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...]

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

The Healing Power of Tears

"There is sacredness in tears. Tears are not the mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are messengers of overwhelming grief, and unspeakable love." -Washington Irving Tears are the body’s release of stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Crying purges the body of pent up emotion, pain, [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T16:08:53+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on The Healing Power of Tears

What’s the Big Deal About Journaling?

The concept of journaling is not only for teenagers with sparkly spirals and colorful pens.  The benefits are applicable to all people, in all walks of life. Journaling has repeatedly proven to be a way of managing stress and anxiety, mining your true feelings, and allowing for a healthy emotional release. The trick to gaining [Read more...]

By |2018-10-01T15:01:47+00:00October 1st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Gratitude, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on What’s the Big Deal About Journaling?

Those Attractive Nuisances

I was speaking with a friend the other day about some “nice to haves” in a future house. Being a former collegiate swimmer, she mentioned that she loved the idea of having a pool.  Then, she said, “…but, I also know there is some risk involved with having one.”  Besides being a superior athlete, she [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:24:10+00:00September 28th, 2018|Anxiety, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Stress|Comments Off on Those Attractive Nuisances

It’s OK To Not Be OK

My current season of life is rough. Some days, I find my only victory is getting dressed. Self-care no longer looks like getting my nails done and sipping my favorite quad-venti upside-down caramel macchiato. Self-care looks like taking a shower or cooking instead of ordering from Door  Dash. It’s becoming harder and harder to keep [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:21:36+00:00September 28th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Gratitude, Grief, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on It’s OK To Not Be OK

What can you do to support someone living with depression?

Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting Someone with Depression Depression is not easy. It is complicated and different for each person who struggles with it. Sometimes, I wonder if people really understand how debilitating it can be. Depression is not just being sad or down in the dumps. It is typically a long term struggle with [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T13:11:23+00:00September 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Empathy, Grief, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Self Harm, Self-Esteem, Stress, Suicide, Trauma|Comments Off on What can you do to support someone living with depression?

Postpartum Depression: How A Husband Can Help

Police found the lifeless body of 28-year-old mother, Elizabeth Davis, in a creek on Thursday, July 19th. Elizabeth, or Libby, was a special education teacher in Plano, TX. She suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth 20 months ago and it recently became more severe. Severe enough for her to drive her vehicle off the [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T11:14:07+00:00July 26th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Empathy, Family, Grief, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Parenting, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Suicide, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Postpartum Depression: How A Husband Can Help

Life Transitions

There are some things in life that are given. For example, seasons change, children grow up, birthdays come, and careers change. Life continues to move forward during each transition. We learn, we evolve, and we hopefully adapt. Correction- we have to adapt. Transitions can cause a great deal of anxiety. Anxiety is a strong sense [Read more...]

By |2018-10-11T12:15:50+00:00July 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Life Balance, Stress|Comments Off on Life Transitions

When Trauma Decides to Stay

Understanding 3 common symptoms of PTSD We often associate PTSD with war and soldiers in today’s society. However, anyone who has experience trauma in their life can have PTSD. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through, or witnesses, a traumatic event. A traumatic event is defined as a deeply [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:19:29+00:00June 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Grief, Mental Illness, Stress, Suicide, Trauma|Comments Off on When Trauma Decides to Stay