By Ana Rios, LPC-Intern

Have you ever felt as if your life was a series of closed doors? If you answered yes, you’re certainly not alone.

There are times when we are faced with situations that bring us to our knees. We often make drastic decisions in our frantic state. For example: joining the service, moving across the United States, and even jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. At least this was how it went down for me.

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By Bryn Dodd, MA

Recently, my family and I rode on the public transportation train system in Dallas. We encountered a young man, not older than twenty, who was holding a broken suitcase and a garbage bag full of belongings. He looked frantic and scared. The train was crowded and there were no seats.

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By Christine Hall, LPC, LCDC

Interpersonal relationships are complicated and as a therapist you often see individuals struggling from a break-up and questioning “what happened?” and “how will I move on?” It is rare when a relationship ends on good terms and both individuals involved are able to ask questions and receive the answers they need in order to move on. Closure does not usually happen with the help of an ex, it has to be self-discovered.

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By Marcia Norton, EdD, LPC-S, RN, BSN

You are probably asking yourself, “What is a Mandala?” The word “Mandala” is Sanskirt for circle or completion and it can have many meanings. Buddhists and Hinduists see mandalas as representing the universe. Forms of mandalas in Christianity are rose windows, the Celtic Cross and the crown of thorns. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung has referred to mandalas as representations of the unconscious self.

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By Courtney Samsel MA, LPC, CART

Starting in the beginning months of life, infants learn to say their first words. Most believe this marks the beginning of their journey through communication with those in their environment. Interestingly, communication occurs prior to when these words are uttered. It is through tears that the newborn learns to communicate his/her basic needs.

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