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...]

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...]

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

Is Your Marriage Child-Centered?

It is difficult to balance nurturing a marriage and the relationship with your kids. I don’t know a couple who doesn’t struggle with this. If you are caught in the child-centered grind, I imagine you’re schedule has become more crowded with child activities.   Disclaimer: I very much believe kids are a blessing and we [Read more...]

By |2018-11-06T11:11:20+00:00November 6th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Is Your Marriage Child-Centered?

Be Calm! Combating Negative Self-Talk

How do you self-talk? Are you nice? Or do you find that you criticize yourself harshly for the smallest mistakes? So often, we find ourselves in a pattern of negative thinking. Thoughts quickly escalate from “Dang it, I messed that up” to “you’re a failure…it’s all your fault…”.  As we begin to continually send these [Read more...]

By |2018-10-19T12:21:52+00:00October 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Be Calm! Combating Negative Self-Talk

Let The Fight Happen

Relationships are really great. Whether they are romantic or platonic, finding someone you enjoy being around feels good. You begin to connect on different levels, create inside jokes, and learn that it’s ok to be just as weird in front of them as you are in front of your dog. The “honeymoon” phase floats on [Read more...]

By |2018-10-19T12:42:46+00:00October 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Let The Fight Happen

The Healing Power of Tears

"There is sacredness in tears. Tears are not the mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are messengers of overwhelming grief, and unspeakable love." -Washington Irving Tears are the body’s release of stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Crying purges the body of pent up emotion, pain, [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T16:08:53+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on The Healing Power of Tears

What’s the Big Deal About Journaling?

The concept of journaling is not only for teenagers with sparkly spirals and colorful pens.  The benefits are applicable to all people, in all walks of life. Journaling has repeatedly proven to be a way of managing stress and anxiety, mining your true feelings, and allowing for a healthy emotional release. The trick to gaining [Read more...]

By |2018-10-01T15:01:47+00:00October 1st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Gratitude, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on What’s the Big Deal About Journaling?

Letting Go of Control

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.  Over the past week, I heard this saying spoken a handful of times by individuals all across the board. After about the fourth or fifth time, I finally came to the realization that maybe it wasn’t just a weird coincidence and I [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:20:16+00:00September 30th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Letting Go of Control

Accepting Emotions

How many times have you found yourself in a difficult situation that brings up many emotions for you, but you believe you have to suppress those emotions and move on? Whether it be something that upsets you at work, something happens and you feel you have to put on a brave face for your kids, [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T08:03:17+00:00September 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Mental Health, Motivation, Stress|Comments Off on Accepting Emotions