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Lessons from Sesame Street – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series based on nextavenue.org’s article, 5 Sesame Street Lessons We Need Again as Adults. Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Our third lesson from the beloved children’s show Sesame Street is “Friends Matter”. Take a look at this video clip: In the video, the late […]

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Mindfulness: How to Practice It

Mindfulness: How to Practice It (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of 2. To read Part 1, go here. In our previous post, we defined mindfulness and discussed the science behind it. Mindfulness actually changes the brain and yields a number of results, including reduced stress, better body image, and reduced depression and anxiety, among other things. One of the reasons mindfulness […]

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What is 'Wise Mind'?

What is ‘Wise Mind’?

by Bianca VonBank, LMFT Have you ever had a moment where you felt a sense of calm and knew what you needed to do or what was going to be best and you were able to act from that place? Kind of like what Oprah calls an “Ah-ha moment”? Or, have you ever been in […]

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Mindfulness: What's All the Hype About?

Mindfulness: What’s All the Hype About? (Part 1)

Most likely you’ve heard the term ‘mindfulness’, as the concept has recently made its way into the pop psych spotlight. And for good reason, too. Many therapists, hospitals, and wellness centers are incorporating mindfulness techniques into their programs. Even high schools across the country are integrating mindfulness training into their health and PE curriculum. It’s […]

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3 Apps Worth Downloading to Practice Your DBT Skills

3 Apps Worth Downloading to Practice Your DBT Skills

by Bianca VonBank, LPMFT DBT Therapist Are you engaging in Dialectical Behavior Therapy? If so, here are 3 apps worth downloading to practice your DBT skills:   DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach This is the only app on the market that is created by an intensively trained DBT psychologist, which basically means you get to […]

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What makes people 'highly successful' and can it be learned?

What Makes People ‘Highly Successful’, and Can It Be Learned?

As parents, one of our greatest wishes for our children is that they become successful adults. Most of us have very high hopes for our children, believing wholeheartedly in their exceptionality and ability to do and become anything their precocious little minds can fathom. Perhaps your child is the next J.K. Rowling, LeBron James, Steve […]

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Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teenage Problem

Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teenage Problem

Research is revealing that more and more women are falling prey to eating disorders later in life. These may be relapses of eating disorders from years gone by, or they may be unique to midlife issues. Nevertheless, this ‘significant minority’ is growing, and the problem needs attention. An online survey as part of the Gender […]

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How Perfect is Your (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) Life?

How Perfect is Your (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Life?

Had you looked at her Instagram account, you would have seen a happy, well-adjusted, thoughtful young woman who lived life to the fullest. Madison Holleran was a 19-year old student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania and seemed to have it all. Beautiful, talented, athletically gifted, “Ivy League” smart, popular, loving family, tons of friends. Matter […]

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Why does parenting cause so much anxiety?

Why does Parenting Cause So Much Anxiety?

Last year, Jennifer Senior, contributing editor at New York Magazine, spoke at a TED talk on the topic of “Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety?” You can watch her TED Talk here (it’s worth it): Why does parenting cause so much anxiety? Jennifer describes a time when Dr. Spock (not to be confused […]

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Is Breastfeeding Really Better than Formula Feeding?

Is Breastfeeding Really Better than Formula Feeding?

(And are we even asking the right question?) Sure, we could go into detail about the evolution of infant formula (some in my parents’ generation raised their babies on corn syrup and evaporated milk, for crying out loud) and how since 1980, when the FDA began regulating it, infant formula has become incredibly safe and nourishing […]

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