Neuroplasticity

January 27, 2017

Recently, the concept of neuroplasticity (the brain’s lifelong ability to rewire itself through our experiences) has become an increasingly popular research subject. Researchers have found that we are not permanently limited due to our past experiences. No matter how old we become, the connections our brain has made in the past don’t have to define […]

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How Your Child Feels Seen and Heard

January 19, 2017

Do you remember the old Verizon commercial where a man would go out to different remote parts of the country and ask “Can you hear me now?” as he spoke on the phone? Sometimes I imagine that is what it must be like for some children. Children so desperately want the attention and affection of […]

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What Is Play Therapy?

January 5, 2017

“Birds fly, fish swim, and children play.” – Gary Landreth What is Play Therapy and can my child benefit from it? As a parent, perhaps you have found yourself asking this two-part question. Play Therapy at its heart is a method of therapy that speaks the natural language of children, which is play. As children […]

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This Video Game Could Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

January 3, 2017

Over the years, many publications have focused on the detrimental effects of video games. Researchers have extensively investigated potential connections between video games and violence. But are there any beneficial games out there for those of us who enjoy these unique forms of creative digital entertainment? According to author and game developer, Jane McGonigal, video […]

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Practicing Gratefulness

December 27, 2016

  On two separate occasions within this past week, I met some longtime friends for dinner.  We spent the time together telling stories to catch one another up on our latest happenings.  Laughter, love, and joy filled the atmosphere. Being with people I care about but do not get to see regularly creates in me […]

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True Gifts of Christmas

December 23, 2016

Holidays are tough. They are filled with to-do lists, expectations, shopping bags, endless trips to the grocery, rushing to perfect everything for the guests that will arrive soon, packed-full parking lots, kids hyped up on sugar, etc., etc., etc. These days can often be exhausting and overwhelming. And on top of that, Christmas is a […]

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What Does Your Child REALLY Want This Christmas?

December 21, 2016

It’s that time of year! Perhaps you stood in long Black Friday shopping lines. Or maybe instead you are filling a virtual shopping basket and counting the days to ensure a timely arrival. Maybe you are creatively balancing the budget to see what resources are available for gift giving this holiday season. Whatever situation you […]

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Five Minutes of Self-Compassion

December 7, 2016

By Refuge Intern Corey Springer “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” It’s a statement spoken far too often by individuals who have found themselves swimming in a sea of responsibilities where they feel they are drowning. “I feel selfish when I focus on my own needs,” others say. Many people have never […]

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Silence Your Inner Critic

December 5, 2016

  By Refuge Intern Katie Scott Imagine this scene from a movie. A girl walks in to her parents house visibly upset with something that has just happened to her.  She starts to share with her mom and dad that she pitched an idea at work that she had spent hours on and was extremely […]

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Make America Grateful Again

November 30, 2016

By Refuge Intern Shonda Vaughn. Being that it is November; I can’t help but think often on all for which I am thankful. Leading up to Thanksgiving Day, my oldest niece decided to create a video for our family. This video involved interviews with each family member where we divulged what makes us grateful. The […]

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Slowing Down

November 8, 2016

How often do you feel busy, overwhelmed, burnt out, and bent over from the weight of all that you have to do? And how often does that leave you feeling unfulfilled in work or relationship? Our culture thrives on busy-ness.  We see those who are caught up in the speed of life who appear okay […]

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Persevere

November 4, 2016

I recently read an article in which former professional ice skater Scott Hamilton was interviewed. For the third time since 2004, this Olympic gold medalist is battling a brain tumor. His words within the article brought me feelings of inspiration, awe, and intrigue. Mr. Hamilton maintains a positive attitude and is once again facing this […]

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Leaning Into Life

November 2, 2016

Emotion. What do you feel when you read that word? What rises to the surface of your heart? Do you feel warm and thankful or do you feel rigid and anxious? What thoughts are surging through your mind? When you focus in on those thoughts, what beliefs about you appear? Do you see your worth […]

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