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Book Review: Transforming Stress for Teens

The teenage years are littered with physical, educational, emotional and hormonal changes. These changes come with their own levels of stress and do not necessarily include the stress and chaos that may surround relationships, friendships and home life. Without tools and techniques to mitigate the stress,...

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Book Review: The Nature Fix

When journalist Florence Williams moved from Boulder, Colorado to Washington, , she missed the mountains and her outdoor lifestyle. She felt “disoriented, overwhelmed, depressed,” and thought that a deficit of nature was to blame.
Williams believed that the problem wasn’t unique to her. She knew...

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Book Review: List Your Self

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu
How well do you know yourself? It is safe to assume that most would say they know themselves backwards and forwards. However, there are probably questions about yourself that you have...

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Book Review: The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook

If you told most people that after a traumatic event, they could feel stronger, more open to new experiences, more appreciative of life, a deepened sense of spirituality and closer, more authentic relationships, they might tell you that it sounds unbelievable.
But according to the authors of The...


Book Review: Extreme Measures

Jessica Zitter knew she was going to be a doctor from the time she was a little girl. It was a tradition in her family; her father, grandfather, uncle and later in life after a career change her mother, were all doctors.
Saving lives was in...

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Book Review: The Angry Therapist

John Kim was working in a residential substance abuse facility when he went through a divorce. As difficult as that was, the experience helped him to realize that no one should go through life’s difficult times alone, and it pointed him to a new path...


Book Review: Don't Feed the Monkey Mind

Comparing our thought process to that of a monkey may feel a little insulting at first. We like to think that we can easily keep our thoughts under control, but the truth is that the comparison to a monkey is actually incredibly relevant.
Monkeys, as seen...

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Book Review: Collaboration in Psychological Science

For some years now, there has been a trend towards working as teams in school and academia. Team projects can either go quite well, or can result in one person doing most of the work while everyone else coasts by on their efforts. Curious about what really goes on "behind...


Book Review: Scared Selfless

Dr. Michelle Stevens' new book, Scared Selfless: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving, powerfully weaves the story of a survivor of a child sex ring with the astounding facts about one of society’s most cloaked secrets.
“I had noticed that we,...