Praise and Perfectionism

When I was just starting out as a teacher, I used praise pretty liberally with my students. If I thought a student had done really well on a paper they turned in, I’d give them a high five and say, “You are so smart!” It seems pretty innocuous, but praising teens for intelligence rather than…

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Tackling Test Anxiety

As a teacher and counselor working in high schools, one of the primary reasons teens would come talk to me was about text anxiety. The story was always pretty similar: They paid attention in class, they took notes, they studied all night long, but on the day of the test their minds just went blank…

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nature can enhance therapy

3 Ways Nature Can Enhance Therapy

By Megan Yarnall, MA, NLC, MFTC The idea that nature contributes to our health is not new – if we look at ancient tribes or practices, nature was frequently incorporated into daily living, rituals, and other practices (sometimes by choice, and sometimes not!). With technology ever prevalent in our lives, it is easy to increasingly…

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