Our Daily Trauma Intake

A recent study at Duke University posed an interesting question: what is your daily trauma intake?  Think about it. You wake up, check the news and what is the first thing that you hear or see? Destruction, shootings, death, poverty, war. That is just before breakfast.  You obviously need to know what is going on [Read more...]

Domestic Violence: A Real Ghost Story and How You Can Help

Once October hits, a lot of us have the same thoughts in mind: autumn, football, sweater weather, pumpkin-spice everything, and preparing for Halloween. As much as I love spooky festivities, October isn’t just about ghosts, goblins, and costumes. It is also the month that we bring awareness to a scarier monster: domestic violence. This is [Read more...]

By |2018-10-03T09:35:57+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Adult Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Empathy, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Trauma, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Domestic Violence: A Real Ghost Story and How You Can Help

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+00:00September 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?

What Causes a Panic Attack?

“I’m freaking out!” Panic attacks are scary because they typically occur suddenly and without cause.  This creates more fear, which just perpetuates the attack. One of the things that makes them even scarier is the physical symptoms we can often experience, such as, accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath. So what is [Read more...]

By |2018-07-19T07:45:51+00:00July 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Self-care, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on What Causes a Panic Attack?

Vulnerability: A Sign of Strength

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” – Brene Brown Vulnerability can be defined as allowing yourself to be truly seen by another. It is allowing yourself the opportunity to experience intense and positive emotions while also exposing yourself to the possibility of rejection. [Read more...]

By |2019-01-04T14:47:50+00:00July 9th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Depression, Life Balance, Motivation, Resolutions, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Vulnerability: A Sign of Strength

Disciplining a Child With Trauma

Parenting is a difficult topic even in the best situations. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions on how best to discipline their children. Things become even more convoluted for parents when you add trauma into the equation. Each child is unique and so is their trauma story. When testing out new discipline strategies, it [Read more...]

By |2018-09-11T09:50:36+00:00June 25th, 2018|Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Motivation, Parenting, Play Therapy, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Disciplining a Child With Trauma

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+00:00June 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Grief, Mental Illness, Stress, Suicide, Trauma|Comments Off on When Trauma Decides to Stay

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

Breaking Down Trauma and It’s Many Facets

One of the most over utilized words in society today is the word trauma.  It is misused, misinterpreted, and frankly misunderstood.  Psychological trauma is defined as a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event.  It is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T11:26:18+00:00March 20th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Mental Health, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Breaking Down Trauma and It’s Many Facets

So Many Books, So Little Time

Often times in my sessions, clients’ will ask me “What books can I be reading right now to help me with x-y-z?”   You would think that after a few years, I would be able to spout off titles but for some reason, in the moment, I always draw a blank!  This mostly has to do [Read more...]

By |2018-02-01T22:27:42+00:00November 17th, 2017|31 Days of Change, ADHD, Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Family, Finances, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Trauma|Comments Off on So Many Books, So Little Time