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The Cumulative Changes of COVID-19: A Therapist’s Perspective on a Dual Reality

  Erin Watson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in rural west-central Illinois. She has been asked to write about her own experience and challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and what it's like being a therapist during this unprecedented time.   According to Pew researchers, approximately 90% of American adults have indicated that their lives have… Continue reading The Cumulative Changes of COVID-19: A Therapist’s Perspective on a Dual Reality

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Sometimes Sensitivity Sucks

Recently, I've been studying the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and the traits associated. Dr. Elaine Aron, one of the pioneers and leading researchers of high sensitivity has labeled this Sensory Processing Sensitivity, and this is not to be confused with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Shyness, Depression, or any other clinical disorder. What… Continue reading Sometimes Sensitivity Sucks

Internet Safety

Momo: Fact or Fiction and Does it Matter?

Recently, we became aware of the Momo Challenge. The story goes that Momo, a creepy and distorted looking being, contacts young children and prompts them via YouTube or the What’sApp Messenger platform to text an unknown number. Once engaged, they are given instructions to complete very strange tasks with the end result, the child hurting… Continue reading Momo: Fact or Fiction and Does it Matter?

Parenting, Stress, Trauma

Reconstructing Resiliency: 5 Steps to Supporting Stressed Out Children

Stressful situations, to an extent, are generally unavoidable and dependent upon what the situation is, can be considered traumatic. We're learning more and more about the effects of trauma; how it directs neurological input, shapes behavior, and how all aspects impact physical and mental health. When stressful and traumatic issues arise, we feel incredibly helpless… Continue reading Reconstructing Resiliency: 5 Steps to Supporting Stressed Out Children

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My Open Letter to the Health Underwriting Department of State Farm Insurance

When I transitioned to being 100% self employed, I very much wanted to replace the disability insurance policy I had with my previous employer. I’m known as someone who plans and prepares for things not likely (or never) to happen, but it makes me feel secure. So seeking a policy such as this fit that… Continue reading My Open Letter to the Health Underwriting Department of State Farm Insurance