Mental Health

Flourishing in Fall
October 19, 2023

As fall quickly approaches, there is both a level of excitement and fatigue that sets in for some who realize they have completed spring and summer. It is celebrated that the summer vacation was amazing and that the kids...

A.I.R. Your Emotions: Navigating Grief with Acknowledgment, Identification, and Release
October 10, 2023

Grief is what we experience when dealing with loss. Examples include loss of someone we love, loss of physical ability, or loss of a relationship. We grieve what is no longer there. Grief is a process we must journey...

How to Respond When Your Child’s School Alerts You About Their Suicidal Thoughts
October 10, 2023

Many school systems have begun to work with students on understanding their emotional needs, which includes talking about suicide. According to the CDC, “Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 20-34” in 2021....

8 Tips to Combat Seasonal Depression
October 10, 2023

While fall can be an exciting time with Halloween, football, and cooler weather, it can also be a challenging time for people who suffer with depression. As the seasons change, some people notice their depression symptoms worsen. Here are...

The Importance of Adherence in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
October 10, 2023

What is DBT? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment originally created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It has since been adapted to help adults, as well as adolescents and their families cope with dysregulated emotions and...

What Story From Your Life Makes You Go Into Hiding? 
August 7, 2023

According to The Gottman Institute; Here’s the truth about shame: the less you talk about it with someone safe, the more control it has over your life and psychological well-being. The fear behind shame is usually the belief that...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Unveiling the Truth about Youth Mental Health
July 31, 2023

Recent statistics paint a vivid picture of the challenges faced by our youth. According to a comprehensive study, an alarming 1 in 5 adolescents grapple with mental health issues, ranging from depression and anxiety to addiction and suicidal ideation....

Your Child’s Anxiety: Signs and Strategies for Calming Their Mind and Body
July 17, 2023

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychological problem that children experience? One in eight children suffer from a significant anxiety disorder (Wang, 2017). In an average sized classroom of about 25 school-aged children,...

How Does Racism Impact the Mental and Physical Health of African Americans?
July 17, 2023

I recently received a referral involving an African American mother and her 20-year-old son with mental health issues. The mother expressed her preference for an African American male therapist, which she thought would be in the best interest of...

Self-Esteem and Self-Actualization versus the Transcendent Self 
July 14, 2023

In my counseling practice, I am often asked about the importance of a healthy self-esteem, and how to get a “better” one: “My performance (in school, in sports, in social situations) suffers because I don’t have enough self-confidence. How...