1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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    The outdated, frayed loveseat appeared sadly out of place next to the new modern sofa set.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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Childhood Depression

    Most of us like to think back on when we were kids and lament of how easy it was, the freedom of being young and the lack of real responsibilities. The truth of the matter is that young people suffer from depression and it is a condition that is absolutely treatable. Identifying depression in children can sometimes be difficult as the actual issue may manifest itself in a different way, such as an…Read More

  9. Fun for All Ages

    The main artery roads are separated by bright orange barrels to direct traffic for the State Fair.  A brilliant colorful marquee announces it's soon arrival.  While local residents sleep, trucks and trailers appear during the night in the designated acreage.  The Farris wheel, tea cup, and haunted house rides are almost covertly erected with skill and efficiency before day breaks.  The empty b…Read More

  10. Battle of the Super Bug

    "Hi, Shannon.  It's Wendy again.  (deep sign) Reagan's sick again after a few good days of feeling better.  Not sure if I should bring her back in or if the doc wants to call me." "Oh, no.  Poor Reagan.  Let me take message.  Tell me what's going on."  (I'll spare you the gruesome gastro details.) The vet called me back within an hour sharing her disappointment about Reagan's relapse of sym…Read More