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3 Ways Individual Counseling Can Help Your Marriage

3 Ways Individual Counseling Can Help Your Marriage

 Even happily married couples can hit obstacles along the way. When this happens, couples can either go it alone and try to work through their issues themselves, or they can seek the guidance of a trained and experienced marriage counsellor. At times, only one partner...

5 Strategies to Calm Your Anxiety Quickly

5 Strategies to Calm Your Anxiety Quickly

When you live with anxiety, any moment can become one that creates a slow-rising panic within you. Life is normal one second and the next, you feel your chest tighten and your heart begin to race. You may begin to hyperfocus on future events and find yourself getting...

Five Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression

Five Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression

Being a new mom can cause you to go through a rollercoaster of emotions. You might feel overwhelmed with love or bliss, or you might feel panicky or anxious about your responsibilities as a new mother. It's natural to feel a variety of both positive and negative...

A Parent’s Grief: Coping with the Death of a Child

A Parent’s Grief: Coping with the Death of a Child

The natural course of life is that a parent passes on, and their child grieves their passing. The antithesis of this is not only the most unnatural, but the most devastating for everyone affected.If you’ve experienced the death of a child, then the grief you’re...

5 Suggestions for Coping with Grief at Work

5 Suggestions for Coping with Grief at Work

The loss of a loved one is one of the most painful tragedies that humans suffer. The impact of this loss is usually crushing, and in the aftermath of loss, we often feel like we have no control over anything. Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s perfectly normal...

Tips for Dealing with Grief Around Summertime Holidays

Tips for Dealing with Grief Around Summertime Holidays

As we head into summer, many people are already getting their backyards and patios ready for big family BBQs and holiday get-togethers. Summer is definitely a time for relaxing and having some fun with the people you love most.But the summer holiday get-togethers can...

3 Reasons Why Men Should Try Therapy

3 Reasons Why Men Should Try Therapy

Men have taken on a specific role in human development over the span of hundreds of thousands of years. While roles have very recently shifted somewhat, historically speaking, men have been the ones to fight the wars and build society. And if you think about it, it’s...

Therapy for Divorce

Therapy for Divorce

When we say the words, “I do,” we never imagine that one day those words will turn into, “It’s over.” But the statistics point to the fact that many marriages do not make it. In fact, the CDC reports that 42% of marriages have a high probability of ending in...

Parenting An Angry Teen

Parenting An Angry Teen

Raising a teenager can be one of the most challenging experiences a parent will go through. Teenagers are in an awkward stage, dealing with hormonal changes that are out of their control and a developing brain. They’re awakening to new realizations about themselves...

What is Positive Parenting?

What is Positive Parenting?

“Because I said so!!”How many times did your parents say this phrase to you? How often were you spanked as a child? How much yelling was there in your house growing up?It’s safe to say that parenting styles have changed over the years. While spanking may have been...

How to Navigate Challenging Life Transitions

How to Navigate Challenging Life Transitions

When we’re young, life transitions are fun and empowering. We go from crawling to walking, walking to running. We start with training wheels but soon no longer need them. As we age we graduate into higher grades and become more independent.But as adults, life...

4 Ways to Improve Communication in Your Relationship

4 Ways to Improve Communication in Your Relationship

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you and your significant other have hit a snag in the relationship. Maybe you’re spending less time with each other and you’ve grown apart. Or maybe you do little else than argue these days.All relationships go through...

Clinic Update

Clinic Update

We are excited to welcome the newest member of the Bedford Therapy team- Deborah Hubble Smith. She is passionate about helping people ignite long-lasting, caring relationships with themselves and others. She helps people to embrace greater compassion for themselves,...

When Will I Start Feeling Better? Grieving for the First Time

When Will I Start Feeling Better? Grieving for the First Time

One of the most devastating experiences we must endure in life is grieving the loss of a loved one. Although we have the knowledge that everyone will eventually die, and we logically understand the finality of death, no amount of information can prepare us for the...

What is Mindful Parenting?

What is Mindful Parenting?

How many parents have said at one point or another, "I wish my child would have come with a users' manual,"? Nearly every single one. Nothing can really prepare us for parenthood. No class, no advice, and no user manual can give us all the tools we require for raising...

How to Heal After a Loss

How to Heal After a Loss

Experiencing the death of a loved one is the hardest thing we can go through in this life. What can make grieving even more challenging is the feeling that we’re somehow doing it wrong.But grieving is a unique experience and there is truly no “right” way to do it....

5 Ways to Encourage Your Teenager to Talk to You

5 Ways to Encourage Your Teenager to Talk to You

It's tough trying to get your teen to talk. Science has shown that the teenager's brain has yet to fully develop the frontal cortex, which is the area that controls our ability to reason, and to think before we act. As your teen's brain develops, they're also learning...

How to Lovingly Parent a Depressed Child

How to Lovingly Parent a Depressed Child

Being a parent is the hardest job on the planet. But being a parent of a child or teen struggling with mental health concerns can feel unbearable. All parents want to do what’s right for their kids, but when your child is not doing well, either physically or mentally,...

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression and Suicide

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression and Suicide

The statistics on teen suicide are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year, an average of 8% of American teens will attempt suicide. This makes suicide the second leading cause of death for kids aged 10 to 24. In fact, it is believed that...

6 Signs of Depression in Teens

6 Signs of Depression in Teens

Ask any parent what their main job is and they will tell you it’s protecting their children and keeping them safe. New parents spend hours, if not days, baby-proofing the house. They research the best car seats and bike helmets and figure out ways to ensure their kids...

5 Ways to Get Your Teenager to Talk to You

5 Ways to Get Your Teenager to Talk to You

It's tough trying to get your teen to talk. Science has shown that the teenager's brain has yet to fully develop the frontal cortex, which is the area that controls our ability to reason, and to think before we act. As your teen's brain develops, they're also learning...

What is Conscious Parenting?

What is Conscious Parenting?

How many parents have said at one point or another, “I wish my child would have come with a users’ manual,”? Nearly every single one.Nothing can really prepare us for parenthood. No class, no advice, and no user manual can give us the tools we require for raising...

4 Exercises to Help Teach Young Children Mindfulness

4 Exercises to Help Teach Young Children Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your body and feelings in the present moment. If you're silent for a moment, you will notice the subtle smell of your freshly washed clothing, the sound of your breathing, and watch a small leaf blow past your window....

How to Bring Up Resilient Children

How to Bring Up Resilient Children

Have you heard the phrase “helicopter parent?” It describes a mother or father that ‘hovers’ around their child 24/7, overseeing their life to keep them from every potential danger, pitfall and mishap. It looks good on paper, but this kind of parenting forgets one...

How to Help Your Child Deal with Their Anger

How to Help Your Child Deal with Their Anger

Many parents believe in the same myth: if they do everything right, their children will be happy. But that’s not how childhood works. No matter how much you love your child or how much you give to them in the way of attention and material items, kids are still going...