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Brace Yourself

Brace Yourself

With almost 4.5 million kids and adults seeking orthodontic treatment, braces have become almost a rite of passage in the United States. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I was one of them and I wore braces for 18 months when I was in middle school. I hated it. About halfway through my treatment my orthodontist had me wear rubber bands to correct my bite. (more…)

Preparing for Therapy: How to get the most out of it

Preparing for Therapy: How to get the most out of it

The mental health stigma is real. Research shows that the majority of people have negative perceptions, attitudes, and stereotypes towards people with mental illness.

“Oh. You go to therapy?”

“Isn’t therapy for crazies?”

Well, let me tell you. In my experience in out patient settings like Balance, Health and Healing, typical clients in therapy are usually high functioning, intelligent, successful individuals dealing with a myriad of presenting concerns. So, no, you are not crazy for going to therapy.

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“Wisdom” from the Newlywed

“Wisdom” from the Newlywed

My husband comes from a large extended family that has a tradition that I love. When someone in the family is getting married, a few months prior to the big day, they hold a family wedding shower. At the famous wedding shower, not only are most embarrassing moments shared, but tidbits of wedding advice are given to the engaged couple. While the couple opens a gift, the couple that gave the gift imparts their greatest wedded-life wisdom. I learned quite a bit that day from couples of all stages. There were couples that have been married for 50+ years and some that were married for just a few months – all jumped at the opportunity to share something that they love about their relationship.

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LG(Blog)TQ

LG(Blog)TQ

Do you feel like every time you blink there’s another letter added onto LGBT? Does the term pansexual sound like a Sci-Fi novel to you? Are you confused at the difference between gender and sex? Then this is for you. In my next two blogs, I want to help provide a little bit of education on the language around the LGBTQ+ community and how families can contribute to the health and safety of this community.

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5 Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

5 Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

I was born and raised in Hawaii so for most of my life, the only seasonal changes I experienced were summer, when it felt hot as Hades, and winter, when it was slightly cooler and rainy. I was in for a rude awakening when I moved to Utah right before winter season in 2011 with my yearlong wardrobe of shorts, t-shirts, and slippers (which I have since learned that most people around here call flip flops). Since then, I have been better prepared with winter clothes, anti-freeze liquid for my car, and salt to sprinkle on my driveway and I’ve learned the hard way to not run or even walk briskly on ice, slow down on the freeway, and shovel the snow in the driveway before it sticks.

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Take-aways from The Giver

Take-aways from The Giver

Somehow I missed reading, The Giver by Lois Lowry, in middle school, when most people read it for English class. But better late than never! I devoured The giver in two days over the holiday break. While I’m sure it makes for great YA reading, I am glad I read it, now, as an adult. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the book and it’s themes since. Some important themes stand out and relate to how I view the world and why I chose to be a therapist.

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Ready. Set. GOAL.

Ready. Set. GOAL.

It’s the first week of January.  Have you set your New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you broken them yet?  If you’re like most of us, you’ve set resolutions and—unfortunately—you’ve possibly already broken them.

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Sometimes You Shouldn’t Run the Marathon

Sometimes You Shouldn’t Run the Marathon

I signed up for a half marathon this fall…that I didn’t end up running. I stopped training about halfway in. That wasn’t an easy decision for me to make, especially since I sort of pride myself on “doing hard things.” But it was the right decision for me for several reasons. I actually feel that choosing not to run was the harder, and better decision.

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