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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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Posts by Laura Giles, LCSW:

  • Start Your New Year With a Day of Being

  • December 29th, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Avoid the Holiday Blues

  • December 7th, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Make Thanksgiving a Lifestyle

  • November 22nd, 2012
    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 [...]

  • PMS is a Mental Disorder?

  • November 19th, 2012
    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. [...]

  • Lonely? Get Connected

  • November 9th, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Are You Being Haunted By Yourself?

  • October 28th, 2012
    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 is Domestic Violence Month

  • October 23rd, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Are You Crazy or Do You Have Celiac Disease?

  • October 22nd, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Don’t Worry. Be Happy

  • October 17th, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Four Times to Disobey the Reciprocity Rule

  • October 16th, 2012
    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 [...]

  • Is it Passion or Obsession?

  • September 27th, 2012
    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, [...]

  • 15 Habits Of Happy People

  • September 27th, 2012
    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 [...]