Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust

You Don’t Have To Wait For Things to Get “That Bad”

World champion swimmer, Michael Phelps, is one of the most successful athletes of all time. He's said, “You don’t have to wait for it to get that bad. Therapy isn’t just for people struggling with serious mental illness, you can reach out at any time you think that you need help.  It’s proven to work.” [Read more...]

By |2018-10-01T14:49:52+00:00October 1st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Christian Counseling, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Depression, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Stress, Teen Counseling, Women's Issues|Comments Off on You Don’t Have To Wait For Things to Get “That Bad”

How to Prepare For a Smooth Transition Back to School

The back-to-school season can be stressful for families. Everyone has to adjust back to the school year routine and there can be new activities in this routine. For kids, the new year can bring new expectations and stress as they advance through grade levels and extra curricular activities. The following ideas can be adjusted to [Read more...]

By |2018-10-11T11:57:30+00:00August 7th, 2018|Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on How to Prepare For a Smooth Transition Back to School

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Going through a separation or divorce is emotional for both adults and children. Children frequently do not understand the reason or meaning behind a divorce, thus creating confusion, anger, and stress.  Oftentimes, children will internalize the blame for problems that led to the divorce. Their left with unjustified feelings of shame, guilt, and self blame.  [Read more...]

By |2018-10-11T11:59:06+00:00August 7th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Managing Screen Time This Summer

Parents may be concerned with the amount of screen time their child is engaging in with summer upon us and school structure gone. Children turn towards technology to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies completed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) show that children and adolescents between the ages of 8 to 18 use considerably [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:18:54+00:00June 18th, 2018|Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Life Balance, Parenting, Social Media, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Managing Screen Time This Summer

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

Tips to Help Teens Talk to Parents

As teens, it is 100% normal to want to avoid- if at all possible- talking to your parents!  However, it’s important to create and maintain an environment in which you can talk to them. Below are some good tips for practicing conversations with your parents, as well as how to approach hard topics. Talk about [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T10:38:42+00:00June 6th, 2018|Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Tips to Help Teens Talk to Parents

Playing the Rivalry Game

Sibling rivalry and peer rivalry are part of life. As human beings, it is natural to want to know where your child ranks in comparison to other children even their own siblings.  It is crucial to remember that every child is different.  No two children understand, conceptualize, or even see events in the same way. [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T11:12:22+00:00May 7th, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Playing the Rivalry Game

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

Managing ODD

Are you the parent of a child diagnosed with ODD? Are you doing your best to parent your child with little progress?  You are not alone.  Research suggests that as many as 16% of adolescents have some degree of ODD.  In order to help your child, it’s necessary to first have a clear understanding of [Read more...]

By |2018-02-01T22:30:56+00:00November 7th, 2017|Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Family, Parenting, Personality, Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Managing ODD