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Signs That My Child May Benefit from Play Therapy May 26th, 2020

When a child is suffering from a behavioral, social, or mood disorder, an adult approach that relies heavily on verbal communication may not be the best solution. With play therapy, we interact with your child on their level, allowing us to better identify, and help remedy, the underlying issues. At...

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Substance Abuse Apr 21st, 2020

Thanks to opioid addiction making national headlines in recent years, Americans are slowly gaining a new level of understanding when it comes to substance use disorders.  Despite the fact that nearly 20 million Americans report having a problem with substance use, there may be many more who are on the...

A Calm Soul Makes Trying Times Conquerable. Mar 30th, 2020

A calm soul makes trying times conquerable. Difficulties give me an opportunity to exercise my focus and determination. During trying times I concentrate on maintaining a calm soul. This approach helps me to conquer the challenges that face me. I avoid being reactive to difficult situations that catch me off...

When Does Depression Warrant Medical Intervention? Learn to Recognize the Signs Mar 1st, 2020

Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental health illnesses in the United States, affecting 7.1 % of adults in the United States and more than 13% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17.  No two people suffer the same way from depression — some only...

Emerging Adulthood: Your Mini Survival Guide Feb 19th, 2020

Have you been feeling like you haven’t quite “launched” yet? Does itappear that everyone else is in-flight while you are still trying to find therunway? You’re not alone, in fact, there is a term for this feeling because ofhow common it is. It’s called “the Quarter Life Crisis.” Put plainly,...

Coping through Kindness Feb 19th, 2020

January is National Mental Wellness month and in the spirit of self-care, let’s discuss the psychological benefits of taking care of others with random acts of kindness. When you’re feeling anxious or depressed, one of the last things you’re probably thinking to do is to volunteer the little time and/or...

From PTSD to Panic Attacks, EMDR Can Treat a Wide Variety of Trauma-Related Issues Feb 19th, 2020

An overwhelming percentage of the United States population has some experience with trauma, which affects people of all ages. While the events may be in the past or still ongoing, the hold that trauma can have on you casts a wide net over your physical, mental, and emotional health. At...

5 Tips for Navigating Social Gatherings with an Eating Disorder Jan 31st, 2020

Social gatherings tend to revolve around food. Family and friends often join together to share a meal and it's common practice to meet up with coworkers for happy hour after a long day. If you’re recovering from an eating disorder, however, the challenges and hurdles in these social situations may...

Are You Holding Yourself Back by Judging Others? Dec 10th, 2019

To judge others is to form a critical opinion about them. For example, you may decide that your neighbor down the street is an ineffective parent because she’s known to indulge her children or chooses to avoid disciplining them. If you notice that you’re spending more time having strong opinions...

The Make Up Miracle for Couples Who Argue Dec 10th, 2019

The Make Up Miracle for Couples Who Argue Conflict is a natural part of every relationship. As much as you love each other, you sometimes find yourself at odds over how to raise your children, pay off your mortgage, or do the laundry. Try these tips for resolving and preventing...

Love, Trust and Snooping Dec 10th, 2019

Love, Trust, and Snooping Technology may have changed the way we snoop, but the underlying reasons remain the same. How do you balance love and trust with your hunger for more information about the people close to you? Learn how to deal with snooping in your relationships with your children, romantic...

When a Flower Doesn’t Bloom… Dec 10th, 2019

As the seasons begin to change and my garden starts to bear it’s last vegetables, I often think about what gardening has taught me. With the recent start of school, I came upon this quote and realized how much gardening and children can have in common. How you ask? The quote above makes...

6 Ways to Overcome Panic Dec 10th, 2019

Panic is an emotion that everyone has felt at one time or another. Feeling panic is normal, but if panic is taking over your daily life, it’s time to take action to reduce it. Understanding what it is and what you can do about it can help immensely. Panic serves...

A Moment for Vets Dec 10th, 2019

This Memorial Day, let’s take a moment to honor our fallen service members.  Many have died in battle to protect us and provide us our freedoms, but sadly, too many have also died here at home.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it is the perfect time to shine...

Southlake Counseling’s DBT Skills Summer Camp Dec 3rd, 2019

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a research-backed group to help your middle schooler develop effective coping skills, manage self-criticism and improve interpersonal relationships while increasing overall focus, resilience and emotional well-being.   Does your tween: • Sometimes feel “bad” or “upset” without knowing exactly why? • Judge him or herself critically or...

Build Confidence With Daily Affirmations Dec 3rd, 2019

Do you suffer from low self-esteem? When something negative happens in your life, do you beat yourself up about it time and time again? Focusing on phrases such as: “That was stupid,” “I am so fat,” “No one loves me,” and a host of other negative statements can easily zap the...

7 Ways to Accept Yourself for Who You Are Dec 3rd, 2019

Accepting yourself and your situation in life can be a difficult task. Do you tend to be more accepting of others’ mistakes than your own? If so, you’re being too hard on yourself! Those people aren’t better than you! You were created with a unique set of talents that no...

EMDR Therapy Dec 3rd, 2019

The Therapists at Southlake Counseling are highly trained in specialized therapy methods. One of these methods is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a scientifically researched and effective therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  In addition, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following...

What is Play Therapy? Dec 3rd, 2019

  Play Therapy is a theoretical model of therapy that helps children, with the aid of a trained play therapist, prevent problems, resolve behavioral difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.  It’s a form of psychotherapy, and it uses play based materials, such as toys, crafts, and games to help children...

Affirmations – Be Nice to Yourself! Jun 2nd, 2017

Build Confidence With Daily AffirmationsDo you suffer from low self-esteem? When something negative happens in your life, do you beat yourself up about it time and time again? Focusing on phrases such as: “That was stupid,” “I am so fat,” “No one loves me,” and a host of other negative...

Monday Motivation: Accept Yourself Just As You Are Apr 1st, 2017

7 Ways to Accept Yourself for Who You AreAccepting yourself and your situation in life can be a difficult task. Do you tend to be more accepting of others’ mistakes than your own? If so, you’re being too hard on yourself! Those people aren’t better than you! You were created...

Fashion Industry Taking Steps to Promote Healthy Body Image Among Women Feb 2nd, 2010

In an effort to promote healthy body image, the French fashion industry has passed a charter of good conduct regarding the use of models in promoting healthy body size. The charter, supported and signed by the French minister of health, recommends the fashion industry to promote “diversity in the representation...

Healthful Weight Gain is Possible Jan 8th, 2010

While many individuals struggle with trying to lose weight, others struggle with trying to gain weight. Whether someone seeks to recover from an eating disorder, manage a long-term illness (such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, an autoimmune disorder or food sensitivities/allergies), gain weight for sport or simply aims to try to...

Managing Digestive Discomfort Possible with Good Nutrition Jan 2nd, 2010

Do you suffer from any type of digestive disease or discomfort? If you do, you are not alone. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, 60 to 70 million Americans suffer from some type of digestive disease or condition. Some of the more common include constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, heartburn...

5 Things to Consider When Creating a Chart System for Kids Nov 7th, 2009

Children thrive on attention…. we all know the old adage, “negative attention is better than no attention at all.” Setting a Chore/Discipline chart is a great way to give your child the attention they crave, while creating clear expectations. To set a system may seem like a hassle to create,...

The Disease Concept of Addiction Nov 2nd, 2009

For many addiction is a problem whether it be alcohol or drugs, pornograpy, gambling or shopping.. Many people strugging with their addiction also struggle with loved ones’ negative judgements about their addiction. I have heard many times either addicts or loved ones talk about their addiction as a “lack of...

What are you waiting for? Oct 10th, 2009

Things aren’t going well for you, and you don’t really understand why. Compared to other people, your life isn’t all that bad, so why do you often feel like you are trudging through your days carrying a weight on your back? Do you ever really feel satisfied with anything? At...

Learn to Love Yourself the Just the Way You Are Oct 2nd, 2009

But I Want Yours!“I wish my hair was curly like yours!” “No way!!! I wish I had beautiful straight hair like yours!” This conversation is almost universal. It seems that we all want what we don’t have—or perceive that we don’t have. Whether it be straight or curly hair, blonde...

Anorexia and Trauma: What Happens When Bad Things Happen to Good People Oct 2nd, 2009

Trauma and Stress are CulpritsThough there is no one particular cause of anorexia nervosa, stressful and traumatic events can and often do play a role. Since events like this leave you feeling out of control, the need to regain control becomes paramount. For some people, overeating, or in the case...

The Importance of Taking Time for You Sep 28th, 2009

Who is the Most Important Person You Know? You Are! Life can be a juggling act that requires a lot of practice. Everything is vying for your time—job, friends, family, social commitments, etc. The more you add to your plate, the more likely you are to “drop the ball” when...

Just Say No: For Those With an Eating Disorder, 
It is More Than a Cliché Sep 28th, 2009

Just Say No. If you are a teen or a parent of a teen, or even watch TV for that matter, you have heard the slogan. It refers to a person’s ability to say no to sex before marriage and/or no to drugs and alcohol. Since this slogan is so...