Author: Amy Smith

Trichotillomania- Hair Pulling

Why do people pull their hair out? The short answer is “it just feels good”. Even though it can cause a lot of distress and embarrassment it feels good to the people who do it. What is Trichotillomania Recurrent hair pulling with noticeable hair loss Tension before pulling or when attempting to resist Pleasure, gratification, […]

Morning Routines

Morning Routines, They Really Work My husband recently came to me and said, “I’m starting a new morning routine. Want to join me?”. I was interested since I am a routine person by nature.  I had a morning routine, only there was no “me time” built in. It was a rushed, fast-paced routine of getting […]

Affirmations

  When I decided I wanted to share a list of affirmations, Louise Hay was the first person who came to mind. Louise dedicated most of her life teaching others how to live a full and empowered life. She believed the use of daily positive affirmations could create a more full and happy life. I […]

What is Emotional Dysregulation?

  What is emotional dysregulation? As a counselor I am often asked by clients, “Why am I all of the sudden so tired?”  Parents wonder what the heck is going on when their child starts crawling on the floor, jumping on the couch, or acting in a way that may seem out of the norm […]

Fend for Yourself Fridays

  Have you ever wanted to just check out as a parent and take the night off? Wanted the kids to take care of themselves even if just for a few hours? Well, now you can! If your kid is old enough to make their own sandwich or use the microwave, I encourage you to […]

How to Help when a Natural Disaster Strikes in Another State

When a natural disaster hits we often ask, what can I do to help?  Living in Orlando Florida we have had our fair share of awful hurricanes.  Most of us know where to drive to drop off supplies, donate blood, or even donate our time.  But what can we do to help when the storm […]

Fear of Public Speaking

This week Orlando anxiety counselor Amy V. Smith shares her own personal fears of public speaking and offers 10 suggestions for overcoming these fears. Are you someone who gets nervous when you have to speak in front of others?  Do you avoid public speaking at all costs? Have you ever missed out on an opportunity […]

Volunteering- It Does the Brain and Body Good

Orlando counselor  Amy Smith shares her thoughts about how volunteering does the brain and body good. Did you know that giving back does the brain and body good?  Well it does. While there are many studies attesting to this fact, I can tell you first hand that volunteering has helped me personally be happier and […]

“The Explosive Child” Parenting Group

Based on the book “The Explosive Child” by Ross W. Greene “An explosive outburst—like other forms of maladaptive behavior—occurs when the cognitive demands being placed upon a person outstrip that person’s capacity to respond adaptively.” – Ross W. Greene Do you experience challenging behavior by your kid(s) such as screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, […]

Amy’s High School Teen Group starting this September!

Navigating your way through high school: It can be done!!!!  A Support Group for High School Students Due to special request by my high school clients I have decided to offer a group focusing on self-esteem, relationships, stress management, and other topics pertinent to those entering or currently attending high school.  High school and the transition […]

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