3 Ways to Deal with Toxic Family Over the Holidays

toxic family holidays austin therapyAh, the holidays! That time of year when families and loved ones come together to celebrate the season. But for anyone with toxic family members, the holidays can be one giant eye roll, or worse.

You feel obligated to attend events, even though you’d rather be doing literally anything else. Maybe it’s so bad you’re debating cutting certain people or gatherings out of your life completely.

If you or someone you know is dreading an upcoming holiday but are still planning to attend, here are 3 tips to get through it with your sanity intact:


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3 Ways to Support a Grieving Friend

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Managing day-to-day life can be enough of a struggle, but when you throw a death into the mix, suddenly life can turn chaotic and unmanageable. One of the biggest struggles I come across when working with grieving individuals is finding enough social support.

In so many cases, reaching out for support just may not be a viable option. They may be too clouded in their grief to even know what or how to ask for help. Maybe you know someone and are confused about how to help them.

What can you do to support a grieving friend? Here are 3 simple tips:

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We’re always doing our part to end the stigma against mental illness, which often prevents those suffering from seeking out treatment. Our very own Ashleigh Edelstein, LMFT-Associate was interviewed for Elite Daily’s article discussing Bipolar disorder, one of her specialties.

Mariah Carey Opened Up About Her Bipolar Diagnosis & Here’s Why It’s So Important

Click here for more info on the support we provide for individuals and families dealing with Bipolar disorder. If this is something you or a loved one struggles with, reach out for a free phone consultation. 

Discussions with Dad: A Parenting Workshop

Discussions with Dad Parenting WorkshopAre you a dad that enjoys gourmet snacks and meeting other dads while receiving valuable information?

Connect with fellow dads in a supportive, open environment to discuss daily challenges and learn valuable skills and tools you can start using immediately.

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop – this is open to all dads, whether you’re expecting or discussing college options.

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How To Stop Wishing Your Life Away

mindfulness present in lifeEver feel like you’re wishing your life away? Maybe you’re dealing with lots of deadlines, mountains of work, problems with a child, or looking forward to being
done with something difficult. Or maybe you’re excited about an upcoming
graduation, event, or something fun that’s further down the road.

It’s totally fine to look ahead, especially when we’re dealing with things we don’t
want to, but it gets sticky when we’re constantly in a state of wanting to fast forward our lives. Suddenly you look around and go, I can’t believe another year
has passed, where did it go?! I’ve heard from a lot of brides, who spend months planning their wedding, report the actual day itself was a blur because they were so busy, the whole thing felt like a whirlwind. It becomes a bit of a letdown, sometimes even disappointing. That can turn into the kind of disappointment that lingers.

When we’re always looking forward to the next “thing”, whether good or bad, we
tend to miss all the cool, little things happening in our daily lives. What is the simplest way to stop wishing your life away? 

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