Counseling

Where Can I Find Affordable Counseling?

Self-Care Houston, Episode 18: Dr. Amy Fuller joins Jennifer in a conversation about affordable counseling centers throughout Houston. Amy and Jennifer also discuss common signs to watch for in our children and marriages that let us know it may be time to seek out the help of a supportive therapist. Amy is Read more…

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Blended Families

What I Learned about Compassionate Parenting from Kim Fredrickson’s Book: Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children

This year was challenging. That is not true. Let me start over. This has been one of the most challenging years of my life. My teenage daughter has been battling chronic illness. During numerous appointments, doctors’ offices, radiologists, and people who claim to be experts, her pain increased and she Read more…

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Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety and Shame Resilience

  Self-Care Houston, Episode 11: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian continues her discussion about anxiety from Episode 10, Anxiety Cycle. Jennifer discusses how building emotional regulation muscles and practicing shame resilience add to the self-care toolbox. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Kim Fredrickson, “Give Yourself a Break: Turning Read more…

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Compassion

Self-Compassion Fuels Kindness

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, graciously contributed a guest post as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined. Her Read more…

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Counseling

A Word Imagined

by Jennifer Christian, LPC and Dr. Jeff M. Christian Words of hate tear at the fabric of our society; words of kindness mend. Imagine. Imagine life without unkind words. Imagine comments sections on your favorite website that only allow constructive criticism, words meant to further the conversation rather than out-shout those Read more…

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Counseling

The Upside of Stress

In Kelly McGonigal’s latest book,”The Upside of Stress,” she explores how things that create meaning and happiness in our lives also create stress. When we learn to change our relationship with stress, we build in possibilities for meaning and happiness. In the following video, McGonigal recommends practical ways to shift our perspective on stress: Take some time to journal, visit Read more…

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Communication

The Difference Between Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication

In his recent article, “The Difference Between Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Communication,” Guy Harris discusses the impact communication has on the health of relationships. He offers helpful insights into the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive styles of communication and to create healthier conversations. Excerpt from, “The Difference Between Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive Read more…

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Bipolar

Depression or Bipolar: EMDR Therapy Brings Hope

EMDR and Depression or Bipolar EMDR was first developed as a treatment for trauma in the 1990’s. Since then, EMDR has also become an excellent treatment for depression. The Comprehensive Therapy Approach website has an excellent article about the use of EMDR to ameliorate depression. Excerpt from “Depression or Bipolar: Read more…

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Counseling

The Power of Gratitude

Last week, I had a dream that I was caught in a blizzard. A blanket of swirling white surrounded me. My mind raced to discover some sense of direction. I was disoriented and frightened. Paralyzed. Where was I? Where was the path home? And, then it was as if everything Read more…

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Boundaries

5 Ways to Maintain Boundaries with Difficult People

I recently wrote a blog post, “Wonder Woman Learns Healthy Boundaries,” about how to create healthy relational boundaries and why it is an essential practice. I planned to write an article on ways to maintain boundaries with difficult people… and then I came across “5 Ways to Maintain Boundaries with Difficult People” By Margarita Read more…

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Anger

What Is EMDR?

What is EMDR? The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process in Read more…

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Counseling

Mindfulness and Depression

Zindel Segal’s TED talk is an excellent resource for understanding depression and the beneficial impact of a mindfulness practice. The following is an excerpt of Segal’s talk: “When people are depressed and they are feeling sad. This is a symptom. But, when they are no longer feeling depressed, sadness can function Read more…

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Counseling

Love In Action

“If one wishes to know love, one must live love, in action.” – Leo Buscaglia At the dinner table this week, my family had a conversation about satisfying relationships. My teenage daughter wanted to know some things that my husband and I do to help us to keep our love Read more…

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Anger Management

The Power of Positive Emotions

Wired for Danger  We have a natural tendency to focus on what goes wrong. Over thousands of years we have developed a built-in survival mechanism wired to detect danger. Our minds know that learning from negative experiences is a matter life or death. Our brains are like velcro for anything negative that Read more…

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