1. Counseling for Children

    Child counseling can be extremely successful if you support your child throughout the counseling process. Family counseling also works wonders if everyone bands together and supports each other through the changes that are being made. Follow these tips to support your child and family in therapy: 1. Be there to listen and offer caring support, without judgment, to your child during the time in chi…Read More

  2. An Attitude of Gratitude: Tips for Tough Times

    “In the depth of winter, I finally realized that deep within me there lay an invincible summer.” A. Camus Let’s face it, life throws us curves sometimes. We all experience the ups and downs that lead some of us to seek a counselor’s help: relationship issues, money problems, job struggles, grief and loss. Add any of those stressors to our current economy and it becomes even more challengin…Read More

  3. Signs of Depression in Adults

    PLEASE NOTE: this list is NOT intended to diagnose or treat you. See a licensed mental health provider or medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. Most people get “the blues” sometimes that last a day or two. However, Major Depressive Disorder is a SERIOUS and often FATAL illness that occurs in approximately 6.7 percent of US adults. Medications can be helpful, but come with si…Read More

  4. Say What You Need to Say: Healthy Communication Tips

    Even if your hands are shaking And your faith is broken Even if your eyes are closing Say it with your heart wide open Say what you need to say.  (John Mayer) “Finding your voice” is a wonderful benefit of therapy, as you learn here that you have both a RIGHT to ask for what you want and the WAY to state your needs respectfully. Some basic tips when you are “saying what you need to say:” …Read More

  5. Simple Ways to De-Stress

    It contributes to illness. It’s the major factor in back pain. In fact, it makes ANY pain worse. And it’s not always caused by bad things-it can be related to celebrations, new jobs, holidays, new babies, and many other things we would never wish away. Yes, I’m talking about stress, or as defined by Webster’s, “a strain or pressure on the body or mind.” It’s almost always presented a…Read More

  6. Untreated depression is indeed dangerous

    Depression wreaks havoc on the entire body by throwing the stress response system out of whack. The risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer are all raised as normal immune function is disturbed by anxiety, stress and /or depression. Difficult relationships, parenting and work issues all contribute to this situation. This post contains my  “prescription” for becoming (and stay…Read More

  7. What Therapy Stage Are You In?

    SURVIVAL: Virtually all counseling clients start at this level. You are in crisis, at a low point, depressed or anxious. My focus here is an immediate and practical prescription for helping you regain hope and basic functioning. This most often includes health issues such as exercise and rest, as well as releasing pain out of the body by relaxation and journaling. RECOVERY: At this stage you move …Read More

  8. Ten Signs You May Need Professional Therapy

    We all go through challenging times in our lives, but some experiences are worse than others. There is NO problem that can’t be eased—a little or a lot—by seeking professional counseling. Some problems are like a sore throat—we go to the doctor, get a short round of treatment, and feel better. But others, such as death of a loved one, relationship issues, parenting problems, moving to a ne…Read More

  9. Do I Need Counseling?

    Every day millions of people search online for help with their problems, wondering if it’s finally time to reach out for direction and support to handle sadness, depression, anxiety, stress, fights with their partner or spouse, and family issues, among others. Here are some of the questions and mistaken beliefs we encounter as therapists every day. Can’t I just talk to my friends about my prob…Read More

  10. Keys for Less Stressful Communication

    What might you imagine is one of the biggest stressors that convince people to seek counseling? Is it fear of death, disease, or unemployment? Actually, it’s a fear of being seen as selfish and therefore, being disapproved of. It’s the conflict between knowing in your deepest self that someone is taking advantage of you, treating you disrespectfully, or otherwise ignoring your needs, and your …Read More