Posts Categorized: Mental Health

To Trust or Not To Trust…. That is the Question

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Have you ever passed up potential friendships and opportunities to be part of a group because you were afraid you wouldn’t be accepted, or you would wind up getting hurt?  Have you ever trusted someone too quickly only to be disappointed or hurt by them?  Most of us have experienced both situations at one time […]

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Finding the “We” by Holding onto Hope

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Sometimes it can feel as though we live in a country that is becoming more and more divided. Turning on the news comes with an emotional assault and reminder that there is always an “us” and a “them”. More and more people are feeling burdened by the state of our disunity. There are more reports […]

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Could Boundaries Actually Be the Best Way of Loving People?

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I don’t know about you, but I always thought of boundaries as “selfish” or “harsh.” But what if boundaries are actually a way of loving people well? Bear with me here, what if the word “boundaries” is actually synonymous with “clarity” and “freedom?” Boundaries are the best way of defining: who you are and who […]

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The Courage of Therapy

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Therapy is hard. If you’ve ever taken those first steps through a therapist’s doors, then you know how heavy those steps can feel. Stepping through those doors means that you’re being willing to say that something in your life isn’t working. You are saying, “I need help”; a transformative and counter-cultural statement in a society […]

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More than your Diagnosis – Differentiating Between Mental Illness and Burnout

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In recent months, I have noticed an increasing trend in some of my more “acute” clients. These are people who have been in therapy on and off for several years and have come to terms with their various diagnoses. They are actively committed to the treatment plan and are moving towards health. The trend that […]

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How to Get your Teen Invested in Therapy

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Watching your teenager struggle with life’s difficulties can be challenging.  Not knowing how to help can prove to be even harder.  If your teenager is having difficulty in school or extra-curricular activities, or is struggling in relationships, therapy might be the place for them to work it out.  Here are a few ways to spark […]

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DBT for College Aged Students: Is This Class Right for Me?

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So you’re already struggling, and now you have to go to college. College often involves more responsibility which is tough when you’re already struggling. Maybe your life feels like an uphill climb, in the rain, in knee-deep mud? Does it feel as though you can never catch a break and everywhere you turn, something more […]

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Why Self-Care is More Productive in the Long-Run

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Culture today constantly tells us, “keep pushing,” “there aren’t enough hours in the day,” “hustle,” or “work harder”. We are always receiving messages that what we’re doing is not enough, who we are is not enough, or if we just worked a little bit harder, we would be enough. We’re always looking to the next […]

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The Art (not science) of Effective Discipline

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Discipline can be a touchy subject.  Everyone has an opinion and a story to back up their opinion but there isn’t one cookie-cutter approach that will work for every child.  Even within one family, siblings may require something different depending on their temperament, their age, or your level of patience after a long day at […]

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