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Anger is a Messenger

Did you know that suppressing anger comes at a cost for your nervous system? Anger is a messenger of self-protection. If you were a child who had an emotionally unavailable parent or an abusive parent, there was likely a chronic experience of helplessness and powerlessness. As we get older, anger … Read More

Understanding Narcissism

A lot of people are talking about narcissism these days. How does Narcissism develop? Theorists propose two developmental pathways in the development of narcissism. Narcissism can develop in a child who has experienced both parental devaluation AND parental overvaluation. Parent devaluation happens when a child experiences parental rejection and/or exclusion, … Read More

Attachment

Attachment is the deep connection established between a child and their primary caregiver, that profoundly affects the child’s development and their ability to express emotions and build meaningful relationships later in life. Attachment becomes the engine of subsequent social, emotional, and cognitive development. This early experience of the infant stimulates … Read More

Boundaries

Boundaries are about feeling clear about where we end and another begins… what is ours and what is theirs. In order to effectively have boundaries we have to have a developed sense of self. If this wasn’t taught to us or modeled for us, we may not have learned the … Read More

Depression

Research shows us that symptoms of depression in men and women can be very different. While women tend to show signs of sadness through crying, fatigue, irritability, excessive sleep/insomnia, and over/under eating, men often manifest depression through anger. Men can appear to be aggressive instead of sad, and because their … Read More

Self Regulation Tool Kit

I often say “change cannot occur without awareness.” In other words… in order for change to occur we have to bring consciousness to what is happening in our thoughts and our bodies.  We can calm down our nervous system by “waking up” the “thinking” brain in our frontal lobe as … Read More

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