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...]

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 |2019-05-28T08:46:07-06:00May 22nd, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Getting Lost and Finding Yourself: Stepping Outside of Your Teenage Shell

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

Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

20 questions to ask our children instead of, “How was your day?” What response do you get when you ask your children how their day was?  Do you get eye rolls? Is a long, drawn out, and dramatic sigh let out? Maybe they just walk away and pretend they didn’t even hear you?  Or maybe [Read more...]

By |2019-03-20T08:47:24-06:00March 20th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Ask a Boring Question, Get a Boring Response.

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 |2018-11-20T15:13:16-06:00November 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 |2018-10-01T14:49:52-06:00October 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 |2018-10-11T11:57:30-06:00August 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 |2018-10-11T11:59:06-06:00August 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 |2018-09-21T12:18:54-06:00June 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...]