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Being OK with Surviving

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | August 13, 2020
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When you think of being in “survival mode,” what comes to mind? Surviving on scraps, you find in the wilderness? Jumping at every sudden noise with a knife in hand?  While these dystopian images may seem not far fetched for some, being in survival mode may encompass far more than just these extremes. It refers to the state of being focused on the more primary, fundamental needs of survival instead of the needs focused on fulfillment and higher quality of life. What is confusing is that some of us may find ourselves fluctuating in and out of survival mode, with […]

When Your Spouse is on the Virus Front Lines – To the Spouses of First Responders and Healthcare Workers

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | March 25, 2020
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You are the person behind the scenes of the front lines. You aren’t answering the emergency calls, walking the hospital ward, or in contact with virus positive people every day throughout the day, but you are making sure the community has people who can. You are supporting your loved one as they are on the front lines keeping everyone else safe. But what about you? You are the caregiver of the caregiver, and that takes a toll. I’m typing this as my spouse is at work for at least a five day stretch, with the knowledge it could be a […]

First Responder and COVID19

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | March 24, 2020
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You are on the front lines of this crisis. So many other people are talking about things to keep themselves busy during this time, and you are wishing you had that luxury to be bored. You are working around the clock as a caregiver, a protector, the first line of defense in this panic. It can be difficult to figure out how you are supposed to handle all of this on a personal level, while managing your individual concerns with the concerns of the community.  I grew up in a healthcare/first responder family and am still in one with my […]

“Am I Mad or Just Hungry?” – How Not To Light Everything On Fire When Your Physical Needs Aren’t Met

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | March 24, 2020
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Eating, sleeping, resting – all of these are just basic physical needs right?  However… these needs are basically non-existent for some. How many of us feel like we are constantly running in the negative with one, two, or all three of these constantly? Whether you are a parent, college student, business owner, active in your career, high school student, being deprived in any of these areas is a really common occurrence. So common, many of us don’t realize how this deprivation is taking a toll on our relationships, our career, our own well-being. Let’s figure out some simple ways to […]

Surviving Cabin Fever – You Don’t Have To Strangle Everyone While Being Safe

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | March 19, 2020
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Being quarantined, whether self regulated or government mandated, is never fun. Since we are in Houston, we are used to hiding away for a few days at a time for a hurricane, but this is unlike anything we have experienced before. Something we do know from weathering hurricanes though, is that cabin fever is very real and very difficult when not handled! That feeling of wanting to snap and go off on everyone who is locked away with you can be really difficult to battle that 4th and 5th day, well what about the 14th or 15th day? Here are […]

When Your Toddler’s Big Emotions Give You Big Emotions!

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | February 28, 2020
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A couple months ago I shared a post on my Instagram (@realtalkandrainbowscounseling – you should follow me!) about bringing my toddler in to my own therapist to help us both deal with his new found desire for shrieking, because therapists need therapists as well! Update, 2.5 months later… it is still his favorite sound.  Two and half months later… I still want to pull my hair out… but I’m handling it a bit better. Here are things I’ve learned in parenting a rambunctious redhead toddler. Remember they are people too, with big emotions, and not many coping skills You have […]

Date Night…In? A How To Guide!

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | February 11, 2020
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You’ve done all the right things, you’ve scheduled the babysitter, made reservations, picked out an outfit and have been looking forward to this date night with your spouse all week. The day comes… and for whatever reason, plans fall through and you have to stay at home with the kids. Date night is ruined… or is it?  Yes, there are definite benefits to getting out of the house and having time to just focus on each other. However, it is possible to still have connecting date nights when you are staying in. Here is a short guide to get you […]

An Open Letter To The Parents of My Child and Adolescent Clients

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | February 10, 2020
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Hi! I’m the quirky redhead in crazy socks and changing color hair that shakes your hand every week before taking your kid to either the magical toy room or my comfy office, where we then re-emerge 30 or 45 minutes later, I smile, your child joins you and then you go off about your day. Every few weeks we will have a parent meeting where we talk about goals and progress and I try to get to know you and your family as much as possible. I answer any questions you have and then we go back to the normal […]

Five TED Talks to Spark New Thoughts in the New Year

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | January 13, 2020
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We are at the beginning of a new year! Full of time when many of us make resolutions about how we are going to improve our minds, our bodies, and our lives. One of the ways we can do this is to constantly challenge ourselves.  Not only physically in the gym, but also mentally with new ideas that challenge our way of thinking. Watch these alone to keep yourself sharp. With a partner to spark purposeful discussion. Or  with your kids to get an insight into how they are thinking and feeling. Five TED Talks to Spark Your New Year! […]

Sometimes Life Just Sucks..and That’s OK

By Alyssa Webb-McCune | December 6, 2019
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The Truth. Authenticity – it’s something that we crave, we seek after, we talk about, but when it faces us, it’s often uncomfortable and we don’t know what to do with it. We are used to the truth being brushed off and prettied up for us, or having extra sharp edges added to it and thrown at us violently. Positive psychology and self talk is posted around all the time. Side note, it can work and be extremely helpful so don’t knock it yet.. but it doesn’t solve everything.  It doesn’t immediately solve those days when the situations are truly […]

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