1. Is Avoiding Anger Helpful?

    The image of anger is portrayed as a snarly, fanged monster, once released -- the rage and fury will devour and destroy.  But when anger is not addressed it could become turned inward.  Thus, the dichotomy arises between outward destruction or internal turmoil. Coming into the holiday season, I sense my mood lowering into a melancholy state.  I find it difficult to cope with family dynamics and…Read More

  2. I’m Gonna Disappoint You and Be OK with It

    "Is there a way you can make the call while on vacation next week?"  asks my colleague,  "I'll miss your laughter and contribution to group." Immediately, I sense being attacked and ready to defend.  I wanted to protect myself from feeling mortified and ashamed.  Plus, I believed I needed to protect my colleague from my decision to enjoy my time on vacation instead of satisfying her with my pr…Read More

  3. 3 Reasons To Give Therapy A Try

    There is a social stigma that counseling is for individuals who are broken, bruised, crazy or incapable of dealing with their issues. I’ve heard it for years that these are the people that need real help. The truth is, I have yet to meet a person who came to counseling and didn’t feel like they left with more than they came in with. Whether it is for something that you’re currently strugglin…Read More

  4. Bow — “less”

    Currently, I experience a resistance to join the blog community without a neat bow to provide a thoughtful message.  Many times a patient has attended a session believing there wasn't much to say or even offer to me.  Frankly, I empathize with this notion.  Then a thought occurred to me -- I would still prepare a delicious meal to enjoy by myself.  Why would I deprive myself the pleasure of jo…Read More

  5. Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder – Part 2

    In our last blog post, we touched on a few of the signs and symptoms that you may experience if your anxiety becomes a mental health disorder. With the amount of factors that go into anxiety, from the ways that it’s triggered by the way that we handle it, there are quite a few signs and symptoms that you may notice. Last time we visited how an inability to sleep at night and/or a feeling of deta…Read More

  6. Laughter Is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

    Face muscle soreness, shortness of breath, redden face, tears streaming out of the eyes, mucus running out of the nose, coughing, bladder threatening to release urine, and stomach muscle achiness.  Does this sound like fun to you?  When the traits of laughter are presented, it appears rather odd that I love to laugh.  Maybe the joy of laughter is generational. My grandmother would be scolded by…Read More

  7. Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder

    Anxiety is something that almost all of us experience at one point or another, but determining whether or not the anxiety that you’re experiencing is diagnosable as an anxiety disorder, or if it’s something that will in fact pass, is a little more difficult. For each individual, the signs of an anxiety disorder are different, just as the triggers of these emotions are. If you’re uncertain as…Read More

  8. The Deception of 6 Easy Steps

    The outdated, frayed loveseat appeared sadly out of place next to the new modern sofa set.  Rather than discard the old piece of furniture, I thought a slip cover would give a fresh facelift and still provide comfort for the dog to catch a snooze.  I read on-line reviews ranging from satisfaction to being a "pain in the ass" and I also watched a video for fit tips about slipcovers.  Eventually …Read More

  9. Wedding Gown and SUV

    I tossed and turned all night.  Nerves and excitement radiated through my body.  Would I find the right gown?  Will I have the teary experience as seen on TV when the bride just "knows" this is the ONE?  Since elementary school, I fantasized about wearing a long, dreamy wedding gown.  The bridal consultant greeted my mom, my maid-of-honor and me at the front store door.  The consultant asked…Read More

  10. Celebrating Suicide Prevention

    The rates of suicide deaths have raised over the last ten years, immensely. This is an area that we are never excited to see growth in, and as a counselor, one that we do our absolute best to minimize. The month of September celebrates two mental health holidays that support the battle against depression. During the month, you will notice that there is both a Suicide Prevention Week as well as a S…Read More