Infant massage improves mental health and bonding for mom and baby!

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Normal soothing and playful touch help forge your relationship with your baby
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Infant massage is a great way to create an oasis of calm time with your baby. It helps promote bonding and calm both mom and baby. Studies show that infant massage decreases stress hormones (in both Mom & baby), reduces colic and GI symptoms, relieves muscle pains and assists recovery for preemies (Onozawa et al, 2001; Field et al, 1996). It is win-win!

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Book Review: Dancing on the Edge of Sanity by Ana Clare Rouds

Dancing on the Edge of Sanity

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How Often Must We Ask for Sensitive Care?

 

It’s easy to connect with Ana Clare Rouds’ personal story of the reality of motherhood in her book, Dancing on the Edge of Sanity. She shares her personal story about her experience with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she eloquently brings out several issues.

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Harness your thoughts for a happiness exercise

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Do you believe that what you think can affect your life?

Does this sound a bit new ag-y, too woo-woo, too out there?

Actually, there is scientific evidence that we tend to dwell on the same old thoughts day after day and this has a powerful effect on how we see ourselves and how we are in relation to others. Read the rest of this entry

Grow Your Mental Health !

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Developing habits of thoughts and action that nurture your mental health takes a life time of learning and practice. It’s a great and fun endeavor!!   You can always grow!!

Research shows that some people are lucky enough to be born with an innate positivity. And some people are lucky enough to be born into family situations where healthy emotional and mental attitudes are taught by both modeling positive behavior and having honest communication about identifying and expressing feelings. So positive habits can be innate and also naturally absorbed in childhood.

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Holistic and Integrative Healing & Psychotherapy

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Your healing takes place on many levels (Istock/kochergin)

You all know that I’m interested in all things healing. I’ve spent a lifetime studying healing modalities, as I’ve bet a lot of you have!  We all have a lot of research and tools available to us for healing on different levels.

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Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychotherapist Kathy Morelli

Get to know me before you call the office!

Check out this interview at PsychCentral!

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In our monthly series, we switch roles and put clinicians on the proverbial couch to get a glimpse into their professional and personal lives.

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Featured in PsychCentral: Codependent Relationships

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I was featured in an article in PsychCentral ! Take a look below and then mosey on over to PsychCentral to read the rest!

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Gratitude feeds the white wolf…

Feed your white wolf in less than two minutes a day

Feed your white wolf in less than two minutes a day

It takes less than two minutes a day to feed the white wolf …

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Life is not black or white, it’s the full spectrum of color in between

Depression and the Symptom of Black & White Thinking

If you suffer from untreated depression, you may feel lonely and isolated. You may think and feel like everyone else (except you) is surrounded by a group of friends and family. The intense loneliness can feel crushing and all-consuming. You might doubt your value as a human being, as a person. As someone who has suffered from depression, I know is a valiant fight, battle after battle, for self esteem and self-worth.

 

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Mindfully get into your flow creating textile friendship dolls!

Janet, Princess of Healing

Janet, Princess of Healing

Randy, Roses of Friendship

Randy, Roses of Friendship

I’ve been blessed with wonderful, caring friends who’ve helped me a lot over this past winter!  I wanted to do something special for them, something that would hold the intention of love, friendship and thankfulness within!  I decided to get busy with some needlework! I’ve been making textile dolls for 20 years and decided it was time to take a rest from art quilting and get back to that beloved textile craft!

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