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Hi, my name is Juliana Ochoa and I am very happy and excited to be joining the wonderful team of Orlando counselors and life coaches at Life Skills Resource Group. I look forward to meeting you! In the meantime, I will share a little about myself and why I became a therapist. I have been interested and fascinated by peoples’ stories for as long as I remember. Being allowed into these worlds, whether through books, films, art, or music, fills my heart with gratitude and joy. Even in moments of pain, the intricate journey out of this pain makes me feel like...

A Fresh Take on #Adulting

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Cindy Fabico, MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist noun INFORMAL 1. the practice of behaving in a way characterized as a responsible adult. The term “adulting” is a fairly recent addition to colloquial English. The common understanding of this term is related to managing the mundane tasks of daily life with consistency. I recently attended a 3-day workshop with #MichelleChalfant to learn more about how to incorporate the concepts she shares on her popular...

Is This in My Highest Good?

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Juiiana Ochoa, MS, LMHC Consider this question: Is this in my highest good? I want to invite you to consider trusting your intuition when making choices in your life. I think that too often when we make decisions, we can get into our heads and overthink them. If we practice slowing down and paying attention, we can feel what is in our best interest, in our highest good, our truth. One of the things that keeps us from trusting ourselves when we intuitively know the answer is our concern for...
Juiiana Ochoa, MS, LMHC A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about Brené Brown’s Rising Strong, a book where she introduces a three-part process to help us sort through our (often) negative emotions when feeling we have failed. (You can check it out here: https://www.lifeskillsresourcegroup.com/friday-book-review-brene-brown/). Today, I want to invite you to focus a bit more on the second part of this process, “the Rumble,” because it is a helpful tool to utilize in all aspects of our lives. It is not only helpful when it comes to...

Saying YES to Things That Scare Us

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  Saying YES (and also No, when necessary).   You may recognize the name Shonda Rhimes as the creator of the shows Greys Anatomy and Scandal. A few years ago, she wrote a book, “Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun, and Be Your Own Person.” She talks about how she challenged herself to make a conscious decision to say YES to things that would normally scare her. I remember an interview where she shared that she had this epiphany thanks to something her sister said to her once- “All you do is work, you never have any...

Friday Book Review: Brené Brown

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Brené Brown studies vulnerability and courage, authenticity and shame. She has published a few books on these topics, most notably The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. Rising Strong – a powerful book about falling, learning, getting up, and doing it all over again – is not her most recent book, but it’s one I want to share with you and invite you to consider adding to your reading list.   Brené’s early work encouraged us to cultivate compassion for ourselves. In The Gifts of Imperfection, she invited us to practice shifting feelings of inadequacy to make room for what is actually...

Conquering Nightmares in Children

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It’s common for children and some adolescents to have nightmares. They are a natural part of children’s development encompassing a mixture of imagination and the realization that there are things in the world that are intended to cause harm to them. Nightmares or night terrors can make the bedtime routine chaotic to say the least. Sometime nightmares seem to develop out of the blue and other times they can stem from anxiety/ realistic fears in your child’s life. Family conflict and parental anxiety can also play a role.  As parents we want to make our children feel safe and comfortable...

Be Open to Surprising Yourself

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Have you ever heard of the phrase, What I focus on will grow? The more we pay attention to something, the more it expands. Truly. The more you focus your attention on the bad and ugly, the more you will notice the bad and ugly around you. And the worse you will feel. I am not suggesting that you live in ignorant bliss; however, I am suggesting that maybe you break the negative thought cycle that occurs sometimes and perhaps try to find the good and positive in things such that your way of thinking, feeling, and being...

The “Joy Index”

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The “Joy Index” My colleague Heidi Behr at Feel Peace Now is currently offering her popular e-course, “Not Your Mom’s Lent 2.0,” an interfaith practice course that welcomes time for reflection and offers wisdom and teachings from various spiritual traditions. One of her messages last week was about engaging in a practice of turning inward and connecting with our true self. I believe that this practice of tuning into a space of connection with spirit, allows us to offer the best (and true) version of ourselves both to ourselves and to others. Heidi went on to share Dr. Wayne Dyer’s reflection...