Suicide: What to Know

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10, 2019 to create worldwide awareness with a focus on raising commitment and action to prevent suicide.  According to WHO, approximately one million people commit suicide each year worldwide, that is about one death every 40 seconds or 3,000 per day. For each individual who takes his/her own life, at least [Read more...]

By |2019-09-09T15:29:09-06:00September 9th, 2019|Mental Health, Suicide|0 Comments

Physical Needs and Emotional Needs

What is a Pyramid of Needs? Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is typically one of the first things taught in Psychology 101 courses. Have you seen his pyramid of needs before? It starts with physiological needs at the bottom, and at the apex of the pyramid is self-actualization. In between these two ends is the place [Read more...]

By |2019-07-23T15:01:18-06:00July 23rd, 2019|Men's Issues, Mental Health, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Physical Needs and Emotional Needs

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

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 Support Someone Going through An Emotionally Difficult Time – Part One

Tea and Honey "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. Which one do you relate the most to? For me, it fluctuates. Sometimes I’m piglet, being the person offering the support. Sometimes I’m Pooh, when I’m just feeling [Read more...]

By |2019-07-09T16:41:48-06:00July 9th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on How to Support Someone Going through An Emotionally Difficult Time – Part One

Myth-Busters: Relationships Edition

One big factor that drives couples to seek counseling is the disappointment they feel in how their relationship has developed over the years. They enter the relationship with certain expectations and goals in mind. As they find themselves drifting farther away from what they believed the relationship would be like, a sense of frustration arises. [Read more...]

By |2019-07-09T16:31:29-06:00July 3rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Myth-Busters: Relationships Edition

What do Pulling Weeds and Therapy have in Common?

I like to bring metaphors into therapy. It is often helpful to relate a client's internal emotions to tangible things that are known concretely. My family was pulling weeds in our backyard and I got to thinking. The work of getting rid of the weeds is a lot like tending to ourselves in therapy.  3 [Read more...]

By |2019-07-03T12:58:20-06:00July 3rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on What do Pulling Weeds and Therapy have in Common?

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 Cycle of Anger

Have you ever wondered how you can go from zero to thirty on the anger scale in such a short amount of time?  Anger is an undesirable emotional state ranging from mild annoyance to intense rage. Anger may be stimulated by frustration, vocal insult, physical hostility, perceptions of unfairness and injustice, etc. Because anger is [Read more...]

By |2019-07-01T15:38:59-06:00June 25th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Stress|Comments Off on The Cycle of Anger