers and Tiaras to Instagram Beauty Pageants, young girls are throwing themselves onto the merciless stage of judgment, comparisons, criticism and pain.

According to an ABC News report, “Among the hottest activities on social media these days is Instagram’s beauty contests, where young girls go head-to-head in cyber beauty pageants online and on their phones,

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

By |April 16th, 2013|

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 said.”

With

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The Benefits of Forgiveness | Orlando Counselor Dana West

By |March 21st, 2013|

The Benefits of Forgiveness | Dana West, LCSW

Why is forgiveness easy to verbalize but so difficult to express? How many times should I forgive?  Can I distance myself while forgiving someone who hurts me repeatedly? If I forgive too quickly am I a pushover?  Is forgiving truly forgetting? I will never forgive you!  These are

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg | Women in Leadership & Workplace | 3 Tips for Women Empowerment

By |March 19th, 2013|

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg | Women in Leadership & Workplace | 3 Tips for Women Empowerment

Harvard graduate and Facebook CEO, Sheryl Sandberg is making headlines with her unconventional approach to women and business. The businesswoman and mother of two speaks out to empower women to rally together and take responsibility for becoming a stronger presence in

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Substance Abuse Doesn’t Discriminate | Amanda Bynes DUI | Dana West Orlando Addictions Counselor

By |March 5th, 2013|

Substance Abuse Doesn’t Discriminate | Amanda Bynes DUI | Orlando Substance Abuse Counselor Dana Risucci-West, LCSW Addictions Expert

Picture Perfect?

Some people appear to have it all: good grades, rewarding careers, and loving families. What outsiders may not see behind the near perfect appearance are issues that may be internalized to keep up an image.  The stress