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Honoring Minority Mental Health Month: Self-Care Strategies

Honoring Minority Mental Health Month: Self-Care Strategies

July is Minority Mental Health Month, and with the current events encompassing our nation, this month looks very different today than it has in the past. There is a lot of sadness, pain, hurt, confusion, and so many other emotions. There is an uprising that has swept...

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10 Ways You Can Make Sure Your Kids Have Fun This Summer

10 Ways You Can Make Sure Your Kids Have Fun This Summer

Summer is in full swing, but this summer looks markedly different than any other summer before. As we continue to deal with the global pandemic and prepare for a second wave, many families are still social distancing as much as possible to slow the spread. So many of...

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Gay Pride Month: A Celebration of Diversity

Gay Pride Month: A Celebration of Diversity

When I tell people what I do for a living, I often get the response, “wow, that must be so hard, how do you do that?” While I can easily explain the day to day workings of being a therapist at The Guidance Center and the amazing work we do, what I can’t explain is...

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PTSD Awareness Month: Hope and a Call to Action

PTSD Awareness Month: Hope and a Call to Action

  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed (exposed to) a traumatic event or events such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other...

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Creative Arts for Positive Mental Health

Creative Arts for Positive Mental Health

Clinical Therapist Sarah Duncan, AMFT - Process, Performance Art, Fall 2018 During our bi-monthly art therapy supervision, therapists working toward art therapy registration as well as board certified and licensed art therapists explore the use of art materials in...

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A View of the Coronavirus Pandemic from A Clinical Therapist

A View of the Coronavirus Pandemic from A Clinical Therapist

Had I known the Wednesday before the "Safer at Home" order was going to be my last time drinking coffee and laughing with my friends during group supervision, I would have baked some cupcakes, hugged them tight and told them how much I’d miss them. I would have played...

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A Message for Those in Recovery

A Message for Those in Recovery

This whole month, we have been focused on sharing encouraging messages with our community, and letting you know that we are still here for you. In the last message in this video series, Melissa Mojica, LMFT speaks directly to those who have anxiety, depression, past...

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Birthday Cake Breathing for a Calm Mind

Birthday Cake Breathing for a Calm Mind

In this video, Dr. Brittany Jondle, Licensed Psychologist with The Guidance Center and Miller Children's and Women's Hospital, takes us through a breathing exercise called Birthday Cake Breathing. She teaches adults and children how to take deep breaths to help calm...

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Encouragement for Parents

Encouragement for Parents

"As mental health providers, we work alongside parents to strengthen relationships and mitigate the cycles of abuse that are often passed down from one generation to the next, and bring hope and healing to traumatic experiences."  April is National Child Abuse...

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Anxiety and Box Breathing

Anxiety and Box Breathing

"I think we are all feeling more anxious, more overwhelmed, more frustrated, more exhausted in the current situation then we otherwise normally do, which for many of us is taxing our coping skills and requiring us to find new, more effective, ways of coping with this...

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Tips for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

Tips for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are hard to overcome under any circumstance, so when there is a global pandemic, their impact can be so much greater and even harder to manage. How do we communicate our feelings when we're told not to leave our homes? How do we get fresh air...

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An Inspiring Message from our CEO

An Inspiring Message from our CEO

Our CEO, Patricia Costales, LCSW shares this inspiring message to our clients, staff and our community. A lot of us may have a mixture of emotions as we navigate through this challenge time. In this video, Tricia addresses those emotions and offers her sympathy as...

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Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We understand this is a very challenging time for so many. And if this is hard for adults, then we know this must be harder for our children. In light of this, we put together simple tips to help parents talk to their kids about Coronavirus and the pandemic that has...

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Helpful Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Helpful Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

As we continue each day in our new routines under the “Stay At Home” order, it can be very easy to feel anxious or to let loneliness or sadness consume us. At The Guidance Center, we want to let our clients, and you, know we are still here, and we can help. We want to...

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It’s Social Worker Month!

It’s Social Worker Month!

In honor of Social Worker Month this March, we want to recognize the strong, hardworking and caring social workers at The Guidance Center. These women and men dedicate themselves to their therapy practice and are there to be a listening ear, a helping hand and a...

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