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Denisa

Dealing With Triggers – Journal Exercise

A trigger is typically an event that enters your present mind, stimulates your adrenal glands, reminds you of what happened in the past, and activates traumatic memories along with a storm of emotions associated with them. This is typically not a pleasant experience and can be rather frightening. You may experience flashbacks, anxiety, panic, fear, anger, rage, confusion, or dissociation. When working with my clients, I find that journaling in itself is very helpful and healing for many. Understanding your triggers by identifying and listing them in your journal, is a first step to help you get some sense of…

Distorted Beliefs That Stand in The Way of Your Healing

What are beliefs? They are what you perceive to be true or think is true. Your beliefs and how you think about yourself, other people, and your environment have a great impact on your behavior, actions, and choices you make in life.  It is common for trauma survivors to hold distorted beliefs that were formed as a result of their trauma exposure. These beliefs are typically related to their needs for safety, trust, control, esteem, and intimacy. Below is the list of some of the common distorted beliefs that reinforce negative thinking process and may be detrimental for any relationships…

Girls In Action

The objective of this course is to empower girls with valuable life skills in order to achieve their full potential. The course is based on the belief that every girl deserves to love herself mentally, physically, and spiritually, and to have opportunities that allow her to make choices that benefit herself, her family, and her community. Research shows that girls who are engaged in positive activities such as school, sports, or prevention/intervention programs are more likely to complete middle and high school, attend college, positively serve their communities, and reach their potential for future success than their peers who…

7-Day Depression Buster Challenge

I have heard from many of my clients that they understand how beneficial exercise can be in order to lift their mood and make them feel better. However, for most of them, when in low energy, depressed, and discouraged state, just the thought of getting out there and working out can be overwhelming.  And this is when self-discipline comes in place.  Pushing yourself and doing things that are uncomfortable at first, takes a lot of discipline and courage.  But the outcome waiting for you on the other side is so worth it. According to a research study by Dr…

Coffee and ADHD

Overtime, many of my clients diagnosed with ADHD have asked me whether it is a good idea to drink coffee. Some of them claimed that coffee and other caffeinated drinks help them calm down, focus, and concentrate. So, before giving any advice, I decided to look at some data and research regarding this issue. And this is what I found. In general, caffeine is one of the most widespread psychotropic substances in the world. Research shows that caffeine exerts multiple effects on the brain  and thereby has been found to modulate aspects of cognition, including attention, in animal models and…