Jamie Dana, MC, LPC

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Jamie Dana, MC, LPC, is the founder and clinical director of Elevate Counseling, where she helps teens and adults overcome mental roadblocks and achieve their goals to live an elevated life. Mental Health Specialties include research-based interventions to address stress and anxiety, parenting, adolescent development, trauma, self-esteem, eating issues and the struggles of the gifted and high-achieving population. For more information about her techniques, services and additional resources to help you succeed, check her out at www.elevatecounselingaz.com or follow her on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. You can also Contact her to schedule an initial appointment today
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Struggling To Sleep? Changes You Can Make To Get Those Zzz’s

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1 out of 3 Americans report that they don't get enough sleep each night. Imagine this: You find yourself laying in bed struggling to fall asleep. Again. You look at the clock. It's 3:00 am....
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Keeping The Peace In Teen Dating

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Do you think that emotional or physical abuse could possibly be a part of your teen's dating life? Most people answer with an emphatic “NO” to this question. In fact, 81% of adults say that...
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What Is Mindfulness And Why Do Kids Need It?

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The Key To Managing Life's Ups & Downs May Be Mindfulness Adversity comes at us from the moment we are born. Infants get hungry and tired. Toddlers grapple with language and emotional control. And as...
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Does Your Child Experience Stress? 4 D’s To Stop A Worry Spiral

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We often associate stress with adulthood, but our youth face plenty of challenges and changes. In fact, the American Psychological Association reports 42% of youth experience stress, but feel they don't have the tools...
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How To Talk With Your Kids About The Death Of A Pet

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The first major addition to our household was our dog, Waldo. The memory of driving home with our new little puppy in my lap always brings a smile to my face. He taught my...
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Is It Self-Sabotage? Understanding The Keys To Motivation

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Understanding How Your Motivators Drive You I often hear people say that they are "self-sabotagers." They use this term to explain perceived failures such as procrastinating work projects, failed romantic relationships, dieting mishaps, or unmet...
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Planting Seeds For A Growth Mindset

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When I moved to the Valley in my 20s, I noticed all the browns of the surrounding mountains and asked, "where are the colors?" I wasn't accustomed to a desert landscape. But over time,...
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Using “Passion Projects” To Teach Motivation

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Last year, my oldest son came home from school with a big grin on his face. "Mom, I get to pick my own project at school. They are giving us time to do something...
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Fostering Resilience In Our Kids

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When I think about my childhood, I often see it through a soft-lighted filter. I remember fond memories of carefree summer evenings playing flashlight tag with friends. While this is certainly a part of...
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Teaching Our Kids To Value Themselves Beyond Achievement

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Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our achievements. Not too long ago, my son came home disappointed about his performance on a standardized English test. Although he did very well,...
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The Secret Recipe For Enticing Your Kids Into Healthier Eating

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Have mealtimes in your home become a battle of the wills, with your kids turning up their noses at the nutritious meal you just prepared? Eating well doesn't have to be hard or boring,...
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The Key To Motivating Rather Than Micromanaging

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How Do We Motivate Our Kids Into Action? Every December I do a year in review and start planning my goals and resolutions for the year ahead.  Reflecting upon successes and failures, and recalibrating based...
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Why Is Procrastination So Tempting? Motivating Past Good Intentions

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The irony that this blog post on procrastination has sitting in my "ideas" file for months, just waiting for me to put the final touches on it is not lost on me. Other, more...
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Want Your Child To Share Their Problems? Tips For Active Listening

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There’s no question that the middle school and high school years are tough, for both kids and parents. It's arguably more important than ever to have open channels of communication with our youth, as one...
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What To Look For In A Child Therapist

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The Right Counselor Can Foster Resilience And Growth   As many as one in six children have a diagnosable Mental Health Disorder (nami.org), and finding the right counselor or child therapist to guide these children through the...

5 Tips To Support A Grieving Friend Through A Loss

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  "There Are Some Things You Learn Best In Calm, & Some In Storm" - Willa Cather My family lived in South Carolina when I was a teenager.  Many years, during hurricane season, a tropical storm...
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Creating Space For Exploring Different Opinions In Your Home

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Opening Up Lines Of Communication On Differing Opinions One of the most sacred aspects of my job as a mental health therapist, especially when working with teens, is watching a person grapple with new ideas...
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Are You An Over-Apologizer? Is ‘Thank You’ More Appropriate?

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Are you an "over-apologizer?" Do you say sorry for things that aren’t your fault or don’t actually require forgiveness?  The other day I met a friend for lunch.  She was running about 15 minutes behind...

Is Your Teen Putting You On An Emotional Roller Coaster?

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Teens say (and do) the darndest things: How our brains play a role in decision making. Have you had the experience where your teenager is yelling about the unfairness of your rules one minute and cuddling...

My 5 Favorite Links For Supporting Your Child Through COVID-19

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We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis. Life disruptions and uncertainty related to the COVID-19 outbreak have us understandably anxious. If you or your children are feeling stressed, these resources will...

Is Teaching Your Child To Drive Causing You ‘Driving Anxiety?’

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"I passed the driving exam! Now, all that's left to do is learn to drive!" There are moments in raising children that will stop your heart. Recently, I'm finding many of these moments with...
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Letting Go Of Mom Guilt

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In 2018, Serena Williams began opening up about her "Mom Guilt" on social media. Her posts went viral.  Mom's across America could relate. You don't have to be a tennis phenom to feel the...

Is Your Child Begging For A Cell Phone?

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Can You Hear Me Now? My Child Is Begging For A Cell Phone! I vividly remember when I started the campaign to get my own phone in my room.  I was a child of the...

Worried About Family Conflict Over The Holiday Ham?

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If you spend any time watching Lifetime's Countdown To Christmas, you'd get the impression that the Holiday season is about families filled with peace and love gathered around golden turkeys cooked to perfection. But...
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Supporting Your Tween Through Middle School

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"Middle School Can Be A Wild Ride" A couple of years ago, one of my son's elementary school teachers summarized perfectly the tween years.  My son was approaching 6th grade and I asked for her...
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