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Is Your Teen Struggling? Why Group Therapy Works

Why Tene Group Therapy Works

“What’s Wrong With Me?” A few years ago, a teenaged girl came to me for counseling.  She felt pressure to get good grades, cultivate perfect Instagram posts, and please her parents. Anxiety, harsh self-judgment, and unrealistic expectations weighed her down. She was so overwhelmed she had panic attacks that drove her to isolate herself in…

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5 Tips For Managing Your Child’s Anxiety

Elevate Counseling 5 Tips For Managing Anxiety

A little anxiety can be a motivation starter.  That little bit of oomph that we all need to push a little harder, study a little longer, or in my case, getting that last load of laundry done! However, pathological anxiety is much more pervasive and normally occurs at heightened levels with everyday activities such as…

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Traumatic Experiences Change Your Brain. Literally

Elevate Counseling: EMDR For Trauma

Research shows that the brain stores traumatic experiences differently than other memories. Are you easily triggered into negative emotions? Do you KNOW you are overreacting, but you just can’t stop yourself in the moment? I often hear these comments in my counseling office and people are sometimes surprised when I tell them that an earlier,…

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Is Your Teen Battling Anxiety? A-B-C Coping Skills

elevate counseling: How To Help Your Teen Cope With Stress

When was a little girl, I lived in a small, rural town in Indiana.  It was an idyllic childhood in many ways. I spent the majority of my summers playing outdoors and exploring the woods. Unfortunately, these woods were full of poison ivy and I was extremely allergic. One year my hand swelled up to…

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Friday 5: Kids & Teens

Elevate Counseling: Supporting Kids and Teens Mental Health In The Greater Phoenix Area

Here’s What We’ve Been Reading To Support Your Family’s Mental Health This Edition: College applications, first cell phones, and a great youtube resource for your tween! Is your child getting ready to head off to college?  Are you tempted to “help” them with their essay?  Not so fast!  Check out this article from a college admissions…

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