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People Pleasing: A Trauma Response

People Pleasing: A Trauma Response

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Overcoming People Pleasing as a Trauma Response    They’re mad I couldn’t watch their kids. They were relying on me and I let them down. I need to find a way to make it up to them.    Do you put others’ disappointment at the top of your to-do list? Are you trying to fix any possible negative reactions? Do you find it easy to stand up for others, but hard to stand up for…

Accelerated Resolution Therapy: Recoding Memories as Safe

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A mail carrier can no longer do their job after being attacked by a dog. She loved being out in the community and talking to people. She has had many great experiences as a mail carrier. After she was attacked while on the job, that scene is the one she plays and it stops her from being able to do the job that she wants to do. She has developed anxiety, grief, and a phobia...

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Relapse Prevention Strategies: Relapse Management During Holidays 

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  Recovery is a time when you have to know yourself really well. You have to stay focused and away from that “whatever” attitude that can take your success from you in a moment.    Relapse prevention strategies start with knowing your triggers and knowing the process that happens within yourself before you can relapse. Relapse behaviors don’t just happen out of the blue. Mindfulness-based relapse prevention is the only way to understand your mind…

Self-Worth Comes from You, Infertility Does Not

Self-Worth Comes from You, Infertility Does Not

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Today is day 12 of my cycle. Almost ovulation time so we need to have sex tonight for sure. Have I been too stressed this month? Will I ovulate late? I went into a hot tub. I need to remember to Google that later. Maybe I ate too much junk food this month and my hormones aren’t functioning right.   Infertility can do quite a number on your self-worth. You soon start to analyze every…

Change Your Words Change Your Relationship Using I Statements

Change Your Words Change Your Relationship Using I Statements

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“You don’t even care about me.” Did she just say I am selfish? This looks familiar. Using I-statements in your relationship will save you from this miscommunication. They are the number one tool you want in your toolbox to de-escalate conflicts. They encourage connection rather than continuing to push your spouse away during marriage conflicts. Watch me transform this moment from above. “I feel lonely when you play video games till midnight.” The speaker is…

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