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The Myth of the Sugar High

October 16, 2019 | By

by Dan Seigel, LMFT Halloween is upon us, and children everywhere are gearing up for evenings filled with costumes, trick-or-treating, and the promise of candy coming out of their noses. Parents, on the other hand, are ready for sweaty little goblins (at least down South, where fall may or may not wind its way to […]

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Relaxation: Simple (As Breathing) But Not Easy

September 18, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts Stressful times call for good coping strategies. By far the best coping strategy for stress and anxiety is, purely and simply, to SIT STILL AND BREATHE. Breathing, depending on how you do it, either helps or hinders your ability to relax and remain calm. When you are stressed or anxious, your […]

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Mother of the Bride Life Passage

September 18, 2015 | By

by Dr. Zanaida Griffin As a therapist, I have many years experience in women’s developmental issues and theory, but academic knowledge did little to prepare me for actually experiencing the wedding process of my older daughter. My expectations would have been better guided by watching such Hollywood favorites as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Mama […]

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Women’s Creativity

September 18, 2015 | By

by Dr. Zanaida Griffin We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I’m not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for that. —Toni Morrison As a little girl, I dreamed of painting huge murals with bright, bold colors creating various designs and textures; […]

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Finding “Merry” And Surviving The Holidays This Year

September 18, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts A few holiday tips: Focus on why we celebrate the holidays. It’s easy to forget, but “holidays” means “holy days.” Attend as many holiday music and worship services as possible. Read scripture. Pray more often. Spend some of your holiday time making a plan about how you want to live a […]

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A Little Old-Fashioned Parenting

September 18, 2015 | By

by Fred. Davis, LPC, intro by Dr. Bert Pitts A friend of mine from Jackson, Mississippi who attended the First Baptist Church there relocated to Birmingham. She shared with me the following jewel of a parenting article from a local newspaper. Reader be warned: Mr. Davis has no goal of writing a “feel-good” article or […]

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Newest Relaxation Breathing Strategies

September 18, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts Remember #10 in the “21 Ways To Manage Your Stress” on the left, where I gave you that secret about the really great massage therapy practice in our building? Well, I was talking to Shannon Preston the other day (OK, yes, during a wonderful massage) and she told me about a […]

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21 Ways to Manage Your Stress

September 17, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts A few holiday tips: Learn and understand what stress is, what it is not, and that not all stress is bad. You can think of stress as physical, mental, and/or emotional tension and strain that has no clear source, instead, is just “there” or free-floating. We human beings are designed to […]

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Honey, We Need to Go to Time-out

September 11, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts Communicating through conflict requires that the couple pay close attention to the emotional “temperature” between them. Maintaining dialogue (two-way communication) is crucial. Both people have to share honestly, and both have to be heard, which requires that both closely listen (which is more difficult for most than is talking). Dialogue can […]

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Six Approaches to Conflict

September 11, 2015 | By

by Dr. Bert Pitts Again, marriages universally must face conflict, and are helped and strengthened by it, provided it is handled properly. However, as mentioned before, conflict still is not pleasant. It can help to have some templates, or “road maps,” regarding possible resolutions already in mind, as well as various tools or aids to […]

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