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Carmen Pineiro, LMHC

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Are You Communicating Effectively?

Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

When you speak to others, do you think before you speak or do you blur out the first thing that comes to mind? Do you allow you others to express their feelings and values without judging or imposing your own? Ineffective types of communication such as, assuming, judging, blaming and ignoring can affect all types of relationships. It contributes to misunderstanding and conflict. Ineffective communication keeps those we love the most distanced from us.


Developing communi...

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What's The Deal With Mindfulness!

Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Our minds main job is to create thoughts, all day, all night, and endlessly. Minds are very good at hijacking our attention and taking us into the future, the past, the "what if's" and dragging us deep into the hole of misery and pain. Have you ever been talking to someone but your mind has made so many comments you lost track of the conversation and were unable to reply? Or have you ever been driving and realized you passed the street you had to turn on because you were caught up in your t...

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One in Four Adults Have a Mental Health Disorder!

Posted by on May 1, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One in four adults suffers from a mental health disorder. That equals to 22% of the United States population, approximately 57.7 million people. Individuals with mental health disorders suffer in many ways. First, they struggle with symptoms such as mood swings, sadness, or fatigue, just to name a few. Secondly, they may have trouble maintaining relationships and finding adequate employment, housing, and healthcare. And if that wasn't enough, they deal with the stigma that goes along with hav...

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On The Road To Recovery

Posted by on April 5, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever thought that it's impossible to stop using drugs or alcohol? Do you find that all doors are closing, and you have nowhere or no one to turn to? Thousands of individuals have had these thoughts; however, they have taken the first step to getting clean and sober. Right at this moment, they are beginning their journey to long-term recovery and these thoughts have slowly started to fade away.

 This particular month, Borinquen's STOPP-E substance abuse program would like ...

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Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol. Are You Putting Your Life In Danger?

Posted by on March 6, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you drink more if you mix alcohol and red bull? Do you feel less drunk if you combine an energy with alcohol? Does mixing alcohol with energy drinks cause you to make bad decisions? Energy drinks have been popular since the late 90's. They're known to give anyone a quick "pick me up" whenever feeling tired. But among the younger aged crowd, energy drinks are being mixed with alcohol. It appears that the combined use of energy drinks and alcohol is “a growing problem."


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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Get educated! Get tested! Get involved! Get treated!

Posted by on February 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)




"What I do to prevent spreading HIV is do my best to stay off drugs, go to groups and talk to others. At first, they look at me like if I'm crazy, but then they tell me how much I helped them by being open about my HIV status and saying my story. I feel accepted." ~N.A.~


The HIV epidemic is serious nationwide. Everyone should be mindful of the effects HIV has on the population and how some ethnic groups are more a...

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Bananas Infected With HIV - FALSE and HIV FACTS

Posted by on January 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

While scrolling through Facebook, some people's primary source of news, I noticed a post several Facebook friends were sharing. The post was a news article warning people about HIV-infected bananas being sold all over Mexico.

DE ULTIMO MINUTO-Detectan Mas de 1 Millon de Platanos Infectados con SIDA.In English, LAST MINUTE-It Has Been Detected that 1 Million Bananas Are Infected With HIV.

 People, let's get educated on the facts about HIV and how HIV is transmitted. Let try n...

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: What Every Parent Should Know

Posted by on January 7, 2016 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (1)


Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is observed throughout the month of February. Organizations nationwide believe that every teen deserves to have a safe and healthy relationship, no matter who they are or who they love. Parents think that teen violence isn't an issue but 1 in 3 young adults will experience some type of abuse in their romantic relationships. Dating violence can happen to anyone, but it doesn't have to. It may be scary, but there are n...

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Staying Motivated In 2016

Posted by on January 1, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)


According to Forbes, 24% of people give up on their new years resolutions by January 17, better known as "Dump Your Resolutions Day." It seems old behavior patterns quickly return and take over. Doesn't this happens every year?


Motivation plays a part on whether we keep or discard new years resolutions. No matter how motivated you are, there will come days where you'll slack off. It takes a lot to hang on and continue. Before you make your resolut...

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You're In This Together

Posted by on December 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Falling in love is easy, staying in love is the challenge. First, you find the right partner. Then, you'll feel complete and stay in love forever.Sounds easy, right? Statistics shows that 50% of marriages end in divorce. That leave couples a 50-50 chance of either making it or not.


What makes a relationship last? I found myself pondering this question during my cousin, Danny's, bridal shower. On the table were beautiful monogrammed advice cards where every guest was ask...

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