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“You always make me feel so…” Have you ever found yourself saying these words (or even hearing these words) in an attempt to just have your feelings understood or heard?  What is usually the outcome of that conversation?   For a lot of people, these types of conversations typically lead to feelings of frustration, defeat and […]

“I Just Want to be Heard!” How to Communicate our Emotions Assertively and Effectively

Understanding the 5 stages of change How do you respond to change?  Do you embrace it with all that you have or do you avoid it at all costs?  Can I be honest with you?  Change is inevitable.  And no matter how good you might think you are at avoiding it or ignoring it, we […]

Overcoming the Fear of Change


I never realized how heavily I relied on “structure” until now.  I knew I liked it, I knew it was a part of our routine, but it has been over this past week that I have realized that structure not only regulated the things that I did during the day, but also attributed to regulating […]

5 Easy Ways to Start to Find “Normal”


Have you ever had an “awkward” therapy experience? What was your response? Did you ghost your therapist? Did you cancel all future appointments and find someone else? Did you give up on therapy all together? Whatever your response, I want you to know that you’re not alone! It is completely reasonable to expect that you […]

“So, I don’t know how to say this, but…”: Why it’s important to have awkward conversations with your therapist

Adult Counseling

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 ) […]

Getting “Unstuck”

Adult Counseling

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 […]

Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

Teen Counseling

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 […]

L-P-C What?

Mental Health

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 […]

Guilt and Shame: Is it All the Same?

Teen Counseling

Girls hiding behind hands feeling shame

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, […]

New Year, New Me

Men's Issues

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 […]

When It Rains, It Pours…

Teen Counseling