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Holiday Cheer? Coping with Stress and Sadness this Time of Year

There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” No time of year is that more true, than at the holidays. Everything in the public environment, in the media and in our own history can conspire to create unrealistic and idealistic expectations for the holidays that few of us can [...]

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Help Yourself: How to Cultivate Inner Peace When Someone You Love Struggles With Life

When people discover I am a mental health counselor they often tell me about family members struggling with mental illness or addiction. They tell stories of trying desperately to help, of money spent, of nights searching bars and calling hospitals looking for their sister, daughter, son or husband. They tell of despair, of hopelessness, of [...]

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Redefining Family

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard As an only child, who lost both of my parents by the time I was 25, I have long struggled with a sense that I struck out [...]

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    Lois Schlegel

    Lois Schlegel, MFA, MS, mental health therapist at Life in Bloom Counseling in Medford and Ashland, has 20 years of experience providing services to individuals and families. She has taught parent education and life skills classes to adults and ... Full Profile
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