An Open Letter to My Psychotherapy Clients

You walk into my office thinking I’m the expert. You glance at my diplomas, license, and certificates. While yes, I am the therapist; you are the expert of your own life.  My job is to facilitate awareness as we dismantle mistaken beliefs you’ve developed, to empower you to gain control over your life, and to [Read more...]

By |2019-08-13T15:03:20-06:00August 13th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Couples Counseling, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Self-care, Teen Counseling, Women's Issues|Comments Off on An Open Letter to My Psychotherapy Clients

Social Support: How Important is it to Your Overall Health and Wellbeing?

Social support can be described as the physical and emotional comfort we receive through social ties to others, such as family, friends, co-workers, etc.  It’s the love and acceptance we feel from belonging to a community of people who care about us. Social support is imperative to your overall health and wellbeing.   Types of Social [Read more...]

By |2019-08-13T14:53:20-06:00August 13th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Friendship, Life Balance, Men's Issues, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Social Support: How Important is it to Your Overall Health and Wellbeing?

You’ve Got This: Fulfilling Your Unsatisfied Emotional Needs

Individuals have many needs- both physical, emotional, and spiritual. The focus of this series will take a quick dive into the nine different emotional needs. When someone is suffering, we can often take a glance at their emotional needs. As a next step, work toward fulfilling those needs that might not be satisfied. Thankfully there [Read more...]

By |2019-08-07T14:27:14-06:00August 7th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Self-care|Comments Off on You’ve Got This: Fulfilling Your Unsatisfied Emotional Needs

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

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

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

Remember Your Success

Does it feel like you’ve been doing your best and making all the right choices, but life is not going in your favor?  It is natural to go through these moments; they happen to everyone! It is important to remember your success in these moments. It’s easy to become discouraged when the times we [Read more...]

By |2019-07-22T12:29:00-06:00June 18th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Remember Your Success

Strength in Vulnerability

Many of us are plagued with feeling like we are not enough, no matter what we accomplish. It’s easy to become envious of others while feeling you’re falling short; wondering why we don’t deserve success or happiness. Love for ourselves and others can alleviate that deeply rooted worry. What is Love? Love paradoxically seems [Read more...]

By |2019-06-17T07:49:15-06:00June 10th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Strength in Vulnerability