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Bren M. Chasse, LMFT, licensed marriage and family  therapist in Pasadena, California, presents an in-depth look at a variety of key areas in the field of psychology.  Specifically, Bren engages readers in a discussion exploring current issues related to trauma, EMDR, children and parenting challenges, eating disorders, and overall psychological health.

Five Tips to Protecting Yourself from Holiday Stress

Five Tips to Protecting Yourself from Holiday Stress

The holidays are officially upon us! For many, this is an exciting time of celebration, sharing time with family, and participating in all the festivities the holidays may bring. However, for some, the holidays mark a time of stress and overwhelm, loneliness and grief, conflict, disappointment, and emotional burnout. As the pandemic continues, questions about how to celebrate safely might be on your mind while simultaneously acknowledging that many of us are simply bursting with excitement for the holiday season in hopes that connection, traditions, and joy will be restored. Regardless of whether you are throwing dinner parties, shopping for gifts, or curled up on your sofa with the hot cocoa and binge-watching your favorite holiday movies, this is a season where we may easily find ourselves feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally depleted.

The Art of Effective Co-Parenting

The Art of Effective Co-Parenting

“Co-parenting is not a competition. It’s a collaboration of two homes working together with the best interest of the child at heart.” — Heather Hetchler In a day and age where long-term marriages are the exception and not the rule, the issue...

The Basics of Boundaries

The Basics of Boundaries

Boundaries are a form of self-care and allow us to protect against relationships becoming intrusive or unsafe.  Although it’s commonly assumed that boundaries create restriction and distance in a relationship, in reality, they foster intimacy by providing a...

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