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...]

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...]

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

  The word narcissism gets incorporated into everyday conversation along with our self-obsessed, celebrity-driven culture. This term often defines someone who seems extremely hollow or full of themselves. However, in psychological terms, narcissism doesn’t mean self-love. It’s more precise to say that people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are in love with an overemphasized image [Read more...]

By |2019-05-06T12:23:25-06:00May 6th, 2019|Anxiety, Life Balance, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Child Abuse Awareness Month

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This is an epidemic that is near and dear to my heart.  I am an advocate for the non-exploitation and safety of children as a counselor and former teacher.  I would like to educate the public on abuse and the lifelong impairment it can have on [Read more...]

By |2019-04-15T09:07:26-06:00April 15th, 2019|Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Depression, Grief, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Suicide, Teen Counseling, Trauma|Comments Off on Child Abuse Awareness Month

Misconceptions of Drug and Alcohol Use

People use drugs and alcohol for many reasons. Some use socially and on occasion. On the flip side, many use to numb life circumstances, stresses, fears, traumas, and more. Issues associated with drug and alcohol use progresses as life does. While people want to believe that using helps them cope, it really just amplifies their [Read more...]

By |2019-04-08T13:35:49-06:00March 26th, 2019|Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Stress|Comments Off on Misconceptions of Drug and Alcohol Use

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 |2019-03-28T09:21:22-06:00January 24th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Understanding OCD

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...]

By |2019-04-03T15:31:58-06:00January 9th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Invisible Scars

Harry Potter and the Invisible Struggle

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”- Albus Dumbledore. Living with a mental illness is isolating. You can start to feel like no one sees you or your struggles. It can cause challenges in your daily life. People cannot see what you’re [Read more...]

By |2018-11-29T09:25:49-06:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Invisible Struggle

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 |2018-11-20T15:27:13-06:00November 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

Harry Potter and Difficult Decisions

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right”- Albus Dumbledore Making Decisions You learn when you are kid to choose between right and wrong, but nothing in life is that simple. When you are working on your mental health, [Read more...]

By |2018-11-08T14:47:30-06:00November 8th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Harry Potter and Difficult Decisions