Tag: trauma

The Power of Gratitude

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The Power of Gratitude

Blog by Ashley Simpson, LCSW at Agape Therapy Institute

If you enter into a Google search “science behind gratitude” you will get 96,500,000 articles. Obviously, there is something to gratitude. What is gratitude? How is it beneficial? How can I build a gratitude practice?

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is the practice of feeling and acknowledging appreciation. It is focusing, intentionally, on the things that we have, instead of thinking of the things we do not have. It can be focusing on things in your life (your health, your home, your relationship, your kids, etc.), it can be broader things (the sunshine, a sweet smell in the air from spring flowers), or it can be concrete things (a phone call from a friend, a gift, words of encouragement from a coworker). It can be an ...

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  • community
  • counseling
  • couples therapy
  • depression
  • existential therapy
  • flow
  • gratitude
  • healing
  • holidays
  • inner child
  • joy
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • parenting
  • partnership
  • positive psychology
  • psychotherapy
  • relationships
  • resilience
  • self help
  • self-care
  • solution focused
  • somatic experiencing
  • stress
  • substance abuse
  • suicide
  • telehealth
  • trauma

​National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Information and Support

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Information and Support

Blog by Ashley Simpson, LCSW at Agape Therapy Institute

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a month for survivors, advocates, activists, and loved ones to get together, to stay educated, and to spread information about services for folks to get help. 

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) researches the prevalence of domestic violence in each state and nationwide. They report “In the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually” and “1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner durin ...

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  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Tags:

  • codependency
  • community
  • counseling
  • depression
  • domestic violence
  • healing
  • mental health
  • psychotherapy
  • relationships
  • resilience
  • self help
  • self-care
  • solution focused
  • stress
  • trauma

Black Lives Matter

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The disturbing reality is that Black bodies and lives generally do not matter, and they haven’t mattered for centuries in our society. There is a racist and prejudiced system that marginalizes, oppresses, disenfranchises, traumatizes, incarcerates, and kills Black lives, because of a deep-rooted belief that Black skin is not only inferior, but to be feared. We have seen this time and time again. This is not merely an opinion up for debate; it is a fact.

This is not right, nor is it just. At Agape Therapy Institute, we stand in solidarity with Black lives in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We see the pain, the anguish, the anger, the trauma, the violence, the fear, the injustice that Black lives have had no choice but to endure. To all Black lives we say to you: Your thoughts matter. Your feelings matter. Your pain, your anger, your trauma, your fear, your sadness matter. Your stories matter. Your bodies matter. Your lives matter. ...

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Tags:

  • antiracism
  • black lives matter
  • blm
  • community
  • counseling
  • healing
  • racial justice
  • relationships
  • relationships
  • relationships
  • resilience
  • resilience
  • resilience
  • resilience
  • resilience
  • trauma

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