Cristina Panaccionne and Associates - Do you ever wonder if your therapist cares about you? At CPA, we genuinely want you to succeed and help you create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Your Therapist Really Does Care

When you go through hard times, it can really put things into perspective. At CPA, we’re going through one of those times right now. We recently lost one of our clients unexpectedly, which has caused much grief and conversation among our practitioners. One of those conversations has been about the concept of wondering whether or not our clients realize how much we care for them. And that isn’t just an isolated concept within our practice. Rather, for the most part, anyway, your therapist genuinely wants you to succeed and help you create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

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Silhouette of a person standing on a cliff - Without forgiveness, we are stuck in patterns of choices ending in the same result. Forgiveness helps us move forward, evolve, and reach our potential.

You Can’t Move on Without Forgiveness

Ah, the new year. A wonderful time to focus on new goals and reset priorities to reach them. Some people set similar goals year after year, only to find that they aren’t every really reaching them. If this sounds like you, forgiveness may be the key to unlocking your potential. That’s because, without forgiveness, we are stuck in cycles and patterns of choices that continue ending in the same place. Forgiveness helps us move forward, forgoing the negative emotions tied to that memory. And ultimately helping us grow, evolve, and reach our potential.

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Kids reading in a children's section of a library- Navigating LGBTQ inclusivity, gender, and sexuality is difficult. Therapist and MSCP, Laurel Wasson discusses how to talk to your kids about this topic.

LGBTQ Inclusivity: Books on Gender and Sexuality

LGBTQ Inclusivity: utilizing books to help navigate gender and sexuality.

While visiting family for the holidays, I had attended a storytime event at a library with my own children.  I love seeing the children’s sections at different libraries. Each has a different way of creating a safe space for engaging children in reading.  This specific library we were visiting had built a giant cardboard pumpkin. This pumpkin was filled with tunnels for the kids to crawl through.  It was enclosed enough to make the space private for the little explorers. But also had occasional windows for the adults to peer in. The pumpkin also had a ton of little cozy nooks filled with pillows, blankets, twinkle lights, and small cardboard shelves that proudly displayed books relevant to pumpkins and the holidays.  If I was smaller, I would have gladly crawled through and snuggled up with a book in one of the pumpkin nooks.

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Senior couple walking on the beach - People generally have a longer life expectancy these days - here are 5 ways you can promote your health as a senior during your golden years.

5 Simple Ways to Promote Your Health as a Senior

Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Karen Weeks.

No one would be surprised to hear that seniors who live healthy lifestyles stand a greater chance of living a longer and happier life. People generally have a longer life expectancy these days. Here are 5 ways to promote your health as a senior in order to live your best life in the golden years.

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Child learning on tablet - If you’re a parent today, then you know school is an incredibly different place than it was a decade ago. Is cyber school what your child needs to succeed?

Alternative Learning: The Case for Cyber School

The world today is a difficult place to navigate at times. There is a strong pull of tradition and the way things “used to be”, while at the same time a shift in “thinking differently” with the aid of technology. If you’re a parent today, then you know school is an incredibly different place than it was a decade ago. From cyberbullying and the rise of social media to a literal change in learning (common core for example), students today face challenges no generation before them has had to encounter. This is why we want to talk about alternative learning, especially with regard to cyber schooling. These tools can help your child get the education and learning styles they need to succeed.

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Three men sitting outside at sunset - For decades there has been a disconnect between men and mental health - do “real men” go to therapy? Well, we’re a little biased, but we certainly think so.

Men and Mental Health: Do “Real Men” Go to Therapy?

How many times have you heard the phrase “boys don’t cry”? For decades there has been a disconnect between men and mental health. Boys have been taught that showing emotion is a weakness. And as a result, we’re seeing a generation unable to connect to those around them (and in some cases, themselves). There’s a lack of empathy, kindness, and care. And a lack of understanding of why emotions are important and why every one of us needs to sit with them and process them. We at CPA don’t stand with the notion of our cultural norms definition of what makes a “real man”. We believe that having the identification of “man” is more than enough. But do “real men” go to therapy? Well, we’re a little biased, but we certainly think so.

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Black and white photo of two hands holding onto the other - It is okay to realize some friendships only suit you in certain seasons of your life - here are the steps you can take to let go of a friendship.

How to Let Go of a Friendship

Breakups can be hard. But some would say that breaking up with a friend is even harder. It can be hard to tell when it is time to let go of a friendship. Today’s culture throws the word “toxic” around constantly, but what does that really mean? While there are those friends that will be a constant in your life, it is okay to realize some friendships only suit you in certain seasons of your life. Here are the steps you can take when deciding to let go of a friendship.

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Guilt isn’t exactly the greatest emotion to feel - here are a few ways you can start letting go of guilt this holiday season.

Letting Go of Guilt This Holiday

Guilt isn’t exactly the greatest emotion to feel. That feeling of wishing we could go back in time and change an action or something that was said in the heat of the moment can be a heavy one to sit with. But did you know that guilt is crucial for our development? Guilt is extremely important for our relationships. That’s because guilt can cultivate empathy and even act as a reminder when faced with a difficult choice. Feeling too much guilt, however, isn’t a good thing. And it seems as though many of us are holding onto a lot of guilt that we simply shouldn’t. Here are a few ways you can start letting go of guilt this holiday season.

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When your home is also your office, actually ending your workday can be hard - here's how you can achieve work-life balance as an independent contractor!

The Independent Contractor’s Guide to Work-Life Balance

If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, more likely than not, your work is always at the forefront of your mind. For many, acting in this position can be more stressful than those in “regular role” positions. That’s because when your home is also your office and your regular computer is your work computer, switching off at the end of the day can feel almost impossible. Here are a few ways you can achieve work-life balance as an independent contractor and avoid dreaded burnout!

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Today we want to talk about the case for gratitude, and how consistent practice can affect your mental health for the positive.

The Case for Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us focus on the things we are grateful for. Our families and support systems. Security in having a roof over our heads at the end of the day. Food on the table. Financial security. There are many things to be grateful for each and every day. But how often do you practice gratitude outside of the month of November? Today we want to talk about the case for gratitude, and how consistent practice can affect your mental health for the positive.

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