Introvert or Extrovert?

(May 26, 2022) Which one are you? The terms introvert and extrovert are often used in casual conversation, and many people identify with one or the other. These terms, while used frequently, can be misused or misunderstood. So, what does it mean to be an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert is someone who gets…

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Boundaries 

(May 5, 2022) Boundaries should be a part of every relationship Especially healthy relationships. Practicing healthy communication patterns and clearly setting boundaries is a large part of what helps people to grow and find peace in their relationships with others and themselves. In her book, “Set Boundaries Find Peace”, Nedra Glover Tawwab dives into what…

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The Power of Humor

(April 19, 2022) “Laughter is the best medicine”  What does this phrase mean? Laughter in and of itself can’t cure colds, broken limbs, or kidney disease. So why do we say that laughter is “medicine”? Often, though not always, what we mean is that humor makes us feel better. Humor is an important tool in…

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Talking To Teens About Mental Health

(March 29, 2022) We need to talk to teens about mental health because teens need to know they can take charge of their own mental health.   According to the national institute of mental health (NIMH) in 2020, 31.9% of adolescents experience some type of anxiety disorder with 8.3% of them being severe.  NIMH also reported…

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A Beginners Guide to Radical Acceptance

(March 21, 2022) You are awake and it’s 2:03 in the morning. Your alarm is set to go off at 6 am. You say to yourself “ok, if I fall asleep right NOW I can get 3 hours and 57 minutes of sleep” How do you feel? Anxious? Stressed about the following day? Not a…

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First Responders Need Support Too 

(March 3, 2022) A little about me:  A therapist once told me, “You can have another career.” I was not so sure of that considering I was in my early 40’s. I had a career in law enforcement for 17 years that ended when I went on disability for a duty related injury.  As with…

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Is It Time to Break Up with Your Therapist?

(February 16, 2022) Therapy, at its core, is a relationship. You meet with someone regularly and they help you work through some of your most personal and painful experiences. They help you cope with your moods, help you get resources, and provide you with a model for what relationships can look like. The difference between…

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3 Tips to Self-Compassion

(February 2, 2022) Are you inwardly suffering?  There are days when we do not want anyone to notice or sit with us through our suffering.  We just want to be left alone, because we feel it is too big, too small, or just embarrassing.  Maybe it is a moral, relational, work, schooling, or parenting fail. …

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Online vs. Traditional Therapy

(January 5, 2022) Online vs Traditional Therapy If you are a consumer of media, you are likely familiar with online therapy platforms. At first glance, there does not seem to be a downside. What are the benefits and drawbacks to traditional therapy? What can traditional therapy do, that online therapy cannot?  Let’s break down some…

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Grateful & Thankful

(November 15, 2021) Incorporating Gratitude into Your Thanksgiving Season When Joe Gardner, a fictional character in the Disney movie, ‘Soul’, finally achieves his biggest life goals, he is left feeling a little empty. He doesn’t understand why he doesn’t feel 100% satisfied, and why he doesn’t feel eternal happiness. This sounds familiar to many of…

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