About Krystle King

I am a Practicum Student at the The University of St. Thomas currently seeing clients at Amy Wine Counseling in Cypress, Texas.

Harry Potter and Numb Feelings

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” Coping When I read this quote, I think about coping mechanisms. A coping mechanism is something that you do in order to help deal with stress. Some harmful coping mechanisms include: self-harming, risk-taking behavior, binge eating,  isolating yourself, or numbing [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Meaning of Suffering

“Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human… the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength” Emotions While this may seem counter intuitive, sometimes the way we know we are prospering as humans is through our ability to feel and experience [Read more...]

Gender Norms and Mental Health

It seems that gender politics are at the front and center of society. From the news and your twitter feed, gender roles are at the focus of this era. Women Headlines showcase the harassment of women in the workplace. They  are viewed negatively for traits that men are praised to have. Being told that you [Read more...]

By |2019-02-05T10:53:38+00:00February 5th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Life Balance, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Gender Norms and Mental Health

Harry Potter and Moving Past Biology

“It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be”- Albus Dumbledore Choice I have talked a lot about choice in this series. I think it is an important part of self-development. Choice is something that we forget about when we are stuck in a depressive rut. I like to think of [Read more...]

By |2019-01-22T10:38:48+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Anger, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and Moving Past Biology

Harry Potter and the Invisible Scars

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else”- J. K. Rowling Battling Thoughts I think anyone who has struggled with their mental health can relate to the idea that sometimes your thoughts can cause as much or more damage than a jab to the ribs. The old adage “sticks and [Read more...]

By |2019-01-09T13:31:33+00:00January 9th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Invisible Scars

Harry Potter and the Journey Back Home

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget how to live.” – Albus Dumbledore Expectations You might be faced with expectations from your family, friends and even yourself this holiday season. You may feel expectations to finish college, get pregnant, get a promotion, or finally land a job as good as your cousin [Read more...]

By |2018-12-19T14:41:05+00:00December 19th, 2018|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Journey Back Home

Harry Potter and the Choice Within

“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black Choice In my training as a counselor, there have been countless theories about why humans behave the way [Read more...]

By |2018-12-06T14:04:42+00:00December 6th, 2018|Anxiety, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Choice Within

Harry Potter and the Invisible Struggle

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”- Albus Dumbledore. Living with a mental illness is isolating. You can start to feel like no one sees you or your struggles. It can cause challenges in your daily life. People cannot see what you’re [Read more...]

By |2018-11-29T09:25:49+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Invisible Struggle

Harry Potter and Difficult Decisions

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right”- Albus Dumbledore Making Decisions You learn when you are kid to choose between right and wrong, but nothing in life is that simple. When you are working on your mental health, [Read more...]

By |2018-11-08T14:47:30+00:00November 8th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and Difficult Decisions

Finding Inspiration and Hope in Harry Potter

I have always been a person who enjoys escaping to a new world with a movie, tv show, or good book. For me personally, there is no better book to escape to than Harry Potter. I have always been drawn to Harry Potter and now that I am in the mental health field, I still [Read more...]