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Meet My New Associate: Dr. Jada Santos – Psychologist

Plantation Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist: Dr. Jada Santos, Psy.D. I’m so excited to introduce you to an awesome Psychologist in Plantation FL. Dr. Jada! Dr. Jada joined my practice in 2017 and has been a wonderful addition to the team. I knew the moment I met her – she was warm, friendly, smart and kind. That’s exactly […]

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5 Ways to Improve Mental Health & Increase Happiness

Happy people do things differently. They make their emotional wellbeing a priority and practice daily and weekly habits that help them create joy, happiness and satisfaction in their lives. As a result, they are emotionally healthier, and in turn, that psychological well-being further increases their happiness. I write for the mental health and personal growth […]

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PreMarital Counseling: Will it Help Your Marriage?

Dr. Chantal offers premarital counseling and couples therapy in her Plantation FL office, located near Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Davie, Sunrise, Hollywood, and Cooper City, Florida. PreMarital Counseling Leads to Higher Marital Success and Satisfaction Studies have shown that premarital counseling can increase marriage success by up to thirty percent.  Couples who participate in premarital counseling […]

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Panic Attack Symptoms: Understanding and Overcoming Your Anxiety

What are Panic Attacks? Anxiety symptoms that are severe enough to be diagnosed as an Anxiety Disorder occur in about 18% of Americans, and about 3% of Americans experience Panic Disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Because the treatment of anxiety is one of my specialities, I have seen many individuals in […]

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Insomnia & Mood: 5 Tips to Improve Sleep

Sleep and Mental Health The quality of your sleep has a direct impact on your mental health and your mood.  Without adequate rest, your brain can not restore itself and function properly.  When you don’t sleep well, you are more irritable with loved ones, more impatient and more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and […]

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Parenting Tips: 3 Ways to Make Your Children’s World Better

Today is Red Nose Day; a day where millions of people come together to laugh and raise money to make the world a better place for children, by improving their health, well-being and education. Here’s my latest YouTube video where I share three quick parenting tips that can instantly make your children’s world a better […]

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Want Better Relationships? Here’s the Secret!

Some time ago, I wrote an article for PsychCentral, titled “The Secret to Great Relationships of Any Kind” in which I share a sure-fire way to improve your relationships.  I can’t reproduce the article due to my contractual obligation with PsychCentral, but you can read it by clicking here. I look forward to the opportunity […]

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Understanding Suicide and Getting Help

According to the Center for Disease Control, there were over 41,000 suicides in 2013.  Suicide is a more frequent cause of death than homicide! And it is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds. So if you thought your teenager’s depression was just a funk, it may be time to […]

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Infidelity in Marriage: What to do next?

Relationship infidelity  is a common reason couples seek marriage counseling. Many couples, though, do not get professional help when the infidelity is initially discovered.  Instead, they try to resolve it themselves and frequently attempt to “forgive and forget”;  unfortunately, that usually doesn’t work! Eventually, those couples come to counseling for other problems, such as: “We […]

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Life Coach, Psychology, Counseling, Anxiety, Therapist

5 Ways to Overcome Fear and Achieve Your Goals

Most of us are afraid from time to time, and that fear can hold us back.  In addition to getting therapy for worry and anxiety, there are some things you can do to overcome fear, move forward, and achieve your goals.  Here are some tips! I recently wrote an article for PsychCentral titled:     “What’s […]

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What is a Psychologist?

What is a Psychologist? In mental health and psychology, there are a lot of professional designations, fancy titles, and letters after therapists’ names.  It can get a little confusing!  In this post, I will talk about psychologists: who they are, what they do, and how a psychologist can help you in many different ways. Types […]

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7 Ways Couples Counseling Can Help Empty Nesters

Guest Blog Post by Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW, Couples Counseling Expert In recent years, there has been a large increase in the divorce rate among couples who have been married for 30 or more years.  Many of these breakups occur after the child-raising years because so much time has been focused on the children, and not […]

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