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Parenting: Using Encouragement Over Praise
November 4, 2021

When your child gets a good grade, figures out how to do something, or completes something we often respond with praise such as “Great job!”, “Excellent”, “Way to get an A on that!”.  This is defined as praise.  While...

Characteristics of Someone Using Drugs/Alcohol
November 4, 2021

Addiction affects all aspects of a person: physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually. They want to present and act as if everything were “normal,” when in reality their behavior and thought processes have been radically affected by the disease....

Is This Normal?
November 4, 2021

One of my favorite quotes on relationships is: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one” by C.S. Lewis. Friendships, and relationships in general, can...

What Makes Addiction a Disease?
November 4, 2021

Addiction is all around us. Whether you are a family member of a loved one who is using, an employer, a pastor, or simply someone who is concerned about the state of affairs in our world, you are keenly...

How to Take Time Away from Your Phone
November 2, 2021

2009: I had a flip phone. It was only my second year using a phone, but I was obsessed with it- the way it felt in my hand, the rhythm of flipping it open to text, even just the comfort of having...

How to Maintain Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season and a Pandemic
November 1, 2021

The holiday season can be a joyful time for many, but this time of year may increase people’s symptoms who experience mental health diagnoses. The holiday season can cause a lot of stress and isolation for many people. Individuals...

Setting Boundaries & Self-Care
October 19, 2021

“Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously.” – Prentis Hemphill In a world becoming more focused on mental health, we often hear the terms “boundaries” and “self-care” without much context into what these...

Hayden Hurst Family Foundation Makes $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge to The Summit Counseling Center
October 6, 2021

Cathy Hurst, vice president of the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation, presented a $10,000 check to The Summit Counseling Center to support their school-based mental health partnership with Fulton County Schools. “This program is in alignment with the Foundation’s focus...

How to Support Your Teenager with Anxiety
October 1, 2021

Most of the teenagers I work with experience anxiety in some form. Over my years working with this population, I have found that I often am supporting the parents and family as well. I do not often hear people...

To be Young, Black and Depressed
October 1, 2021

There has been more acknowledgement, inclusion and research regarding the disproportionate rates of depression, lack of mental health accessibility and lack of individuals seeking therapy due to the stigma that still resides within the black community. We’ve seen the...