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

Family Tradition

Growing up, my favorite holiday tradition was heading to the Hallmark store and picking out a new ornament for the Christmas tree. I still remember the first ornament I got to pick out. It’s a cute little fox standing on its hind legs, holding a golden 1996. I can’t tell you why I picked it, [Read more...]

By |2018-12-18T16:37:08+00:00December 6th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Holidays, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health|Comments Off on Family Tradition

Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Today, parents are busier than ever before and disconnected from their children. Moms, dads, and caretakers… I have one question: Can you give attention to your child for thirty minutes a week? There is no magic wand to help a child behave or to build a relationship with them. Nevertheless, small and intentional deposits into [Read more...]

By |2018-12-10T11:07:37+00:00December 6th, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Newlywed Christmas Traditions

Happy Holidays, friends! Last month, I wrote a blog on how to survive your first Thanksgiving as a married couple If this is also your first Christmas as a married couple, it must be such an exciting time! This time of year is already so full of magic, companionship, and love. If you live in [Read more...]

By |2018-12-05T10:46:44+00:00December 5th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Holidays, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Motivation, Relationships|Comments Off on Newlywed Christmas Traditions

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!

8 Lessons from Suicide Attempt Survivors

As devastating and serious as suicide is, it’s a topic that people hide away from. Because of this, many people are left to suffer in silence. Their closest loved ones are left oblivious to their pain. Or, their loved ones may suspect something is wrong but don’t know how to bring it up, so they [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:27:13+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Empathy, Family, Friendship, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Self Harm, Stress, Suicide|Comments Off on 8 Lessons from Suicide Attempt Survivors

Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust

Parents Playing Nice

Divorce is typically not someone’s first choice of outcome when they get married. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and divorce becomes a part of the story. It’s never easy to handle, and it becomes more complicated when children are involved. Parents may get divorced, but they must continue to interact with each other [Read more...]

By |2018-11-15T14:27:55+00:00November 15th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parents Playing Nice

Help! How Do I Survive My Monster-In-Law?!

Wouldn’t it be grand if, when you chose your life partner, that’s all you get? Just the two of you alone in your own little bliss bubble – forever and ever? Sorry to shatter the dream, but you know how it goes: “When you marry your spouse, you marry his/her family too.” While that may [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T12:47:01+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Help! How Do I Survive My Monster-In-Law?!

Disability Awareness Month

There are currently 40 million Americans living with a disability.  People with disabilities of working age are employed at a rate below the general population.  One particular physical disability that hits close to home for me is Spina Bifida- a congenital defect in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through [Read more...]

By |2018-10-07T14:08:31+00:00October 7th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Family, Friendship, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Disability Awareness Month