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14 Days of Dread

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | February 1, 2022
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We have officially entered what some might call the most dreadful time of year. Valentine’s Day, also commonly known as Single Awareness Day, is upon us. We cannot escape it. The grocery stores remind us of our relationship status. When we try to purchase produce, we are greeted at the front entrance with fluffy stuffed animals staring back at us, floating ‘XO’ balloons, and overpriced red roses that will not last a week.  If you are in a relationship, you might even dread the upcoming obligations associated with Valentine’s Day – Making reservations. Finding parking. Figuring out how to pay […]

New Year’s Resolu-Who?

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | January 2, 2022
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Let’s be real.  How many of us actually accomplish our New Year’s Resolutions? (I typically forget what they are by April).  Typically this happens by summer: “I’ve back-slided. I can’t do this. I’ve failed already. I give up! I’ll try again next year.” Next year comes along. “I’m going to commit to my resolution this time!”  Right. Who are we kidding? How about we try something different?  Instead of tackling one big thing, plan to make a small goal for ourselves each week! Pick a day – Tuesday for example (since January 1st lands on a Tuesday) – and every Tuesday […]

Lessons Learned in 2020

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | December 26, 2020
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For nearly all of us, 2020 has been overwhelming, challenging, transforming, and forever life-changing. Never could we have predicted so much loss and suffering brought on by an unprecedented pandemic never before seen in our lifetime. This year has brought about unpredictable and unmeasurable hardships for millions, and the impact will most likely stay with us for a very long time. As if the pandemic wasn’t turbulent enough, our country experienced extreme social injustice and civil unrest, taking many of us back to another tumultuous time in American history. Amid all the chaos, our experiences have taught us many life […]

Aging and Loneliness During the Holidays

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | December 5, 2020
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The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family to celebrate a special time of year. It’s a time to escape our hectic lives and reconnect with those we may not see often throughout the year. For many of us that may include caring for aging parents, either on a regular basis, or simply trying to get them, and yourself, through the holiday season.       Loneliness and Mental Health for Seniors During the Holidays Aging can often come with loneliness, which can lead to anxiety disorders, depression, and many other mental illnesses. For seniors, the holiday […]

Can Kids Learn Mindfulness? 6 tips on how to do just that!

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | May 4, 2020
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In simple terms, mindfulness is being focused on the present moment and yes, kids can learn how to implement mindfulness into their daily lives.  Mindfulness is a learned skill that can be taught.  Parents can educate children on what mindfulness is and what it looks like by speaking about it as well as modeling mindfulness for their children.  Practicing mindfulness reduces stress, improves emotional awareness, and facilitates the ability to be present and enjoy the moment.   If you would like to help your child achieve mindfulness, take a look at the suggestions below to get started. Morning Mindfulness Mornings can […]

How Internal Dialogue Influences Your Daily Life

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | May 4, 2020
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Studies show that we have an average of around 50,000 thoughts per day. Wow, we really are in constant dialogue with ourselves. Those thoughts can be positive, negative, or neutral. Many, if not most of those thoughts go unnoticed. As we drift along in our busy lives, we certainly are not consciously aware of every single thought. Think about this… during times when life seems to slow down a bit, have you noticed that you are more aware of your thought process? We can create that awareness. We do have that ability. Becoming more aware of our thoughts increase our […]

How To: Use DBT Skill: DEAR MAN to Communicate Effectively

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | April 13, 2020
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Uncomfortable emotions and/or a general lack of skill to put thoughts and feelings into perspective- let alone words- often get in the way of communicating effectively. DBT Skill: DEAR MAN teaches how to communicate effectively. These skills may be used to communicate wants/needs, as well as set boundaries to safeguard relationships.  As you practice implementing these skills, you will feel better prepared to navigate difficult situations and create positive outcomes through communication that is effective and goal-directed.  DEAR MAN:  DEAR (reminds us of what to say) MAN (reminds of how to say)   Describe- Describe the situation/request in the simplest […]

How to: Effectively handle crisis situations using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | April 13, 2020
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So you just discovered your spouse is having an affair. The doctor just disclosed a diagnosis of a serious medical condition you thought was just a cold. Your life has been turned upside down within seconds and you don’t know what to say, think, or do. A crisis situation is considered any major life event which occurs and overwhelms your mind and body’s ability to cope in a healthy manner. A crisis situation can often trigger shock, denial, anger, or any other intense emotional experiences which you may not be equipped to cope with.    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is […]

How to Love Yourself (when struggling with mental illness)

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | April 13, 2020
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 As children we are taught how to be kind to others, respect others, love others. However, very rarely are we taught how to be kind to ourselves, respect ourselves, love ourselves. When life gets tough, it is easy to be harsh with ourselves. However, it takes an act of courage to love yourself. Struggling with mental illness can be a destructive process. We pick ourselves apart, judge ourselves, over-analyze every move we make and word we speak. But if you look beneath the surface, you will find there is beauty in your struggle. Destruction breeds creation. The purpose of your […]

Ways for Parents to Decrease Stress and Increase Positivity Amidst the Chaos of Covid-19

By Amy Wine Counseling Center | April 13, 2020
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Attention all parents!  Feeling stressed during this difficult time?  The struggle is real!  You are not alone.  Here are 5 things to consider that will keep you on the path to a healthier, happier experience as you journey through this time filled with the stressors of COVID-19.   Don’t Forget About You When we think of self-care, the most obvious thing to consider is if you are eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.  Although this is very important to overall self-care, there are several other areas of your life to consider as well.  Additional things to consider would be […]

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