Grief, Loss & Life: A Group Process

By: Natalie Jensen, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work The upcoming group, Grief, Loss & Life, will feature weekly sessions, having attendees gather for 90-minutes in the early evening. Sessions are on Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm, beginning March 5th, and run through April 30th (off April 9th). This spring cycle will be limited to a… Read more »

How trained is your counselor? The answer: Very.

By: Sara Boothe, M.A. Credentials, or the multiple letters at the end of your counselor’s name, can be confusing to decipher. They can include degrees, professional titles, and even certifications. Many states designate the professional counselor credential with different titles and acronyms, making it even more confusing for many clients. It is helpful – even… Read more »

The Initial Counseling Session [video]

By: Maya Georgieva, Ed.D., LPC Many people who have never experienced counseling before wonder what the first session may look like. You may be wondering what to expect. Even if you’ve been to counseling before, you may not be sure what your new counselor is going to ask you during the first counseling session and… Read more »

The Physical Side of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Often, children and their caregivers do not realize anxiety can have physical effects. Children can experience various physical symptoms related to anxiety such as stomach aches, headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, nausea, fatigue, sleep disruption, and restlessness. Physical symptoms like these should always first be medically explored to rule out other underlying causes. That being said, these types of symptoms are often produced by anxiety.

Grief is Hard, but THIS is Harder

We can choose to suppress grief’s attention-seeking signals; however, complete disregard for grief’s journey might create a more difficult path. Taking a pause and honoring some of our deeper grief emotions can be challenging. Yet, if these emotions are left in a box, ignored, or continually deferred, they may show up for us in far more egregious ways. 

Tips to Navigate the Holidays While Staying in Eating Disorder Recovery

For many of us, the holiday season seems to center around food. People make food together, gather to eat food, and talk about food. Food, food, food. For those diagnosed with an eating disorder, the holidays are the ultimate test of recovery skills. While it may seem intimidating, it is possible to make it through the holiday season recovery focused! Here are some steps to help get your holiday season started off right.

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 »

Cyberbullying: Four Ways to Intervene

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When social media first took center stage back in the mid-2000s, it was largely intended as an avenue to help connect people near and far. However, there have also been unintended consequences. While the use of social media continues to be a heavily discussed topic, focus has shifted to bullying that can result from social media use.

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Day with Your Counselor

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 off with a therapy session. You start your day with a clear headspace and the ability to set a goal or intention to help you stay motivated.

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 »

A Guide to National Screen Free Week

This week is National Screen Free Week! It’s an invitation to put down your phone or tablet, turn off the computer and TV, and enjoy life beyond the screen. Off-screen time encourages connection with others and creativity. It can be an intentional time to connect with your kids, your family, and your community. Taking a… Read more »