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We often have trouble communicating in relationships regardless of the type of relationship.  This is more so in a couple’s environment as there are always competing priorities or values.  One of the major enhancements to a relationship, especially in marriage, is to have emotional dialogues with each other.

Emotional Dialogue

By now, many of us have seen Disney’s animated movie, Encanto. For many of us, we may or may not have realized how many different mirrors were being held up to us as we watched each family member struggle to maintain the matriarch’s projected rules and expectations. We realized that there were messages we carried well into our adulthood, feelings and emotions that we kept lock-and-key or even moments of wondering, “Am I invisible?” 

New Beginnings: The Journey to Healing From Generational Trauma

Family

Encanto

Elisabeth Elliot defines suffering as “having something you don’t want or wanting something you don’t have” in her book Suffering is Never for Nothing. One of the reasons I enjoy this definition of suffering so much is because it helps us to acknowledge our pain, even in the midst of witnessing global pain and trauma.

Acknowledging Our Suffering

Trauma

If you are a parent, you undoubtedly have heard your fair share of parenting advice (whether solicited or unsolicited). Unfortunately, the advice we encounter is not always helpful. Some say discipline is harmful to children, while others say to rule the home with an iron fist. Some say kids need all the support they can get, while others say it is better to let them figure things out on their own.

Balancing Control with Support: Why “Authoritative” Parenting is Ideal

Parenting

Season 2 of Euphoria shows the slow build of Rue Bennett coming back from rehab and relapsing. Each episode has a progression of her use and lying to others until her breakdown. Her relationships with friends, family, and her partner all start to change due to her use. It demonstrates layers of recreational use, to addiction, to withdrawal, and recovery. In the most messy and honest way. 

Euphoria on HBO Opening the Conversation on Addiction: And Setting Your Own Boundaries

Addiction

Reflective intelligence sharpens your perceptions and responses to any event or any issue. You can discover and examine complex patterns of thinking that could derail your resilience and rewire them if you wish to. You can teach yourself to pause and become present. At that moment, notice, accept, and observe increasingly complex objects of awareness such as sensations, emotions, patterns of thought, beliefs, assumptions, values, and points of view.

Building Resilience through Mindfulness

Mental Health

How well do you know your partner?  Oftentimes we say we know them but find it difficult to buy them gifts or know what to do to help them on a daily basis.  I often hear couples who have been together for a while, especially after the children leave the home, that they just don’t know each other anymore.  The question is, did they ever know their partner?

Knowing Your Partner

Relationships

What kind of relationship do you have with your body? How do you speak to yourself? How do you nourish and rest?

Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your Body

Mental Health

Many teens are struggling with high levels of anxiety without anyone knowing. You might wonder how this is possible. Teens are experts in hiding their true thoughts and feelings. Additionally, anxiety can be difficult to notice as there is no “one shoe fits all” definition. Anxiety does not discriminate.

Does my teen have anxiety? : What to look for and how to help

Anxiety

I remember the first time I encountered it. I was young, maybe 8 or 9, and it happened shortly after an uncle of mine had a sudden explosive outburst during a family get-together. I remember hearing shouting and the sound of dishes shattering from the next room, then seeing glimpses of other family members shushing and steering my uncle away, shutting the door behind them.

Why Do We Feel Bad About Feeling Bad? : Let’s Talk About Mental Health Stigma

Mental Health