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How family secrecy can impact your mental health

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jan 10, 2017 5:27:20 PM

Every family has some secrets, but when does secrecy affect our family relationships? Keeping a family secret from outsiders shouldn’t be confused with secrets kept between family members. Keeping secrets among members of the family can take a significant impact on the mental health of everyone involved. We’re discussing how secrets affect your mental (and physcial) health and why you should break the cycle of secrets and stop sweeping issues under the rug.

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Topics: family counseling

Autism and family counseling: What you should know

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Oct 14, 2016 11:02:55 AM

Autism affects one in 68 children in the US, and over the last twenty years, the autism rate has steadily increased. Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of three and impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Though there is not a definitive answer for how autism develops, research has shown that there are roots in early brain development.  

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Topics: family counseling

4 things you'll learn when attending family counseling

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Aug 12, 2016 5:23:27 PM

Attending counseling as a family is a great step in the right direction. No matter the issues that brought you to counseling, whether that's alcohol, substance abuse, marital issues or teens acting out, seeking help is the first step towards creating a better family dynamic. For many people, attending counseling is a decision that does not come easy. To make things a little easier, we've put together a list of four things you can expect to learn while attending family therapy in Kissimmee...

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Topics: family counseling

Family counseling for Veterans: How it can help

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jul 20, 2016 11:36:09 AM

Attending family counseling is a step in the right direction for families in need. Especially when those families have a military background. Whether it is as a spouse or a child, family members can carry heavy burdens from living the life of service. Issues related to previous deployments, and life in general, can cause significant problems in a family's functioning. In extreme cases, this can even result in domestic abuse and violence. Counseling can help families navigate theses issues in a health and positive way.

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Topics: Help for Veterans, family counseling

Why you should forget about social stigmas and get some therapy

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jan 11, 2016 4:44:49 PM

“What other people think of you is none of your business.”

This quote couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to seeking mental health counseling.

If you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other issues, you might also feel ashamed or embarrassed, like you should be able to “get it together” on your own.

While research shows that roughly 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness, there’s still a stigma associated with getting help. You might feel like family, friends, and co-workers will think less of you if they knew what you were going through. Unfortunately this leads to denying your feelings, isolating yourself, delaying treatment, and ultimately suffering in silence.   

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Topics: Counseling for Children, Counseling, family counseling, therapy

Warning signs your family needs counseling

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Aug 6, 2015 12:38:00 AM

All families experience rough patches, but moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and even aunts and uncles usually are able to depend on each other to move forward.

But what if those rough patches last for months and no one seems to think there are brighter days ahead? Then it may be time for family members to seek professional help so that they can work through their problems.

Family therapy is different than individual therapy. Typically, a counselor will meet with everyone at once and try to discover what may be at the root of a family’s problems. But how do you know when it’s time for your family to get counseling?

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Topics: Counseling, Mental Health services, Behavioral health services, family counseling

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