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The Importance of Sleep…

Although the new time change occurred a couple of weeks ago, there is still a lot of discussion about the effects it had on each individuals sleep patterns.  Did it affect you? If so, how? SLEEP is a necessity, like food, water and oxygen we all need it to survive.  And although we are aware of this need, statistics show…

Play Therapy: Your Questions Answered…

You may ask yourself what is play therapy and what can it do for my child?  Wikiedia has simply defined play therapy as the following: a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychological challenges.  This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and…

A smile is more than just a smile…

What is a smile?  Smiles are one of the most recognized emotions that we exhibit.   According to Merriam-Webster a smile is defined as such: to make a smile: to make the corners of your mouth turn up in an expression that shows happiness, amusement, pleasure, affection, etc. A smile is just that, it’s a sign of happiness, it’s a powerful…

How do you balance?

No matter if you are a teenager or an adult, the everyday things in life tend to stack up no matter what you do.  For teenagers it could be the pressure of school, friends and or family.  For adults, maybe it’s work, family, and or relationships.  You will find the most obvious things are easily to list.  However, what about…

7 Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is like a bottle of Coke. For every thing that stresses us out, it’s a shake of the bottle. For example: you’re late to work, forgot your homework, dropped your phone in water, just to name a few. If we don’t learn how to relieve our stress, that bottle will eventually explode from all the built up stress. Sure…

Teen Stress

What is stress?  Psychology Today describes stress as a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium.  In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. So you may ask yourself, what can a teenager be stressed about? Well some stressors can be: relationship with parents and family, friends (peer pressure), school (tests or grades), bullying, too…

Heartbleed Security Notice

On April 7, an announcement was issued by the OpenSSL project team about a serious security vulnerability (also known as the Heartbleed bug). We’d like to inform you that all transactions on Novell & Novell Counseling’s SSL-secured information pages have been identified to be safe; your information has remained private. For a deeper explanation regarding this issue, read on:

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.  Some come from ahead and some come from behind.  But I’ve got a big bat.  I’m all ready you see.  Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me”           – Dr. Seuss How often do you let your troubles get the best of you?  If you are like…

Why do you play?

Current scientific research indicates that play offers plenty of benefits to our children.  However, play isn’t just a way to keep kids happy.   Plenty of play in childhood is part of raising successful adults. Why do you play? “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato

How To Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day

How to Turn a Bad Day Into a Good Day…                     (A lesson from “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses” by Kimberly and James Dean) How do you turn a bad day into a good day?  Sometimes it’s all a matter of perspective.  Take ‘Pete the Cat’.   Even a groovy blue cat like Pete, can wake up feeling grumpy. …

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