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Ashley McMann is an LPC-Intern, Supervised by Dr. Jerry Terrill, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. She enjoys working with young children in play therapy and psychotherapy with young adults.

Letting Go of Control

By Ashley McMann | September 30, 2018
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“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.  Over the past week, I heard this saying spoken a handful of times by individuals all across the board. After about the fourth or fifth time, I finally came to the realization that maybe it wasn’t just a weird coincidence and I was meant to be taking something from it. Lately, I’ve been struggling with control, particularly the inability to control others. After weeks of trying to force specific reactions and responses out of others, it finally dawned on me that I was attempting to change things […]

Living a Life of Gratitude

By Ashley McMann | September 12, 2018
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What if I told you that implementing one small change in your daily life could have vast benefits for your social, mental, and physical health? That your life could be much more fulfilling and joyful by spending five minutes of your day doing one thing differently? You probably wouldn’t believe me, would you? It’s true. Multiple areas of your life can be enhanced and improved just by simply expressing gratitude. Gratitude, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the state of being grateful. The key word there is “state.” Gratitude isn’t something that you express or reflect on when life is looking […]

Cultivating Lasting Friendships

By Ashley McMann | August 23, 2018
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Social isolation is a growing epidemic throughout the world today thanks to social media and ever-changing societal norms. Research conducted by Julianne Holt-Lundstad, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University, found that insufficient social connection is a bigger risk factor for premature death than obesity. It is also the equivalent of smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. While individuals may be increasing their social networks online, meaningful and lasting friendships are becoming increasingly harder to come by. Now that we know human connection is essential for our health and well-being, we need to look at how to cultivate meaningful […]

The Importance of Self-Reflection

By Ashley McMann | July 23, 2018
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Many of us view self-reflection as something that should be done once a year to determine our New Year resolutions- as pointless and a waste of time.We are often focused on getting ahead and moving forward in life that we don’t take the time to slow down and be one with our own thoughts. What if we made self-reflection part of our everyday routine? Self-reflection is the process of looking within one’s self and carefully examining behavior or beliefs in a mindful way. Engaging in deliberate thinking like this allows you to develop a deeper awareness of your mental and […]

Vulnerability: A Sign of Strength

By Ashley McMann | July 9, 2018
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“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” – Brene Brown Vulnerability can be defined as allowing yourself to be truly seen by another. It is allowing yourself the opportunity to experience intense and positive emotions while also exposing yourself to the possibility of rejection. Because of this, people often associate vulnerability with weakness, betrayal, fear, or hurt. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable can bring up deep-seated emotions. However, let’s be honest. Vulnerability should never be viewed as weakness and may actually be one of your biggest strengths. Vulnerability comes […]

Disciplining a Child With Trauma

By Ashley McMann | June 25, 2018
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Parenting is a difficult topic even in the best situations. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions on how best to discipline their children. Things become even more convoluted for parents when you add trauma into the equation. Each child is unique and so is their trauma story. When testing out new discipline strategies, it is important to remember that there is no “cure all” technique out there. Each kid will respond differently to different strategies. Therefore, if one specific skill doesn’t work after a handful of times, mark it off the list and move on to something else. It […]

Managing Screen Time This Summer

By Ashley McMann | June 18, 2018
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Parents may be concerned with the amount of screen time their child is engaging in with summer upon us and school structure gone. Children turn towards technology to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies completed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) show that children and adolescents between the ages of 8 to 18 use considerably more screen time than the recommended two hours per day. According to the AAP’s website, excessive screen time can cause attention problems, social behavioral changes, sleep or eating disorders, school difficulties and obesity. Furthermore, internet and cell phone use can provide opportunities for risky behaviors. […]

Tips to Help Teens Talk to Parents

By Ashley McMann | June 6, 2018
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Tips to Help Teens Talk to Parents, Amy Wine Counseling, Cypress TX

As teens, it is 100% normal to want to avoid- if at all possible- talking to your parents!  However, it’s important to create and maintain an environment in which you can talk to them. Below are some good tips for practicing conversations with your parents, as well as how to approach hard topics. Talk about everyday things Practice makes perfect. If you practice talking everyday, you will build trust and establish a bond that creates an open environment for you to share more serious things.  You know that REALLY random fact you learned in science today?  Or that dinner you […]

Bedtime Anxiety : Helping Your Child Sleep Alone

By Ashley McMann | June 4, 2018
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Bedtime Anxiety Children and adolescents with bedtime anxiety find comfort and security being close in proximity to their parents or another sibling. They may throw tantrums or plead with you to sleep in your room. You may even wake up in the middle of the night to them crawling into your bed. Allowing your child to sleep in your bed causes problems not only for your child, but also for you. It reinforces the child’s fear instead of teaching them how to overcome it and become comfortable in their own bed. Co-sleeping also disrupts your quality of sleep and makes […]

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