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Brain Smiles- Neuroplasticity In Action

Did you know it’s possible to rewire your brain with a smile? Our brain is adaptable like plastic. The brain is full of “roads” also known of neural pathways and some of them are well traveled. These are our habits, our established ways of thinking, feeling and doing. Every time we think in a certain

What is Trauma?

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” – Bessel Van der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score According to Tara Brach, psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington D.C., the definition of

When Should Counselors Ask for Help?

We All Need Help from Time to Time. Once upon a time I worked at an eating disorder treatment facility. It was phenomenal. The experience was relatively new for me; I had only been working with eating disorders for a few years. There were many perks to working at a comprehensive treatment facility but just

Brightside Counseling Services joins NBRFM Radio!

Brightside Counseling Services, LLC has been invited to do a segment on NBRFM’s radio show! The show will be held on April 1st, 2019 at 8:28 MDT. Please feel welcome to clink on the link to join Brightside and NBFRM during the show: . During this time one of Brightside’s owners, Keith Edmonds, will

Brightside Counseling Services in the Community!

Hello everyone! Brightside Counseling Services, LLC is excited to share we will be at the Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) on March 29th from 11:15 – 1 pm. This post will give you all the “need to know” information for this event. This will be held at PPA Event Center 2105 Decatur St, Denver,

Three Myths about Suicide

Three big myths about suicide. Many times, the word suicide is “charged” with emotions, questions, assumptions, and ambiguous feelings. It can be extremely challenging to weave through all the information while going through your own grief reactions if you knew someone who died by suicide. Or maybe you are a close friend of someone who

Accept, Change, Eliminate

ACE – Accept, Change or Eliminate?

Accept, Change or Eliminate Deciding how to approach challenges or issues we face in our life can sometimes leaves us stuck in the problem.  “What should I do?”  “How should I handle this?”  “I don’t even know where to start.”   These are questions/statements that many of us tell ourselves when we are confused and faced

Healing Attachment Wounds

Healing Attachments Attachment—the critical bond that develops between baby and primary caregivers–is one of the most important aspects of infancy and early childhood. The nature and quality of our earliest attachments tends to affect all our relationships, “from cradle to grave.” When circumstances such as adoption, illness, financial stress, loss, or lack of family support

When Abandonment is Too Much To Handle

Why does abandonment make us feel so cruddy? A common feeling for people who have abandonment issues is an intense fear of being left or rejected by another, especially someone important in our life.  Abandonment issues are usually the result of unresolved painful feelings associated with: experiencing an important loss/death earlier in life being raised

The Impact of Structure on Kids

Why do kids need structure? It’s simple really. 1) Sense of security and safety: Children need structure to ensure their physical and emotional safety, which is a key instinct for anyone. Environments that are unstructured can negatively affect a child’s development 2) Learning! Learning is a part of life, no matter what age or stage

Shame and Guilt and the Impact on Our Lives

What is the difference between shame and guilt? Shame and guilt are two very powerful emotions that can affect the way we live our lives and the way we interact with others.  Shame is the feeling of being unworthy, usually coming from a place of negatively judging oneself.  Guilt is similar in that it also

Cyber Bullying, What You Need to Know

Cyber Bullying New technologies, such as cell phones, social networking sites, and instant messaging have been embraced by pre teens, teens, and young adults at a rapid pace. These technologies can be used for good use such as staying in contact with friends and family, as well as providing entertainment and news. However, some technological

If Your Child Has Symptoms Of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Then You Need To Know This…

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Is your child or teen acting defiant? We all know, it is not unusual for children to defy authority every now and then. It is common for children to go through the “terrible twos” or “threenager” stage. Adolescents in their early teens may also go through this as many things are changing

self-esteem in children

What to Look For in Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Your child’s self-esteem matters Healthy self-esteem is essential for everyone, especially children. Let’s be real, it takes a lot of confidence to be a kid. With it being starting a new school or trying out for the soccer team- being a kid can be difficult. This is one reason why self-esteem is so important. For


What is Anxiety, Really?

Anxiety is a biological response designed to keep us safe when it functions properly. Our body responds to threatening or difficult situations with anxiety as a way of warning us that danger may exist. This biological response motivates us and prepares us to cope with whatever alarming situation or event lies ahead. Anxiety becomes problematic

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