Andrea Brognano

Advice for Parents and Teens

Understanding Teen Dating Violence: Advice for Parents and Teens

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which aims to shed light on the concerning issue of abuse in young romantic relationships. As mental health professionals who work with teenagers, we feel it’s important for parents and teens alike to educate themselves on recognizing unhealthy behaviors and getting help. What is Teen Dating Violence? Teen …

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Keeping Intimacy Alive Post-Valentine’s Day

The Sweets Are Gone, But the Love Remains: Keeping Intimacy Alive Post-Valentine’s Day

The roses have wilted, the chocolate box is empty, and the romance of Valentine’s Day has come and gone. As much as we may have enjoyed that special day devoted to love and intimacy, it can be difficult to keep that feeling going once real life kicks back in. Between work, kids, chores, and the …

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Building Stronger Relationships This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day often brings up thoughts of romantic relationships. But strong, healthy relationships encompass so much more than romantic bonds. Nurturing relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and community members can greatly benefit our mental health and overall well-being. This Valentine’s Day, let’s explore small ways we can build stronger connections with the people in …

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Breaking Free from Your Groundhog Day Routine

Stuck in a Loop: Breaking Free from Your Groundhog Day Routine

On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil emerges to either see his shadow and predict more winter or not see it, foretelling an early spring. While a quirky tradition, this holiday can take on greater metaphorical meaning related to our mental health habits and patterns. Do you ever feel like every day seems the same—stuck in an …

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A new calendar year represents a fresh start and blank canvas.

Finding Meaning and Purpose in the New Year

A new calendar year represents a fresh start and a blank canvas. Perhaps old dreams feel out of reach or an underlying void persists despite outside appearances of a “successful” life. Common wisdom preaches making concrete self-improvements by January 1st. Yet barely 8% of people stick to overly ambitious resolutions year after year. Why do …

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Why Do the Post-Holiday Blues Happen?

Coping with Post-Holiday Blues and Depression

The twinkling lights have been taken down, the last cookie has been eaten, and the holiday music has gone silent. As the fanfare of the holiday season melts away in January, many may feel a touch of sadness or emptiness in its wake. This experience has names like the “post-holiday blues” or the January “low-mood …

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How to Make Achievable Goals

Setting Intentions vs. Resolutions: How to Make Achievable Goals

The new year has arrived and many of us are thinking about ways we’d like to improve ourselves or make positive changes. However, despite our good intentions, research shows that nearly 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Why do so many of us struggle to stick to our ambitious plans for …

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Embracing Personal Growth Through Therapy

Self-Discovery in Winter: Embracing Personal Growth Through Therapy

As the winter season blankets the world in its serene embrace, it also offers a unique opportunity for introspection, self-discovery, and personal growth. Within the realm of individual therapy, this season becomes a fertile ground for exploring and nurturing personal development. The Winter Season as a Catalyst for Self-Reflection Winter’s shorter days and longer nights …

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Insights from Individual Therapy

Navigating Solitude During the Holidays: Insights from Individual Therapy

The holiday season, synonymous with gatherings and merriment, can also bring about feelings of loneliness or isolation for many individuals. In the realm of individual therapy, this period offers helpful insights into coping strategies that assist in navigating and managing these emotions effectively (especially during the times you need it most). Understanding Solitude During the …

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How Individual Therapy Supports Emotional Wellness

Healing Through the Holidays: How Individual Therapy Supports Emotional Wellness

The holiday season is typically associated with happiness and festivities, yet it can also stir intense emotions and stress for numerous people. Within individual therapy, this phase becomes a pivotal opportunity to explore how therapy aids in nurturing emotional wellness amid the celebrations, tackling stress, grief, and the diverse emotional hurdles that may arise. Navigating …

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