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What Is Disenfranchised Grief?

Posted:   August 11, 2019 by Samantha Auclair, MS CRC NCC

Disenfranchised grief is grief that is not seen, heard, or validated by others.

What Exactly IS Trust Anyway?

Posted:   March 02, 2019 by Nani Waddoups, LPC, NCC

What is trust exactly? This month I have been immersing myself in Brene Brown’s recent work on The Anatomy of Trust in order to answer this question. She has broken down trust into seven parts (forming the handy acronym BRAVING for an easy mnemonic device), which help us clearly measure, not only our trust in others, but also our trust in ourselves.

Criticism: Why giving and receiving “constructive” advice almost never goes well

Posted:   February 05, 2019 by Nani Waddoups, LPC, NCC

When was the last time you offered up “constructive criticism” to a colleague about her website, or told your housemate that they weren’t cleaning up the kitchen properly, or offered to help your partner get organized….again. How did that conversation go? Did you end up feeling closer to that person, more connected? Did it get the results you wanted? If not, read on.

The Power of Intention

Posted:   December 28, 2018 by Nani Waddoups, LPC, NCC

As the year comes to an end, it is a natural time for both reflection and looking ahead. The new year represents a fresh start, full of promise, potential and possibility. What do you want for yourself in 2019?