How Talking About Your Mental Health Can Help You

Posted By: on July 25, 2019
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The term ‘coming out’ has historically been associated with individuals who declare to the rest of the world that their sexuality isn’t of the heterosexual persuasion. Most of us will say, let everyone live their life in the manner that they choose, but there will be those who are shocked and saddened by such a revelation. Telling others that you are battling with a mental illness can be a similar process, but while coming out about your mental state may alarm some, there are fewer and

My First Counselor was a Rosebush

Posted By: on May 23, 2019
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I was in college and living in a house I had just bought...for $17,000. It was in the old, run-down part of town– it was an old, run-down kind of house. But it was mine. I had been charmed by its 1920s brass door handles and grandmotherly smell, but what I was really excited by were the rosebushes out front. Crazy rose vines with gnarled old trunks clenched like fists around the wild tangle of canes that climbed wildly up and around the chain link fence. My grandmother loved roses and had t

Laughter Might Be The Best Medicine

Posted By: on April 14, 2019
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It wasn’t until I went through one of the darkest seasons of my life, that I learned about the power of laughter. When anxiety rears its ugly head, or depression seems to wake you up, it feels like the end of the world. I’ve found that light is much closer than we think, closer than our very breath… Have you ever heard of a man named Norman Cousins? Me neither. Not until recently when I was moved by his story. Cousins, a political journalist took a trip to Russia and contracted ankylosi

What is Counseling Like?

Posted By: on January 16, 2019
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Learn what to expect before attending your first session. You’ve probably witnessed the world of therapy through the entertainment industry’s eyes. You’ve seen plenty of therapists depicted in film and TV shows. Some of the impressions you may have been left with include therapy being ineffective, that it seldom helps, or that mental health professionals have large laundry lists of issues of their own! Counseling Isn’t What Hollywood Portrays It to Be Counseling is highly beneficial a

Group Counseling and How It Helps with Relationships and Mental Health

Posted By: on January 02, 2019
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Become a happier, healthier, better-supported version of yourself right away. Group counseling offers a unique environment for growth. Individuals who opt to be part of group therapy learn a lot about themselves in relation to other people. They quickly learn their communication style, how to deal with people with different personalities, and how to maintain their physical and mental health by asking for what they need from others to thrive. How Being Part of Group Therapy Helps Your Relatio

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