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Selfish or Selfless?

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages! Come one, come all, and welcome to the chaotic circus of relationships. I ...
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Identity Series: Pride Edition

Welcome to my identity series, where we explore the many different facets of identity. Identity can be confusing, as there ...
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Celebrate Pride Month

Summer is here and it’s truly a beautiful time of year. It’s a time to go outside, spend time with ...
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Benefits of Interdisciplinary Teams for Youth

School Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) can make a great team! In the clinical world, we call this concept ...
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Overcoming Flight Anxiety

Imagine this: You're at the airport, excited about your upcoming trip, but as the boarding announcement echoes through the terminal, ...
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How to Tame the Anxiety Beast

Hey there, fellow rider of the anxiety rollercoaster! If you've found yourself here, you're probably searching for a way to ...
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Tips for Blending Families

You’ve healed, met the love of your life and are hopeful this time around they are “the one”. Now what? ...
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The Uncomfortable Reality of Hygiene During Depression

Most people know what depression is, but there is something in particular we don’t usually talk about. When we struggle ...
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Am I Experiencing Empathy or Sympathy?

What is your go to reaction when an individual is experiencing distress or needs? As people, our reactions can vary. ...
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The Value of Emotions

Have you ever found yourself questioning, “why do I feel this way?” Wondering if there is something wrong with you ...
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Safety Planning

If you have ever had urges to harm yourself, you know that it can be a scary place to find ...
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How to Choose a Culturally Sensitive Counselor

The United States is often referred to as a “melting pot” but what does that mean and how do you ...
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Spring Cleaning: Inside and Out

The winter chill has come to an end and the signs of spring are emerging. With the changing of the ...
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Authentic Affirmations

There are a great number of standard phrases people use to comfort others or offer advice, such as, “it is ...
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Unmasking The Traits of a Narcissist: Recognizing the Red Flags

In relationships, it's not uncommon to encounter individuals who exhibit narcissistic traits. While self-love is a healthy aspect of personality, ...
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Practicing Mindfulness

Did you know that there is one practice you could incorporate into your life that can increase gratitude, help with ...
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Love Bombing

February is a time of the year when Cupid’s arrows are flying at a more than usual rate. Cupid isn’t ...
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Are You Feeling Your Feelings?

Imagine you have just received some bad news. You’ve just been told that you have not been awarded with that ...
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Kids Think the Darndest Things

For those of us from the now prehistoric era of the nineties, you may recall a show titled Kids Say ...
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Friendships

When you think of friendship what comes to mind? You might think about the friend you see every day, the ...
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The Pressure of Peers

As we near the end of the school year, there are often parties and celebratory events that take place. Each ...
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Praise vs. Encouragement

“Good job!” “Nice work!” “You’re so smart!” “This is beautiful!” We have all heard a comment of this sort at ...
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Self-Care Where?

There are many mental-health terms and phrases that have become popularized over recent years. The familiarity of these words has ...
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Totally Radical

With the holidays approaching, there may be interactions or events that will leave you in a less than positive mood. ...
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The Four Attachment Styles

Attachment styles are patterns of behavior and beliefs that individuals develop in response to the way they were cared for ...
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Resentment

Resentment is a common and often toxic emotion that can develop in couples over time. It can be triggered by ...
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Effective Communication

There have been so many times in my sessions with couple’s where the desire to “communicate better” is the key ...
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Attachment Styles

Have you ever wondered at some of your thoughts or behaviors in relationships? Have you found yourself looking back on ...
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What is Trauma?

Often, words like trauma or something being “traumatic” get used in everyday vernacular without a true understanding of what that ...
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5 Easy Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Do you ever feel like you aren’t getting enough sleep? That’s because most of us aren’t. And even though the ...
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Real-Life Monsters

October is mostly associated with spooky ghosts, scary skeletons, and excesses of candy the likes of Willy Wonka have never ...
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The Thing We Don’t Talk About

Trigger Warning: suicide September comes with many things: fall leaves, cooler temperatures, and children back at school. Another topic you ...
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This or That?

We run into a lot of decisions throughout the course of our lives, from what to wear today to whether ...
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H.A.L.T. Stress

When in recovery, we are challenged to engage in healthy and proactive methods of coping with life stressors. Tools can ...
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Spinning Out of Control

Do you often feel like there are a million things going on in your mind? Like your brain is caught ...
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What’s your (personality) type?

In the time of health and wellness, and getting to know ourselves more, several have gone to personality inventories to ...
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Shapeshifting Grief

What comes to mind when you think of the word grief? Most would say death or loss, which is an ...
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Fact Check Your Feelings

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I think most would say super strength or flying, maybe ...
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Spring Cleaning

Hello Spring! We are now past the cold and gloomy winter months (along with being very fun from the holidays), ...
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When the Panic Attacks

Racing thoughts, pounding heartbeat, sweating, chills, trembling through your limbs, feeling weakness or dizziness, numb all symptoms caused by the ...
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Blocks to Communication – Part II

In last week's blog, we discussed five ways you could be blocking healthy communication in your relationships. The ability to ...
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Blocks to Healthy Communication

The ability to communicate in a healthy way can make a difference in how productive your conversations are. Whether you ...
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Calming the Storm

Have you ever watched a storm chaser show on tv? A storm such as a tornado has something called an ...
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Are you really ‘fine’?

Picture This You snoozed your alarm and now you are 30 minutes late for work. You’re rushing around, trying to ...
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Conquering Your Inner Critic

With the fast pace of life and distractions all around, it’s easy to spend our days on autopilot. But when ...
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Meeting Your Needs

Imagine you are getting set up to participate in a meditative activity like yoga. The lighting is low, essential oils ...
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Making Goals

It’s still early in the year. Have you stuck to your New Year’s resolutions? If your answer is “no,” that’s ...
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Your Relationship with Alcohol

Now that it’s February, there are many out there who are just coming off the challenge that is 'sober January.' ...
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Make your resolution fun!

“What’s your new year's resolution?” is probably one of the most asked questions during this time of the year. For ...
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Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season is fully upon us! Decorations are out, and gatherings with friends, co-workers, family, and loved ones are ...
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Start Using Your Dimmer Switch

Do you find yourself using words such as “the best,” “the worst,” “love,” “hate,” “always,” or “never?” Do you say ...
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Holidays and Boundaries

While the most wonderful time of the year is fastly approaching, the holiday season can also bring on a unique ...
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Boundaries are Self-Care

In recent years, self-care has had a rise in popularity, and in fact, is recommended by almost all professionals in ...
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Positive Personal Habits

The habits you incorporate into your daily routine can have a positive or negative impact on your mental health. If ...
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Managing Your Time

As we grow older, we take on more responsibility. You move out and go to college. No one is there ...
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Seasonal Depression

As the days become shorter, and the nights become longer, autumn is quickly approaching. For some, this is a well-loved ...
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Suicide Awareness: Know the Signs

Suicide is a national epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 47,500 Americans die ...
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Leaves on a Stream

Often, especially for those of us suffering from depression, anxiety, or OCD, a thought can get stuck on a loop ...
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Your Kids and Stress

Your child experiences stress, just like you do. They have homework, friends, social scenarios, academic expectations, all on top of ...
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Anorexia and Bulimia

Out of the various eating disorders in existence, Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are more easily recognized, just by name ...
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Social Media and Mental Health

When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing that you do? For most of us, the answer ...
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Is Counseling Right for You?

In the past, counseling has been incorrectly stigmatized as something only for people with serious mental health issues. But, haven’t ...
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Changing Your Body Image

Are you happy with the way that you feel about your appearance? I don’t mean are you happy with the ...
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Do You Have a Healthy Body Image?

How do you feel in your own skin? When you see yourself in the mirror, do you hyperfocus on your ...
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Addressing Eating Disorders

In the age of social media, diet culture, filters and photoshop, there are so many unrealistic expectations for the way ...
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Self-Care in the Morning

Mornings are often regarded as the worst time of the day. You have to get out of bed (yuck), prepare ...
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Dealing with Social Anxiety

After spending the past year in self-isolation, many people are discovering that the prospect of social situations is causing a ...
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Boost Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is an important part of a healthy mindset. However, it is often easy to deplete but difficult to build ...
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Isolation & Mental Health

Given the hectic and busy world that we live in, time by yourself is necessary. It is important to take ...
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Managing Your Anger

Everyone gets angry at one point or another. Whether it's because a car on the freeway cut you off or ...
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Supporting A Loved One

We’re living in a time, in which mental health struggles are at an all-time high. Mental health disorders and experiences ...
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Healing and Nature

Humans have a special relationship with nature. Do you ever struggle to remember what it was like to go on ...
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Stop Anxiety Before it Happens

Do you have anxiety? Have you ever had a panic attack before? If so, you know exactly what I mean ...
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Anxiety in Quarantine

This past year has been a new challenge for a majority of the population. We have taken on the challenge ...
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Dealing with Holiday Stressors

Like the rest of 2020, this holiday season is probably going to look different from previous years. On top of ...
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Deepening Your Relationship – Part 2

It is surprising how a couple can go from a loving, respectful, deep connection with their partner to living like ...
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Deepening Your Relationship – Part 1

If you stop for a moment and take a good look at the relationship you have with your partner, are ...
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Parenting and the Pandemic

Attention all parents!  Feeling stressed during this difficult time?  Parenting is hard enough, without a pandemic. The struggle is real! ...
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Why Journaling is Useful

The concept of journaling is not only for teenagers with their sparkly spirals and colorful pens. The benefits are applicable ...
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Social Support

How Important is it to Your Overall Health and Wellbeing? Social support can be described as the physical and emotional ...
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Mindfulness and Kids

In simple terms, mindfulness is being focused on the present moment and yes, kids can learn how to implement mindfulness ...
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6 Ways to Build Resiliency

Have you ever noticed that two people can go through situations that are very similar and their responses and ability ...
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Weaken Your Inner Critic

“You’re weak… you just made another stupid mistake… you’ll never be good at this… you’re ugly… there’s something wrong with ...
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Assessing Your Self-Care

When we think of self-care, the most obvious thing to consider is if you are eating right, exercising, and getting ...
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Coping Strategies

Life is tricky and, at times, can get very overwhelming.  During bouts of anxiety and stress, you are going to ...
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How Internal Dialogue Influences Your Daily Life

Studies show that we have an average of around 50,000 thoughts per day.  Wow, we really are in constant dialogue ...
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How to Survive Becoming an Empty Nester Part 2

Part 2: Thriving vs Surviving the Empty Nest The tough part is over!  You have already taken a ride on ...
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How to Survive Becoming an Empty Nester Part 1

Part 1: The Departure and Remaining Connected You’ve distracted yourself with planning the high school graduation celebration, followed by shopping ...
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3 Tips on How to Use a Mantra to Shift Your Thinking

“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggonit, people like me!” If you are an SNL fan, you will recognize ...

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