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Kelly Mothner, Ph.D.
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For many families, the holidays are a time of joy and excitement. However, the holidays can also be a time when we remember loved ones and friends who are no longer here to celebrate with us. Although it may seem overwhelming and daunting with the holidays fast approaching, there are many things you and your family can do to honor those that are no longer able to be a part of the season. #loss   #family   #holidays   #cope   #grief   #therapy  

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November is here and that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner! At the core of this much-loved holiday is the concept of gratitude. As a leading therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA, it is my goal to provide you with tips for a happier and healthier life. Please read on for more information on how feeling gratitude about one’s life on a consistent basis can improve your health. #gratitude #thanksgiving #happy #healthy #therapy #psychology  

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As Halloween approaches, our entertainment becomes filled with advertisements for frightening films and attractions, from scary movies to haunted houses. If a person has a “thrill seeking” personality, they enjoy the mental and physical sensations that accompany fright. As a mental health provider in Hermosa Beach, CA, I am fascinated by the psychological underpinnings of human behavior. Check out my blog this month to find out more about the psychology of fear!
  #fear #halloween #psychology #therapy #scary  

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One of the key factors of a positive parent-child relationship is that of attunement. Parents have the potential to grow a strong, healthy relationship with their children by attuning to them. In my Hermosa Beach therapy practice I work with both parents and children to aid in strengthening the parent-child relationship. Check out my most recent blog to learn  some strategies that parents can use to more effectively connect and attune to their children. #parenting #parentingtips #children #attunement   #therapy #therapist  

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As a leading Hermosa Beach therapist, I often practice breathing exercises with my clients to help them more effectively cope and self-regulate in times of stress. In my most recent blog, I have outlined some of the breathing exercises that I do with my teen, young adult, and adult therapy clients so that you too can learn how to change your breath from stressed chest breathing to relaxed abdominal breathing and thereby reduce chronic activation and stress in your life. #breathe #mindfulness #stress #stressrelief #stressmanagement #relax  

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In times of stress, worry, and fear we tend to either speed up or hold our breath. This stress response happens automatically due to our innate fight, flight, or freeze response. As a local Hermosa Beach therapist, I often work with teens, young adults, and adults in the South Bay on stress reduction techniques. One of the most effective strategies involves working with their breathing to help them calm their nervous systems. Click on the link below to find out more about the different types of breathing our bodies naturally practice and the ways in which we can influence them to help self-regulate.

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For many children, going back to school is an exciting time. However, as with any transition or change, it can also be a time when children feel anxious or nervous about heading into a new year of learning, homework, and tests after getting used to the routine of a fun and care-free summer. As a leading Hermosa Beach therapist, I work with pre-teens, teens, young adults, and parents to help them cope with this transition. Click on the link below to find out some tips and tricks to keep anxiety at a minimum during back to school season.

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The end of summer is near and for some parents that means it’s time to say goodbye to their child as he/she embarks on the next chapter in his/her life; whether that be moving away for college, a job, or any other journey that lies ahead. For parents out there whose children are leaving the house in the next few months, you may already be feeling the mixture of emotion that comes with your kids leaving the nest for the first time. As a therapist in the South Bay, I often work with parents who are facing this significant life transition.

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Long-distance relationships can be extremely difficult. However, through patience and perseverance, you can make it work. Although there is no exact formula to making your long-distance relationship work, as a Manhattan Beach couples therapist, I have several valuable tips that will help strengthen and even enhance your long-distance bond! Check out my new blog to find out! #longdistancerelationship #couplestherapy #longdistance #relationships #couplestherapist  

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In addition the many years of love and happiness you have ahead of you, as newlyweds, there are a few common obstacles that you will face in your first years and in your future. Many of the hurdles you will face and the way in which you work through them will set the groundwork for your life together. Check out my new blog that contains a list of three potential obstacles that you may battle as a newly married couple and how to successfully work through them. 
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