Mental Health

Five TED Talks to Spark New Thoughts in the New Year

We are at the beginning of a new year! Full of time when many of us make resolutions about how we are going to improve our minds, our bodies, and our lives. One of the ways we can do this is to constantly challenge ourselves.  Not only physically in the ...

The Gradual Normalization of Mental Health

Mental health is an increasingly relevant topic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five American adults experience a mental health issue in their life time. Moreover, additional sources note that in a yearly period, one in 10 young adults experience a period of major depression ...

Vicarious Trauma

When we experience overwhelming volumes of information—especially information that holds an emotional charge—our bodies, minds, and spirit adapt to help us cope. At times, the way we cope may help in the moment but may have negative long-term results. While there are signs you or a person you know may ...

L-P-C What?

Defining the Difference Between an LPC and an LPC-Intern I was working as an administrator for a non-profit counseling group before, during, and after my master’s work. Spending time in this role gave me some great insight into the common misconceptions about the field of counseling.    One of the ...
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Caring for the Mess-Maker

My toddler recently got the stomach bug. Even worse, he projectile vomited all over the rug in front of a friend that was at my house for the first time. Later that day, I was giving him a bath without having first finished cleaning up all of the accidents around the ...

Family Tradition

Growing up, my favorite holiday tradition was heading to the Hallmark store and picking out a new ornament for the Christmas tree. I still remember the first ornament I got to pick out. It’s a cute little fox standing on its hind legs, holding a golden 1996. I can’t tell ...

The Silent Killer

The UK began a campaign to combat obesity, heart disease, and depression in 2011. This campaign was not centralized around medication, physical activity or any other individualistic endeavor.  UK’s Campaign to End Loneliness is one battling what many health professionals believe to be one of the largest health concerns of ...

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

The end of a relationship is complicated. In some way or another your future, present, and past have collided together all at once. You may find yourself anxious about the future or in a stale mate from the past. Getting help may be necessary to help you live in the ...

What is Pride Month?

  Happy Pride Month! To begin, it is important that I highlight this pride-filled month as a therapist that provides counseling services for the LGBTQ+ community. An overwhelming number of clients start therapy by telling me about experiences that were not accepting of their identity. This brings on feelings of ...
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Life Balance versus Giving 100%

Life Balance Imagine you have an empty cup and that you could fill it with five different kinds of juice to make a fancy juice blend. Now, pretend the 5 juices are work, family, self-care, spirituality, etc. Now, pretend that the cup represents you. If you tried to dump all of ...
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