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Tenth night of demonstrations across US

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO Racial division is closing the gap of being human first. I know there is a lot of uncertainty in this environment and that everyone has the right to express themselves. I just wanted to tell you that there has been progress. I see a lot more inter cultural connection, conversations, casual meetings, and minorities …

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Self Motivation

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO One of the best qualities any individual can possess is being self-motivated. Self-motivated individuals don’t need to be pushed to get work done. They possess the qualities to perform outstanding work and work with passion consistently. Self-motivated people do not worry about slack or lost hours. They also fix a pace and model that others can and want …

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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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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 …