mental health

Getting Through the Holidays

The holidays are no longer simply approaching quickly, they are here. For many, the holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends, and for many others, it can be a time of grief or strife. If you are struggling during the holiday season, below are some tips and tricks to help get you [...]

2020-09-23T14:19:44-05:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Family, Self Care, Trauma|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What to do When my Loved One Doesn’t Want Support

Watching loved ones struggle, whatever their age, is always excruciating. It leaves a gaping hole in your stomach and a heaviness in your heart unlike anything else. It produces a deep desperation to make everything better. But what if your loved one does not want your help (or maybe anyone else’s)? How do you continue [...]

2020-10-09T15:57:36-05:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Family, Mental Health|Tags: , , , |

The Practice of Saying “No”

The holiday season is packed with requests for our time, energy, and resources.  “Will you help with the class party?” “Could we host Christmas at your house this year?” “Please donate to this worthy cause!” It’s easy to over-commit ourselves when we want to say “yes” or feel we’re expected to say “yes” to many [...]

2020-09-23T14:35:04-05:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Self Care|Tags: , , , , , |

I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed: Navigating Depression on the Really Hard Days

The alarm goes off and you roll over and hit the snooze button. For many people, an alarm is an invitation to start the day and to get excited about what may lay ahead. But for those who are experiencing a depressive episode, an alarm every morning feels like a cruel reminder of the weight [...]

2020-09-23T14:46:29-05:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, Self Care|Tags: , , , , |

What if it’s Thanksgiving and I don’t feel thankful?!

History tells us that Thanksgiving was created as a day to celebrate and express gratitude for the bounty of the earth, for neighbors, for abundance. Over time, as families and communities develop their own traditions, it appears to have grown to become a day to celebrate good food and good relationships amidst sharing laughs and [...]

What Caused My Eating Disorder?

As a clinician who works with eating disorders, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the same question posed over and over again by clients and their loved ones: “Kristin, what caused this eating disorder?” There is normally a sense of desperation in this question hoping that I will somehow have the [...]

3 Ways to Overcome Everyday Anxiety

Anxiety attacks or general feelings of anxiousness can leave you feeling incapable of moving forward. While it may seem like there’s nothing to do but wait it out, there are several techniques that can be used to loosen anxiety’s grip. Here are four anxiety treatment tips to help alleviate your feelings of uneasiness. 3 Tips for Relieving [...]

2020-09-23T15:06:32-05:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, Services|Tags: , |

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a unique type of depression that’s related to changes in the seasons. It typically begins and ends around the same times each year, with symptoms becoming more severe as the season progresses. This mental health condition affects an estimated 6 % of the U.S. population. In severe cases, it can be linked to suicidal [...]

2020-10-09T16:05:49-05:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , , |

I Just Don’t Want to Feel Anything: Numbing to Cope

“I just don’t want to feel anything.” “Feeling scares me.” “If I slow down, it might all catch up to me.” “If I start feeling, I’m afraid I will never stop.” “If I keep myself busy enough, then I don’t have to think about it.” I cannot tell you how many times I have sat [...]

2020-10-09T15:56:23-05:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, Self Care|Tags: , , , |

A Key Component for Successful Therapy: Therapeutic Alliance

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and for our blog, we wanted to highlight an important aspect needed for successful therapy... therapeutic alliance.  Here is what our own, Susie Schrader, M.Ed, MA, LPCC, had to share. We are hurt in relationships with others, we can heal in relationships with others. This is one of the [...]

2020-09-22T11:58:21-05:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, News|Tags: , , |
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