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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.

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 […]

No Means No

By Sarah Howard | October 5, 2018
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5 things to consider when it comes to teaching “consent” to your children I don’t think there is any good way to talk about this, so let’s just dive right in. I’m talking about consent!  As a parent, about a million different questions have entered into my mind about how to talk about this, among other “hard topics” with my own kid, who is only 2.  It can’t even be possible, right? Well, it is!  The earlier you can start, the better! Below are 5 things to consider about teaching your children about things like consent, but really about any […]

Dear Tired Momma…

By Sarah Howard | September 21, 2018
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Don’t forget to take care of yourself! 6 SIMPLE self-care ideas for a busy (tired) momma 100% transparency here: Summer was THE WORST! Balancing work, being at home with my little one longer than normal, and balancing the chaotic summer schedule was just A LOT.  So, of course, enter the super NOT helpful negative self-talk. Thoughts like: “This is hard because you aren’t a good Mom…You can’t handle this because you’re not committed enough…other Mom’s NEVER feel this way…” blah blah blah. For some reason, it took me until the tail end of summer to realize what the deal was: […]

What Causes a Panic Attack?

By Sarah Howard | July 19, 2018
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“I’m freaking out!” Panic attacks are scary because they typically occur suddenly and without cause.  This creates more fear, which just perpetuates the attack. One of the things that makes them even scarier is the physical symptoms we can often experience, such as, accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath. So what is actually happening to us when we have a panic attack?  And how can we best “fight” this scary situation? What causes a panic attack? Long term stress, fears and worries built up in your mind. Your subconscious mind begins to misinterpret those fears as a […]

When Trauma Decides to Stay

By Sarah Howard | June 21, 2018
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Understanding 3 common symptoms of PTSD We often associate PTSD with war and soldiers in today’s society. However, anyone who has experience trauma in their life can have PTSD. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through, or witnesses, a traumatic event. A traumatic event is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.  The major thing to note here is the word “experience”.  We all experience things differently. In some cases, what is traumatic to one person might not be traumatic to another. So, how do we know when trauma is taking root and […]

Surviving Summer as a Stay-at-Home Mom

By Sarah Howard | June 14, 2018
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A summer self-care guide It’s finally here! The time of the year your kids have been talking about and looking forward to all year long!  SUMMER TIME!! As all the students and teachers rejoice, the stay-at-home mommas mourn a little for the loss of their sacred time. Instead, they prepare to “go to battle” in order to maintain, entertain and balance summer time schedules! When self-care gets left behind Now, hear me out. Summer is awesome and a much needed break for our sweet kids and their wonderful teachers! However, it puts us moms back in that place of feeling […]

Talking to Your Children About Suicide – Why it’s Important

By Sarah Howard | May 22, 2018
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Talking to Your Children About Suicide, Sarah Howard, Amy Wine Counseling Cypress TX

PSA:  It is PAST time to be having conversations about suicide with our children!  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, we are seeing higher levels of children (ages 5-17) visiting children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts. Do I have your attention yet? Contrary to popular belief, talking about teen suicide will not push them towards it  As parents, our knee jerk reactions can often be to do anything and everything to protect our children by eliminating the cause(s).  Although our intentions are pure, this is not the best strategy when it comes to suicide risk because pinpointing the […]

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