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Dr. Chantal specializes in therapy & evaluations for children, teens, adults, couples, and families. She offers the some of the best treatments and most effective counseling approaches for relationship and marital problems, emotional difficulties, mental disorders, and life transitions in Plantation Florida, including the surrounding Broward County cities of Davie, Weston, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, Cooper City, Hollywood, and Dania Beach.

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Be Your Own Life Coach

My husband and I recently bought a home in Plantation, Florida. I’m so excited about it because I finally get to design the house of my dreams. Like many women, I love to design and decorate and spend hours watching shows on HGTV. I’m lucky enough to live near the Design Center of the Americas […]

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How to know if you or someone you love is an Alcoholic

Most of my patients who have a drinking problem would not consider themselves alcoholics. In fact, when I suggest to them that there’s very little difference between their drinking and a bona-fide, can’t-hold-a-job, drunk at 10:00 AM “alcoholic”, they look at me like I have three heads. “I’m not an alcoholic, I don’t drink during […]

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Beautiful Weddings, Ugly Marriages

Marriage Counseling can Help You Create a Loving Relationship Couples counseling can be one of the most effective ways of ensuring that your marriage will be as beautiful as your wedding was. Divorce, it seems, has become commonplace in our society – we’re always hearing about the latest celebrity break-up.  We also hear about celebrity […]

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Verbal and Emotional Abuse in Marriages

  What is verbal and emotional abuse? My intention was to begin this blog post with the standard definition of emotional and verbal abuse. What I discovered is that there is no standard definition of emotional or verbal abuse. This demonstrates exactly the point I set out to make in the first place: emotional and […]

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Lessons from an Olympic Champion – Danell Leyva

Danell Leyva is my new hero. I know, I know…..everyone is raving about Michael Phelps and how he’s the all time Olympic champion, blah, blah, blah. Look, I give Michael Phelps his props; he’s accomplished an amazing feat and he certainly has my respect and admiration. But this week, the olympian who inspired me the […]

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How to Recognize Emotional Abuse?

Are you in an abusive relationship? Emotional Abuse in Relationships While most of us, from time to time, say things in the heat of the moment that we later regret, in some relationships angry words rise to the level of abuse. It can be difficult to recognize abuse in relationships because we often confuse the […]

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3 Strategies to Help your Child with ADHD

Parenting a Child with ADHD   Tending to the needs of a child with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) can feel overwhelming. But with effective parenting and behavior modification strategies, you can reduce the frustration and begin enjoying your child. 1) Provide Consistent Structure Children’s brains have underdeveloped frontal lobes, which are the areas of the brain […]

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Social Phobia and Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder   What is Social Phobia? Many people are uncomfortable in social situations, but for about 1 out of 10 Americans, the discomfort rises to the level of clinically significant anxiety. Sometimes referred to as “social phobia”, social anxiety disorder can cause individuals to avoid a wide range of social situations. When interacting with […]

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress and Improve Health

Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC, Plantation FL Psychotherapist offers advice for stress management. Simple Things You Can Do to Keep Stress at Bay . Have fun! Author and physician Deepak Chopra would say that fun creates “happy molecules,” and happy molecules help you avoid illness. Having fun actually changes your body’s chemistry, resulting in a […]

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Creating Change in Your Life

Every work day I eat two meals sitting at my desk. In doing that I’ve learned that trying to eat and work at the same time leaves each task unfinished. So I take a “lunch break” by surfing the web. Today, a ad appeared on my screen with the words “a thousand ways to […]

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