Author Archives: Yolanda Brailey

It’s the Little Things: Boundaries — The Personal Side

I wish I could tell you that I am perfect at setting personal boundaries with others, but alas–as with diet and exercise–I am a work in progress. Boundaries are tricky and sometimes they are hardest to set and maintain with … Continue reading

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It’s the Little Things: Boundaries — The Practical Side

One of my daily, never-ending lifelong goals is to eat well and drink plenty of water. Some days I excel at eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water and even managing to squeeze in time to exercise too.  Other days, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Trauma—The Personal Side

As a therapist certified in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy, I have found this approach to be very effective in helping many clients for a variety of issues. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association designate EMDR … Continue reading

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The Truth About Trauma – The Practical Side

Years ago, I spent countless hours delving into the topic of trauma. I worked intensively with some trauma survivors, talked to specialists in the field and read many, many books. Back then two things really stood out to me about trauma.

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Healthy Range of Emotions: The Personal Side

In the last blog on this topic I talked about how families differ in their handling of emotions. Parents are the primary role-models for how emotions are to be dealt with in family units. Children learn how to process their … Continue reading

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Healthy Range of Emotions: The Practical Side

This week I was listening to a lecture on anxiety and the speaker talked about “optimal anxiety.” Now, when I first hear the word “anxiety” I do not feel warm and fuzzy. However, the speaker stated there is a healthy … Continue reading

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes—The Personal Side

I have had many transitions in my life the past couple of years. Thankfully, most of them have been very good ones. Transitions are funny in that they can be “good” or “bad” and “planned” or “unplanned.”  For example, I … Continue reading

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes—The Practical Side

Are you in the middle of a life transition? Or are you facing one in the near future? Maybe you are about to get married or are pregnant with your first child. Maybe you will graduate high school this year … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Love: The Personal Side

A young woman and young man posing for a picture before heading off to their senior prom.  A bride and groom standing on a beach reciting their wedding vows. A mother of a new baby getting up at all hours … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Love: The Practical Side

Do you know someone who is the perfect gift-giver? Are you great at gift-giving? The secret to being good at giving gifts is understanding the “love language” of your gift recipient. For example, one of my close friends loves food and gifts … Continue reading

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