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Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern, Supervised by Huston McComb, MA, LPC-S. Sarah enjoys working with young adults, adults and couples.

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Burnout This Year

By Sarah Howard | November 26, 2019
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As the holiday’s approach, I find myself with a growing sense of dread due to the amount of “holiday things” that go on our calendar.  Parties, events, family gatherings, shows…you name it, we got it on our list of “things that we HAVE to do.”   But as our lives have grown and changed, I’ve come to a realization:  How many of those things do we really HAVE to do? Because at the end of the day, is it worth it to cram five holiday events into one day, only to come home and be so exhausted that you can’t recall […]

Getting “Unstuck”

By Sarah Howard | June 6, 2019
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Defining EMDR and how it works EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is “an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for treatment of trauma”. Created by Francine Sharpio in 1989, EMDR has evolved through practice and research all over the world. (For more specific examples, please visit https://www.emdria.org/page/emdr_therapy ) How Does it Work? When a person experiences intense emotion, their brain cannot process information as it should and the moment becomes “stuck”.  For some people, the memory of that moment is just as terrifying, sad and/or scary as it was when they first experienced […]

Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

By Sarah Howard | March 20, 2019
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20 questions to ask our children instead of, “How was your day?” What response do you get when you ask your children how their day was?  Do you get eye rolls? Is a long, drawn out, and dramatic sigh let out? Maybe they just walk away and pretend they didn’t even hear you?  Or maybe they reply with the pre-determined shoulder shrug response of the day?  Can anyone relate? What’s so lame about this question? The problem with this question boils down to the fact that it’s one that kids perceive as mandatory. They don’t think it’s asked because parents […]

L-P-C What?

By Sarah Howard | March 5, 2019
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Defining the Difference Between an LPC and an LPC-Intern I was working as an administrator for a non-profit counseling group before, during, and after my master’s work. Spending time in this role gave me some great insight into the common misconceptions about the field of counseling.    One of the biggest misunderstandings was surrounding the role of an LPC-Intern. Many times, I would receive intake calls and match them with the counselor who had the proper training, only to be told, “No, I don’t want an intern…I want a fully licensed counselor.” So, what is an LPC? What is an […]

Guilt and Shame: Is it All the Same?

By Sarah Howard | February 13, 2019
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Understanding the difference between guilt and shame The two most confusing emotions I encounter in my sessions are guilt and shame.  I think that it is crucial to know the major differences between them because they’re commonly used interchangeably. You have a better chance of overcoming these negative emotions once you understand the difference between them.   Guilt (I’ve done something bad) Guilt is what we feel when we’ve done something wrong and feel bad about it.  A more thorough definition could be that guilt occurs when a person believes or realizes, accurately or not, that they have compromised their […]

New Year, New Me

By Sarah Howard | January 3, 2019
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3 ways to set lasting goals Have you already started working on those New Year’s resolutions? Or are you like me and already counting the number of times you’ve totally disregarded the ones you set? (Dr. Pepper is HARD to quit!) The beginning of a new year is typically a popular time to start fresh, set new goals and ride that wave of collective motivation to achieve good things. Just as often, after a month or two, you may find yourself back in that same place you were before the new year: unmotivated, discouraged, or completely unaware of those awesome […]

When It Rains, It Pours…

By Sarah Howard | December 19, 2018
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If you can relate to this title, you probably feel like you don’t have time to read through some thought out reasoning for why you should try this or that.  So, I am here to provide you a quick and easy list of things to implement when life just keeps throwing your curve balls. Keep your regular routine. A reliable and stable schedule brings a sense of control to our lives.  In the midst of chaos, try your hardest to stick to your regular routine (if the situation allows).    Say No. You are the only person who can truly […]

Choose Hope

By Sarah Howard | December 6, 2018
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Hope is essential to the therapeutic process One of the questions I always ask in my first few sessions is, “What are you hoping for?”  The answer to this question tells me a lot about where a person is and where we need to start working. Without hope, it is hard to move forward. What is hope?   Hope is a feeling of expectation or desire for a certain thing(s) to change or happen.  When we have a feeling of expectation, we have motivation. We won’t give up easy. Think about 2017, when the Astro’s made it to the World […]

Community of Trust

By Sarah Howard | November 19, 2018
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How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating an open environment for children to talk about their bodies and sexuality. She also included tips for broaching important subjects. Here’s the catch though: sometimes that environment won’t involve you directly. The struggle is real No matter what you do or how you do it, […]

Be Calm! Combating Negative Self-Talk

By Sarah Howard | October 19, 2018
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How do you self-talk? Are you nice? Or do you find that you criticize yourself harshly for the smallest mistakes? So often, we find ourselves in a pattern of negative thinking. Thoughts quickly escalate from “Dang it, I messed that up” to “you’re a failure…it’s all your fault…”.  As we begin to continually send these messages, it gets harder and harder to believe anything contrary to those thoughts. Suddenly, we are inundating ourselves with negative views of ourselves on repeat. So, what do we do about it? How do we begin to change our thinking patterns? We interrupt the process […]

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