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The Purpose of Emotions by Douglas G. Pierson, M.S., LMFT

By GrowthSkills | Oct 11, 2018

Have you ever asked yourself “What is the purpose of my emotions?” As a therapist, one of my roles is to help people accept and sit with their emotions. Yes, that means to feel them. We don’t generally like to feel our feelings, do we? Especially the negative ones. We either shove them down or…

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Grief, the Key to Letting Go! By Dr. Michele Fleming

By GrowthSkills | Sep 12, 2018

Grief is how we honor what we have lost. The most common example of grief is mourning the death of someone we loved, but we also grieve the loss of other things such as a marriage or significant relationship, a job or opportunity, a pet, our health, or a dream.  We are all familiar with…

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Open Wide Your Hearts: The Practice of Vulnerability by Karen Bergstrom PH. D.

By GrowthSkills | Aug 17, 2018

A village in central Italy has become a global phenomenon. CNN reported in a 2018 study that the townspeople living in this village live without normal depression and the male residents are 10 times more likely to live to be 100 years. Researchers discovered that the common factor was the strength of their social relationships…

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Transitions: An Unexpected Opportunity by Matthew Hooper

By GrowthSkills | Jul 18, 2018

Recently, my family and I moved from the only city and home we’ve known to a new place.  We did so believing this change promised many positive outcomes, especially for our children.  We also knew there would be some challenges.  As expected, uprooting our lives has been both exciting and stressful. Leaving a home where…

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The Power of Being Positive by Maureen Price

By GrowthSkills | Jun 26, 2018

The box arrived in my driveway exactly when it was supposed to, except I wasn’t expecting a box, I was expecting a chair. I was alarmed to discover my chair, the chair I ordered, had been put in a box; a box considerably smaller than the chair I was expecting. I was annoyed. I shoved…

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Self-Care – the path to renewal by Eileen Callahan L.C.S.W.

By GrowthSkills | May 21, 2018

If you listen to the media, you could believe that this is the most self-absorbed generation of people ever to walk this planet. Sometimes it does feel that way. And while tracking sociological trends is outside my field, after decades working as a psychotherapist and coach, I’ve come to trust my own perspective on humanity.…

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The Problem with Guilt by Randall Rheinheimer, Ph.D.,MFT

By GrowthSkills | Apr 23, 2018

Is there a problem with guilt? Is it good or bad? Is it necessary, and if so, what purpose does it serve? Many psychological theorists have held guilt to be pathological. However, other theorists believe it to be an aspect of morality. Freud believed that guilt was necessary, without it, he believed there could be…

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Confession by Dennis Del Valle

By GrowthSkills | Mar 21, 2018

James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” One evening my 7-year-old son, Elisha, and I were talking and he started asking questions, as a 7-year-old does. He asked about money and how…

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Perfectionism by Kimber Del Valle

By GrowthSkills | Feb 13, 2018

I consider myself a recovered perfectionist. In my youth, my perfectionism helped me succeed and achieve great things – valedictorian, top female scholar-athlete in both high school and college, president of clubs – too many to list, active in church ministry positions and on and on. However, what festered underneath my achievements was a depression…

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