I Don’t Wanna Feel Like This Anymore

Depression is characterized by a cluster of symptoms that co-occur. Disturbed sleep, disturbed appetite, disturbed concentration, feeling sad/down/low/agitated/hopeless/empty, periods of crying, a lack of pleasure in activities that one normally would feel pleasure, and more concerning are thoughts of not wanting to live/wanting to die.  Almost any one symptom alone would not indicate depression, but […]

Understanding and Supporting Teens

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Many parents struggle with finding ways to support their teens, engage their teens, or connect with their teens. As a teen specialist, the challenges are understandable to me, and especially now as a parent of a 9 and 12 year old (the teen years are around the corner and seemingly already here sometimes..lol). As a […]

Facing Life Transitions

Compass

You can expect that life will throw you curveballs. Some you might expect or happily welcome, sometimes you might plan to bring changes upon yourself and sometimes we are hit with situations we had no preparation to deal with. (Like in divorce: there are those that have been ready for a while and initiate the […]

Let’s Go for a Walk: How Regular Exercise Can Aid Mental Health

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By now, most of us know that exercise offers numerous health benefits. From maintaining an ideal weight, to reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, moving our body every day improves the length and quality of our lives. But not all of us recognize just how important exercise is to our mental health. Beyond […]

7 Tips for Getting Through a Breakup

Counselor and client

No breakup is ever easy, but some breakups can make you feel like you’ve been sucker punched. And during those times, it can become sincerely difficult to see a way forward. Maybe your friends and family don’t seem to understand why you’re struggling so much, but you have every right to your feelings and your […]

Mindfulness and Mindful Practice

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Mindfulness is not a new concept or practice, however it seems to be more popular these days.  I first learned about mindfulness in 2004 when I was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  It is one of the core skills that needs to be learned and taught in that approach.  From the training until now, I […]

What Is Emotional Self Care?

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I recently had a client ask me, “what really is emotional care? what does that mean?” What it means to me is quite a few things… Firstly, emotional care means taking care of your biological and physical needs.  Specifically sleep hygiene, eating well, and exercise.  If your not getting enough sleep on a daily basis and […]

Changing Your Negative Self-Talk

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We all have negative self-talk at one point or another.  Some seem to experience it more than others.  I think that usually has to do with one’s environment in which they learned these tendencies.  But there is an emotional consequence to negative self-talk, which of course you can guess is negative feelings.  Most of the time […]

Boundaries

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It seems that the source of depression and anxiety for many of the client’s I work with has to do with personal boundaries. (This is not the only cause/source of depression and anxiety).  When one gives so much of themselves and doesn’t know how to limit the energy they give out, they become emotionally drained, anxious, resentful, […]

Is Therapy Right For Me?

People often report various reasons for coming into counseling.  They include comments like, “I felt I had no one to talk to anymore and didn’t want to keep burdening my family,” or “I can’t concentrate and function well at work anymore, these issues are just overriding all my thoughts,” or “I can’t seem to stop […]