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...]

Self-Care: Spring Cleaning For Your Mind

When you hear the phrase “spring cleaning,” you probably envision the dirt and dust that has accumulated in your living space. You may even imagine a big pile of stuff that you can toss out or donate. The yearly spring cleaning practice follows the belief that if we clean up our external world, then our [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...]

Beyond Baby Blues: Part 2

Awareness of mental health interventions are incredibly important for new mothers who show symptoms of Postpartum Depression (PPD) or Perinatal Depression. There are several factors that affect the rate at which help is sought. These factors are generally referred to as barriers to care. According to the Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of [Read more...]

Guilt and Shame: Is it All the Same?

Understanding the difference between guilt and shame The two most confusing emotions I encounter in my sessions are guilt and shame.  I think that it is crucial to know the major differences between them because they're commonly used interchangeably. You have a better chance of overcoming these negative emotions once you understand the difference between [Read more...]

By |2019-02-13T10:23:53+00:00February 13th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Guilt and Shame: Is it All the Same?

Beyond Baby Blues

The birth of a child is often a celebrated event. However, this event is followed by an adjustment period for all members of the family, but most especially the new mother. It is common for her to experience a large range of emotions such as happiness, joy, feeling overwhelmed, or even sadness. Feelings of sadness [Read more...]

By |2019-02-13T08:41:13+00:00February 5th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Beyond Baby Blues

Tolerance to Pain Works Both Ways

We are a couple of months into the new year and my fitness goals are moving forward. Yes, I’ve had some cheat days, but things are moving along nicely. Along with my daily routine, I am now adding in a light walk after dinner with my dog. So, every night we head out to this [Read more...]

By |2019-01-24T17:34:01+00:00January 24th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Tolerance to Pain Works Both Ways

Understanding OCD

Do you like things in a particular order? Does it bother you when things are a little out of order? Do you complain that your OCD is kicking in? Well, let me tell you something. Those things do not mean you have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We all have moments of obsession. Sometimes, they can be [Read more...]

By |2019-01-24T17:25:42+00:00January 24th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Understanding OCD

5 Tips to Help Free You from Anxiety

Over 40 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer with Anxiety.  That means there are a lot of people out there that have some of the same symptoms of anxiety that you do.  You are not alone! Take a long hard look at your life. What tweaks and changes could be made to assist [Read more...]

By |2019-01-24T12:46:49+00:00January 24th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Resolutions, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help Free You from Anxiety

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