About Michelle Wright

I am a Licensed Profession Counselor Intern who primarily works with children, adolescents, and women. I have specialized training in child-centered play therapy, sand-tray therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy.

The Cycle of Anger

Have you ever wondered how you can go from zero to thirty on the anger scale in such a short amount of time?  Anger is an undesirable emotional state ranging from mild annoyance to intense rage. Anger may be stimulated by frustration, vocal insult, physical hostility, perceptions of unfairness and injustice, etc. Because anger is [Read more...]

The Sandwich Generation

When my mom became ill after my father died, I did not have a lot of options.  My husband and I decided to move her into our home. We could assist her with costs and care so she could help us with our young children while I went back to graduate school.  Although, as the [Read more...]

By |2019-06-10T07:35:36-06:00June 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on The Sandwich Generation

How To Appropriately Utilize Rewards and Punishments

Many parents have reported that in order to reduce power struggles in the home, there needs to be some sort of solution focused perspective. Concentrating on solutions creates a very different family dynamic. If your own thinking and behavior will change, so will the thinking and behavior of your children.  The theme for focusing on [Read more...]

By |2019-05-28T10:16:35-06:00May 28th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on How To Appropriately Utilize Rewards and Punishments

The Truth About Health Anxiety

Health anxiety, formerly known as hypochondria, is a condition that creates major symptoms of anxiety related to physical, mental, and psychological wellbeing.  It is often described as, “a sensation of being held hostage in your own body.” Health anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder, which can be treated with therapy, specific medications, or both. [Read more...]

By |2019-05-16T10:24:33-06:00May 16th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on The Truth About Health Anxiety

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

  The word narcissism gets incorporated into everyday conversation along with our self-obsessed, celebrity-driven culture. This term often defines someone who seems extremely hollow or full of themselves. However, in psychological terms, narcissism doesn’t mean self-love. It’s more precise to say that people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are in love with an overemphasized image [Read more...]

By |2019-05-06T12:23:25-06:00May 6th, 2019|Anxiety, Life Balance, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Child Abuse Awareness Month

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This is an epidemic that is near and dear to my heart.  I am an advocate for the non-exploitation and safety of children as a counselor and former teacher.  I would like to educate the public on abuse and the lifelong impairment it can have on [Read more...]

By |2019-04-15T09:07:26-06:00April 15th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Depression, Grief, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Suicide, Teen Counseling, Trauma|Comments Off on Child Abuse Awareness Month

What Is Psychosocial Development?

I’ve always wondered why children, adolescents, and adults go through certain psychological changes. Each transformation seems to build upon the previous one and pave the way for development. One of the most popular and influential theories on this subject came from Erik Erikson, a protégé of Sigmund Freud. Erikson believed that personality develops in a [Read more...]

By |2019-03-26T15:42:46-06:00March 26th, 2019|Communication, Friendship, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on What Is Psychosocial Development?

Psychological Shock

Psychological shock, or mental shock, is a condition in response to a traumatic event. The shock comes from witnessing a traumatic event that induces a strong emotional response within an individual.   Emotional Symptoms -Shock, denial, or disbelief. -Confusion and difficulty concentrating. -Anger, irritability, and mood swings. -Anxiety and fear. -Withdrawing from others. -Feeling sad or [Read more...]

By |2019-03-22T13:27:57-06:00March 14th, 2019|Anger, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Mental Health, Motivation, Self Harm, Self-care, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Psychological Shock

Parenting Out of Fear

"Where Fear Is, Happiness Is Not" –Author Unknown I remember the day I brought my first child home from the hospital after giving birth.  I looked down at that little baby and vowed to myself that I would keep her safe for as long as I lived.  While watching her sleep at night, I would [Read more...]

By |2019-02-25T17:04:45-06:00February 22nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parenting Out of Fear

Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance!” Oscar Wilde Many consider February 14th the Day of Love. It is Hallmark’s most famous day of the year. Although for several, Valentine’s Day is not a warm day with chocolates given to them by their significant other. It is a day marked with memories [Read more...]

By |2019-02-05T14:53:38-06:00February 5th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day