3 Skills for Validating Your Partner’s Feelings

skills for validating

In any relationship, communication is essential, especially to get your needs met and let your partner know how you feel. When it’s working well, both partners can feel loving, connected, and secure. But when you encounter defensiveness or misunderstanding, it's easy to feel unsupported or to worry ... [Read More]

Finding a New Story: The Power of Storytelling

storytelling

Everyone has a story, and that story is made up of many more intertwined stories. The stories you tell about yourself can change the way you feel, affect your relationships, and can impact your growth and progress. This blog will show you a way to identify and label your stories, and to show ways ... [Read More]

How to Relieve Stress by Deep Breathing

deep breathing

One of these simplest ways to calm yourself down when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or scared is to focus on your breathing. It sounds so simple, yet we tend to forget to do it in the heat of the moment. Can breathing actually affect our mood and make us feel calmer? When people are under ... [Read More]

Make Friends With Your Feelings

how to understand your emotions

How many times has someone asked you ”what are you feeling?” You answer, “I don’t know; I guess I’m fine.” Fine is really not a feeling. Our emotions have a physiological sensation. We sense them in our bodies and sometimes it’s difficult to describe what we actually feel. By learning to connect ... [Read More]

The Surge: Understanding Your Body’s Response to Anxiety

response to anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives.  Some of us encounter it more often than others and to differing degrees and intensity.  In fact, anxiety is a normal reaction to change, risk, new experiences or perceptions of threat.  Anxiety can be an uncomfortable experience and can ... [Read More]

5 Tips for Dealing with Transitions

dealing with transitions

Our lives are always changing: a new job, a new friendship or relationship, an illness, a graduation, or even the loss of a loved one are all different types of transitions.  Transitions come in all shapes and sizes.  A larger scale transition like a break up, job change, or apartment move may have ... [Read More]

How Trauma Gets Passed Along

Trauma

“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” -James Baldwin Trauma is defined as a distressing or disturbing experience resulting in an emotional response. This can include violence in your community such as a crime, a ... [Read More]

10 Ways to Manage Your Time More Efficiently

ways to manage your time

Why do we always feel like we can’t get everything done that we need to? No matter how hard we try, the to-do list never seems to end. Time management is a skill that so many of us struggle with in our daily routines. So, what’s the answer? How can we manage our time more efficiently to ensure that ... [Read More]

More Than Out: How to Live a Joyful and Fulfilling Life After Coming Out

life after coming out

Coming out and living life fearlessly and joyfully is rarely just one step. Typically, it’s a process involving many bold steps and a commitment to living a liberated life. While the process of coming out is liberating, it is not a one-way ticket to a happy life. Many LGBTQ people stay in ... [Read More]

Embracing Your Authentic Self

authentic self

From a very young age, each of us has been asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Instead, I prefer to ask, “Who do you get to be?" This is a more powerful question because our ‘beingness’ is what shapes our ‘doingness.’ Likewise, when we wake up each day, we all are faced ... [Read More]