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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: Wild Geese and New Year’s Resolutions

By Sloan Drechselv | January 18, 2023
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By Sloan Drechsel, Hillside Intern Every year, there is a surge in new gym memberships purchased, new faces at pottery classes, and new health kicks started, all in pursuit of that elusive goal: sticking with the New Year’s Resolution. But here’s a statistic that won’t surprise you: only 9% of…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: What the Serenity Prayer Can Teach Us About Doomscrolling

By Sloan Drechselv | January 18, 2023
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This prayer, commonly referred to as the “Serenity Prayer,”  is often associated with twelve-step programs seeking to help those struggling with the centuries-old problem of addiction. H

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A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Standpoint on Gratitude

By Brian Fenstermacher | November 14, 2022
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by Brian Fensternacher When you think of gratitude, what comes up for you? Some individuals believe gratitude is simply being thankful or navigating through life with a positive attitude. Gratitude is so much more than having a positive outlook and being grateful. Research has shown that gratitude helps us appreciate…

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The New Mental Health Parity Act

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | August 31, 2022
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Many advocates, agencies, families and caregivers are celebrating a roller coaster 2022 General Assembly with the passage of HB 1013, otherwise known as the Mental Health Parity Act. One component of the bill addresses the parity law that has been on the books for years, but never adequately enforced. Now…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: Mental Health in the Music Charts

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | August 31, 2022
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American singer-songwriter Em Beihold’s song “Numb Little Bug” went viral on TikTok in early 2022. In her lyrics, Beihold asks the listener: “Do you ever get a little bit tired of life? Like you’re not really happy/but you don’t wanna die?” The album art features Beihold wearing bug wings and…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: Issue 2. Trauma and the Algorithm

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | July 20, 2022
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Trauma- books about it dominate bestseller’s list, movies exploit it and prosper at the box office, new social media trends about it pop up everyday: undeniably, pop culture is obsessed with the idea of trauma. The definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual…

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How to Set Goals and Redefine Success

By Jennifer Moody, LMSW | July 18, 2022
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If you are like most, odds are you have felt stuck in one area or another in your life. Knowing what direction to go in or what goal to go after next can be hard to determine in these moments where we feel stuck. To get past the first state…

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How to Support Someone Who is Struggling

By Dionne Patterson- Smith, LPC, CPCS | June 16, 2022
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It seems that over the past few years, especially with the pandemic and recent current events, that there are more people struggling emotionally. With more access to World News, social media posts, TiKToK trends, and Google searches, seemingly everyone has a self-diagnosed mental health condition. In reality, reportedly 25% more…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion Issue I. What Euphoria Can Teach Us About Compassion?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | June 2, 2022
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The hit HBO series Euphoria is a boundary-pushing show. Depicting the “real” lives of teenagers, it is a contemporary version of Degrassi and Skins. Some, especially parents, worry that Euphoria’s graphic depictions of substance abuse, domestic violence, and a myriad of other complex issues are too heavy and too inappropriate…

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Hillside’s in the Media – Podcast Features & Interviews

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | April 7, 2022
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We at Hillside have dedicated ourselves to improving the lives of children and families since 1888. We have supported young people and their families in many different ways throughout the years. In recent years, Hillside became focused on providing evidence-based mental health treatment for young people, ages 6-24, and their…

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