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...]

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+00:00November 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

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

Masking Mental Illness

Recently, I was shocked to hear about the passing of one of my favorite designers, Kate Spade. To me, she had it all going for her. Her purses and clothing continually exuded this idea of confidence, happiness, and class. Seeing the bright colors, funky patterns, or even just the glitter on some of her pieces [Read more...]

By |2018-06-14T10:15:05+00:00June 11th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Family, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Mental Illness, Relationships, Self Harm, Self-care, Stress, Suicide, Teen Counseling, Trauma|Comments Off on Masking Mental Illness

Talking to Your Children About Suicide – Why it’s Important

PSA:  It is PAST time to be having conversations about suicide with our children!  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, we are seeing higher levels of children (ages 5-17) visiting children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts. Do I have your attention yet? Contrary to popular belief, talking about teen suicide will not push [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T10:44:29+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Empathy, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Parenting, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Social Media, Stress, Suicide|Comments Off on Talking to Your Children About Suicide – Why it’s Important

3 Benefits of Men Going to Therapy

For this blog I want to talk to the men, my apologies to the women, please feel free to pass along the info in this blog to the important men in your life. With that intro out of the way, let’s get straight to the point. I want to propose the question “How can therapy [Read more...]

Eating Disorders are Not Just a Female Issue

  The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) explains that although eating disorders impact those in all genders, socioeconomic statuses, and racial groups the “stereotypical person with anorexia nervosa is a rich, white, adolescent girl” (National Eating Disorder Association[NEDA], 2016). This stereotype can discourage others who do not fit the stereotypical definition of someone with an [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T11:24:51+00:00March 30th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Self Harm, Stress|Comments Off on Eating Disorders are Not Just a Female Issue

The Unwelcomed Holiday Guest

Is there a time of year that is more food focused than the November/December holiday season? The amount of food and diet talk that pops up around the holidays rivals only that of the beginning of summer frenzied diet-focused talk. We are all aware of the increase in food-talk during the holidays, but for someone [Read more...]

By |2018-02-01T22:24:40+00:00December 8th, 2017|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Family, Holidays, LGBTQIA+, Parenting, Relationships, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on The Unwelcomed Holiday Guest

The Self-Harming Teen

Reasons for Self-Harm Non Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI, or self-harm) is direct and deliberate destruction of one’s own body tissue in the absence of intent to die.  It is when an individual does one or more of the following to their body: Cutting Burning Carving words or symbols Breaking bones Hitting/punching objects Piercing with sharps Head [Read more...]

By |2018-02-01T22:42:37+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Depression, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Parenting, Relationships, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on The Self-Harming Teen