With both, you experience a loss. However with grief, the more time that elapses, the intensity of the loss decreases. With abandonment, the difference is that the loss feels personal. The intensity of the loss does not decrease because it feels personal.
As Teri mentioned yesterday, disagreements can be healthy, as long as it's done in a respectful way. Healthy conflict can be one of the ways you and another person grow closer. It's natural for people to disappoint us in our lives, but how we handle it is key. Continue to follow tips for healthier communication steps this week, and you'll find yourself more successful at tackling difficult conversations.
This week, we are discussing the ever sought after goal of many of our clients— peace. Peace of heart, peace of mind, a peaceful home, peaceful relationships, or a peaceful work environment. The issues we see in our office that bring couples, families and individuals to therapy may vary, but underneath the presenting problem is usually the same core struggle: Whatever is going on in their life feels chaotic, unsettling, insecure, or just simply without peace.
9. The best way to parent in a positive way is to take care of you. Make sure you get enough rest, good nutrition, and some time for yourself when possible. This might require you actually scheduling time for yourself to make it happen. 10. Have good parental boundaries. Don't treat your child as a friend, confidante, or confess things to your child that are inappropriate. This becomes confusing for a child and interferes with parental discipline.
11. Don't expect to be a perfect parent-- there is no such thing! Everyone makes mistakes, even the most loving parents. If you do find yourself having continuous difficulty or feel yourself becoming out of control, please seek professional help. Patterns of abuse can be prevented by early intervention.
Joleen Watson, MS, LMFTA, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.
There is a lot of talk about anxiety these days, but what exactly is it? Usually, with fear, we are able to name what we are fearful of. The feeling of anxiety is closely related to a mild feeling of fear, however, with anxiety, it is often more difficult to know exactly what is making us feel anxious or uneasy.
Counseling is a field that is ever-changing. From new theories on human behavior, to brain development research, and even using animals to assist those with mental illness—counseling is evolving. This week at Imagine Hope we are going to discuss the ways the field of counseling is changing…for the better!
Going through a divorce is one of the hardest, most stressful times in a person's life. If you are going through one, our hearts go out to you. Navigating feelings among continuing to live every day life can feel very overwhelming, alone, and sad. Hopefully this week you will identify some ways to get your through a divorce. Today we will share 3 more.
As Natalie was saying, it is SO important to take time out for self-care... And not just waiting to do it when you are stressed out! Taking time for yourself helps you refuel your "tank" and recharge your batteries, which provides you with much more to give others, better quality of care when you do give, and can prevent a lot of resentment and conflict with others in your life! Here are some of my favorite things to do in the area of self-care