Counseling and Therapy Notebook

Here you’ll find information on a great variety of topics related to mental health, helpful resources, and important causes or events related to my work.

 

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How to Break a Trauma Bond: Tips for Regaining Your Emotional Freedom

A trauma bond is a complex emotional attachment formed between an abused person and their abuser, often characterized by a cyclical pattern of abuse interspersed ...
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What Is Minority Stress and How Does It Affect LGBTQ+ Individuals?

Imagine waking up every day carrying an invisible weight, a burden that subtly but persistently impacts every aspect of your life. This is the daily ...
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Is There Room for More? Polyamory vs Open Relationship Explained

As society evolves, so does the complexity of relationship dynamics. A growing interest in non-traditional relationship structures, such as polyamory and open relationships, marks a ...
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Putting Yourself First: How to Stop Self Abandonment Before It Starts

Self-abandonment is a pattern where individuals neglect their own needs and desires to please others, often resulting in harmful mental health effects. This behavior is ...
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Aromantic vs Asexual: Debunking Myths and Celebrating Individuality

The concepts of aromanticism and asexuality introduce a critical expansion to our understanding of human relationships and attractions. The asexual spectrum (or ace spectrum) encompasses ...
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The Quiet Struggle: Signs of Repressed Childhood Trauma in Adult Behavior

In today’s society, the echoes of childhood traumas are more prevalent than ever, deeply etched into the lives of many adults. Research by the Substance Abuse and Mental ...
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Finding Calm: Everyday Strategies for Anxiety Relief

You’re at your desk on a sunny Tuesday morning, but instead of feeling calm, your heart races and anxiety takes hold, overshadowing the day. This ...
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Exploring Identity: What Does It Mean to Be Intersex

Intersexuality refers to a spectrum of variations in sex characteristics, including chromosomes, reproductive organs, and hormones, that don’t fit typical definitions of male or female. ...
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The Hidden Traps of Codependency: Signs You Shouldn’t Overlook

In today’s world, where relationships form the bedrock of our personal lives, understanding the dynamics at play is crucial. One such dynamic, often lurking unseen, ...
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The Invisible Battle: Confronting and Conquering Self-Stigma

Self-stigma, a term that often remains in the shadows of public discourse, refers to the internalized negative stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination that individuals with mental ...
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Love with Boundaries: A Guide to Healthy, Respectful Relationships

Boundaries play a critical role in the fabric of human relationships, influencing our interactions with others and protecting our personal space, values, and emotional health. ...
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Coping with Grief This Holiday Season

The holiday season, a time often associated with joy and togetherness, can bring a contrasting experience for those who are grieving. The merry atmosphere and ...
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Overcoming Challenges During Your Gender Transition

The journey of transgender transition involves a deeply personal and multifaceted process, encompassing changes in gender identity, body, and societal roles. According to the National ...
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Shedding Light on Seasonal Depression Symptoms

Seasonal depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a prevalent mood disorder linked to specific times of the year, notably fall and winter. Millions of ...
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Love Beyond Labels: A Guide to Dating Transgender Women

Dating in today’s diverse world offers a multitude of opportunities to connect with a wide range of people, including transgender women. These experiences can be ...
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Inclusivity and Equality: Honoring National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day, celebrated every October 11th, is a significant event in the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. It’s a day dedicated to recognizing ...
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The Narcissist’s Web: Understanding and Healing in Relationships

Narcissism refers to a personality trait characterized by excessive self-aggrandizement, a need for constant admiration, and a lack of empathy towards others. It can manifest ...
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Healthy Vulnerability: Strengthening the Bonds in Your Relationship

According to renowned researcher Brene Brown and her groundbreaking concept of the “power of vulnerability,” vulnerability in relationships can be defined as the willingness to ...
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