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Can Trauma Be Passed On Through Our Genetics?

  Blog by Karen Kuhlman, LSW, CADC “Once again, the body keeps score, at the deepest levels of the organism.” (Bessel Van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score, p. 154) Sometimes clients have asked me, “Can trauma be passed down genetically?” Research has made it increasingly clear that trauma from your hardships not […]

How to Deal with Financial Anxiety

With inflation on the rise, you may be concerned about money. Perhaps you’re not going out to dinner as often. Maybe you’re considering taking on a second job in order to cover your bills. Or perhaps you’re delaying expensive repairs to your car and hoping it doesn’t break down. It can be nerve-wracking and worrisome. […]

The Therapeutic Power of Pets and Benefits for Mental Health

Guest post by Sheri Leasure, LCSW Years ago, long before I would have even considered the therapeutic power of pets, my older sister and her husband had a big goofy Golden Retriever named Daisy Jane. I was a living with them at the time, as I was a poor graduate student working part-time at a […]

Tips to Reduce Anxiety and Stress When You Need Surgery

Guest post by Martha (Marty) Dennen, LCPC SEP Medical procedures such as surgeries can be anxiety-provoking and stressful. It can be difficult and scary to submit to needed procedures because it triggers fears of being out of control and of facing uncertain outcomes. Between the pre-test procedures, the surgery itself, and the never-quite-sure lengthy of […]

How To Reduce Stress Response When Life Gets Hard

Guest Blog Post by Jane Kim, LCSW Wondering how to reduce stress response and the anxiety that flows from stress is a common concern because so many of us share it – nearly 60% of adults in the United States report feeling stress or anxiety daily. And when life gets hard, it can feel like […]