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

3 Reasons Why Play Therapy Is So Effective

Through play, children discover the world around them and their feelings about it. Play is also how children communicate these often-complex feelings. This is what makes play therapy such a powerful treatment. Pretending offers children the opportunity to “finally” be in charge and express what if feels like to be them. Here are some more reasons why play therapy is so effective: Play Reveals the Child’s Emotional Life Though the characters of the real world and play world may be different, the storylines tend to be the same. A young girl may walk into a therapist’s office, spot the plethora… Continue Reading This Article

4 Ways Play Therapy Can Improve Your Child’s Life

Children have great imaginations, and they use it in every aspect of their lives. Play is a huge part of children’s lives and they create imaginary scenarios with their toys all the time. If something is going on in a child’s life, one of the best ways to discover their true emotions is by watching them play. Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic treatment, specially developed to help children between the ages of 3 to 12. A play therapist works with the child to explore and resolve their issues through the therapeutic use of play. A safe space called a playroom… Continue Reading This Article

5 Empowering Mantras for Women Dealing with Workplace Disenfranchisement

As spiritual exercises like meditation and yoga rise in popularity, the concept of mantras has become more familiar. A mantra is a phrase you use in meditation to help you focus and create an intent that will be a positive driving force in your life. As you repeat the mantra during meditation, either out loud or in quiet thought, you’re planting a seed in your mind that will grow as you continue to nurture it through consistent meditation practices. Mantras can be very powerful tools used to help you gain confidence and calm anxieties in all areas of your life…. Continue Reading This Article