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Building a Securely Attached Relationship with Your Child: Part 1

There are different approaches to understanding child development. But one that I believe is especially helpful draws upon research in attachment theory. Attachment is about the relationship that develops between a parent and their child. If the parent meets the young child’s needs in a nurturing, gentle and attuned way on a consistent basis, that child will likely form a secure relationship with that parent.


Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that teaches people in therapy how to better control the body’s involuntary responses to facilitate improved health. When we scratch our nose, jog in a park, or sit on a chair, we are performing voluntary bodily actions which we consciously control. However, other important bodily functions such as the regulation of blood pressure, pain perception, skin temperature, gastrointestinal activity, heart rate, and brain waves are controlled involuntarily—and often unconsciously—by the nervous system. With the use of electric sensors and other equipment, biofeedback therapy helps people in treatment gain greater awareness of what is happening inside their bodies and make subtle changes to their thinking in order to control how their bodies respond to certain health conditions or other stimuli.


Using Brain Dumping to Manage Anxiety and “Over Thinking”

There are many coping skills which are helpful for managing anxiety. Brain Dumping is a step above a coping skill. It is a technique. It involves removing the “over thinking” thoughts from your mind and placing them somewhere else. This can help you live more freely throughout each day as the things that are troubling you are being resolved.


Comforting Ourselves As We Cope with Depression

Comforting ourselves as we cope with depression is an important skill. While others may offer us comfort and want to help, they are often unable to truly do so. Only we understand our own needs for comfort completely, and we need to work towards being able to meet these needs. It's a process, though, so don't feel rushed.


Family conflict

Conflict can happen when family members have different views or beliefs that clash. Sometimes conflict can occur when people misunderstand each other and jump to the wrong conclusion. Issues of conflict that are not resolved peacefully can lead to arguments and resentment.


7 Ways to Get Teenagers to Actually Listen to You

Everyone knows how hard it can be to talk to teenagers. They roll their eyes; they show disrespect; sometimes they just nod their heads in the hope that you’ll finish talking and they can get on with their lives. Let’s face it; teenagers seem to have an on/off switch when it comes to listening to adults. When they want something or consider what is being discussed valuable to them, they are receptive and may even seem reasonable. When it’s something they’re not interested in, forget about it. You’re left with a stonewalling, impatient adolescent who just wants to get away from you.


Neurofeedback helps stop the “revolving door” of addiction.

With relapse rates sky-high in the majority of addiction programs, people struggling with addiction can find themselves in and out of treatment and rehabilitation programs for years. Often, people with addiction even leave a treatment program before completion.


Biofeedback and Stress Relief

Biofeedback is a way to measure the body’s physiological responses in real-time, and a tool to learn to control them. Biofeedback generally relies on machines that measure heart rate, muscle tension or even brain waves, and usually requires a therapist or other health professional to operate the machine, explain what the readings mean, and work with clients to incorporate the information into lifestyle changes. However, there are some exceptions to this, which we’ll discuss later on in this article.


What Is a Panic Attack?

What is a panic attack? A panic attack is a serious condition that comes on suddenly, without warning. It's different from the normal reactions of fear and anxiety we have in response to stressful life events. Symptoms are extremely intense, lasting around 10 minutes for most people. But some panic attacks can last longer, or occur one after another, making it difficult to discern when one ends and another begins.