time for a mental health tune up

Feeling a Little Bit Off-Kilter? See Your Local Thera...

You take care of your car with regular maintenance and tune-ups. You also take care of your physical health with annual checkups. But many of us don’t think about the fact that we may need a mental health tune-up as well. If you feel like you’ve been out of sorts lately, it’s a good time …Read the rest…

9 Ways to Cope with Emotional Pain (without Food, Alcohol or Shopping) Houston, TX

9 Ways to Cope with Emotional Pain (without Food, Alc...

You find yourself suffering emotionally and looking for anything to help ease the emotional pain. What can you do? Perhaps you could turn to alcohol to numb the pain. Or you might use food to cope and over time start binging. You might decide to buy something new to distract yourself. Shopping, food, and alcohol aren’t a problem …Read the rest…

Why Your Emotional Health is so Important and How You Can Improve It Houston TX

Why Your Emotional Health is so Important and How You...

Emotional health seems to come as an afterthought to a lot of people. Magazines line the racks near the grocery store checkout line with titles such as “Bigger Biceps in 30 Days!” or “Lose the Beer Belly with This Simple Trick!” But you don’t see a lot of titles about improving your mental and emotional …Read the rest…

Cultivating Gratitude Over the Holidays

Recently, a dear friend of mine visited me from out of town, which excited me but also sent me into a cleaning frenzy.  This friend had never seen my apartment before, and I wanted it to be spotless and organized and cool and interesting and all kinds of fabulous.  For some reason, I was putting …Read the rest…

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Wellness for a Meaningful Life

Wellness can be defined as a way of life oriented toward optimal health and well-being in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated to live life more fully. It is the optimum state of health and well-being that each of us are capable of achieving.   In our counseling practice, we utilize a wellness approach, …Read the rest…

multitasking and mindfulness practice

How Multitasking Impacts Our Brains

We’re Not Really Multitaskers After All While conventional wisdom teaches us that multitasking makes us more efficient, research suggests that we’re incapable of efficiently managing more than two tasks at a time. Rather, we’re just shifting our attention rapidly from one thing to the next, which can have a detrimental impact on our brain. Think about it, …Read the rest…

mindfulness meditation and emotional pain

Meditation for Pain Management

  Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Pain in Recent Research Study   A recent study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centers showed that people with minimal training on mindfulness meditation were able to curb the intensity of physical pain by 40% and pain unpleasantness by 57% simply through meditation for pain management    The participants only completed …Read the rest…

coping with stress

Stress Management Strategies

Feeling Overwhelmed?   Pick one of the stress management strategies listed below and commit to finding a way to begin working it into your regular routine, one small step at a time.   Learn to Have Healthy Relationships This subject could fill an entire book. In the limited space of this post, let’s look at …Read the rest…

techniques of stress management

Techniques of Stress Management

When stress is high, it’s important to know what makes you feel calm and relaxed. Otherwise, it’s easy to turn to unhelpful coping strategies. What calms you or makes you feel more relaxed when stressors are high? Take a moment to reflect on this now so you’re not caught off guard once you’re feeling overwhelmed. …Read the rest…

midlife career change

Dealing with Midlife Change

  Dealing with Midlife Change   Benefits of the Midlife Checkup Taking the time to assess how your life is going at midlife and plan for midlife change can result in benefits such as these:   -It can help you identify and intensify your inner strengths. -You can find your own voice and express it your …Read the rest…

Brené Brown on Shame vs Guilt

Defining Shame vs Guilt Shame is a destructive emotion and can be one of the big reasons why we’re afraid of our feelings and our vulnerability. Brené defines guilt as, “something adaptive and helpful – it’s holding something we’ve done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort.” She defines shame …Read the rest…

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Countdown to the New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions With each new year, we feel we are granted the gift of a fresh start.  Based on this belief, armed with renewed hope and optimism, we make new year’s resolutions.  We make the promise to ourselves to improve our lives in some way, whether it be physically, socially, emotionally, or professionally. Often, …Read the rest…

Dealing with unfinished business

Letting Go of the Past

Unfinished Business People have a difficult time letting go of the past because they are held back by unfinished business. They may regret choice they have made or feel guilty about past actions. As long as guilt and regret are not resolved, it is difficult to move forward. The Regret Epidemic Regret is an emotion …Read the rest…


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