Tag: communication

Why is my Child Still Having Temper Tantrums?

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Why is my Child Still Having Temper Tantrums?

by Alexis Pardo, LCSW

Temper tantrums are essentially mood swings. Children get stuck in feeling a negative emotion because they do not have the coping skills to handle them. Adults help children learn how to manage their difficult emotions typically by being empathetic. For example, if a 1 year old cries and throws themselves on the floor because their sibling took their toy, we show them empathy and recognize that this hurt them. We also realize that this is a small slight but to them it is not. Through that empathy we validate their feelings as real, which helps them move through negative emotions. What happens though when the child is 9 and for whatever underlying reason (e.g., emotional control issues and anxiety)  experiences the same reaction. It may seem ridiculous and emotionally immature, but h ...

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Tags:

  • communication
  • counseling
  • family therapy
  • mental health
  • parenting
  • stress
  • stress

Codependency (Part Two): Personal Boundaries

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Codependency (Part Two): Personal Boundaries

by Alexis Pardo, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Agape Therapy Institute in Downtown Orlando

In codependent relationships personal boundaries can be blurred and the people in the relationships often feel like they are always doing so much for the other person with little return. 

I frequently hear my clients say “I’m ALWAYS doing EVERYTHING for them and they do NOTHING.” With some probing, I frequently hear my clients say that they don’t speak up because they don’t want to make the other person feel bad. In the meantime my client is left feeling taken advantage of because they continue to do things that they don’t want to do but never communicate that with the other person clearly. 

It’s important to remember that it is our job to recognize how much we are willing to d ...

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Tags:

  • codependency
  • communication
  • counseling
  • couples therapy
  • healing
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • psychotherapy
  • self-care

Codependency (Part One)

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Codependency (Part One)

by Alexis Pardo, LCSW

Over the next two posts I’m going to cover codependency and how to start moving towards peace. 

At my office, I see it often: a client who is making up excuses for (fill in the blank: mom, dad, sibling, partner). My clients simultaneously have a strong desire to care for this person, but also find themselves feeling disappointed, frustrated and hurt by this person’s behaviors. They’re left feeling empty, sad, anxious, with low self-esteem, and often questioning themselves and every decision they make. 

Below I detail what codependency is, how to identify codependency in your own life, and how to know when to get help. 

What is codependency? 

Codependency ...

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Tags:

  • anxiety
  • codependency
  • communication
  • counseling
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • psychotherapy
  • self-care
  • trauma
  • trauma

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