Pete Trabucco and Sharon Mahn are joined by mother and author of the children’s book “Oh, The Things You Can Do (A Child’s Guide To Happiness)”, Kara Fleming.
Through simple rhyme and beautiful illustrations, this uplifting book encourages children to create their own happiness. (ages 0-11; preschool-grade 6) Many children experience big emotions and scary events they have no idea how to handle. Oh, the Things You Can Do explains negative feelings and coping skills in language a child can understand. Regardless of age, we are all human. We all experience different emotions. We all make mistakes and we all need help at times. Some experiences can cause uncomfortable emotions, but they also help us grow and learn to navigate the challenges we face in life. If we focus on the positive, surround ourselves with positive people, and do things that bring us joy, we can create our own happiness. Even in the most difficult times, it is important to remember who we are and what makes our hearts sing.
Hi! I’m Kara,
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Certified Personal Trainer in Mountainside, New Jersey. As a counselor, personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist, I am uniquely qualified to help you find lasting solutions to your emotional problems and work with you to optimize your physical health.
I’ve always been a fitness enthusiast and found exercise and running effective in helping me manage stress which would always show up through anxiety. After I became a mother, my anxiety heightened. I no longer had the time or energy to spend the same amount of time working out as before my kids. I needed to find a better balance with my exercise, nutrition, sleep, and social relationships in order to be my best self for me and my family.
With my unique background, I realize the limitations of therapy alone for someone struggling with anxiety and depression. Since our problems are multilayered, they require an approach that considers the whole individual. Therefore, to optimize both physical and emotional well being we need to deal with the mind as well as the body.
As a teacher, school counselor, and personal trainer, I’ve had the experience and opportunity of working with individuals to promote their emotional and physical health. Many of my clients battle anxiety and/or depression and have to overcome many emotional and physical hurdles through our journey together.
I tailor my approach directly to each individual’s needs and utilize mindfulness techniques to help people embrace the moment and help them focus on the present. We will work together to foster the mind and body connection and understand how much of an impact they have on one another. I also utilize CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to assist clients in becoming aware of manipulating thoughts and replacing them with more positive and productive thinking patterns and behaviors.
I am passionate about helping others who may be experiencing challenging situations in life by developing a comprehensive plan to obtain the necessary skills to promote personal growth and a happy and fulfilling life.