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The whole-person approach to healing
Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D.
There is an old children’s rhyme that says, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s a lie. Words can have a devastating impact. They cause pain.
Gratitude is the antidote for toxic things that come into our lives. Simply put, gratitude fosters optimism, which strengthens hope. Learn how you can live a gratitude-filled life.
Healthy people are growing people, and people do not grow healthy in isolation. We need each other for companionship, encouragement, support, feedback, and inspiration.
Depression, anxiety, and fear are real challenges. Here are tools to help.
Dependent people often take the blame when they are unable to meet the expectations of others, no matter how high the expectations.
A sense of worthlessness, being damaged, or feeling unlovable can be the result when a child’s relationship with a parent is undermined by addiction.
Getting enough sunlight is important for staving off depression. Light therapy is used to treat SAD, as well as other types of depression.
Help is not always something you’re willing to accept. Help is a three-step process.
Technology has introduced formidable challenges to treatment. It has also inspired a more intense focus from mental health professionals. Promisingly, new techniques have emerged.
Admitting an addiction to yourself can be extraordinarily difficult because of the terrifying possibility of rejection. Admitting it to others can seem like walking over hot coals.
Abused children become the receptacle of all sorts of blame. In an attempt to control their situation, some children will try to attain perfection.
A negative pattern of worry can be established in childhood, based on life circumstances, experiences, and perceptions.
In codependent relationships, the needs of one person being filled by the other are unhealthy or inappropriate.
The top two sources of stress for Americans have to do with money: people worry about their finances in general and about the jobs they have to provide those finances.
One challenge of recovery from childhood abuse lies in this cognitive dissonance between what an abused child comes to believe as true and the truth of the broader world.
Fear, uncertainty, anger, and frustration can be the by-products of abuse that don’t fade but instead build over time. A person in constant stress mode sees danger everywhere.
Your child is not your enemy. You have to be willing to negotiate and prepare your own thoughts and reasons for why you say what you do and to share those reasons with your child.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to increases in depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as memory and cognitive problems.
All teens will go off into the big, wide world as they journey to discover who they are. So be aware of where they go and whom they align themselves with.
Stop letting other people, present circumstances, or ghosts of your past dictate your life. Be willing to let go and no longer be paralyzed by perfectionism.
In today’s society, we have come to expect the instantaneous, the rapid, the quick, the get-it-done-right-now. We are simply impatient people.
When limits for technology are being defined, all members of the family need to be considered. You want to guide your family in how to best integrate technology.
Heightened self-esteem comes about by continuing to take those baby steps, then making small decisions and seeing small results.
You can set the tone for most of your relationships. Conducting yourself in an aboveboard manner shows that you respect yourself and others.
We’re stressed out, and that negatively affects our health, which contributes to even more stress. This spiral is not headed in a good direction. What does stress do to us?
One of the ways to recognize, promote, and sustain optimism, hope, and joy is to intentionally fill our thoughts with positive self-talk.
Emotional abuse is like the parable—pervasive, self-perpetuating, and so common that everyone can relate to it. In fact, that’s part of the problem: it is so common.
Move from using food to self-medicate your pain to looking at eating as an art. Incorporate this checklist for recovery to continue the healing from an eating disorder.
Being able to put your past abuse into perspective doesn’t mean you will be immune from being hurt in the present. Here are nine steps to help you move towards forgiveness.
Try to recognize your own dependent qualities before falling into relationship dependency.
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., founded The Center for Counseling and Health Resources in Edmonds, Washington.
How to heal relationships affected by stress, anxiety, anger, depression, fear, low self-esteem, addiction, past abuse, and other challenges to whole, healthy living.