To those who have lost someone to suicide,

You Are Not Alone September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Initially, you may appreciate the statistics and the acknowledgment. When the month ends, though, you may feel complete invalidation. No amount of awareness can ever yield justice for who you were robbed of. Nothing can keep the endless, ignorant suicide comments at bay. You likely [Read more...]

Suicide Preparations, A Calm Before the Storm

The Time Between Preparations to end your life. It’s a stage that isn’t often talked about. We discuss the thoughts leading up to it, and then we discuss the actions of the suicide itself, but what about the in between when the person has made the decision but the date hasn’t yet come? The deceiving [Read more...]

By |2019-08-22T15:07:05-06:00August 22nd, 2019|Men's Issues, Self Harm, Suicide, Women's Issues|0 Comments

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

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

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

What Is Sand Tray Therapy?

Sand tray therapy is a treatment modality that is used concurrently with most kinds of therapies. It is most beneficial when working with children, couples, and individuals that have experienced trauma. The elements of the sand tray process are therapeutic because they promote communication, play, and  relationship. The Elements of Sand Tray There are seven [Read more...]

By |2018-11-12T16:43:59-06:00November 6th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Suicide|Comments Off on What Is Sand Tray Therapy?

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 |2018-10-02T13:11:23-06:00September 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 |2019-03-25T07:37:12-06:00July 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

The Power of Loneliness

  Isn’t it unusual that a world more virtually connected than ever before is also the loneliest? Loneliness is defined as a complex and unpleasant emotion in response to isolation. Many times, loneliness includes feelings of anxiety and a lack of connection or communication with other beings. The ironic thing about loneliness is that is [Read more...]

By |2018-07-24T07:58:18-06:00July 23rd, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Suicide|Comments Off on The Power of Loneliness

When Trauma Decides to Stay

Understanding 3 common symptoms of PTSD We often associate PTSD with war and soldiers in today’s society. However, anyone who has experience trauma in their life can have PTSD. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through, or witnesses, a traumatic event. A traumatic event is defined as a deeply [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:19:29-06:00June 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Grief, Mental Illness, Stress, Suicide, Trauma|Comments Off on When Trauma Decides to Stay