Reducing Stress

Is there a new normal yet?

At the beginning of the pandemic life as we knew it abruptly changed, with little time to mentally prepare for those changes. Anytime there is change, it creates a new opportunity to define what “normal,” is for us. Many believe grief is only related to a person we care about who has passed away, but…

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Structure in Unstructured Times

We made it to summer! As we enter the summer months, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and we tend to let out a collective sigh of relief. Even if your work schedule doesn’t change during the summer, something about this time of year feels different. Lazier, less scheduled, and more open to…

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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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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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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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Delta Disappointment

(August 30, 2022) Just a few short months ago, COVID 19 seemed to be all but a thing of the past. Mask mandates were being lifted for those who were fully vaccinated, get togethers were resuming in safe ways, hospitals weren’t overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients, and overall COVID 19 numbers were dropping. Then came…

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Academic Burnout

(August 4, 2021) Whether you’ve experienced it personally or not, the mention of burnout usually brings out a sense of dread. Those who have yet to start their careers may be less familiar with the concept or feeling, even if they recognize the term. Burnout is classically considered an occupational phenomenon by the World Health…

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