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Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

The mind and the body are not two separate entities—although they are often treated that way. Physical health and emotional health are intimately intertwined in what’s known as the mind-body connection. Our chemistry and biology impact our mood and emotions, as well as thoughts and beliefs. With all of these factors combined, they play a […]

Is There A Connection Between Schizophrenia and Marijuana?

For years, in professional and public circles, debate has been ongoing regarding the relationship between schizophrenia and marijuana. Given the widespread legalization of marijuana in the United States and the increased acceptance of the drug as a result, the question of whether weed can cause schizophrenia has again come to the forefront. In addition, this […]

How to Create Healthy Holiday Connections

Sometimes holiday gatherings can be stressful. Even when we’re surrounded by loved ones, making positive holiday connections is often challenging. But it helps to stay grounded and centered within ourselves. Hence, self-care is a primary tool for holiday stress management. Taking the time and space to attend to our own physical, mental, and emotional needs […]

Why Boundaries Matter: Teens, Authentic Connection, and Positive Relationships

by Heather Senior Monroe  Boundaries are important for teen mental health. Moreover, healthy boundaries support adolescents’ ability to form positive relationships. Therefore, they are essential to authentic connection. Authentic connection is key to happiness and self-acceptance.  There are three elements of healthy boundaries. Specifically, these are vulnerability, protection, and containment. Furthermore, these elements are also essential for authentic connection.   Typically, parents or primary caregivers teach […]

Creating Authentic Connection: Healing Relational Trauma

by Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC, and Heather Senior Monroe, MSW, LCSW The Power of Authentic Connection for Teen Mental Health Authentic connection is key to teen mental health. The ability to have healthy relationships can be disrupted by early childhood trauma. However, there are ways to heal from these experiences. Hence, we can learn the [...]

RSVP – Building Connections on the Cape

'Building Connections' Party at Cape Cod Symposium! Please join us to celebrate the annual Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders. Friday, September 14, 2018  7:00 - 10:00 PM 489 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02632 For any questions or issues, please email Carter Barnhart at  RSVP Please leave this field empty. * Required Field First Name* [...]

Family Therapy Goals Foster Connection

Family counseling or family therapy is an important part of treatment. It is common for families to have communication barriers. In many cases, disputes arise. As a result, a mutual agreement can hold everyone accountable. An agreement is essential to family therapy goals in any treatment model. However, an agreement within a family system often […]

Romper: How Crafting Affects The Brain, According To Experts

Those who love to craft, no matter the medium, will often find themselves so entranced by the process that hours will go by and they won’t even notice. This ability to zone out is a result of how crafting affects the brain. Whether it’s knitting, coloring, pottery, woodworking, or some other activity, crafting has been shown […]

Why Eating Better Is One of the Best Ways to Beat Winter Blues

How can we protect ourselves from the winter blues? As the short days and long nights of winter wear on, many of us experience low spirits. Between 4 and 6 percent of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD: a depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Along with physical exercise, light […]

Taking a Mental Health Day from School

Adults in the workforce occasionally take a mental health day as a way to prevent burnout and dedicate time to self-care. However, new legislation promotes the idea of teens taking a mental health day from school as a response to research indicating that teen anxiety, depression, and suicide rates are higher than ever before. Championed […]