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You’re overwhelmed at work; you have dozens of projects piling up at home; and, your calendar is full. To try and catch up, you skip lunch, stop going to the gym, and cancel your social life. Let’s face it, when we’re stressed, self-care is usually the first thing to go. And that only seems to makes things worse.

Self-care may seem self-indulgent, or sound like a luxury, and maybe it is. But taking care of yourself is not a bad thing. Self-care can be just a few basic, daily, loving habits that are crucial to your functioning. The calendar below was created by Read more...

Uncertainty is a feeling many of us have experienced in recent months.  It’s been a fixture in news headlines, driven by the political upheaval that has followed last November’s election. This kind of macro-level uncertainty can absolutely affect how we feel in our everyday lives.  And of course there are numerous personal examples - a job loss, a break-up, a move - where a sense of uncertainty about the future can create real anxiety that impacts our mental and physical health in a tangible way. 
 
You’ve probably heard the Read more...
We know that trans and gender nonconforming youth face extremely high levels of rejection, discrimination, verbal and physical harassment at schools.  This has a direct connection to their disproportionate drop-out rates, as well as the higher incidence of homelessness, unemployment, and suicide attempts among trans/gnc youth.  
 
That's why we were alarmed to learn that the Department of Education and Department of Justice  Read more...

Last January we spoke with therapist Lisa Richman*of Mazzoni's Open Door counseling program to get her advice on making – and sticking to – healthy New Year’s resolutions.  As an experienced therapist and facilitator of recovery support groups, Lisa had some great insights into the challenges involved when it comes to changing our behavior, and how to overcome those challenges. 

Her main advice was to take a thoughtful look at your life and try to identify any patterns that may be causing Read more...

Back by popular demand, it’s our 2016 Holiday Survival Guide!
 
Despite the joyful reputation – and no matter your age or station in life – we all know that the holiday season can be an anxious time.  
 
Every year the team at Mazzoni Center’s Open Door Counseling program puts together a thoughtful and comprehensive booklet we call our “Holiday Survival Guide,” filled with Read more...
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Most people would balk at a two and a half hour drive to visit their doctor. Christina Cleveland has a different story to tell.
 
For a little over two years Christina has made the trip from her home in rural Pennsylvania, outside of Allentown, to receive care at Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine.  Her story reflects the reality for many transgender individuals who live outside major cities.  
 
“Mazzoni has made a huge difference in my life,” Read more...