Learning to Love Your Rough Edges

Posted By: on February 24, 2017
We all have parts of ourselves we don’t necessarily like. It may be easy to love your great sense of humor, compassion or friendliness, but there are other things about yourself that you probably find harder to love. You most likely aren’t proud of your temper or tendency to procrastinate. However, if you want to love yourself fully, you need to learn to love your rough edges, too. Unconditional love doesn’t require you to be perfect, so you don’t have to completely change or lose all yo

Dealing with Anger in your Relationship

Posted By: on October 05, 2016
Relationship Boundaries
Anger is a natural human emotion. Sometimes things at work are frustrating, or someone rear-ends your car. It’s nearly impossible to never get angry. In reality, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. If you and your partner are frequently angry at one another, there are ways to address it that will help avoid nasty fights and massive arguments.1. Address It ImmediatelyDon’t let anger linger. The more you sit and stew over a problem, the angrier you’ll become. Chances are, you

How Your Family of Origin Impacts Your Emotional Issues Today

Posted By: on September 15, 2016
Our family of origin, or the family that we grew up with, impacts us for the rest of our lives. Family of origin could mean biological or adoptive parents, siblings or grandparents or any other childhood caregiver.  They influence so much of our lives and behaviors, from our diets to our cleaning habits. Our families also impact our emotional issues (or lack of, if we’re fortunate). If we can recognize how our family of origin impacts our emotional behaviors, we can work toward correcting neg

Addiction Treatment and the Recovery Process

Posted By: on September 07, 2016
By Matt GonzalesDrug addiction can become a chronic disease that affects your physical and mental health, job status and relationships. Once you're hooked on a drug, your whole life can revolve around it.Substance use disorders are common in the United States. Heroin use in particular has skyrocketed in recent years. From 2002 to 2013, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Al

The Benefits of Longer Term Therapy

Posted By: on August 31, 2016
Long term therapy
 Many people will seek professional counseling or go to therapy at some point in their lives. It’s beneficial for many areas of life, or before and after big life changes. People talk with professionals about marriage, divorce, a new baby, losing a friend or family or being unemployed. Talking with an unbiased professional who can offer practical advice and coping mechanisms is extremely beneficial during a difficult time. However, most people who get professional help only do so for a short

Managing Your Anxiety

Posted By: on August 25, 2016
Dealing With Anxiety
 When anxiety strikes, it’s easy to let it quickly get out of control. While therapy is an important part of getting help for your anxiety, here are a things you can do to manage your anxiety levels at home.Remember to BreatheIt seems silly to remind yourself to breathe, but when anxiety starts rising, your breath is often the first thing to go. When you’re anxious, your heart rate rises and your breathing becomes shallow, worsening the problem. By taking deep, slow breaths, you slow your h

What to Do When You Have a Panic Attack

Posted By: on August 18, 2016
 For someone who has never experienced it, a panic attack is downright terrifying. Many people think they’re having a heart attack or dying. Even for those who have experienced them before, the symptoms of a panic attack can make you even more anxious. Your heart races and pounds in your chest. You feel warm and sweaty, no matter how cold it is. You may feel lightheaded, nauseous and short of breath. Your body is responding as if you are terribly afraid, even if there’s nothing to be scared

What to Say to Someone Who’s Depressed and How Counseling Can Help Depression

Posted By: on August 11, 2016
 Depression is one of the most misunderstood and mistreated conditions that someone might have. It is important to realize that depression is very different from a bad mood. A bad mood will go away over time. People in bad moods can just “feel better.” This is not the same for people with depression. They need professional treatment in order to help them regain a sense of happiness and pleasure again. While we may not all be professionals, we can still help out our depressed friends and fam

Keys to Better Communication

Posted By: on July 22, 2016
Effective communication is the cornerstone of all our relationships. We need it in the workplace, at home, in marriages and relationships, and with friends and family. Poor communication leads to misunderstandings, hurt feelings and even fights. Below are five keys to better communication to help you improve all your personal relationships.1. ListenThe most important part of good communication is listening. So often, we’re only half listening to what other people are saying, because we’re wa