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...]

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...]

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

6 Ways to Build Resiliency

Tools to help you to bounce back from life’s challenges. Have you ever noticed that two people can go through situations that are very similar and their ability to cope is different?  This happens in part because of the difference in each person’s ability to be resilient. There are many factors that go into building [Read more...]

By |2019-04-11T15:03:49-06:00April 11th, 2019|Anger, Antisocial, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Build Resiliency

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

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

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...]

By |2019-03-06T09:44:18-06:00March 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Connect, Then Redirect.

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...]

By |2019-03-28T07:38:54-06:00February 28th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Meaning of Suffering