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depression

Why Depression Needs to Be Talked About

Depression is a common mental disorder in people of all ages. Depression affects millions of people each year and has the potential to lead to severe health problems. It’s normal to feel sad from time to time, but if you’re consistently miserable and it affects your quality of life, you might have clinical depression. It’s…

dialectical behavioral therapy

DBT 101: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Basics – What...

When you’ve been troubled by the same problems for years, and previous therapy hasn’t been very helpful, don’t give up hope. It might just be time to consider a new form of treatment. Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. If you’re not familiar with dialectical behavior…

emotional intelligence

How to Achieve Emotional Intelligence & Get In T...

Each of us gets to experience our own inner world, making it impossible for outsiders to ever see things as we do. Simultaneously (and somewhat ironically), we cannot always see ourselves clearly.  For example, this explains why it sometimes takes someone else’s observation for us to identify our emotions. In moments like this, you might say…

racial trauma

We Need to Talk About Racial Trauma

To state the obvious: 2020 has been a year of much racial turmoil and reckoning, and we have all been introduced or reintroduced to a wide range of terms of concepts. Jarring, and debated among us, has been rhetoric, including “white supremacy, privilege, and fragility—opinions about systemic racism, critical race theory, and reconciliation swirl through…

complex ptsd

Complex PTSD: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

In any given year, the National Center for PTSD reports that around 5.2 million Americans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which equates to nearly 2 percent of the country’s population. That’s a huge number. But did you also know there is something called Complex PTSD? They are often confused as they are very similar.  Within…

What is Mental Health

Mental Health: What It Is & How to Improve it

2020 has been challenging, and you have likely handled obstacles that you were not expecting. A fair amount of these challenges may have been out of your control. Though difficulties are typical, the knockout this year delivered is not. So, here are some tips and tricks to help you better understand and care for your…

mind-gut connection

The Mind-Gut Connection – how does stress affect th...

If you have ever waited to be introduced on stage for a major presentation, you know about the connection between the mind and your gut. At best, you call this sensation in your stomach butterflies; at worst, it feels like someone has tied your colon in a knot. You might even feel like you want…

Coping Strategies for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder: 15 Strategies to Help Yo...

There is a dreary feeling that settles in at the start of colder seasons. Come autumn and winter; you may notice that you’re increasingly anxious, melancholy, and even depressed. However, if your symptoms are severe and interfere with your functioning well in daily life, you may not just be suffering from the winter blues. It…

how to heal holiday

How to Heal this Holiday Season

Therapists often handle situations that call for healing, and the holiday season is no exception. This “special time” will be increasingly difficult for many Americans following the year we’ve had. So, our counselors put together comprehensive strategies to help you heal this holiday season, whether that be from negative self-talk, codependent relationships, grief, loss, and…

emotional health vs mental health

Emotional Health vs. Mental Health: The Real Differen...

Envision mental health as the ocean, with emotional health being the waves. With that comparison in mind, consider the differences. Mental health involves processing all the information we encounter, but emotional health is more about the feelings provoked by the data processed. Emotional and mental health are related but markedly different. Everyone gets anxious at…

Coping with Food Family Stress Holidays

Coping Skills for Family, Food, and Stress During the...

Our therapists recognize the holiday season to be stressful, no matter what holiday you find yourself celebrating. There is a lot of preparation, planning, adjusting, and executing involved during this time of the year, and that’s not even considering your usual responsibilities. So our counseling group developed these coping skills to help you through this…

coping with loss

Coping with Loss During the Holidays

COVID-19 has changed everything. There isn’t a person in this country that hasn’t been affected by this pandemic. One way or another, we are all coping with loss. This year hasn’t been easy for anyone and you may be experiencing the lack of human interaction that you once enjoyed since we can’t gather like we…


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