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Cyberbullying and Self-Harm: What you need to know

unsplash-logofreestocks.org   By Julie Schillim, LLP, LPC Adolescence, a time in life where exploring independence and social identity are often confronted.  It’s a time when teens are confronted with the challenges of a world that is continually increasing in online social access and platforms.  Terms such as “cyberbullying” have become more common in homes, schools, […]

Join the Conversation

By Heather Miller-Edwardson, LPC, LLMFT It is oftentimes in the wake of tragedy that we begin to create space for the tough conversations. With recent tragedies in our communities nationwide, we are beginning to discuss our approach to mental health care. Too often individuals face significant barriers to receiving mental health care. Helping Professionals have […]

Attached

Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find- and Keep- Love Author: Amir Levine, and Rachel Heller “Do you want to know why your spouse doesn’t pay attention to you?  Attached is the science of love.” Attached is an easy to read summary of Attachment theory.  Attachment theory is […]

Girls and Sex

Book Review: GIRLS and SEX: Navigating the complicated new landscape by Peggy Orenstein TOPIC: Parenting, Teenagers, Sex/Sexuality By David Burke “This is what your daughter is facing!” The older generation often worries and doesn’t understand the younger generations.  This book is a helpful compilation of young women’s attitudes and reflections about sex.  It’s scary and […]

Untangled

  Book Review: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, PhD TOPIC: Parenting, teenagers By: David Burke A must read for parents of teenage girls: As a father of two teenage girls I was strongly encouraged to read this book.  At best, teenage girls are loving, caring and tons […]

Behind the Chaos

Vance Osterhout By Chad Boehm, LMSW ADHD, Autism, oppositional defiant disorder, depression and anxiety are some of the most common diagnosable childhood disorders. However, knowing what your child or teen is experiencing may be difficult to decipher as symptoms of these may overlap. Kids, teenagers, parents, guardians and primary care takers are often left with […]

Jedi, Birds, and Hope

As a young boy growing up in the 80s, one of my favorite things to do was to sit down with my Dad, pop in the old VHS recording of Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope and sit and watch Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance valiantly wage their battle against The Dark Side. […]

An Attitude of Gratitude

In today’s post I thought it might be helpful to take a moment and focus on the attitude of gratitude in our lives.  The daily grind, our thoughts, and our experiences can often be overwhelming. We’re constantly bombarded with commitments, desires, and distractions.  We’re constantly thinking about how we can get ahead in life or […]

Announcement

Recently we announced our new partnership with Byron Community Ministries (BCM).  This is an exciting step for us as we build a reputation in the communities we serve.  BCM is an ideal partner because we both value compassion and hospitality.  BCM has served Byron Center by connecting those in need with practical support.  ACG is […]

Healing from Sexual Trauma: Hope Working Its Way to the Surface

By Krista Leinberger It is fitting that during the first month of spring, we clinicians at Alliance join with others around the world to remember those survivors of sexual assault. We have a desire to engage in the ongoing conversation about how to best support children, women and men who have lived through this type […]