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While the holidays may be merry and bright for you it can be very challenging for others. • Some may be grieving the loss of a loved one, healing from toxic people, trying to let go of past dreams and expectations, experiencing financial stress, battling mental illness, being triggered by traumatic memories, feeling pressured to be perfect or working long hours so we can shop. • Be compassionate and empathetic towards everyone this season. You know nothing about what they are battling. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #holiday #holidayseason #holidays #holidaystress #trauma #loss #grief #toxicpeople #empathy #understanding #compassion #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #moline #rockisland #quadcities

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A gentle reminder for all the parents out there. • The idea that you needed to be perfect may have come from friends, family, society, social media, or maybe even yourself. • Your children never needed perfect. They just need healthy, happy and dependable parents who love them unconditionally. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #kid #kids #parenting #parent #parents #parentingquotes #parenthood #love #lovequotes #loved #unconditionallove #mom #dad #mother #momlife #dadlife #father #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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A client recommended this podcast to me and I have to say it was a great recommendation! • As a therapist, it is especially shocking and uplifting some of people’s experiences in the therapy room. Of course I hope everyone has positive experiences in therapy, but I understand that for some this is not the case. • I hope you have found a therapist who is a great fit. The right match can make a world of difference. Don’t settle for a therapist you don’t feel like gets you or isn’t helping you in your healing journey 🖤 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #hilariousworldofdepression #depression #stories #from #thetherapyroom #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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I hope you learn to walk away🔥 • Walk away from toxic friends and family members, cycles of abuse, harmful relationships and anything not serving you. • If we continue in a toxic or abusive dynamic we pass it along. Even though stepping away is excruciatingly painful and difficult you are saving more than just yourself. You are setting a model for what behavior is and is not acceptable for those closest to you. You are protecting your children from further generational trauma. You are giving space and creating a road map for others to do the same. • Step away and move forward. • Photo credit: Unknown • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #walkaway #stepaway #generationaltrauma #abuse #toxicpeople #toxicrelationships #toxic #toxicfriends #endingtraumacycles #family #familyabuse #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #moline #rockisland #quadcities

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Okay, last one of the day. I loved today’s maternal mental health training. I especially loved the raw and honest conversation and research about prenatal and postpartum moods and experiences. • What is “normal” or to be expected for us moms is something we don’t talk about enough both in society at large as well as doctors appointments before childbirth. • Did you know that baby blues affects 60%-80% of women! 😯 You’d think with numbers like that we’d all have a super clear understanding of what the baby blues are. However, very few of us actually do. • The baby blues can include mild crying, feelings of uncertainty, feeling uncertain about motherhood in general, fatigue and sleep deprivation. Baby blues only lasts 2 days to 2 weeks. I repeat they only last 2 days to 2 weeks! • If your symptoms last longer than this and include more symptoms and greater severity then you may be experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD or psychosis. Baby blues do not last long term or increase in severity. If you think you may be experiencing a postpartum mood disorder please seek out professional help through your doctor and/or mental health professional. You are not alone and there are options for treatment. You’ve got this mawmas (even if it doesn’t feel like it)! • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #prenatal #postpartum #postpartumdepression #postpartumpsychosis #postpartumptsd #postpartumanxiety #awareness #perinatalmentalhealth #perinatal #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #moline #rockisland #quadcities

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Listening...sounds easy enough right? 🗣👂 • Think again. Listening is hard! • Often, we are too busy preparing our responses while another is sharing. This leaves us feeling defensive and missing out on an opportunity to understand and connect with each other. • When we practice our listening what we are communicating to another is that we want to not only hear them, but understand them. We want to connect even if we disagree. • There is no greater gift than listening to another when we do it free of judgement and defensiveness and with the full intent to understand and connect. • Who will you be listening to? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #communication #communications #listen #active #listening #listentounderstand #listentounderstandnottoreply #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #moline #rockisland #quadcities

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In general I LOVE @armchairexppod, but I particularly love this episode with John Gottman. If you’re in a relationship and wanting to learn some techniques to help you two communicate and connect better then this is the podcast for you! • What was your favorite takeaway from this podcast? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #armchairexpert #johngottman #couples #couple #relationshipgoals #relationships #relationship #marriage #married #marriagecounseling #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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Let be real here... Thanksgiving is not a holiday with a great historical past or story. Nevertheless, it is one worth being honest about. Please take a moment today to honestly honor this history. • With that being said, your time off work, gratitude, family and values are all worth taking the time to celebrate. I believe we can hold accountability and celebration together. I encourage you all to practice sharing a few of the things you are grateful for today. Then I challenge you to make this a practice in your everyday life that extends far past today. • I’ll start: Today I am grateful for my loving family, amazing friends and badass pets who fill my life with love, support, laughter and, of course, lots and lots of hair 🐶🐱 • Oh...and the delicious food is an added bonus 😜 • What are you grateful for today? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #honest #about #history #thanksgiving #givethanks #gratitude #gratitudechallenge #values #holiday #holidaystress #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #moline #rockisland #quadcities

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🚨N E W P O S T A L E R T🚨 • Life has been crazy as I adjust to life with a new baby, but I have FINALLY gotten back to the blog 💻 • I am excited to share these tips and tricks with you all to help you each find ways to begin intentional feeding your brain. After all, our brain is what we feed it so we might as well learn ways to feed it gratitude, positivity and self-compassion ✨ • Read more at TheMADTherapy.com/blog • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #rewireyourbrain #rewire #brain #rewireyourmind #rewired #brainhealth #tips #tricks #technique #blogger #blog #bloggerlife #bloggers #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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One of my go to songs is “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Barbra Streisand. An oldie, but a goodie. It always increases my mood and puts me in a better place. • What is a song that stirs up feelings of calm or happiness for you? 🎼 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #emotions #emotionalintelligence #music #musicislife #upbeat #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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Repost @glaad • “It's Trans Awareness Week. Here are 5️⃣ ways you can look #BeyondTheBinary and be gender inclusive with your language. • Take the pledge to be more gender inclusive with your language and work to create spaces where all genders feel welcome and included: https://www.glaad.org/beyondthebinary” • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #beyondthebinary #pronouns #transawarenessweek #transawareness #transgender #trans #lgbt #lgbtq #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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Your people will show up for you no matter what. Your people won’t feel as though you’re a burden to bare, but rather a person they love who needs some support. If family or friends done show up then they aren’t your people. It does not mean you are a burden. It does not mean you aren’t enough. It doesn’t mean your too much. Their inability to show up everything to do with them. • It was never about you.✌️ • • Repost: @daniellkoepke • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #burden #heavy #mypeople #never #aboutme #theyrenotyourpeople #notmyproblem #bye #notalone #connection #vulnerability #authenticity #brave #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois

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Been thinking about starting counseling? Let go of past pain? Improve relationships or learn to let go of toxic ones? Ready to grow and evolve?🌱🌻 • Now you can start from the comfort of your own home! Go to TheMADTherapy.com to learn more and get started today. • I look forward to meeting you and helping your reach your goals 👊 • See you soon 💻📱 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #online #onlinecounseling #telehealth #telebehavioralhealth #teletherapy #therapeutic #goals #success #from #anywhere #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities #quadcitiesiowa

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It doesn’t matter if it’s family, friends, strangers, coworkers. Don’t lower your standards for unacceptable behavior and don’t treat yourself as less than because they aren’t able to treat you appropriately.✌️ • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #poor #treatment #standard #walk #away #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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Have you ever caught yourself saying, “There’s just not enough time in the day?” • We’ve all been there, but the truth of the matter is that there is enough time. The problem isn’t having enough time. The problem is what we do with the time we have. • Rather than letting your schedule run your life give yourself room to rearrange your schedule to fit the things you care about. When we schedule in time for the things that matter we aren’t left resenting our schedule. • What are the priorities that you schedule? How do you schedule your prioritizes? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #priorities #prioritize #yourself #schedule #makespace #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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🚨Exciting News🚨 • The M.A.D. Therapy, PLLC is now offering online counseling! • We have been so excited to share this news. Research is showing the positive impact of online mental health counseling for clients everywhere. • Online therapy means that you don’t have to worry about travel, childcare, transportation, if there are limited resources in your area or anything in between. Best part... you can meet in the comfort of your own home!! 🏡 • Head over to TheMADTherapy.com to learn more and schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation to determine if online counseling is the right fit for you. • See you soon 💻📱 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #online #onlinecounseling #telehealth #telebehavioralhealth #teletherapy #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities #quadcitiesiowa

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All it takes is eight seconds. Eight seconds to overcome any fear, worry, discomfort that’s preventing you from being authentic and honest in your relationships. If we can over come those first few seconds we can establish a firm relationship built on honesty, authenticity and trust. Even better though, we avoid the build up of resentment and pain that ultimately makes its way to the spotlight in unhealthy or harmful ways. • How do you overcome those first 8 seconds when communicating the uncomfortable in order to maintain healthy relationships? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #eight #seconds #discomfort #fear #overcome #avoid #resentment #better #relationships #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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You’re not a mind reader and neither are those around you. So practice asking for what you need from each other. Ask for a listening ear, empathy, time, physical affection, kind words, help completing a task and the list goes on! • If we don’t vocalize what we need then we can’t expect others to understand or even try to meet our needs. Asking for what we need opens the door for deeper conversations, greater understand or each other and more satisfying relationships. • There are no mind readers so ask away! • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #ask #need #not #mindreader #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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Trauma steals from and cheat us. It cuts us to our core and leaves us with nothing. We’re left to pick up the pieces and make sense out of the senseless. • Healing is intentional and meaningful. While healing can be painful at times it treats the wound and turns that it into a scar. • Healing is choice. • Healing is freedom. • Healing is power. • Despite how difficult the path, choose healing. Do it for you. Always. ☮️🖤 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #trauma #heal #healingquotes #traumarecovery #traumahealing #choose #healing #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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What change are you creating in your life or the lives of those around you? • Think big, but don’t be afraid to think small too. Sometimes it’s the smallest acts that create the largest ripple💧 • Team up! We’re better together. So find the people who share your common goals and work together to create forward motion. • Don’t forget, a great deal of the time we may not even know the impact we had. So while your recognizing the people who’ve impacted you remember you’ve made your own mark too 🌀 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #ripple #effect #change #makeadifference #motivation #progress #forward #motion #mothertheresa #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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Mothers, fathers, stepmothers, stepfathers, and those who take on parenting roles: • Parenting is never easy. It takes a great deal of sacrifice to do what is best for our children, even if it’s hard for us as individuals. • If you’re parent struggling, hang in there. It’s okay to be exhausted. It’s okay to struggle. It’s okay to seek help from friends, family or a professional - - I’d argue that it’s healthy. You’re building a life and a future for your kid(s). Be patient, compassionate and gentle with yourself 💕 • • Photo credit: unknown • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #parentingmemes #parenting #parent #parents #parenthood #mother #father #stepmom #stepdad #coparenting #coparent #children #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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There is no one you will spend more time with than you. Loving yourself is not only necessary, but something you deserve! When we love ourselves we have a deep appreciation for our alone time, which makes our time with others something we seek out for enjoyment rather than to avoid our internal discomfort. • What helps you give love to yourself? 🥰 • How do you enjoy spending your alone time?👤 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #selflove #loveyourself #dateyourself #appreciateyourself #enjoyyourowncompany #chooseyou #chooseyourself #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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We often think of forgiveness as something that just happens to us, but we’re wrong. If this were true we’d all be able to do it. • Forgiveness is a choice that we have to make over and over and over and over...and over again. We have to choose it on days when it’s easy and days it’s hard. We have to choose to let go and move forward, not for the sake of the other person, but for ourselves. • Once we’ve made the choice to forgive and move on we then have to do so everyday forward. At first it will be excruciatingly painful and difficult, but as each day passes it will get easier and require less effort. Then one day you’ll wake up, go about your life and realize you didn’t have to choose. You just did instead. • I wish for you the bumpy, twisty, rocky path towards forgiveness because once you’ve arrived the view is breathtaking✌️💝 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #forgiveness #forgivenessquotes #forgiveyourself #forgiveothers #move #on #letgo #letgoquotes #worthit #choice #choose #justdoit #for #you #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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Therapy is for: ✔️ Finding your voice ✔️ Establishing your boundaries ✔️ Learning how to assertively communicate your rights and boundaries ✔️ Coping with oppression and discrimination while also advocating for self ✔️ Learning skills to advocate for self and others ✔️ Helping you to exit relationships and situations where you experience oppression and discrimination _______________________ Therapy is NOT: 🚫 Letting others disrespect and disregard your rights and boundaries 🚫 Accepting discriminatory and oppressive treatment 🚫 Only learning tools to cope with discrimination and oppressive treatment, while disregarding use of any tools to assist you in advocating and/or removing yourself from this abuse _______________________ • Discrimination and oppression are never acceptable. You should never have to accept this treatment from anyone. Therapy can help you work through the emotions and experiences, while also providing you the tools to advocate and change the situation your in. Never accept discriminatory behaviors/words from others both as a bystander and victim. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #discrimination #oppression #never #accept #advocate #fightback #deservebetter #therapyisnot #therapyis #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities

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It’s hard to believe a year has come and gone already. • Thank you to all the people who have supported and encouraged me throughout this adventure of starting The M.A.D. Therapy. Without you I’m not sure I would have had the courage to follow my heart and chase my dream. • Most importantly, however, thank you to the brave, beautiful, resilient and badass people who walk through my door and trust me with their stories. You continue to inspire me and push me to be the best therapist and create the best practice possible. Whether you have realized it or not, you have each made me a better therapist and overall person. The M.A.D. Therapy started off as my dream and became a collection of hopes, dreams, resilience and courage from all of you. The M.A.D. Therapy would not be what it is without you. Thank you! • Cheers to many more years of making a difference through our madness✨ • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #oneyear #oneyearanniversary #celebration #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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What’s on your fall bucket list? _____________________ At our house it includes: ▪️Pumpkin patches 🎃 ▪️Apple Picking 🍎 ▪️Fall candles 🕯 ▪️Football 🐻💙🧡 ▪️All things spooky👻💀🧟‍♀️🧙🏼‍♀️🧛🏻‍♀️🕸 _____________________ • • Photo credit: unknown • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #fall #bucketlist #bucketlistideas #autumn #candles #scent #spooky #spookyseason #halloween #pumpkin #pumpkinpatch #apple #applepicking #football #bears #dabears #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling

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Apologies are great when done well, but they do not fix relationships. Changed behavior does. Without that apologies are simply words. • Changed behavior leads the way for trust, connection and intimacy in friendships, families and romantic relationships. • Next time you give an apology ask yourself if it’s been followed by changed behavior. If not, consider why that may be. • If you have someone in your life who only apologizes. Ask yourself if they’re able to change their actions. If not, then how do you want to respond? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #fall #autumn #leaves #letgo #regrowth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities

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Fall is a beautiful time of year. The gold, yellow and red leaves,🍁 The crispness in the air,💨 and all the fall scents like apple cider and pumpkin pie 🥧🍎 • Most importantly though, fall is a reminder that through letting go, shedding the old, and saying goodbye to what once was we start the process of regrowth. • Letting go is necessary in order to move forward no matter how difficult it may be. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #fall #autumn #leaves #letgo #regrowth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities

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Don’t underestimate the power of baby steps and small growth. Nothing happens over night or is fixed with a magic pill 🔮💊 • It’s through forward movement - - even when we take five steps back - - that we are propelled forward. Those small baby steps create the larger picture. So keep moving even if it’s slow and even if you have some set backs 🐢 You’ll get there and when you do you’ll look back with a unique sense of pride. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #baby #steps #forward #growth #progress #pride #smallbutmighty #action #inaction #change #not #stagnant #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities

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Never underestimate the power of imagination and exploration through play. Play is a powerful tool used to learn, grow and heal 🎲🧩🎼📚 • How are you going to play today? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #never #stop #playing #playtherapy #playtherapist #play #healing #growth #exploration #learning #parent #parents #parenthood #caregiver #caregivers #teacher #teachers #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa

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We are always making choices and our choices are always communicating something even if we’re trying to avoid both. • What is your silence and inaction communicating? • What is the silence and inaction of others communicating to you? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #choosing #choose #action #inaction #silence #silent #respond #responding #change #stagnant #decisions #communication #bodylanguage #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorf #quadcities

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Those ways of coping, behaving, communicating and relating change as we leave traumatic and toxic situations. When we’re out of these situations the tools that we needed to survive them can actually end up holding us back from growing. So drop the old habits, toxic relationships, negative thoughts, and self sabotaging behaviors. Start, build and create new so that you can truly heal, grow and thrive 🌙🌕 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #survival #tactic #no #longer #serving #you #letitgo #to #thrive #growth #healing #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorfiowa

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The hard moments, experiences and emotions can propel us forward into peace. The road is rocky and painful, but through this we can see clearly. With clarity comes peace ✌️ • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #hangon #peace #clarity #notbroken #justbent #iseeyou #painful #butworthit #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorfiowa

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Therapy can help us grow emotionally, better understand ourselves and our experiences and work through shit. There is no one reason people start therapy, but one thing is always true. Nothing has to be WRONG to go to therapy 🌱🌻 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #nothing #wrong #just #self #improvement #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorfiowa

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Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves it let go. • Let go of what you can’t control, what’s hurting you, toxic people, negative thoughts, and anything that’s not helping you live the life you want. • Holding on can cause more damage at times. So make like Elsa and L E T I T G O! ❄️ • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #let #it #go #better #off #peace #after #the #storm #frozen #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #davenport #bettendorfiowa

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Research shows it just takes one. One adult to show up for a child. One adult to show empathy, kindness and foster connection. • This can be one parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, coach or teacher. • Who are you showing up for? ✨ • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #one #adult #empathy #connection #compassion #understanding #showup #parent #singleparents #teacher #coach #grandparents #aunt #uncle #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling

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Self-doubt can be a bitch . It can be hard to trust ourselves because of past choices that didn’t pan out, fear, or messages we’ve gotten from other. But you are worthy and in need of trust for yourself. . So tell that negative, self-doubting voice in the back of your head to silence. You’ve got it! Assume that you can be trusted without a doubt and think about how you would make a decision. Let this guide you rather than fear, regret, pain or others voices. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #trust #yourself #choice #choices #trustworthy #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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Self-improvement and perfectionism are two different things. We often use perfectionism as an armor. If we’re perfect enough then people won’t leave us and instead they will love us. Perfectionism is an attempt at avoiding shame, judgement and blame by living the perfect life, looking perfect and behaving perfectly. • Perfectionism is NOT self-improvement! • Self-improvement is striving to improve oneself for the purpose of bettering oneself. Not to gain approval, love or permission from anyone else. It’s also done with the knowledge that you have and will continue to make mistakes. Self-improvement is grounded in the insight that one is imperfect, but enough all the same. • How are you recovering from perfectionism and moving towards self-improvement? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #perfect #doesnt #exists #perfection #perfectionists #perfectionism #selfimprovement #youare #enough #brenebrown #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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Fake people are only there when it’s either convenient for them or when there is alternative motives, which are usually selfish in nature. • Real people. Genuine people. Nice people. They go out of their way to help others and be there for them. They’re there in moments to celebrate successes, accomplishments, big moments. They’re there to pick you back up during the difficult ones. • Look around you, who’s there? Take note of who is not. They can be friends or family. • Stick with the people who show up, keep their word, and intentionally make space for you. These are your people. 💫 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #support #supportyourfriends #supportyourfamily #myperson #actionsspeaklouderthanwords #fakefamilymembers #fakefamily #fakefriends #fakepeople #realfriends #realfamily #whosthere #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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It’s the weekend!! 🎉 • Time with family, exploring the great outdoors, enjoying a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant, sleeping in, checking out a local event or laughing with friends. There are so many wonderful things to do, places to explore and people to spend it with 🌎 • How are you spending your weekend? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #weekend #weekendvibes #weekendgetaway #weekendtime #mood #tgif #whosready #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnowservices #qcfindnowhealth

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We all carry things with us that do not serve us in anyway. This may be negative thoughts, worrying about things outside our control, beating ourselves up for mistakes, carrying around emotions that only hurt us, repeating patterns that we no longer need to engage in, the list goes on. • So when you’re noticing negative thoughts or emotions ask yourself this... • Is this serving me? • If it isn’t then you know it’s time to practice other skills like forgiveness, thought changing, coping and so forth. • What will you be letting go of that’s no longer serving you? 🤔 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #not #serving #you #let #it #go #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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The smallest changes in how we perceive the day can make all the difference in our mental attitude. • ——————————— Today I get to: ▫️Wake up to the sun rising ▫️Take care of my family ▫️Fuel my body with nutritious foods 🥦🥝 ▫️Spend time with people I love ▫️Work ▫️Learn new things ▫️Walk with my pets ▫️Meet someone new ▫️Conquer a fear ▫️Sleep in a warm bed ———————————- • What do you get to do today? • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #attitude #attitudequotes #mentality #perspective #shifting #changing #refocus #reframe #reframeyourself #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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MONDAY RECHARGE • Mondays are hard, but you did it! Another Monday down so let’s take a moment to be mindful. This will allow us to recharge from the day and prepare for the next. • ——————— TRY THIS: 1️⃣ Find a comfy spot and close your eyes . 2️⃣ Imagine a place that is calm, peaceful and brings you joy. What does this place look, sound, smell, and feel like? Are there other people with you? What about animals? . 3️⃣ Fully immerse yourself in this place and as thoughts distract you bring yourself back to this peaceful place . 4️⃣ When you feel calm and centered, open your eyes and return to your day . 5️⃣ Repeat as needed ——————————- • What was your happy place? Can you guess mine? 😜🏝 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #mindfulness #mindfullness #mindful #mindfulnessquotes #happyplace #calm #peace #serenity #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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🇺🇸 Happy 4th of July!! 🎆 • As you celebrate today, please remember that fireworks and loud noises can trigger traumatic memories for many, especially our veterans. Please use safely and respectfully for trauma survivors as today can be extremely challenging for many. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #thankyou #fourthofjuly #independenceday #ptsd #ptsdawareness #veteran #veterans #fireworks #loudnoises #safety #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere! Today, we hope you are celebrated for all your amazing qualities that make you the unique and fantastic father that you are. • To the fathers who have lost a child, children who have lost a father, those yearning to be fathers, those who’ve chosen not to be fathers, and those with poor paternal relationships we’re thinking of you today too. Please be gentle and practice compassion with yourself today. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #fathersday #fathersdayquotes #father #daddy #dad #parenting #parent #parents #parenthood #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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We can get messages from society, friends, family, and. social media that unique is strange and different is bad. • These messages are W R O N G❗️ • So no matter who tells you this remember that what makes you unique and different is beautiful and worthy of love and celebration. You weren’t meant to be any other way and that is pretty damn amazing! 🖤 • Photo credit: unknown • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #beyou #beunique #unique #beautiful #oneofakind #magic #special #original #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 • Let us celebrate the progress and give thanks to the brave LGBTQ+ people who fought for progress before, during and after the Stonewall riots and everyday since. • Let us also acknowledge the progress we have yet to make and be brave enough to fight for it now 👊🖤 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #pride #pridemonth #pride🌈 #pridemonth2019 #stonewall #stonewallriots #nohate #lovequotes #love #equality #equal #equalrights #equity #loveislove #lgbt #lgbtq #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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Sorry I have been a little MIA lately. Life has had some major and exciting changes, but I’m slowly returning to social media. I also just couldn’t miss recognizing this holiday as there are some really kickass moms out there! • Happy Mother’s Day to all the different kinds of moms out there! We see you and acknowledge all the ways you go above and beyond to provide for your family. We hope you are celebrated beyond measure. • To the mothers who have lost a child, children who have lost a mother, those yearning to be mothers, those who’ve chosen not to be mothers, and those with poor maternal relationships we’re thinking of you today too. Please be gentle and practice compassion with yourself today. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #mothersday #mother #mom #momlife #mommyandme #mother #motherhood #mothers #parenting #parent #parents #parenthood #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #therapist #counseling #counselor #mentalhealthcounseling #iowa #illinois #quadcities #qcfindnow

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A lot of people will talk the talk, but struggle to walk the walk. Judge others based on their actions, as they say far more about your relationship than any words could. • You’re people will show up and cheer loudly when they do. They will be there to celebrate your accomplishments and exciting life moments. They’ll also be there when times are hard to lend a listening hear and a shoulder to cry on. Recognize and hold these people close. • As for the ones that don’t show up, take time to grieve. Grieve the loss of the relationship, person, hopes, expectations, the way things were and so on. Then shift your attention to the true supports in your life and move forward knowing you’ve got the support you need already with you. 💞 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #support #supportyourfriends #supportyourfamily #myperson #celebration #celebratelife #bigmoments #cheer #loudly #actionsspeaklouderthanwords #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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You’re not going to be for everyone & not everyone is going to be for you. Most importantly though...this is okay! ☕️ • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #noteveryonescupoftea #notforeveryone #tea #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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Who’s ready for @gameofthrones tonight? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ • What character inspires you to walk in your power, influence change and live authentically?❄️🔥👑 • Side note: therapy is available for anyone that experiences any bereavement over the loss of their favorite characters this season 😂 • • Photo credit: unknown • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #gameofthrones #gameofthronesmemes #got #housetargaryen #housestark #gameofthrones8 #gameofthroneshbo #gameofthronesquotes #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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A healthy relationship does not have a boss or someone who “wears the pants.” Decisions should be made together and treatment of each other should be grounded in mutual respect and compassion. • In your relationship, you are a team. You win and lose together. When both people come from this place rather than one of comparison or competition then you both always win because at the end of the day the person next to you is always cheering you and your team on 🤟 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #team #teamwork #couplesgoals #couple #couplegoals #couplequotes #partner #partners #partnership #celebrate #success #no #comparison #competition #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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We are responsible for our own emotions as well as what we do with them. When we make choices based on what is right for ourselves, the relationships we value and the values we have we can decrease how often we experience painful emotions. However, when we make choices and behave in ways that aren’t in accordance with who we are and our values we’re likely to crash head on into negative emotions, such as bitterness, resentment and pain. • So take responsibility for your emotions and be intentional in how you respond when your emotions are distressing and uncomfortable. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #bitter #emotional #emotions #responsibility #accountability #stopblaming #stopblamingothers #respond #responding #intentional #intention #values #acceptance #accept #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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This weeks challenge is to practice changing your thoughts and shifting your perspective. • Research shows that it takes 5 - yes, 5 😯- positive thoughts to make up for just one negative though. Let’s practice outweighing a negative thought with positive ones! Then share what you notice shifts in your life when you do✌️ • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #positivevibes #positivequotes #negativeenergy #negativethoughts #negativethinking #positivethoughts #positiveaffirmations #thoughts #thought #balance #cbt #changeyourthoughts #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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When a stranger becomes a friend who then becomes family then they are our chosen framily🥰 • Sometimes all we need are a few great people to help us celebrate the highs and walk with us through the lows. For some, these people are family, but when family can’t be what we need then then we have to create our own. • Never stop being grateful for your chosen family...your framily🙃 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #friends #friendshipquotes #friend #friendship #family #framily #chosenfamily #chosenfamilies #person #gang #smallgang #thankful #gratitude #lovequotes #loved #unconditionallove #youmatter #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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When in doubt ask yourself, “WWLGD - What Would Lady Gaga Do?” • Lady Gaga continues to be a model of strength, resilience, power, love and empathy. People have continued to tell her who she should be, how she should look, what she should do and she continues to fight for who she is by living authentically. She also continues to fight for others and lives in accordance with her values. But most of all, Gaga never gives up despite the hate, discouraging words of others, moments of self-doubt and trying times. • So when in doubt be like Gaga and when you’re not sure what that is just ask yourself, “WWLGD?”🦄 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #doingme #authentic #ladygaga #lady #gaga #whatwouldladygagado #strength #resilience #beyou #nevergiveup #nevergiveupquotes #valueyourself #value #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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I’ll just leave this here in case you needed a reminder today 🙃 • We’re all hot messes who usually don’t know exactly what we’re doing, but we’re doing the best we can. • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #shit #shittogether #hotmess #doingme #doingthebestican #notalone #reminders #reminder #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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This is one of my favorite books for both kids and adults - - I can’t lie it made me cry when I read it the first time. • Losing a loved one is one of the most painful things we can experience. The journey through grief is turbulent, unpredictable and different for everyone. However, none of us are alone in that and healing is possible. • Rabbityness by Jo Empson highlights the journey through grief into celebration and the ability to honor our loved ones in a beautiful and heartfelt way. If you haven’t read it... you should! 📚💧 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #rabbityness #joempson #bookofthemonth #book #books #bookshelf #booklover #read #reading #relax #insight #selfgrowth #inspiration #empathy #grief #griefsupport #griefsucks #griefandloss #griefjourney #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate

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Words to live by✍️ • We can spend our whole lives complaining about the way things are and wishing they were different... • OR we can do the uncomfortable and sometimes terrifying work of changing so we can build the life we want, create relationships that fulfill us and love the person we see in the mirror. • The choice is yours. Will you take action towards change or stay stuck where you are? 🤔 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #change #changequotes #changeisgood #changeisnow #changeiscoming #stop #stuck #chooseone #cantstayhere #makeachange #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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Do I love you because you’re smart, kind, brave, funny, helpful, beautiful, ______ (you fill in the blank)? No! I love you because you’re mine. • Unconditional love involves seeing our children, no matter their age, as they are rather than as we want, hope or aspire for them to be. • Loving them as they are, meeting them where they’re at, and accepting the person they become let’s them know they are always loved and they always matter. It also sets the foundation to create a strong and beautiful foundation for your child and you to learn from each other. Believe it or not, sometimes the greatest teacher is a child 💝 • • • #themadtherapy #themadtherapist #kid #kids #parenting #parent #parents #parentingquotes #parenthood #love #lovequotes #loved #unconditionallove #youmatter #mentalhealthprofessional #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #therapy #counseling #mentalhealthcounseling #quadcities #illinois #iowa

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