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Mom’s Blog Contribution: Finding A Sense Of Purpose

Have you heard of the juggernaut, Mom’s Blog Network? It touts itself as the “nation’s largest collection of hyper-local mom” resources, and I’m excited to announce that I’m the newest addition to the North Phoenix writing team! Each month, I’ll be writing articles on how Phoenix moms can best support their kid’s and their own…

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Are You An Emotional Hoarder?

Elevate Counseling: Clear out your emotional closet

We recently gave my son’s bedroom a makeover. He had been sleeping for months on a queen-sized mattress. The mattress took up the majority of his bedroom, sitting halfway under his desk. He had an elevated bed accessible by a ladder but refused to sleep on it because the dog couldn’t join him. Cleaning out…

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Want A Deeper Connection With Your Child? Try This

Elevate Counseling: Developing the skill of active listening

One of the most valuable lessons that I learned from my dad was the art of cool-headed, active listening. He wasn’t one to jump into lectures or to give unsolicited advice. He didn’t yell or fly off the handle.  This doesn’t mean that I didn’t get clear messages from him when I had crossed a…

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Friday 5: Mental Health

Friday Five: Elevate Counseling Links

Here is what we’ve been reading this week in mental health! This week:   A fun family-bonding activity, digital hoarding, purpose as the key to longevity, and finding connection in common struggles. Looking for a fun activity to do with the family? Take this 8-minute quiz, and discuss the results. The “16 personalities” are based on…

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The Struggles of “Twice Exceptional” Students

Elevate Counseling Gifted and Dyslexic? Twice Exceptional

“I’ve fooled everyone into thinking I’m smart” – The Twice-Exceptional Student When I was in grad school, I had a fellowship at a nonprofit where I tested kids and adults who suspected that they had a reading disorder. This experience was eye-opening. I sat down with countless kids, teens, and adults who would look at me…

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