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Emotional Intelligence

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO Emotions are responsible for our best and worst moments. They are a part of what makes us human beings. Giving us a sense of direction and helping us to take action where necessary. However, sometimes feelings can dominate our minds and push our logical thinking to the back. These states of irrationality often lead …

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Helping children cope through COVID-19

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This is an uncertain time for everyone, and children may be impacted by fear and anxiety. Here are some tips on how to ensure your children are supported; Give your children extra attention and reassurance. Where possible, minimise their exposure to media and social media that may heighten anxiety Acknowledge your own feelings about the situation and let children know …

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Memorial Day

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO This upcoming weekend brings one of the United States’ most important remembrance holidays: Memorial Day. Always observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day and began in the years following the civil war. However, it only became an official federal holiday in 1971. Today, we celebrate Memorial …

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Sibling of Special Need

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO Raising children with special needs can seem like a challenging task, not only for parents but for other siblings too. Back in the 1970s researchers considered siblings of children with disabilities as disadvantaged in many ways. However, lots of research has been done during that time and it is observed that both the siblings …

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How to Handle Challenging Situations: Learn to Connect with Yourself Daily

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Alkesh Patel MEd, LPC, CSAC, CEO Learning how to handle challenging situations is a must-have skill for every adult. In life, you will inevitably find that you encounter people that you disagree with and must find a compromise. This blog will not only discuss why learning to handle challenging situations is necessary but techniques to help you to so.  Two …

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Staying connected through the COVID-19 crisis

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Research after the SARS pandemic in Hong Kong over 10 years ago, provides evidence of the significance of connection through epidemics.  It found that residents in Hong Kong experienced increased social connectedness, which offset the negative mental health impacts of the pandemic. As connection is so important during this time, here are some tips on staying connected to others during …

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5 Steps to Avoid Domestic Violence Triggers During Coronavirus Lockdown

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO The COVID-19 lockdown has presented households across the U.S. with an interesting predicament. When’s the last time you spent all of your time with the people you live with? How about never.  When this happens, tensions can run high and minor annoyances that never used to cause arguments between couples are now becoming drawn-out issues. …

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Strategies to cope with social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine

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Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear. In addition to the above, we encourage the following; Perspective – try to see this time as unique and different, not necessarily bad, even if it something you didn’t necessarily choose Connection – think of creative …

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April is Counseling Awareness Month

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Counseling Awareness Month was established as an annual event by the American Counseling Association (ACA) in 2002. Both a time of advocacy for the profession and a celebration of the field’s accomplishments, Counseling Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for professional counselors to reach out to the public and talk about the work they do, the ways they benefit their …

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Wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on a national and  international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus. While it is important to stay informed, the following are some …