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Strategies of Self-Care

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Most people have a limit on how much stress, suffering, and sadness they can tolerate; therefore, pleasant, soothing, and joyful energy is needed on a consistent basis in order to thwart negativity, thereby producing feelings of renewal.  Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach is unavailable. Successful education, integration, sustenance, and adoption of individualized self-caring practices come from knowing yourself, while restricting the common practice of comparing oneself to others. Further, self-care can be identified as a wide variety of preventative and protective factors.  John Duffy, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist, defined self-care as "attending to your own needs such that you are content, focused, motivated, and 'on your game.'"


The energy allotted in giving of oneself to others becomes impaired when ones' own sense of prioritizing their own needs and wants has become jeopardized.  Wondering if you're doing a decent job of taking care of yourself - or how your self-care strategies could be improved?  Review the following, and reflect on your practices:


1. Self-caring is a number of diverse and variable identified activities that have the potential to help the individual feel their best.


2. Self-caring is thoughtfully scheduled and planned out.


3. Self-caring starts and ends at anytime, and can happen anywhere.


4. Genuine self-care consists of acknowledging that your physical, emotional, psychological, and relational well-being are intertwined, interactive, and interdependent.


5. Self-care helps one preserve boundaries and removes the sources that drain one from their full potential.


6. Continuously and realistically indulge in a self-care inventory and consider making adjustments as needed.


7. Surround yourself with people that can teach your something.


8. Take into consideration that 'quality' always supersedes 'quantity' when it comes to self-care.


9. Remember that self-care is a necessity that is non-negotiable in achieving the balance and happiness of fulfilled living.


By Andrea L. Coverman, PsyD, CADAC



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The Programs We Offer at Psychological Affiliates

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, June 12, 2014

Collaborative Divorce Program

This program offers an innovative way to resolve disputes amicably without going to court by using a mental health counselor.  If minor children are involved, parents tend to gravitate towards this program due to the focus it has on doing what is best for the kids.  Additionally, due to Collaborative Divorce being based on the pace of the clients and not the judicial calendar, it results in a speeder finalization, which translates into financial savings as well.

 


Orlando Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchange Program

The Partners with Families program is available 7 days a week, including evenings, and allows children to maintain safe contact with both parents post divorce.  The purpose of this program is to create a safe environment for children by having a third person monitor those involved, as well as supervise the transfer of children from one parent to the other.  It creates less conflict and stress for the parents due to them not having to communicate with their former spouse.

 


Parenting Coordination Program

This program is led by licensed psychologists who are highly trained in high conflict situations, mediation and child development.  It focuses on the parents communication among each other and educates them on the importance of shielding their children from parental conflict and creating any unnecessary stress for them.  Through your attorney, you may request a parenting coordinator if you have concerns about your co-parent.

 

 

Divorce Education Program

This program presents information about divorce procedures that promote effective coping and communication by parents and their children. A goal of the program is to lower the amount of contested custodies and visitation conflicts.


 

 The Kids Place Program

This program is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who are dealing with their parent's divorce. Once a week (six week program), children are brought together to participate in activities with other children alike to help them cope and comfortably communicate about the topic.

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The Parenting Coordination Program

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, June 06, 2014

For the sake of the children, divorcing parents must continue to communicate with their former spouses in matters of child rearing.  Yet, approximately 20-30% of divorcing parents exhibit high conflict behaviors, creating stress for both adult and child.  Research indicates that unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce.


Parent Coordination offers divorcing parents a unique service that may be used during the divorce process or years after.  Parents with serious concerns regarding their co-parent may request, through their attorney, the monitoring services of a Parenting Coordinator.  A Parenting Coordinator is a neutral individual working to ensure parental access and protect children from unnecessary stress.


Parenting Coordinators at Psychological Affiliates are licensed psychologists who are trained in child development, mediation, and high conflict.  All Coordinators are trained through the Cooperative Parenting Institute.

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Parenting Coordination

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Psychological Affiliates offers a Parenting Coordination Program that:


-Shields the child from conflict

-Allows the child to love both parents

-Reduces the child's stress and loyalty binds

-Ensures the child's safety

-Improves the co-parent relationship

-Increases parent cooperation

-Teaches communication skills

-Reduces the opportunity for alienation through monitoring 

-Mediates a Parenting Plan

-Reduces future litigation and court costs


Call today if you are going through a high conflict divorce and need some guidance on how to help your child cope with this difficult transition. 





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Good Tips for the Holidays

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, December 05, 2013

1. Emotionally and psychologically, the holidays can be draining.  It's important to maintain your healthy habits, eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep.  Make sure to watch your alcohol consumption.

 

2. Stick to your budget.  Take the time to establish a gift giving budget before you go out shopping, and stick to it. Don't give in to pressure of the newest and best products out.

 

3. Learn to say no! Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Family and friends will understand if you can't participate in every event or project.

 

4. Family gatherings can be difficult/stressful.  This is not the time to try to "change" someone.  Work together and keep expectations realistic.  Balance old traditions with new ideas your family may have.

 

5. Seek professional help if you find yourself persistently sad, anxious, unable to sleep or hopeless. The holidays can trigger unresolved feelings and past losses. Acknowledge your feelings and remember that holidays are not happy occasions for everyone.

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Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, November 07, 2013

 Hypnotherapyhas almost always been considered “alternative” medicine, but recent developments in the art of hypnosis have shown how hypnotherapy can help someone access repressed thoughts and memories, as well as develop relaxation and anti-anxiety techniques. Hypnosis is used most often to treat phobias, anxiety, sleep disorders, PTSD, and to augment grief counseling.

 

Whether specific scientists believe in its power to access buried memories, they cannot die the healing and stress-relieving properties of the procedure. Those who undergo hypnosis to help with their smoking or overeating habits have seen considerable success, suggesting that this procedure is effective in behavior modification. For this reason, some parents may elect for their child to undergo hypnotherapy as part of a psychological evaluation, in order to fully understand why, in times of stress, like that of a divorce, the child is acting out, and also to help the child develop appropriate ways to deal with his stress and anxiety.

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