Finding your Inner Superhero

The late and great Stan Lee created our favorite superheroes including; Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and so much more. He believed that anyone could be a superhero, from a socially awkward boy in high school, Peter Parker, to the playboy, genius, billionaire, Tony Stark, each had to overcome their own obstacles in order to become the legends we know today.  In each and every one of us, there is a hero waiting to be unleashed! While we may not all be able to swing through the air, we can harness the powers within in… Continue Reading This Article

How Joining a Local Sports Club Could Support Your Mental Health

Whether you like to play soccer, basketball, or softball, joining a sports club is a great way to stay fit and make new friends. Not to mention, a sports club membership can also support your mental health beyond these benefits. While exercise is known to improve cardio health and help you build strong muscles and bones, exercise can also alleviate symptoms of depression in the following ways. Endorphins You have probably heard of endorphins. They are the “feel-good” chemicals your body releases after exercise, among other times. These neurochemicals have been shown to help boost mood and give us a… Continue Reading This Article

Is Your Food Delivery Habit Hurting Your Mental Health?

The modern world offers us many conveniences. Indoor plumbing and electricity make life far more sanitary and pleasant than what our ancestors had to deal with. Technology allows us to connect with people from around the world, and we can hop in our car and go wherever we want safely and relatively quickly (unless you live in a major city where traffic tends to be brutal). But some of our modern-day conveniences may be doing us more harm than good. Take for instance food delivery. Who among us doesn’t love to have our pizza, Chinese or Indian food brought right… Continue Reading This Article

How Meditation Can Help Manage Symptoms of Trauma

Meditation offers practitioners powerful benefits, yet many people are confused as to what exactly those benefits are. In a nutshell, meditation focuses attention in a deliberate manner, taking you from a state of noisy mental chatter to calm and quiet inner peace. And isn’t that something most of us could use? While meditation has been practiced for thousands of years in the east and – more recently – west as a way to grow spiritually, modern medicine is now finally extolling the numerous health benefits that meditation offers. Meditation has the ability to reduce stress hormones by calming the parasympathetic… Continue Reading This Article

5 Personal Techniques to Work Through Flashbacks

Flashbacks are our brain’s way of processing traumatic events that we’ve experienced. But what tends to happen is, our subconscious goes to our storage cabinet to access some important memories regarding the event, and everything sort of tumbles out of the cabinet all at once. This falling out or flashback experience can feel almost as traumatic as the initial event. Flashbacks usually happen without warning. Most result from a “triggering” that occurs by an external experience. Triggers are typically sensory-based experiences that manifest via smells, sounds, tastes, textures that remind the person of the traumatic event. The smell of cologne… Continue Reading This Article

All About Stephonia Llewellyn , LMHC

Stephonia Llewellyn, LMHC Hi! My name is Stephonia (pronounced Steff-phone-knee-yah). I mainly work with children and teens who are experiencing issues across different areas of their life. I have experience in processing traumatic experiences, anger management problems, different mood disorders, and anxiety management. Many children do not communicate well with spoken words but will tell you everything you need to know through play. I utilize various different toys in order to make children feel safe and comfortable and allow them to have an outlet, to express themselves clearly. Teenagers are often lectured and told what they should do instead of… Continue Reading This Article

All About Liza Piekarsky, LMHC, CAP

Liza Piekarsky, LMHC, CAP Hi!. I am an Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, National Certified Counselor, and a Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida. I specialize in working with teenagers/young adults who are struggling with substance use, behavioral difficulties, depression, anxiety, and family conflict. I provide a safe environment to assist clients in reaching goals they have set out to achieve. I believe that to enhance the quality of one’s mental health it is important to explore one’s physical involvement. Incorporating the use of exercise, sport, and physical activity in improving one’s overall quality of life. Specialties: … Continue Reading This Article

How to Help Your Child Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

There was a time when young kids went to school, came home and did a little homework, then went outside to play with their friends. Their schedules were open and easy for them to handle. Nowadays, more and more young kids are involved in so many activities they don’t seem to have time to play in the backyard. On top of school, many kids are involved in two or three team sports, music lessons, and church activities. These kids often struggle to keep up with their school & extracurricular activity load and find themselves anxious and having trouble sleeping. Alvin… Continue Reading This Article

Don’t Get Mad, Get Involved: Helping Your Child with Class Behavioral Issues

No parent likes hearing that their child is acting out in class. At first, most of us want to blame ourselves and figure out what we’ve done wrong. When we come up empty, we tend to put the blame on our child, and sometimes we even get angry. The truth is, parents do the best they can and so do their children. There are a myriad of reasons why children act out at school. Big Changes A divorce, move to a new city, or death in the family are big life events that are hard on everyone. This is particularly… Continue Reading This Article

All About Paola Gomez Diaz, Ph. D

Paola Gomez Diaz, Ph. D I believe that therapy is a journey of healing and I’m here to accompany you in the process of self-discovery. Because maybe the journey isn’t about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can find your true self. My approach as a bilingual therapist (English/Spanish) involves traditional psychodynamic therapeutic styles blended with attachment based and dialectical behavior models to provide a therapeutic relationship that facilitate the accomplishment of your short and long term goals through a fulfilling life.  I also incorporate elements of mind-body and meditation to help you to… Continue Reading This Article