How to Have More Compassion in a Combative World

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

People often struggle with compassion—not only for others, but also for ourselves.  Here’s a few things we can try to build more kindness and empathy into our lives and the lives of the people who surround us:

1) Just listen. Don’t interrupt with advice, with silver linings, or with solutions. Just listen. Truly listen. Don’t think about what you’re going to say next or how they’re doing it wrong, or what they could be doing differently. Just listen and take in what they’re saying to you.

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PTSD: How Technology Can Fuel Anxiety in Today’s World

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

Talking Points From Dr. Colleen Cira
On Technology-Fueling PTSD:

We live in a scary world and the 24/7 access to all of the scariness due to the technology era and social media is too much for anyone to handle. Most of us struggle to watch or read about real-life atrocities and may have some mild anxiety symptoms as a result. We may avoid the content entirely, experience intrusive and/or ruminating thoughts about the disaster, feel inclined to research it more or talk about it excessively. When we witness or read about something incredibly disturbing, these are all commonplace and should fade in a matter of days.

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How to Raise Empathetic Kids: Making the World a Kinder Place

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

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About Explaining Protests to kids:

There are several ways that you can increase your child’s emotional intelligence and empathy.

    1. You must have empathy yourself.  The most effective way that kids learn is by watching the way their parents behave.  If YOU, the parent, have and demonstrate empathy, your children will grow up to be empathic.  Give money to homeless folks, check in on friends, family and neighbors who are ill and/or struggling, take your child to a peaceful, family friendly protest, volunteer at a food bank together.  SHOW UP the way you’d like your child to show up someday.

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Signs Your Parent Has High-Functioning Anxiety 

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

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On High-Functioning Anxiety:

  • High Functioning anxiety is a term that commonly is used to describe someone who suffers from symptoms of anxiety (chronic worry, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, etc), but is able to function through the anxiety as opposed to someone with a diagnosable anxiety disorder which makes it very difficult to function.

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When You Are Mourning a Job Loss

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4 Ways Parents Can Maintain Productivity During Lockdown

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

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On How Parents Can Maintain Productivity During Lockdown:

Dr. Colleen Cira is the Founder and Executive Director of The Cira Center for Behavioral Health in Illinois—a practice that  serves close to 1,000 clients a month during the pandemic.  Dr. Cira is also a parent to a 7 and 5 year old, so she is well-equipped to offer some advice about productivity while parenting and working from home. Here’s some suggestions to make lockdown more productive:

    1. Batch the things that you need to do. A rigid schedule might be too much to expect of yourself or your kids right now, but chunking the day into different activities helps to a) create structure and routine that also allows for a bit more chaos than an hour-by-hour break-down of the day; b) helps your kids adjust to life at home because they know what they can expect; c) keeps you on task when you’re too overwhelmed to figure out how to best use a chunk of available time.

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Coping With Cancelled Summertime Events

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

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On the Emotional Impact of Cancelled Summertime Events:

  • How do we deal with disappointment?
  • Do we need to put this in perspective as more than 100,000 have died?
  • What are some strategies that can help us manage our emotions

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Managing Anxiety and Finding Mental Health Help During a Pandemic

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

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On How to Manage Anxiety and Find Mental Health Support:

Headlines across the United States report Coronavirus-fueled mental health crises. It is not surprising that we have witnessed a surge in depression and anxiety-related disorders as the pandemic impacts every state in our country.

How to Managing COVID-19 Anxiety

1) Control What You Actually Have Control Over

Delicate Topics: How to Explain Protests to Kids

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points on What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview
About Explaining Protests to kids:

  1. Parents, especially White Parents, should be having conversations with children about race anyway, protests or not. Institutionalized racism is as old as America, so parents need to be talking to their children about power and privilege early on. Reading books that discuss racism and have different characters with different races, ethnicities, and cultures is recommended. Only by starting this conversation early can we ever expect to have a more loving, less hateful world.

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How to Raise Children With Healthy Self-Esteem

Interview with Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, and activist. She has been published numerously offering practical advice and tips to those seeking self-help.

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Raising Kids With Healthy Self-Esteem:

I’ve worked with hundreds of people struggling with childhoods that they need to recover from and therefore, low self-esteem.  I am one of these folks as well so I have a unique perspective, and a lot to say, about this particular issue. Break the cycle of low self-esteem with these constructive strategies.

How do we raise kids with healthy self-esteem?