When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part Two

Your alarm clock goes off in the morning after a night of restless tossing and turning. You slowly get out of bed and feel “off”. Showering is exhausting, and getting dressed takes so much energy that you’re ready to crawl right back into bed. You think to yourself – “why bother? Nobody is going [Read more...]

5 Things to Consider When Assessing Your Self-Care

When we think of self-care, the most obvious thing to consider is if you are eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.  Although this is very important to overall self-care, there are several other areas of your life to consider as well. Just like when you are flying on an airplane and it is suggested [Read more...]

How to Incorporate Optimism: Step 1

“[…]  Pessimists can learn the skills of optimism and permanently improve the quality of their lives.” – Martin Seligman. Ph.D. My previous blog, Why Optimism Matters, established that optimism is pretty darn important. It can have a lasting impact on your health and overall well-being. Our mindset is powerful! Now that we recognize the [Read more...]

When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part One

Persistent Depressive Disorder You’re the one always smiling and laughing to prove that you’re having fun in the social setting that you forced yourself to go to. You ask yourself, "can people see through my façade?," and feel guilty for possibly pulling them down with you. Maybe joy comes in small waves. However, your [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

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...]

By |2019-05-21T13:21:07-06:00May 21st, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on 3 Tips on How to Use a Mantra to Shift Your Thinking

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

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...]

By |2019-04-29T10:38:37-06:00April 29th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Treatment for Infertility: Fostering Hope

Responding vs. Reacting

“By learning to accept the small things immediately as they happen, you can be free of having to react to things at all.  You still can respond when action is needed, but you can be free, internally, of events.” – Eckhart Tolle Everything that could go wrong in 24 hours pretty much did go wrong [Read more...]

By |2019-06-18T10:19:26-06:00April 18th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Responding vs. Reacting

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