Embracing Transitions: Finding the MAGIC PAUSE Moment

Published on November 12, 2018

Autumn is the season of change.  I grew up in the Midwest, Chicago.    First there…

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Fundamentals of Trauma Recovery, Part 5

Published on November 12, 2018

If you feel ashamed in relation to any part of your trauma, you deserve to connect with others and experience the relief that comes with dissipating shame.

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Fundamentals of Trauma Recovery, Part 4

Published on November 12, 2018

Forgive yourself for not having foreseen, protected, or responded more effectively during the trauma.

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Fundamentals of Trauma Recovery, Part 3

Published on October 31, 2018

While extremely distressing, flashbacks are actually memories. Registering what is a memory, and what is happening now, is essential.

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Fundamentals of Trauma Recovery, Part 2

Published on October 22, 2018

You can help your brain register that you survived — you are here — to find more stability and presence in your daily life.

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Fundamentals of Trauma Recovery (Part 1)

Published on October 19, 2018

In trauma recovery, being mindful of your personal gauge will inform you what’s helpful, what is not, what soothes, what activates, what feels good, what is uncomfortable. Listening to your gauge is essential in deciding what’s the best for your recovery.

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Am I Feeling or Reacting?

Published on October 9, 2018

Learning the basics about our emotions that we were never taught. In truth, we can just sit with our feelings and reactions, and explore the triggering. We’re not obligated to react immediately, or at all.

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How A Simple Gratitude Journal Could Transform Your Life

Published on October 8, 2018

Looking for a simple, easy way to improve your outlook and transform the way you…

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Caring for the Caregiver

Published on October 3, 2018

As a clinical social worker and therapist for over 30 years and having myself been a caregiver for over 10 years, I have observed that caregiver stress is the single most underreported source of stress for people ranging from 45 until their 80’s.  While caregiving can also be a source of blessing and provide the feeling that you are doing the “right thing” for your elderly loved ones, it is tinged with a multitude of other emotions.  To your friends and family, you may not want to openly express these emotions and feelings. A trained therapist, an expert in these matters, is needed.  

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How Making Aliyah / Moving Abroad Can Take A Toll On Your Mental Health And What You Can Do About It.

Published on July 8, 2018

Making Aaliyah can be tough. Being in a new oleh can be very challenging and bring up new challenges that you may not have experienced in the past.

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Why Staying Together for the Kids Isn’t Doing Anyone Any Favours

Published on February 12, 2018

Micki Lavin-Pell, is a marriage and family therapist of 15+ years, married to Gaby Pell for nearly 18 years +4 kids.   She specializes in helping couples navigate challenges at different stages of their lives and deal with attachment issues that often plague relationships using Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. She co-hosts a podcast featured on www.Jewishcoffeehouse.com, called Real Relationships and can be found on her website www.mickilavinpell.co.il

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Going to Therapy: A Hop of Faith

Published on January 28, 2018

Sure, your therapist will encourage you to be open, and he will reassure you that you can trust him. But how can you be sure?

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Beginnings & Endings: Making Sense of Life Changes

Published on January 16, 2018

The holiday season has ended, the parties and festivities subsided, and we come back to…

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You and Your Body

Published on December 11, 2017

Your body is not all of who you are, but it is a constant. You are in relationship with your body always.

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