Category: Mental Health

Men – It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Men can ask for help too

By: Dan McDonald, Resident in Counseling What’s the clog in your life right now, and what are you doing to fix it?  Last week, my bathroom sink just wouldn’t drain. Here’s what I did instead of calling a plumber: Used Drano (didn’t work) Researched which drain clearing tools to buy  Used those drain clearing tools… Read more »

Labor Day Brings New Beginnings

By Amy Clay, LPC, co-owner of Sunstone Counseling* Humans have long used seasonal changes to mark life’s transitions and often view them as a time to start fresh. In fact, the “fresh start effect” is a recognized phenomenon that suggests that people are more likely to focus on important goals following “temporal landmarks,” such as… Read more »

How to Address Challenges New Parents May Face

BY: Julia Ward, Resident in Counseling It’s no secret that the transition to parenthood is a challenging one with all the physical, psychological, and relational changes that occur in a relatively short period of time. With sleep deprivation, it’s no wonder that many parents experience a shortness in temper or/and a lack of patience. If… Read more »

3 R’s in Counseling: Radical Acceptance, Resonance, Resource Building

BY: MJ Harford, MA, NCC Counseling is all about exploring. Together, clients and counselors join to investigate what might be getting in the way of a healthier, more meaningful, and joyful life, develop a plan, and gather resources to heal. This process of investigating often starts over and over throughout the counseling process. It can… Read more »

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Day with Your Counselor

BY: Meghan McNabb Busy lifestyles, fast paced jobs, long commutes, and a packed schedule often mean less time to do the things that are best for us, like taking time to process with a counselor. If this sounds familiar, early morning counseling may be for you!  There are so many benefits to starting your day… Read more »

3 Ways to Support Military Family Members with Mental Illness

By: Vanessa Steffens Service members may experience all ranges of mental health related issues. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 4 active duty service members is affected by a mental health condition. Unfortunately, there is a large stigma surrounding mental illness and service members. Most military members will be silent about… Read more »

Have you tried Sandtray Therapy?

By: Maya Georgieva, Ed.D. LPC Humanistic sandtray therapy (HST) is a type of play therapy that is mostly used with adults. It is a wonderful alternative to talk therapy when words are not enough to describe complicated situations. By selecting miniatures and arranging them in sand, you can tell your story in a mindful, yet… Read more »

3 Important Mental Health Benefits of Physical Exercise

By: Vanessa Steffens “Exercise gives people endorphins, and endorphins make people happy…”  – Elle Woods Elle Wood said it best: exercise makes people happy. We know exercise has many physical health benefits, but there are also many mental health benefits of exercise. If you needed a few more reasons to get to the gym, take… Read more »

5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

By: Vanessa Steffens In our busy lives, we all have moments where we feel like our mental health might be suffering. Whether experiencing stress at work or dealing with the passing of a loved one, we could all benefit from taking time to take care of ourselves. This month is Mental Health Month. Let’s take… Read more »