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5 Essentials for Strong Mental Health

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May is Mental Health Awareness month and just as "April showers" produce beautiful "May flowers"…Life’s painful tears can produce beautiful healing and growth through regular "Mental Health Check-ups." We all have a doctor we see regularly for annual physicals and those colds and minor illnesses that come up throughout the year.  We religiously schedule our [...]

Protective or Overprotective: 3 Tips to Decrease Parental Fears | Fox 35 USA Today

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"Mom, I just want to ride my bike around the block to visit Anna," says 9 year old Sarah.  Thirty years ago Sarah could ride the bus or ride around the block and parents would not worry. Unfortunately, parents have always had many reasons to worry about the safety of their children.  Today, there is [...]

5 Tips to Find Balance | Is it really possible? | Orlando Life Counselor Alicia Barilla

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Do you crave a more balanced life? Do you think life would be more enjoyable if your schedule matched up with your priorities? Does it feel like as soon as your schedule is working for you that something in your life changes? Life is full of constant changes and adjustments.   Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is something [...]

WHY would a young mother commit suicide? | Michelle Dubois | Orlando Depression Counseling

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Why would she do such a thing?   How could we have helped her?  Why would she leave her young boys?  Will she go to Heaven?  How will we live without her?  What should we tell her children?  What was she thinking?  Didn’t she know how much we loved her? These are just a few of the [...]

7 Low Cost Ideas to Keep Romance High | Valentines Day Tips | Orlando Relationship Counselor

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Relationship experts tell us that finances are one of the main causes of conflict in a relationship and that a couple handles financial stressors better when they feel valued and connected to each other.  Romance is one of the best ways for a couple to build intimacy and develop feelings of value and connection.  In [...]

7 Signs Sexual Abuse is Defining You | Orlando Trauma Counselor

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Elizabeth Smart was an innocent 14 year old girl who was kidnapped, raped, threatened, and abused for a period of 9 months before being returned home to her loving family.  Recently, we all watched in admiration as Elizabeth, now a beautiful and confident young woman, testified about her traumatic ordeal at the trial of her [...]