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Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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?

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 6 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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 […]

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

Gale Saler, M.Ed., LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP

Executive Director, Newport Academy, Maryland Gale Saler, M.Ed., LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP Executive Director, Newport Academy, Maryland With 40 years of experience in the field of mental health, Gale Saler, M.Ed., LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP, is passionate about helping individuals, families, and communities find recovery and healing. Gale excels in recovery coaching, including treating mental health, substance [...]

What Are the Positives of Social Media for Teens?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Over the past 10-plus years, a growing body of research has revealed the negative impact of social media and technology use on teen and young adult mental health. However, a new review study suggests that these findings may be exaggerated. As a result, experts are looking at how to use the positives of social media […]

Melissa Feeley, MFT

Melissa Feeley loves working as a Counselor at Newport Academy for the opportunity to help clients find meaning in their life and have a safe space to be heard, validated, and empowered.