I have dark thoughts, what can I do about it?

By Veronica Cartagena | October 1, 2021

Yes, it is hard. Yes, it is scary.  Yes, it feels like you’re all alone.  It’s okay if you don’t have it all together. We know how … Read more

He, She, They: Why are pronouns important?

By Veronica Cartagena | September 1, 2021

In everyday conversation, we use pronouns all the time! Most often we use the common pronouns he/she when referring to one person without using their name.  But for some members of … Read more

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Masks on, masks off: easing back into “normal” life

By Veronica Cartagena | August 3, 2021

Wearing a mask in public places has been normalized during the COVID-19 pandemic. While mask mandates have been lifted in Florida, the recommendations for mask-wearing from public health experts have evolved with the shifting conditions … Read more

The Real Meaning of Self-Care

By Veronica Cartagena | July 1, 2021

Hotels advertise spa days. The beauty industry promotes a face mask. Airlines promote relaxing “getaways.” New apps seem to pop up every day.   Self-care has become a trending topic over the last few … Read more

6 Ways for Teachers and Staff to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety

By Veronica Cartagena | May 29, 2021

To help students succeed academically and manage the stressors of life in the classroom, it has always been important for teachers and staff to effectively … Read more

Coping with Transition Anxiety: From High School to College to “The Real World”

By Veronica Cartagena | May 6, 2021

Congratulations! You’re graduating.  …Or is it, “You’re graduating! Are you okay?”  Television, movies and other media have been telling you for years about how exciting … Read more

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Declutter your room, declutter your mind: Inspiration and tips for a more organized space

By Veronica Cartagena | March 30, 2021

At first, remote learning seemed like the dream scenario for students, but it turns out that more time at home eventually equals more mess.   Your room, which may previously have just been … Read more

Career Anxiety Blog

How to Handle Career Anxiety

By Veronica Cartagena | February 22, 2021

When your friends post on social media about getting dream jobs, moving out of state, and starting new lives, it’s easy for doubts to creep … Read more

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Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

By Veronica Cartagena | February 15, 2021

The New Year’s resolution: love it or hate it, it’s a time-honored way to start fresh with new goals for a new year. However, we all know how difficult it can be to stick to those resolutions by … Read more


Why your child could be suffering holiday stress

By Veronica Cartagena | December 18, 2020

The holidays can be an especially anxious time for anyone. If you’re noticing more tension than usual, your child may be experiencing similar feelings. Your child might seem a bit withdrawn or irritable, may sleep more than usual, or is exhibiting other signs … Read more