Some People Fear That Couples Counseling Will Be Bad for Their Marriage. It’s not! Here’s why.

Posted By: on October 16, 2018
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If you think that couples counseling will be bad for your marriage, you’re misinformed. It’s actually a way to strengthen your bond, get past disagreements, and help you and your spouse become better communicators with one another. Marriage counseling is ideal for men and women at any stage of their relationship (married or not). In fact, Psychology Today Author Caroline Sweatt-Eldredge states that “Couples who engage in premarital counseling have a more realistic view of marriage and a de

When Should I Go to Marriage Counseling and When Do I Need Individual Counseling?

Posted By: on October 02, 2018
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Counseling services vary in approach. Couples counseling or marriage counseling is a service that couples use to deal with issues that could potentially damage their relationship. Because couples counseling addresses the couple and the relationship in question, it doesn’t necessarily focus on the individual. Individual counseling is an entirely different type of counseling that complements couples counseling by helping one person understand their role in the marital issues. When Should I

How to Take Care of Your Emotional Well-Being: A Quick Guide for People on the Go

Posted By: on August 06, 2018
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If you know the feeling of being busy all too well, understand that you’re not alone. According to Author Lissa Rankin, M.D., there are even people who are addicted to being busy. In fact, she states that men, women, and children can sometimes hide behind a busy schedule as a way to avoid feeling discomfort and dissatisfaction with their lives. They can sometimes wear this busyness as a badge of honor that raises their self-worth and self-importance. The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of B

Overcoming Your Sense of Separation

Posted By: on June 18, 2018
Simple Tips for Building a Life of Connection and Communication Loneliness can be surprisingly pervasive in today’s ultra-connected world. In spite of instant messaging, smartphones, and dating apps, many people still face the age-old problem of isolation. And the false expectations for what life “should be like,” fostered by media, social networks, and the stories we tell ourselves, certainly don’t help. In this article, we would like to offer you a few suggestions that may help you t

How Mental Health Issues Can Impact Your Physical Health

Posted By: on March 15, 2017
Many of us grew up learning about health strictly in terms of physical health—making sure your body was healthy. However, we now know that health is comprised of a number of things, including mental and emotional wellbeing. Being healthy means our minds, hearts and bodies are in good condition. Especially since issues with mental health can actually impact your physical health, as well. As it turns out, physical health and mental health are closely related. People in good physical condition a

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

Facing Your Fears with Compassion

Posted By: on February 21, 2017
We all have fears. Whether it’s fear of failure, being alone, or making the wrong choice, fear can leave us feeling paralyzed and hopeless. It can affect our relationships, our decisions, and our emotional wellbeing. While some level of fear is healthy and keeps us safe, most of our fears just hold us back. At some point, we will have to face our fears or they may end up hurting us.Facing our fears isn’t easy. You may have a perfectly valid reason for being afraid of something. A past experi

What Your Early Memories Can Tell You about Yourself

Posted By: on February 08, 2017
Think back to your earliest memory. How old are you? Research has shown that most people’s earliest memories date back to when they were about 3½ years old, although many adults only remember things from when they were about 6. Since we retain so few of those early memories from between the ages of three and six, the experiences we do recall probably have a profound impact on who we are as adults. The things we remember can vary widely from person to person. They can be play activities, injur

Mindfulness: A Buddhist Idea Takes Root in Everyday Mental Health

Posted By: on January 04, 2017
Over the last few years, the concept of mindfulness has taken hold in the west. While many eastern cultures have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for centuries, western countries are just now catching on. The practice of mindfulness began around 1500 BCE as a part of the yogic practice of Hindus. Around 500 BCE, Buddhists adopted their own take on mindfulness by practicing breathing and deep focus. Certain meditative practices spread to Judeo-Christian leaders throughout the Middle Age

Signs of Suicide Risk and What to Do

Posted By: on November 16, 2016
Suicide is a serious thing, and unfortunately many people commit suicide. Each year, 34,000 people commit suicide—that’s one death by suicide every 15 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults ages 12-24. More youth die from suicide than from cancer, AIDS, birth defects, pneumonia and the flu combined.  While there is no definitive cause of suicide, there are signs and factors to look out for and ways to step in to help prevent suicide. Many people who comm