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Your Anxiety Monster is Calling

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | November 12, 2019
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We often think as our anxiety as a monster lurking under our bed that only gets bigger as we get older. He feeds on our insecurities, never-ending life stressors, every embarrassing moment we have, and every failed relationship we experience. We become too familiar with that tightness in our chest and inability to breathe. We know that at the very least, anxiety can be pretty distracting, and can become absolutely life consuming. You may feel that your anxiety hinders you from living a full life – going to that event, calling that person you like, getting up on the stage […]

Living Vicariously Through Your Child

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | November 12, 2019
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To live vicariously through your child often means to push your own ambitions onto your offspring in order to gain a feeling of success or achievement.  More than anything, most parents desire for their children to have wonderful lives. For many parents, this means reassuring that their kids do not make the same mistakes as they did.  Many parents also feel pressure to give their families certain advantages or to conform to an unrealistic ideal of parenthood.  Most parents do not intend to harm their children and truly believe they are doing what is in a child’s best interests. It’s […]

How to Deepen Your Relationship, Part I

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | November 12, 2019
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If you stop for a moment and take a good look at the relationship you have with your partner, are you connecting on a deep and intimate level?  Or do you find that over time, you’ve grown apart?   This happens often in long term relationships.  Marriage, careers, kids, activities, laundry, bills… before you know it you are waking up next to your roommate, instead of your lover and best friend.  Relationships take work and when that work is no longer on the top of your priority list, that strong and loving connection you had when you first met can slowly […]

Why “Thankful Season” Should Last All Year Long in Your Relationship

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | November 12, 2019
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It’s thankful season! Each year, we gather around and one-by-one share what we’re grateful for. We likely put more thought into what we appreciate on that one day than we do in the entire year leading up to it. We often say something like “I’m thankful for my partner and the life we’ve created,” and it stops there. Gratitude, though, isn’t just found in the big things – it’s in the small gestures, the little, every-day moments, and isn’t something we should reserve just for the month of November.  Big Living Arrangement Change, Little Arguments: My partner and I moved […]

What to Know About Caring for Someone with a Terminal Illness

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | November 12, 2019
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Everyone has a different reaction when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness.  When we found out that my mother had cancer, we were at a loss for what the next steps were in order to provide for her, as well as take care of our own children and family.  The ultimate fact was, my mother needed help more now than ever. The following are ways in which you can help an ailing family member or loved one who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Ask Your Loved One What They Want Everyone has a different reaction […]

Stop Should-ing on Yourself

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | November 12, 2019
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I have a birthday coming up. I’ve always loved celebrating my birthday, but this year feels a little different. As I’m approaching another year of my life, I am increasingly aware that my life looks much different in reality than what I had imagined it would as I was younger. I spent some time imagining that ideal life that my younger self had dreamed up, and can’t help but notice that I’m pretty far off. Of course, this is not an indication that I’m not happy with where I’m at in life – I’m actually extremely proud of myself and […]

Your Past Self Keeps Knocking – Here’s Why (and How) You Should Answer the Door: Part 1

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | September 9, 2019
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Is It In the Past? You probably hear things like “the past is the past” and “you should just let it go” often – they’re common sayings. In part, this is good advice. Of course, the past is the past – this is true. Additionally, yes, it’s a great thought to be able to move on from something painful – we don’t want to forever hover over something that happened in our past, keeping us from the present moment. How can you unroll the contents of your life like it’s film, cutting out the bad parts, though? Thing is – […]

Suicide: What to Know

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | September 9, 2019
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Suicide: What to Know

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10, 2019 to create worldwide awareness with a focus on raising commitment and action to prevent suicide.  According to WHO, approximately one million people commit suicide each year worldwide, that is about one death every 40 seconds or 3,000 per day. For each individual who takes his/her own life, at least 20 attempt to do so. Suicide has a global mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 people. What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide? Excessive sadness or moodiness: Long-lasting sadness, mood swings, and unexpected rage. Hopelessness: Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness about the future, with little expectation that circumstances […]

To those who have lost someone to suicide,

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | August 22, 2019
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You Are Not Alone September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Initially, you may appreciate the statistics and the acknowledgment. When the month ends, though, you may feel complete invalidation. No amount of awareness can ever yield justice for who you were robbed of. Nothing can keep the endless, ignorant suicide comments at bay. You likely feel alienated from the rest of society. You may notice others’ uncomfortability when having to answer that one big question of “how did they die?” – that you and your loss are somehow impure and therefore rejected. While people can understand that losing a loved […]

What To Consider Before Letting Your Child Have a Sleepover

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | August 13, 2019
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An educated parent is the best one to choose if and when a sleepover is appropriate for their child.  As a parent, if you do choose to let your child sleep over with a friend, there are some factors to consider.  Having a “family sleepover policy” is a great way to protect your child, and create some boundaries when it comes to sleepovers. Family Sleepover Policy First ground rule in our home when it comes to sleepovers is, we must know the child and the child’s parents before our kids are allowed to have a sleepover.  This may seem simple, […]

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