The Back-to-School Reset

School is back in session for districts across the country. The start of the academic school year sets a number of actions in motion for parents: clothes and school supply shopping, new routines, preparation for fall extracurricular activities, and readjusting bed times. There are several aspects involved in transitions from lazy summer days to busy [Read more...]

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 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

From Roommates to Reconnection

“I feel so disconnected from my partner.” “We have different lives, like passing ships.” “It’s like we’re not even married anymore; we’re just roommates.” I hear these difficult words all too frequently in my work with couples. It is heart-breaking to realize the distance that has grown in your relationship after going through so [Read more...]

By |2019-07-01T15:38:48-06:00June 24th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on From Roommates to Reconnection