Gratitude by Angie Rivera

Being grateful can create connections. Being grateful and showing it are two different things. How many times have we missed the window of opportunity to show gratitude? I encourage you to take 5 minutes each night to express to your little  one how grateful you are to have them in your life. The simply things in life go a long way. https://simplybrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/20211203_102011_40296484972126.mp4 ___________________________________________ Angie Rivera is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Certified Professional Life Coach. English and Spanish- speaking and able to provide therapy in both languages. She is also able to provide Christian counseling to those ...

Loss by Arielle Saunders

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying that “grief is love with nowhere to go”. This seems to perfectly capture the essence of what happens when we lose a loved one. That love doesn’t die with them, it remains with us. The problem is it no longer has a home the way it did when that person (or pet or place or thing) was with us. We suddenly have to find a new way to navigate life with a little bit less than we had before. While this is incredibly sad and painful, I also see loss as an opportunity. It is ...

It’s the most wonderful time of year.. or is it? by Cathy Pinnock

This is the time of the year that we love and wait in anticipation for its arrival. There is a general feeling of happiness and joy that exist, and people are looking forward to holiday decorating and festivities that mark the season. It is also when people tend to be more giving and generous of their time and resources. Smells of wonderful baked goods permeate the house and invitations to holiday gatherings are forthcoming. For some, however, it can be a really difficult time. It’s a reminder of the memories one shared with someone who is no longer with them ...

How to pick a good therapist by Arielle Saunders

Have you taken the incredibly brave step before to start therapy? If so, then you know choosing a therapist can be challenging, not to mention confusing. If you haven’t yet taken that step but you’re considering it, then you probably also know how overwhelming starting the process of therapy can be. There are many, many options for therapists out there. However, you might not know what characteristics or specialties you should be looking for, much less what all those letters behind their name mean. I believe therapy should be as accessible and simple as possible, so I want to share ...

Stress – how it affects us and tips to help reduce it by Cathy Pinnock

Stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental well-being. It can manifest in ways that affect our moods and eventually impact our decision making and physical bodies. Suddenly there’s an unidentified pain or stomach ailment, or we find ourselves confused. This can set in motion fear, and we get anxiety about what that means, which in turn can elevate our cortisol levels. If stress is not dealt with properly, there can be a buildup of frustrations, disappointments and unresolved conflicts that get buried deep inside. Instead of finding health ways to deal with stress, which can lead ...

Forgiveness in your Parenting Style by Angie Rivera

I encourage you to start the week by modeling forgiveness and teaching these little ones on not holding on to pain which turns into grudges. Grudges turn into unhealthy feelings such as bitterness . As conscious parents we want to plant healthy feelings and coping mechanisms. How are you modeling forgiveness in your parenting style? https://simplybrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/20211108_090224_001.mp4 _______________________________________________________________________________ Angie Rivera is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Certified Professional Life Coach. English and Spanish- speaking and able to provide therapy in both languages. She is also able to provide Christian counseling to those that desire to have Christian perspective ...

The Journey towards Healing by Arielle Saunders

You can be far along in your healing journey and still get triggered, be afraid, have bad days, and be unsure about what which path to take next. Too often we think of healing as a destination to get to and that once we’re there, everything is perfect. Healing is not perfection, and it is not a one-time achievement. It’s a series of small steps you take over the course of your entire life that continually move you toward the person you want to be. As humans, we are ever changing and evolving, so our journey toward self-love and growth ...

What it feels like when we fail by Cathy Pinnock

One of the hardest emotions to deal with when a person works so hard at something, feel they have given it their all, and then fail is self-disappointment and shame. Although they may feel discouraged, it is the realization of having to face the failure that is a difficult thing to overcome. Living in a competitive world where success is valued like a badge of honor, our culture is raised to believe that success is measured by the grades we achieve, the degrees and certifications we acquire, and the wealth we accumulate. It is difficult not to compare yourselves to ...

Sleep and Mental Health go hand-in-hand by Anne Trapp Shirley

I know getting a good night’s sleep can really help my clients. I have seen much improvement in their symptoms when they are well rested-quality sleep is crucial to our overall well-being! There has been much research on this subject and researchers state up to 80 percent of people with mental health conditions can have sleep problems and that poor sleep quality and mental health issues are linked, with each one potentially causing the other. “Inflammation is our biological response to stress, infection, and other environmental challenges. Research has shown that insomnia also contributes to increased inflammation. This combination (of) ...
Expressing your Feelings by Angie Rivera

Expressing your Feelings by Angie Rivera

Talking about feelings is not always the easiest thing to do or teach. Sometimes finding the time to even understand your own feelings is impossible. I get it! I had to learn the art of “expressing my feelings.” I can tell you the benefits of being able to express my feelings and help my daughter learn how to connect with her feelings has helped decrease stress, broken down barriers and enhanced our relationship. Today I encourage you to be aware of what you were taught about expressing feelings and how that spills into your parenting style. https://simplybrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/20211013_143517_001.mp4 💭 Angie Rivera ...