What To Consider Before Letting Your Child Have a Sleepover

An educated parent is the best one to choose if and when a sleepover is appropriate for their child.  As a parent, if you do choose to let your child sleep over with a friend, there are some factors to consider.  Having a “family sleepover policy” is a great way to protect your child, [Read more...]

By |2019-09-18T15:53:17-06:00August 13th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on What To Consider Before Letting Your Child Have a Sleepover

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 |2019-09-18T17:04:29-06:00June 26th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part One

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 |2019-09-18T17:19:37-06:00June 18th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Remember Your Success

My Child is Gay… Now What?

Gay. Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Pansexual. You are probably familiar with these words as they are becoming more common in mainstream society. But if you or someone you love doesn't identify as one of the above, it can be easy to look the other way and focus on the concepts and priorities in your world. [Read more...]

By |2019-09-19T11:03:25-06:00June 5th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on My Child is Gay… Now What?

Getting Lost and Finding Yourself: Stepping Outside of Your Teenage Shell

I recently had a young girl cry as she told me that no matter how hard she tries, she will never be like the girls in her school. All she sees when she looks in the mirror is how she stands out. Adults typically find this easy to write off as temporary teen angst, [Read more...]

By |2019-09-19T11:13:50-06:00May 22nd, 2019|Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Getting Lost and Finding Yourself: Stepping Outside of Your Teenage Shell

The Truth About Health Anxiety

Health anxiety, formerly known as hypochondria, is a condition that creates major symptoms of anxiety related to physical, mental, and psychological wellbeing.  It is often described as, “a sensation of being held hostage in your own body.” Health anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder, which can be treated with therapy, specific medications, or both. [Read more...]

By |2019-09-19T11:22:05-06:00May 16th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on The Truth About Health Anxiety

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

  The word narcissism gets incorporated into everyday conversation along with our self-obsessed, celebrity-driven culture. This term often defines someone who seems extremely hollow or full of themselves. However, in psychological terms, narcissism doesn’t mean self-love. It’s more precise to say that people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are in love with an overemphasized image [Read more...]

By |2019-09-19T11:26:34-06:00May 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Responding vs. Reacting

“By learning to accept the small things immediately as they happen, you can be free of having to react to things at all.  You still can respond when action is needed, but you can be free, internally, of events.” – Eckhart Tolle Everything that could go wrong in 24 hours pretty much did go wrong [Read more...]

By |2019-09-19T12:10:34-06:00April 18th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Responding vs. Reacting

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 |2019-09-19T12:12:40-06:00April 15th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Child Abuse Awareness Month

The Power of Connection – Part 2

Two weeks ago, I discussed Brene Brown’s, The Power of Vulnerability. This week, I’d like to expand on a concept that Brene Brown introduced – the relationship we have with ourselves. Self Love Prior to listening to Dr. Brown’s audiobook, I was constantly looking at the relationships my clients have with their parents, their [Read more...]

By |2019-09-23T14:00:00-06:00April 4th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on The Power of Connection – Part 2