Pay Attention To Me…. Also, Give Me Space!

Individuals have many needs- both physical, emotional, and spiritual. The focus of this series has been taking a dive into the nine different emotional needs. When someone is suffering, we can often take a glance at their emotional needs, and work toward fulfilling those that might not be satisfied. Thankfully there is a way to [Read more...]

When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Bipolar Disorder

You feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster – instead it’s going in slow motion, the lows are REALLY low, and the highs…MAN are they exhilarating. The Bipolar High! During those highs, you have so much energy. Even with little to no sleep, you feel like you can tackle anything and everything. You [Read more...]

By |2019-07-25T09:59:56-06:00July 25th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Disorders, Mental Illness, Uncategorized, Women's Issues|Comments Off on When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Bipolar Disorder

Cinema Therapy

Have you ever had the opportunity to enjoy an inspirational movie, and it just lit up your world?  I oftentimes find myself choosing movies with themes that mirror my current situation or problem. It’s almost like the characters in the movie take on the role of the person or condition that challenge me, or subjects [Read more...]

By |2019-07-23T13:49:07-06:00July 23rd, 2019|Anxiety, Depression, Disorders, Men's Issues, Mental Illness, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Cinema Therapy

How to Support Someone Going Through An Emotionally Difficult Time: Tea and Honey – Part Two

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh. “There, there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”   Loving someone comes with high and low days. Loving someone with a chronic condition or someone going through an extended difficult time can come with its own set of highs and [Read more...]

By |2019-07-23T13:25:10-06:00July 23rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Communication, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Life Balance, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on How to Support Someone Going Through An Emotionally Difficult Time: Tea and Honey – Part Two

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...]

By |2019-07-16T13:23:00-06:00July 16th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Disorders, Life Balance, Men's Issues, Mental Illness, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Suicide, Women's Issues|Comments Off on When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part Two

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...]

By |2019-07-16T12:53:12-06:00July 16th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Gratitude, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on 5 Things to Consider When Assessing Your Self-Care

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...]

By |2019-07-03T12:04:20-06:00July 3rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on How to Incorporate Optimism: Step 1

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...]

By |2019-07-16T13:04:46-06:00June 26th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Disorders, Life Balance, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self Harm, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part One

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