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Strategies for Controlling Your Anger

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger
Wrath, fury, rage — whatever you call it, anger is a powerful emotion. Unfortunately, it’s often an unhelpful one. Anger is a natural human experience, and sometimes there are valid reasons to get mad like feeling hurt by something someone...

Enhancing Your Relationship During Infertility

Enhancing Your Relationship During Infertility

By Sharon N. Covington, MSW, LSCW-C Most couples enter the path towards parenthood expecting that it will occur without too much problem. After all, they spend most of their lives trying not to get pregnant and assume that when they…

Different Recovery Groups Meet Different Needs

Different Recovery Groups Meet Different Needs

Just as different restaurants cater to different dining needs (i.e. casual, formal, takeout), different recovery groups meet different needs. I recently had someone tell me about the “different types” of AA meetings that he attends. Now this individual didn’t describe…

Diagnosing and Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Diagnosing and Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects behavior, communication and social functioning. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have…

The Infertility Journey: A Guide for Coping

The Infertility Journey: A Guide for Coping

By Sharon N. Covington, MSW, LSCW-C Infertility is an experience that strikes at the very core of who we are—our sense of self, connection to others, values, roles, goals and dreams. The ability to procreate and regenerate is considered one…

Addiction: A Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

Addiction: A Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

I find this topic extremely exasperating; having to convince a colleague or a patient’s family member that addiction is a disease and not a moral weakness or strictly the result of poor choices. However, before we embark down this road,…

Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It's never too soon to begin talking to kids about drugs and alcohol. Children are being exposed to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs at increasingly younger ages. In 2017, the Monitoring the Future Survey reported that: 10% of 8th graders...

Making Stepfamilies Work

Making Stepfamilies Work

One of the most difficult aspects of step family life is the parenting dynamics. These tips from the American Psychological Association can help make for a smoother, happier transition!

Technology: Friend or Foe

Technology: Friend or Foe

As a mother with children in their 20s, I’m extremely grateful I raised children prior to the age of cell phones, school issued laptops, tablets, Instagram, Facebook and Snap Chat. Today’s parents are the first generation parenting within this digitally…

Tips for Talking to Someone You Think is Self-Harming

Tips for Talking to Someone You Think is Self-Harming
The majority of people who self-harm carry great shame regarding their method for managing emotions. Therefore, there are not clear statistics on the prevalence self-harm. However, estimates range from 13-24% of the population. Self-harm typically begins in adolescence and the...