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How To Overcome Grief

Depression, Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 11, 2022

Experiencing grief is an entirely normal and natural response to loss. Grief is a form of emotional suffering that often includes, strong and intense feelings of denial, anger, sadness, lethargy, sleep problems, confusion, and feelings of rawness. While these emotions may feel significantly intense, they are very normal reactions and part of the “grieving process”.…

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Remembering Kerri Grote

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

July 5, 2022

My friend Kerri Grote passed away this morning. While I am still processing, I wanted to share the words she left to be read upon her passing. Life is short. I hope they bring you perspective, inspiration, and healing as they did for me. R.I.P Kerri. You are loved: “If you’re reading this, this fu$king…

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How To Better Manage Feeling Nervous

Anxiety, Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

February 24, 2022

Feeling nervous is a normal and natural part of the human experience. Whether it’s meeting someone new, a job interview, or a public speaking engagement, feeling nervous can come with the territory. Additionally, some individuals that may be more prone to feelings of anxiety, social nuances, have a history of traumatic experiences or have a…

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"Clinical Supervisor of the Week" at the UT School Of Social Work

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

July 19, 2021

The following is a quote by Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S in regards to the “Clinical Supervisor of the Week” award: “I adhere to many of the core values that are represented in the majority of the healing professions. Values such as non-judgement, staying curious, continually learning and growing, a client’s right to self-determination, and remaining…

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6 Steps to "Let Go" of Your Emotional Wounds

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

April 29, 2021

Understand Why It May Serve You to Not “Let Go:” Sometimes people can hold onto traumas and other difficult emotional experiences in a way that may have a subtle ‘pay off’. This idea ask that you closely examine the ways in which holding onto the wound is potentially “helpful” to you. Perhaps, it allows…

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Four Ways to Improve Body Image

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

February 11, 2021

In the age of social media, it can be easy to feel like we need to fit in a box of what is considered "normal". Don't let social media dictate what "normal" is. Instead, check out our tips for how to improve body image and share gratitude for the skin you're in.

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What is Self-Care?

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 28, 2020

Self-care can help decrease stress, provide opportunities to recharge, and even improve one's mood. But what exactly is self-care, and how do you implement it into your daily routine? Learn more in our blog!

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Aprende a adaptarte a la nueva forma de vida

Self Improvement

Irina Garcia

July 22, 2020

¿Esperas con ansias que todo regrese a la normalidad? Aprende a adaptarte a la nueva forma de vida con 3 formas de fortalecer la conexión contigo mismo.

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Hallucinogens and COVID-19: Parallels in Process

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

June 3, 2020

What if there's a parallel between a hallucinogenic experience and our current reality? Louis Laves-Webb discusses the benefits from our COVID-19 "trip".

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Quick Mental Health Exercises While Working From Home

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

April 14, 2020

Working from home during COVID-19? Our associates have compiled a list of mental health exercises and tangible stress reducing measures you can practice during this difficult time.

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What to Expect From Your First Therapy Session

Relationships, Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

August 16, 2019

Going to your first therapy session can be intimidating. If you’re considering psychotherapy for the first time, the process can feel a little mysterious. My aim is to demystify it a bit. Let’s explore topics ranging from choosing a therapist to common experiences after your first therapy session.

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Psychedelic Therapy: A Beginner's Guide

Self Improvement, Therapy

Louis Laves-Webb

July 24, 2019

Psychedelic assisted therapy uses the ingestion of a psychedelic drug during a lengthy therapy session to provoke profound psychological changes. Different types of psychedelics are more promising for treating different illnesses. The four psychedelics researchers are most hopeful of are ketamine, psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA. Find out what each is best for.

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Gaslighting: What it is and How to Deal With It

Relationships, Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

June 12, 2019

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which one individual of a couple makes the other question their own thoughts, feelings, and even sanity. Learn more about what it is, how to detect if it's happening to you, and how to stop and escape it.

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Vulnerability Quotes from the Brené Brown Netflix Special

Self Improvement, Therapy

Louis Laves-Webb

May 9, 2019

This article covers the highlights of her research into vulnerability, focusing on the Brené Brown Netflix special The Call to Courage. Learn about the importance of vulnerability, and how even though it may be the birthplace of negative emotions like fear, guilt, and shame, it’s imperative for feeling joy, belonging, and love.

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What It’s Like to Forgive Your Parents and How to do It

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

January 31, 2019

You can’t change your past, but each moment is a new opportunity to let go of your anger and forgive your parents. Forgiveness is never a decision you make only once. It’s a process. A series of decisions. You have the power (and the responsibility) to choose and to change, little by little, the way you see the world. By repeatedly choosing to forgive, you’ll make the world feel a bit lighter and a bit easier to live in.

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The Elusive Chaos of Creativity: Six Steps Towards Better Mental Health

Self Improvement

Hanly Banks Callahan

February 14, 2018

Creativity is not a quality that you either do or do not possess. Similar to the art of mindfulness, creativity is a way of organizing internal and external states that can be learned, honed, and exercised in the musculature of the mind.

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What Is Mindfulness And Is It Actually Psychologically Beneficial?

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

January 16, 2018

Mindfulness is the state of being “meta-cognitive” or “meta-emotional”. It is a conscious state with the aim of simply NOTICING what you think and/or what you feel and takes place in the present moment. This is ideally done free from action, judgement, or anticipation. It is fairly straightforward to explain but far from easy to master.

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How To Cope With Holiday Stress

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

December 18, 2017

The holidays can be a time to share and come together with your family, to remember those that are no longer with you, and an opportunity to extend yourself beyond your normal interpersonal “comfort zones.” However, there can be an ample amount of stress this time of the year due to the holiday hustle and bustle, grief over lost loved ones, loneliness, spoken or unspoken holiday expectations, or some of the family dysfunction that can arise during the holidays. Here are some tangible suggestions to help you cope more positively with the season.

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Get Good At Feeling Bad

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

November 17, 2017

One of the first challenges to a greater level of overall emotional intelligence is knowing how to handle intense or seemingly powerful emotional reactions. Ultimately, adults are left to advocate for one’s emotional needs or to tolerate the seemingly intolerable intensity of an emotional experience. Let’s more closely examine the benefit and challenge of the later.

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Self-Sabotaging Behavior on Tilt Via The Breakfast Club

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 18, 2017

The Breakfast Club is a movie that is widely recognized for its unique plot and memorable characters. The rebel John Bender, the jock Andrew Clark, the pampered Claire Standish, the nerd Brian Johnson, and the introvert Allison Reynolds, all showcase their unique personalities, including their adolescent ways of protecting, fortressing, and establishing each of their own defensive structures.

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Identifying Passive Aggressive Behavior

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

September 28, 2017

Passive aggressive behavior can range from subtle innuendos to intense moments of quiet expressions. It be difficult to identify passive aggressiveness at first glance, and what can initially seem like an innocent remark or action can suddenly lead to anger, hostility, and hurt that can impact relationships or other areas of life.

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How To Respond To Hateful Comments

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

August 25, 2017

The difficult truth is that people don’t always “play nice” or engage in a manner which engenders conversation or acceptance. Sometimes people will act downright ugly and engage in hateful commentary. Social media and other forms of modern day communication make it even easier to share thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, including hateful communications at times.

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Why Asking For Help Can Be A Challenging But Necessary Skill Set

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

August 3, 2017

Whether it be learning how to dance, wanting to know how to disassemble an engine, or wanting to ask your partner for some support, asking for help can be a desirable means of making our way in the world.

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Adjusting to Life After College

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

April 28, 2017

The thrill of embracing your independence and making your mark in the world can be an alluring part of finishing college. This stage of life can also be met with feelings of uncertainty and anxiety as you prepare to face the “real world”. This transitional phase of life can feel overwhelming as you say goodbye to your routines, structure, and your known circle of support.

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The Importance of Expressing Emotions

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

February 17, 2017

Emotions work as a cooperative system; if you shut down one, you numb yourself as a whole. You cannot selectively only feel those emotions that you wish to feel.

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Being Imperfect Is Perfect: A Simple Way to Accept Yourself

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

December 16, 2016

We are all degrees of imperfect. This is part of being human and contributes to our uniqueness as individuals. Remembering this can help you work towards building your self-esteem as you strive to create a life filled with happiness and contentment.

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How to Mend a Friendship That Has Broken

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

November 18, 2016

Patience and time are two essential traits to have as you work to rebuild the path of friendship.

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How Listening Skills Affect Communication

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

March 8, 2016

Research on storytelling is at the heart of how listening affects interaction with your interlocutor. To be not only heard but listened to is a feat that requires careful choice of words, sentence structure, story elements, and intense amounts of patience and practice.

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How to Practice Mindfulness

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

June 9, 2015

We each have so many various time constraints, relationships, and demands, that it can become almost second nature to simply respond in an unconscious manner as we try to get everything done and manage it all accordingly.

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DIY Stress Management

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

May 11, 2015

Do you find yourself feeling overworked professionally or overwhelmed personally? These types of feelings can be indicative that your needs, desires, and interests have evolved.

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Setting and Keeping Goals

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

January 7, 2015

Being the beginning of January, you’re probably hearing tons of “New Years Resolution” talk amongst your peers. While goal setting is a great way to make changes in your life, there are a few things you can do to ensure you are making healthy goals and not setting yourself up for failure.

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You're Not Alone

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

November 17, 2014

One of the most powerful experiences of being an adult is that by definition, we can no longer be abandoned.

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Honoring Your Authentic Self

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

November 10, 2014

You very well may be MORE responsible for what you don’t share than for what you do share.

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Daring to Discover

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

November 4, 2014

There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.

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Building Resilience

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 30, 2014

Resilience refers to one’s ability to healthily cope with problems and obstacles in life. People who are resilient are able to manage and recover from difficult experiences, rather than dwelling on them or using unhealthy means of coping.

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Finding Your Purpose

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 21, 2014

Figure out who you are, then do it on purpose.

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Tolerating Difficult Emotions

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 14, 2014

The skill set of emotional toleration (the ability to sit with and “tolerate” a range of emotional states) can sometimes be a wonderful ally in delaying gratification, practicing patience, and aiding with communication.

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The Importance of Caring for Yourself

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

September 9, 2014

Caring for yourself requires active participation. Self-care is not simply about reaching the point of exhaustion or depletion and then participating in behaviors which soothe.

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Cognitive Theory and Reframing Your Thoughts

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

September 4, 2014

In the realm of Cognitive Theory one of the basic tenants is that our thoughts often precipitate feelings. The theory suggests that when these thoughts are more pessimistic in form they can unintentionally create painful emotional experiences.

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Overcoming Your Inner Critic

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

August 29, 2014

When you dare to try something new, speak up for yourself, or admit to a mistake, do you ever hear a voice in the back of your head telling you that you can’t do it? That you’ll only embarrass yourself? That it’s not even worth trying because you always fail?

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Understanding Your Own Perspective

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

August 19, 2014

Our spiritual lives and our psychological lives can be intimately intertwined. Often times, as one begins to develop, the other surfaces as well. These two forces have been the cause of ideological shifts and separations in the field of Psychology from as far back as its founders in Freud and Jung to more recent exploration by Psychologists Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) and Timothy Leary. The division has usually occurred between the practice (tradition) and the experience (atypical). You get to decide which side of the pendulum rings most true for you. Both perspectives probably contain invaluable wisdom. So, embrace the nuances and subtleties of our own unique psychological terrain, while continuing to reach for your own awakening and broadening reality.

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Initial Steps to Improving Self Esteem

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

February 25, 2014

Often times when we think about self esteem, we tend to think about things that we're good at. Or things that we can do. And so what we look at is questions of -- and there are two concepts that I would throw out there. This is a question of competence. Are you competent at what you're thinking about doing? But then, there's also this question of confidence. And when we really think about self esteem, what we really want is greater confidence, as opposed to greater competence. So confidence is your ability to do something. Confidence is your ability to fail at doing something.

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Effectively Planning and Accomplishing Your New Years Goals and Resolutions

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

January 30, 2014

As we're entering into the year of 2014, for a lot of people, it's pretty common to start thinking about where you'd like to be, and goals, and areas for growth, and resolutions. Oftentimes people will concentrate on diminishing or lessening behaviors that they don't want to do as much of.

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5 Components to Health and Happiness

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

November 14, 2013

I'm going to talk today about some tips that will ensure healthy and lasting bonds in relationships. I have five components to share with you that, if followed, could lead to health and happiness.

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Adjusting To a New City

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 17, 2013

First of all, I think it's really important to remember that it can take a while to adjust to your new living environment. I'd say it can take anywhere from six months to even a year to really get acclimated to your new city. So I think it's important to remember to just be easy on yourself and to allow yourself to really experience the transition.

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Why Is Adaptability Important To Mental Health?

Self Improvement

Louis Laves-Webb

October 31, 2022

Our worlds are dynamic, fluid, and perpetually in flux. Limitations in mental creativity, adaptability, or an improvisational skill set can leave individuals clinging to perfectionism or “decision tree” type ways of navigating the world that ultimately perpetuate the problems they may be attempting to solve.

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