Below you will find information on how my practice is compliant with federal law. It is very important to me that you feel safe and know that I take your confidentiality seriously. Here are some practical bullet points, but you can dig in to the entire policy as well. NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES THIS NOTICEContinue reading “Protecting Your Information and Finances”
Author Archives: Gracile Dawes
A Different Approach to Child Anxiety
Distress tolerance and emotional resilience are the essential muscles of emotional health. Often times by either solving the child’s problem themselves, removing the challenge, or becoming entangled in escalating emotions, caregivers have prevented children from exercising these muscles and prevented the growth and strengthening that comes with practice.
Let’s talk about Vaccine Anxiety
It’s been a year! An actual year of this virus upending our lives and an overwhelming year. The vaccine rollout is gaining speed, and every week more people are eligible. While it can feel like you’ve been waiting forever, it can also feel like suddenly it’s your turn. Let’s take a few minutes to unpackContinue reading “Let’s talk about Vaccine Anxiety”
A Different Holiday Season
COVID is still here, changing our holidays, and thus our hearts. If I want to feel the joy and really be present, so I know I will need to feel the sadness too. Some things have to be different, and some things I choose to make different.
Women: Moms, wives, Workers During COVID-19
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 865,000 women left the labor force from August to September while 216,000 men left. Why is this so disproportionate? Are women okay? Is this by choice? Are job descriptions out of balance? Are parenting and care taking of the home out of balance? My struggle to work duringContinue reading “Women: Moms, wives, Workers During COVID-19”
Delay of Launch
Moms of kids ready to launch into elementary school for the first time, this description seems on point for you. You have poured years of preparation into this. This little person was placed in your arms 4-5 years ago and was 100% dependent on you. You have taught them everything; supported them as they learned everything. You sacrificed so much in hopes of celebrating this launch. It is a hard and beautiful season that was winding down, and your emotions were equal parts ecstatic and weepy.
What will I do?- my first response to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery
I am a holder of stories, a lover of words that capture deep truths, a constant investigator. Being a Southerner is complicated for me, and it is no one’s problem to figure out but my own, and yet I value those who have done their own work and shared it.
The Birth of Hope
Maybe the closeness of another allows us to learn what we need to learn in the dark in a way that isn’t so frightening. And maybe that is why Jesus’s birth and resurrection happen in the dark. Emmanuel, God with us, even in our darkness; especially in our darkness.
Two Tips for Resolutions
It’s almost a New Year. The changing of the calendar signals the end and the beginning. Each person experiences this night in light of the experiences the year brought to him or her. The long nights of this season are a natural time for slowing down and reflecting. The plants let go of their leaves,Continue reading “Two Tips for Resolutions”
My friend who is a reporter and mom of three asked me about tips for keeping your sanity over the holidays to share with her audience. We emailed back and forth and she compiled the info and tips below. And in an effort to take my own advice about doing less, I’m reusing it (withContinue reading “Holiday Thriving”