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Addressing the Social Roots of Your Anxiety

Will Bratt

Not everyone feels anxious in the exact same settings and circumstances, but absolutely everyone can identify with those awful feelings of dread, unrest, worry, and panic in some way, shape, or form. Social anxiety gets a lot of attention, but did you know that other forms of anxiety that may not appear to be social in nature actually are? In this post Will Bratt explains how and why most anxiety is, at the end of the day, social in nature, and how identifying that for yourself can help you feel more at ease in anxious moments.

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3 Crucial Factors For Creating (and Sustaining) Change In Your Life

Laura Brown

The process of creating meaningful life changes is rarely easy. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, and learn some hard lessons along the way. In this post, Laura Brown offers deeply personal insights on 3 crucial factors for creating change, which she learned the hard way through her own self-development work.

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What I Wish I Knew About Handling Fears, Doubts, and Worries

Laura Brown

Fear is naturally something to be avoided.  That’s how it works!  It tells you, “that thing might not be safe”, and you, as the smart person you are, do what you can to keep bad things from happening.

You’ve also probably experienced how it can be counter-productive to listen to your fears all the time. While they largely have your best interests in mind, they can also show up when you have an opportunity to challenge yourself and grow.

In this post, Laura Brown offers her hard earned knowledge on how to keep fears, doubts, and worries from stopping you along the path toward bringing your desires to life.

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Depression or Dilemma? How Context Makes the Difference Between Feeling Stuck and Empowered

Will Bratt

As therapists, we have a lot of conversations with people who describe their suffering as “depression”. Though “depression” can mean something different from one person to another, there is often a common element of feeling stuck with a sense of profound despair. However, for many people, depression isn't just about feeling stuck in that despair, but about the real world factors that constrain their capacities to make their lived experiences better. In this post Will Bratt illustrates how it can be empowering to look more at the broader context behind the depression.

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