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Narcissistic Mothers
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November 2010

Our November issue gives fun ways to encourage gratitude in your children, the positive impact of siblings--especially sisters-on mental health, and tips for handling a narcissistic mother. Also, we offer tips for managing your own holiday stress and how to boost your mood during the winter months.

Julie Hanks, LCSW
Owner/Clinical Director
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Encouraging Your "Little Turkeys" To Be ThankfulJill Zuniga, APC
Jill Zuniga, APC

As we approach one of the busiest times of the year, I have noticed how easy it is to get caught up in Christmas shopping or decorating and cleaning house (not to mention countless hours spent in cooking!) to prepare for hosting this year's "holiday get-together"! Then of course, there's always wrapping gifts - my LEAST favorite of all of the above. We have so much to accomplish in just a short amount of time that we sometimes forget to be thankful for what we have been given and maybe most importantly, forget to teach our children that very same thing.

Research shows that children learn best when they are able to physically experience the objective of a lesson and/or creatively express themselves regarding what they've learned. The following are a few ideas of things that will help teaching your children to be thankful for the blessings in their lives more easily understood and definitely more fun! In fact, I am quite sure that if you make the time to do something like this with your child, you will also be reminded of your own thankfulness for what you have been given in your own life!

READ Jill's ideas for encouraging children to be thankful.

Julie HanksHow Sisters Improve Mental Health

Julie Hanks, LCSW

A recent New York Times essay "Why sisterly chats make people happier" by Deborah Tannen caught my eye because I have five, yes, FIVE sisters. I love research that supports what I already know from real-life experience - sisters are important to mental health. Having a sister protects teens against feelings of depression, loneliness, self-consciousness, fear, and being unloved according to Laura Padilla-Walker, head researcher in a recent BYU study.

The positive impact of sisters extends beyond adolescence into adulthood. British researchers Liz Wright and Tony Cassidy found that people who grew up with at least one sister were happier more motivated, had more friends, and were more resilient during difficult times, especially during parental divorce.

WATCH Julie discuss her tips for helping your children, sisters AND brothers, develop close, positive relationships with each other during childhood and adolescence so they will continue to support emotional health as adults.

Small Changes To Boost Your Moodhappy
Julie Hanks, LCSW

Researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, one of Positive Psychology's top researchers estimates that 60 percent of your moods are impacted by a combination of genetics and environment. The remaining 40 percent of your happiness is within your control and can be altered by intentional activities. Here are a few simple changes that you can make today to feel happier and lighten your mood.

1-Listen To Music
Music activates the pleasure center of the brain, according to neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, professor of psychology at McGill University. Music can improve moods and intensify positive emotions-it doesn't matter what kind of music you listen to, as long as you like it. I recently blogged about music and mood Music & Mood-Musings from a Songwriter and Therapist which includes playlists for when you're stressed, lazy, frustrated, down, or lonely.

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without - Confusious

Get more mood boosting tips & watch VIDEO HERE
depressionMEN & DEPRESSION

What To Watch For - How To Help

A few weeks ago Dr. Todd Dunn & Julie Hanks, LCSW did an interview with Rebecca Cressman of Utah Families show on FM100.3 on Men & Depression.

Did you know that men's depression symptoms may differ from women?

Did you know that many men mask their depression by substance use, working excessively, or engaging in reckless behavior?

Do you know that 7% of men in any given year suffer from depression?

Do you know how to spot warning signs?

Get tips on how to help the men and boys in your life become more emotionally healthy and where to get help if you or a loved one is suffering from depression

Listen to Men & Depression interview online

Relaxation Tips for the Stressed
Haylee Heyn, MFT Intern

READ Haylee's interview regarding what causes stress, the impact it can have and ways to relax when you are feeling stressed.
Julie Hanks Answers Viewer Email on KSL Studio 5

WATCH what Julie recommends for handling narcissistic mothers or family members.

If this describes your relationship with your mom, consider getting some therapy to work through your painful emotions. Contact us HERE.

Join a Weekly Women's Therapy Group!

Our women's therapy groups are offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Come join other women and discuss topics ranging from anxiety and depression to family issues and healthy relationships.
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25 Min Consult with Jill Zuniga, APC  money

Wondering if your child could use someone to talk to or benefit from therapy. Jill Zuniga, APC is offering free 25 min parent consultations for young children and adolescents. 

Call 801-944-4555 or
EMAIL to schedule your free consultation.

Child Help 1-800-4-A-Child

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW & Julie Hanks, LCSW have been invited to serve on the local Child Help board helping to raise awareness of child abuse and treatment options for families.

If you suspect a child is being abused call 1-800-4-A-Child or visit
We hope you've enjoyed this edition of WFT RelationTIPS. Watch for December's issue.


Julie A. Hanks, LCSW
Wasatch Family Therapy, LLC