3 Tips on How to Use a Mantra to Shift Your Thinking

“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggonit, people like me!”  If you are an SNL fan, you will recognize these words of affirmation from satirist and comedian, Al Franken on his skit, Daily Affirmation by Stuart Smalley.  They must have used the word “mantra” on the show at some point. Several people referenced the [Read more...]

Opposites attract, but do they last?

You’re an introvert, they’re an extrovert. You need quiet when you first wake up, they need loud audio stimulation. Your idea of a date night is a quiet evening, their idea is a night on the town. I often see opposites attracted to each other. Someone quick to anger is paired with someone who stays [Read more...]

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...]

Why Your Relationship is Stealthily Unhealthy

  Most people's ideal relationship includes having respect, unconditional acceptance, equality, honesty, and love. The list goes on. Oftentimes, relationships look more like this: “You never think about how your behavior affects other people. You’re selfish!” Sound familiar? Criticism is an attack that dismantles your partner. When we think of unhealthy relationships, we often think [Read more...]

Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Marital Dyad Factors

  There are all types of factors to collect about the the marital dyad. In my next blog of this series, I will go over the areas that the authors of The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict explain as key to assess when developing a treatment plan.  Emotional Climate To begin, the authors describe [Read more...]

Treatment for Infertility: Fostering Hope

Last week marked National Infertility Awareness week: April 21- 27, 2019. For this post, I would like to focus on the solutions for infertility. Fertility treatment looks different for every family. Options should be thoroughly discussed with a qualified healthcare provider. While the outcome may not be clear, I would like to emphasize the importance [Read more...]

Stay the Course…

Three years ago, I made a career switch. When looking back, it does not seem so long ago. During my first semester, I was excited about the material we were covering, the curriculum ahead of me, and the classmates I was sharing this experience with. However, May of 2019 seemed like a destination that was [Read more...]

By |2019-04-23T09:21:58-06:00April 23rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Stay the Course…

Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Receiving Gifts

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES ARE: 1) Words of Affirmation - covered in my blog here! 2) Quality Time - covered in my blog here! 3) Receiving Gifts 4) Acts of Service 5) Physical Touch If these 5 love languages are new to you, don’t worry! First, I encourage you and your partner to discover your own love [Read more...]

Evaluation In Marital Therapy: Family System Factors

The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict by Guerin, Fay, Burden, and Kautto discusses the what areas should be assessed when considering the course of treatment in marital counseling. Below are four factors that a therapist might gather information from when they are evaluating the state of your marriage.  Premorbid state of the family/marriage The multigenerational [Read more...]

By |2019-04-11T10:25:56-06:00April 11th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Family, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Evaluation In Marital Therapy: Family System Factors

Infertility 101

April 21- 27, 2019 is National Infertility Awareness week. The topic of infertility is a very real matter for an estimated 6.1 million people, or 15% of couples, in the United States. Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system where there is an inability to achieve pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected intercourse. [Read more...]

By |2019-04-10T09:16:36-06:00April 10th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Infertility 101