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Are Those Rigid Personality Quirks Actually Anxiety?

Are You mistaking your anxiety for a personality quirk? Elevate Counseling

Is It Me Or My Anxiety Talking? This week I was interviewed by Women’s Magazine, Bustle, about how a person’s “personality quirks” can sometimes mask an underlying anxiety disorder. Clients often say that they’ve “dealt” with these quirks for as long as they could remember. Oftentimes, they see these traits as positive and can point…

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3 Steps To Effective Limit Setting

3 Steps To Limit Setting

“My Daughter is Turning into a Monster and so am I” Early in my counseling career, I met with a mother and her teenage daughter who were both at their wits’ end.  “Nothing I do is right. She’s pushing limits and fighting me at every turn,” the mother said. Her daughter, in turn, told me…

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STOP Reacting On Impulse With This Trick

STOP Reacting On Impulse With This Trick

STOP impulses through mindfulness We live in a hustle and bustle world.  We make lunches while watching the morning news, texting with a friend and eating breakfast.  There is a constant barrage of stimulation vying for our attention.  A consequence of this is a heightened alert system, which impacts our ability to relax and makes us…

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5 Tips To Cope When School Anxiety Lingers

5 tips to manage school related anxiety

It’s August, and that means school is back in session for most of our kids in Arizona.  The initial excitement over seeing friends and meeting new teachers is starting to wear off and reality is sinking in.  Early mornings and homework are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Social pressures may be increasing following…

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Who’s Carrying Your Emotional Baggage?

Tips To Break Free From Emotional Baggage

My family just got back from a trip to New York We were meeting my family for a 5-day trip to explore the city, take in the sites, and reconnect.  Before leaving each of us packed our bags for the trip. My two boys and husband filled their bags about 3/4 full, while I filled…

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