Adjuncts to Therapy

Foster and adoptive children have lots of needs. Sometimes big needs. Not because they are bad kids but because bad things happened to them, and now they need lots of support in order to heal. Attachment and trauma therapy can help children in many ways. It can help children connect …

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Name it to tame it

The emotion comes up. Stuff it down. The tears well. Wipe them. The anger boils. Cool it. Trying to get rid of emotions is an instinctual human response. Whether caught or taught, the idea that emotions can be dangerous permeates society. The way people act based on emotions can be …

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Depression, Anxiety & Faith

In this episode of the Family Care Learning Podcast, we hear from Haley and Giselle who discuss emotions, mental health, and faith. What does the Bible say about depression? Haley Morte is a child and family therapist and family coach at Arizona Family Counseling, a service of Christian Family Care. …

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Attachment over achievement

Many kids in foster care or adoptive placement struggle with higher level thinking. They cannot remember what caregivers tell them to do from moment to moment. They consistently repeat behaviors that no longer serve them (e.g. gorging, hoarding, lying, stealing, etc.). Their relationships suffer. Their academics suffer. Try as caregivers …

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Ways to help kids build empathy

Empathy is a 21st century buzzword, the one quality educators, and parents, and mental health professionals, and really all healthy adults want to build in children. The problem is that adults cannot force children to build empathy. They can, however, help children build empathy through a variety of experiences and activities.  First, though, let’s consider what …

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Using our breath to remain in the present

Generally speaking, people desire to experience states of peace and calmness in their lives and within themselves. However, life frequently presents many obstacles to this, such as: worries, anxiety, stress, uncertainties, and the list can continue on-and-on. The thing about Peace is that it is experienced in the present moment. The thing about anxiety (especially when it is …

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Unsubscribe from the negativity

Do you ever open your email and find yourself scrolling through countless advertisements? They start to accumulate once you find yourself signing up at different stores or websites for an extra 10% off your next purchase or whatever bait businesses use to reel you in. Fortunately, at the end of these …

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