Laura Giles, LCSW
Laura Giles, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker whose passion is helping people to discover their own inner beauty and strength so that they can achieve their dreams and become empowered to solve their own problems. Laura is the author of The Other Child: Children of Affairs. She has contributed to the best selling series Wake Up! and One Page Wisdom. Laura Giles has also appeared as an expert guest on radio talk shows across the country and also in newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Herald (Chicago), New You, The Journal Gazette, Almeda Times-Star, Tacoma News Tribune, and East West Woman.
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December 29th, 2012
Start Your New Year With a Day of Being
What is your New Year’s day tradition?
Do you sleep half of it away? Clean the house? Watch football? How about shaking things up? Start a new tradition with a day of being.
What is a day of being? It’s [...]
December 7th, 2012
Avoid the Holiday Blues
For some people, the holidays aren’t a time of family, happiness, cheer, and feasting.
It’s a time of depression, isolation, and headaches. If you are one of the people who have more anxiety than joy at this time [...]
November 22nd, 2012
Make Thanksgiving a Lifestyle
America celebrated its first nationwide day of thanks in 1789 under the leadership of our first president, George Washington.
However, it wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln was president that our country had its first [...]
November 19th, 2012
PMS is a Mental Disorder?
The DSM-5* is proposing that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a mental disorder.
I guess that means that as of May 2013 when this is published, half the population will be classified as disabled by virtue of their gender. [...]
November 9th, 2012
Lonely? Get Connected
Loneliness is a state of mind that occurs when a person feels emotionally disconnected.
Contributing factors are physical isolation (like-minded people aren’t nearby), low self-esteem and shyness (which keeps you from [...]
October 28th, 2012
Are You Being Haunted By Yourself?
The Christmas Carol is the fictional story of miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge.
He was haunted by the ghosts of his Christmas past, present, and future. They reminded him of who he was and where his path was leading to give [...]
October 23rd, 2012
October is Domestic Violence Month
When I meet new clients, I always ask about whether or not they have been subjected to domestic violence.
Sometimes they say no, but later reveal that in their families, past relationships, or current relationships there [...]
October 22nd, 2012
Are You Crazy or Do You Have Celiac Disease?
A few years back I received a call from a concerned daughter.
Near tears she reported that her family was at the end of the rope. Her mom was acting erratically and was experiencing wild mood swings. One moment she was [...]
October 17th, 2012
Don’t Worry. Be Happy
Remember that song “Don’t Worry. Be Happy”?
I used to really hate it. I thought it was the worst song in the world. It was silly, simple, and not very creative. Still, I couldn’t help but notice [...]
October 16th, 2012
Four Times to Disobey the Reciprocity Rule
The Reciprocity Rule
The Reciprocity Rule is a common societal norm that supposes that when you receive something, you return something of equal value. This can be material or emotional. This generally works to everyone’s [...]
September 27th, 2012
Is it Passion or Obsession?
We all long to feel passion
We are promised by the sages that if we follow our passion, we will accomplish great things, fulfill dreams, and find happiness. But are passion and obsession the same thing? On the outside, [...]
September 27th, 2012
15 Habits Of Happy People
Everybody has their “thing” that they do very well. Mine is being happy. Since we all view the world through our own lens, it took me a while to realize that everyone doesn’t wake up happy. I’m sharing my list [...]