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...]

Connect, Then Redirect.

Parenting is not easy. No one can deny that truth. One of the main concerns parents and couples have involves disciplining their child. No Drama- Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a book that tackles the topic of discipling your child. What is discipline? When you think about discipline, what first comes [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...]

Bottling Up Emotions

I have these glass water bottles that have been quite durable. Please note that my toddler has chunked them across the room and they have not broken before. Then, one Sunday morning, I set the bottle down on the floor by my seat and I heard it crack. I jumped up quickly and noticed a slight [Read more...]

Learning to Breathe

Several years ago, I had an accident. I severely injured my back and shoulder. Unfortunately, I was also someone who loved working out. Although I was limited in my movement, I slowly worked my way back up to my routine. Over the next several years, my workout recovery time (probably also due to my age) [Read more...]

By |2019-02-05T15:15:12+00:00February 5th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Gratitude, Life Balance, Mental Health, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Learning to Breathe

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

A Letter to Yesterday

Dear Yesterday, To be honest, I don’t know where to start with addressing you. We have had so many ups and downs. I guess you have taught me some positives. You taught me how strong I could be in the midst of chaos. You taught me how I can persevere in the toughest times and [Read more...]

By |2019-02-05T10:23:45+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on A Letter to Yesterday

Infidelity Isn’t a Choice: Part 2

So, let’s say a spouse is already in an emotional deficit and has chosen to not have the conversation mentioned in part 1 with their partner. Now, they experience the feeling they’ve identified as missing from their partner with someone else during their day. It’s like a drug. It’s an addictive experience. Author, Karen Young, [Read more...]

By |2019-01-09T13:30:53+00:00January 9th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Couples Counseling, Infidelity, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Infidelity Isn’t a Choice: Part 2

Coping With Grief During The Holidays

I never really understood what it meant to grieve during the holidays until it happened to my own family.  My father had a massive heart attack that took his life just days before Christmas. My entire family was in anguish. From then on, Christmas has never been quite the same.    The holidays bring meaning [Read more...]

By |2018-12-19T14:34:24+00:00December 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Grief, Holidays, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Coping With Grief During The Holidays