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Straight From the Shrink

Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.

It's Finally Nice Out! Now What? Ideas for Adults and Children

 Well it finally seems like we have made it out of winter and we are onto spring! What a great feeling. As I'm typing this, I am enjoying the sunlight hititng my back and lighting up our house. During this time of year I always want to get outside and do something, but being an adult just isn't like being a kid. When I was a kid I could run around outside for hours not doing much more than running and exploring. As an adult, that seems like a silly and exhausting thing to do. So what do you do? I have found that walking with (and without for a more relaxing walk) our dogs is a great way to enjoy the weather. Bike riding, hiking, playing tennis and eventually when it gets warmer out- going to the pool are really fun adult activities. Of course, barbequing is a must this time of year, and probably all year, if you're anything like my family. 

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Can Our Pets Help Our Mental Health?

 If you have pets that you love dearly, you probably already know the answer to this question... YES! I can speak from experience. We have 3 dogs and, even though at times they can be really annoying and a lot of work, they brighten our lives in many, many ways. 

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Giving Back

 So did you all make it through the holidays? A particular Christmas present from my nephew gave me the inspiration for this blog today. He and my sister gave me and my husband a picture of them donating pet food and supplies to a local shelter and explained that they donated these items on behalf of us and our love for animals. Hands down- It was the best gift we received from anyone. It came from the heart, they took time out of their lives, and it didn't cost much. 

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Family and the Holidays

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! The holidays are officially here! Unfortunately, sometimes holidays are stressful, not just because there's so much to do and not enough time or because of finances, but because of family discord. Not all families get along splendidly and holidays are especially good at pointing this out. Whether you don't get along with your in-laws, parents, or siblings, there are a few things you can do to make the holidays more enjoyable.

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Is the Weather Making you SAD?

What better day to write about the weather changing that Daylight Savings Day? Around this time of year, some of us start to feel irritable, down, or tired. The sun is shining less, it's cold out, and it gets dark earlier. People who suffer from seasonal depression can be diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD typically rears its ugly head in fall and lasts through the winter months.

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