Mental Health

5 Tips for Surviving Family Drama During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Holidays, Mental Health, Relationships | 0 comments

5 Tips for Surviving Family Drama During the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. Warm fires, yummy pies, comfort food, long-held traditions. These are the things that so many of us look forward to and enjoy about Thanksgiving and Christmas. But there are also those of us who dread the holidays. For some, the holidays mean facing some messy family drama. As a society, I think we like to assume that the holidays mean cozy families huddled around a table in a room full of laughter. The truth is, for many of us, the scene is much different. There’s conflict, broken relationships, deep-rooted hurts, etc. Stress clouds the joy.  For some,...

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In the Midst of the Hard Days

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health | 0 comments

In the Midst of the Hard Days

Have you ever just had a really hard day? One of those days where you’re just not quite sure if you’re going to make it through? As counselors, we often ask our clients what the ratio of bad days to good days is. Are you having more good days than bad, or more bad than good? The truth of the matter is that even if we are having mostly good days, we all have hard days every now and then. And sometimes, when those hard days come, it can feel like you just hit a brick wall going 100 miles per hour. But what if we all did a little prep work for those days? If only we had some sort of game plan,...

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Taking a Break from Being Supermom

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Taking a Break from Being Supermom

As a new momma, I’ve begun to understand a whole new world of self-doubt. It’s not talked about much, or at least not enough. I remember sitting in the hospital  rocking chair rocking our brand new son, who was screaming at the top of his lungs, and being filled with immense fear. How was I going to do this? Could I do this? Did I have what it takes? Those days in the hospital seem long, yet they fly by. And then…you go home. This is the moment it all changes. Sure, the self-doubt is there, but somehow, like in one swift motion, it gets pushed way down beneath the surface and we turn into...

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The Single Valentine

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Holidays, Mental Health, Relationships | 0 comments

The Single Valentine

These days, Valentine’s day seems like it has taken on a life of its own with the all the commercial hype! For many of us this is fine, it is a fun excuse to celebrate our love and/or relationship. However, for those who don’t have a significant other this can be a hard time of year. All the hearts, flowers, candy, etc. can be a painful reminder of something that you are missing. I understand, I have been there before. I remember one Valentine’s Day before my husband and I started dating where it seemed like all of my friends were in serious relationships. I was dreading...

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Engage In Life

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

Engage In Life

A few years ago, I started a new job with a health system right before my birthday.  So I was surprised when my new boss gave me a really nice birthday gift: a purple long-sleeved pullover with the phrase “Engage in Life” embroidered on the front.  (I think it was leftover from a cancer fundraiser, but since all of my previous work experience was with non-profits, I was just excited to get something for my birthday besides a card!) I wear the pullover all the time now and I love to think about the phrase “Engage in Life” every time I notice it in the mirror.  It reminds me to stay involved...

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Taking Back the Holidays (Ways to cut out stress)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Holidays, Mental Health | 0 comments

Taking Back the Holidays (Ways to cut out stress)

It seems like lately the holidays have become increasingly intense and stress-filled. There are so many expectations, demands, and pulls on our time, energy, money, and other resources. It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the demands of the holiday season and the internet doesn’t help. I have said it before, and the holidays are no exception, but sites like Facebook, instagram, and pintrest only help to make the stress worse. We are constantly seeing images that others post of perfectly decorated homes, amazing gifts, and perfect holiday meals. Combine that with all the other...

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