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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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Tags:

  • 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

Mental Health and the Bisexual Community

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Mental Health and the Bisexual Community

Blog by Tanya Scuccimarra, GSCI at Agape Therapy Institute

Did you know that the largest population within the LGBTQ+ community are those who self-identity as Bisexual? 

Robyn Ochs, known bisexual activist and author, defines bisexuality as, “the potential to be attracted—romantically and/or sexually—to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.” 

The nuances highlighted in this definition are important because stigma & misconception and discrimination about bisexuality can have a profound impact on the mental health of bisexual individuals.

Stigma & ...

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Tags:

  • LGBTQ+
  • community
  • compassion
  • counseling
  • couples therapy
  • diversity
  • healing
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • multiculturalism
  • partnership
  • psychotherapy
  • relationships
  • resilience
  • self help
  • self-care
  • solution focused
  • telehealth

Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion Fatigue

Blog by Ashley Simpson, LCSW at Agape Therapy Institute

Are you a caregiver? Are you the primary caregiver of small children, have a child or other family member with special needs, have someone in the home who is ill, or have an elderly parent you care for? Do you work in a field where you are constantly taking care of others? Do you feel exhausted by negative news stories and find yourself thinking “why bother?” It is common for caregivers, and empaths, to experience something called “compassion fatigue.” 

What is Compassion Fatigue?

There are two definitions of “compassion fatigue” in the dictionary. One is: “the physical and mental exhaustion and emotional withdrawal experienced by those who care for sick or traumatized people over an extended period of time”. The other is “apathy or indif ...

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Tags:

  • anxiety
  • caregiver
  • community
  • compassion
  • compassion fatigue
  • counseling
  • healing
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • psychotherapy
  • relationships
  • resilience
  • self help
  • self-care
  • stress
  • telehealth

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