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

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Benefits of Forgiveness | Dana West, LCSW

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 […]

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

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 […]

By |March 5th, 2013|Addictions, Adults, Alcohol, Blog, Dana West, Drug, Teens, Updates|0 Comments

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

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, […]

By |January 10th, 2013|Addictions, Alcohol, Blog, Children, Drug, Family, Matthew Martin, Media, Parenting, Teens|1 Comment

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting | Tips to Talk to your Kids | Adam Lanza | Jada Collins

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 […]