Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness?

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Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness?

Written by Debbie Martin M.Ed., MA, LPC, LMFT 

Vulnerability is something we all struggle with most of our lives. It seems like there is a learning curve deciding when it is appropriate to show our vulnerable side and when it is not. Of course, never showing our weaknesses is easier and protects us from everything--even love.

That's right! When we put up our shields to hide our vulnerabilities, we lose opportunity to connect with others. Feeling connected to others is not only a human need, it is also a necessary component for love to blossom.

Our life experiences with emotional pain and hurt can cause us to put up walls so tall that connection with others is almost impossible. We forget how to be vulnerable. We forget how to handle our painful feelings. We become stuck in constant figh ...

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Posted in:

  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

Tags:

  • anxiety
  • boundaries
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • relationships
  • trauma and ptsd

Emotional Eating and Controlling Your Addiction to Food

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Emotional Eating and Controlling Your Addiction to Food

a prezi by Debbie Martin, LPC, LMFTA, therapist at Hope & Harmony Therapy


Let's be realistic for a minute....

Food is an unavoidable necessity of life. We need it to provide the nutrients that allow our bodies to help us survive as human beings. Without food, we wouldn't exist long enough to enjoy the many pleasures that life as to offer; such as love, sex, joy, and success that also provide comfort.  It does sound natural to seek comfort from a basic life necessity, such as food. Doesn’t? Physical comfort is not quite the same as emotional comfort, is it? I wonder why some of us seek emotional comfort from the very life necessity designed to meet our nutritional comfort and needs? Is it because feeling comfor ...

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Posted in:

  • Anxiety
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Emotional Eating

Tags:

  • boundaries
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • emotional eating

Counseling with Culture in Mind

a prezi by Saima Husaini and Debbie Martin of Hope & Harmony Therapy, LLC along with Ginnean Clevland, Samantha Coy, and Dvora Yampuler.

Hope & Harmony Therapists are committed to offering our clients culturally relevant therapy services. No matter the culture you align yourself with; we will work with you to offer counseling services that work best for you. 

Hope & Harmony therapists have given presentations to other local counselors to help them be better counselors and always keep a clients culture in mind. Below is a link to the presentation on counseling clients who align with Africa American, Latino, Southeast Asia, and LGBTQ.

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Posted in:

  • Boundaries
  • Coping Strategies
  • Relationships
  • counseling CEU

Tags:

  • boundaries
  • coping skills
  • counseling CEU
  • relationships

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