The Party Must Go On!

illuminationcc/ March 28, 2020

As a licensed therapist working with youth, I have seen a lot of anxiety from parents and kids about planned parties, graduations, and events that will be disrupted because of COVID-19.   However, technology and creativity can aid in providing families peace and fun during this time of crisis.  Here are tips to keep the party going. . 1.  Bonding

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Tips for Effective Parenting (Part 1)

illuminationcc/ February 11, 2020

There is no such thing as a perfect person. Therefore, there is no such thing as a perfect parent. However, parents can learn and implement skills and behaviors that will help them to raise more well-adjusted and successful children.

Communication Tips That Can Help Relationships

illuminationcc/ January 27, 2020

Effective communication is a skill, and as such it must be learned like any other skill. Unfortunately, when we were growing up many of us were not taught how to communicate effectively. With that in mind, here are some tips for communicating effectively with others…

13 Habits That Show Your Partner May Be Emotionally Neglecting You

illuminationcc/ February 1, 2019

While all relationships go through ups and downs, if your partner has certain ongoing habits that leave you feeling ignored, misunderstood, or alone, it may be a sign they’re emotionally neglecting you. And since it can quickly turn toxic, that’s not a situation you’ll want to ignore… Read more here. (Latasha Matthews, LPC, contributing author.)

5 Tips To Help You Get Past Your Winter Blues With Depression And Anxiety

illuminationcc/ January 27, 2019

Winter can be a tough time for people who deal with depression and anxiety. From decreased sunlight, colder temperatures, and the bleakness of the outdoors, this can make anyone feel a little more down than normal. However, people with specific mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, may react to this time of year with a stronger response than most.

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10 signs the person you’re dating wants to keep things casual

illuminationcc/ January 22, 2019

When you meet someone new, it can sometimes be tough to know what sort of relationship that other person is interested in. Knowing if they’re interested in keeping things casual or want something more long-term can help you figure out if you align on this particular issue. But sometimes people aren’t always upfront about what they want. We rounded up

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7 Tips for Dialing Down the Toxicity in Your Life

illuminationcc/ January 19, 2019

If you thought that the biggest word of 2018 was “extra” or “woke,” we’re about to rock your world. The real number-one word of the year? Toxic, at least according to the Oxford English Dictionary. And whether you use it to describe friendships, the way we treat the environment, or your relationship with the news, it probably crops up in your own life.

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INVIGORATE! (Achieving Health & Wellness Goals using boundaries)

illuminationcc/ January 19, 2019

Health and wellness goals aren’t limited to being physically fit and dietary adjustment, but they transcend into how you live, manage your time, operate professionally, and plan for your future. We understand that if you set goals for yourself that challenges you to get to a ‘better’ place in your life and work hard towards those goals that you will

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Financial Management: It’s Never Too Early or Too Late To Learn

illuminationcc/ March 23, 2016

This month we are talking about finances and taxes. We know that this can be a stressful time as we are in the midst of tax season and preparing for spring break, but what better time to begin teaching your kids about finances? I work with lots of teens that feel entitled to have the latest and best cellphones, sneakers,

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LOVE: crisis not exempt

illuminationcc/ February 25, 2016

As we continue in the month designated for love, I encourage you to Go Ahead and Love through the crisis. We all experience some type of crisis in our lives that seems to overshadow us and blur our focus. These crises can be life-threatening and life-altering, very large or somewhat small, but they exist and usually comes out of nowhere;

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