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, and [Read more...]

An Open Letter to My Psychotherapy Clients

You walk into my office thinking I’m the expert. You glance at my diplomas, license, and certificates. While yes, I am the therapist; you are the expert of your own life.  My job is to facilitate awareness as we dismantle mistaken beliefs you’ve developed, to empower you to gain control over your life, and to [Read more...]

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 |2019-07-16T13:04:46-06:00June 26th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Disorders, Life Balance, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Self Harm, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on When the Outside Doesn’t Match the Inside: Part One

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 |2019-06-06T14:26:09-06:00June 5th, 2019|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, 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 |2019-05-28T08:46:07-06:00May 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