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...]

Our Daily Trauma Intake

A recent study at Duke University posed an interesting question: what is your daily trauma intake?  Think about it. You wake up, check the news and what is the first thing that you hear or see? Destruction, shootings, death, poverty, war. That is just before breakfast.  You obviously need to know what is going on [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Invisible Scars

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else”- J. K. Rowling Battling Thoughts I think anyone who has struggled with their mental health can relate to the idea that sometimes your thoughts can cause as much or more damage than a jab to the ribs. The old adage “sticks and [Read more...]

The Complexities of Nostalgia: Part 1

Throwback Thursday Did you have a social media account years ago? If yes, you are likely being reminded of some of the past events and posts. Apps, like TimeHop, had their debut before fizzling out. However, they were replaced by Facebook's “On This Day" feature. Being only a click away from some of your old [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

When It Rains, It Pours…

If you can relate to this title, you probably feel like you don’t have time to read through some thought out reasoning for why you should try this or that.  So, I am here to provide you a quick and easy list of things to implement when life just keeps throwing your curve balls. Keep [Read more...]

By |2018-12-20T10:50:59+00:00December 19th, 2018|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on When It Rains, It Pours…

Harry Potter and the Journey Back Home

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget how to live.” – Albus Dumbledore Expectations You might be faced with expectations from your family, friends and even yourself this holiday season. You may feel expectations to finish college, get pregnant, get a promotion, or finally land a job as good as your cousin [Read more...]

By |2018-12-19T14:41:05+00:00December 19th, 2018|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Journey Back Home

Harry Potter and the Choice Within

“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black Choice In my training as a counselor, there have been countless theories about why humans behave the way [Read more...]

By |2018-12-06T14:04:42+00:00December 6th, 2018|Anxiety, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Choice Within

How Postpartum Stole Christmas!

Christmas time is approaching. The cups at Starbucks are now red, stores are selling stocking stuffers, treats to bring to the next gathering, and are blasting holiday tunes. You probably have an image in your head of what you wanted this season to look like; longing to experience the joy with the new member of [Read more...]

By |2018-12-06T11:32:25+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Holidays, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on How Postpartum Stole Christmas!

Harry Potter and the Invisible Struggle

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”- Albus Dumbledore. Living with a mental illness is isolating. You can start to feel like no one sees you or your struggles. It can cause challenges in your daily life. People cannot see what you’re [Read more...]

By |2018-11-29T09:25:49+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Invisible Struggle