Scared Silent – Breaking the Stigma Around Suicidal Ideation

Phrases I Have Heard “Please don’t call the hospital.”  “Don’t be scared, it’s not that bad.”  “Don’t freak out.”  “I don’t know, I don’t want you to panic or worry.” “I don’t know what you’re going to do so I don’t know how much I want to tell you.”  *sigh of relief* “…. Yes.”  All [Read more...]

By |2019-09-09T16:25:21-06:00September 9th, 2019|Self Harm, Stress, Suicide, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pay Attention To Me…. Also, Give Me Space!

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

Cinema Therapy

Have you ever had the opportunity to enjoy an inspirational movie, and it just lit up your world?  I oftentimes find myself choosing movies with themes that mirror my current situation or problem. It’s almost like the characters in the movie take on the role of the person or condition that challenge me, or subjects [Read more...]

By |2019-07-23T13:49:07-06:00July 23rd, 2019|Anxiety, Depression, Disorders, Men's Issues, Mental Illness, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Cinema Therapy

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

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