The “Yeah, But…” and the “Ugh…”

Three words that destroy your motivation… “Yeah, but” and “ugh”. I hear these words and read these words so frequently. I don’t think people truly realize the power their words have on their own mental health. And if I could pick any words at…

“Planning” for Self-Care

Recently, I added a “Recommendations” page to my website so that I can keep a running log of books, workbooks, apps, journals, and other products that I have found to be useful in the overall improvement of mental health. The first items that I…

Supporting & Empowering Your Loved Ones who are Struggling.

Have you ever heard people compare emotional health with a bank account? Basically, in order to be able to make emotional withdrawals (i.e. giving love and attention to other people without depleting oneself), a person needs to make emotional deposits (self-care, words of affirmation,…

Job Stress & Your Mental Health

In the timeline of my own personal social media, I’m starting to see an influx of job-stress and burnout related posts.  Before any of my friends or family frantically take down their posts in an attempt to not let me psychoanalyze you, don’t worry!…

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Ahhhh spring. The song of birds is returning, breezes are coming through open windows, kids are able to go outside (every parent in the Midwest right now sighs an enormous sigh of relief in unison), grills are firing up, leaves are returning, and grass…

Five Quick Tips for Anxiety

Anxiety relief that you can do from (almost) anywhere.

Ho! Ho! Holy Emotions!

The hustle and bustle of the holidays has sprung into action!! Black Friday now in the books, Small Business Saturday hitting the streets now… and holiday music filling the stores and radio stations for the next several weeks!! What a wonderful time of year……

Mental Health & Educational Plans

Of the many professional reasons I decided to open up my own private practice, people are most surprised when I tell them this reason: Students with mental health and substance use diagnoses are largely under-served in our schools… and I happen to enjoy helping…

Oh! The Mompologies!!

“Ope! Sorry! I’m just gunna sneak right past ya…” Classic Midwesterner disclaimer sentence… I crack up every time I see this (oh so true) meme.  But whether you add the “ope” or not… and whether or not you’re a fellow Midwesterner, if you’re a…

Secondary Trauma & Vicarious Trauma

By the teenage years, many of us were familiar with the question “Where were you when….?” Where were you when Kennedy was assassinated? Where were you when The Challenger exploded? Where were you when Columbine happened? Where were you when the Oklahoma Bomb exploded? Where…

Counseling: It’s not what you see on TV

When I began my journey into private practice, one of the fun parts was furnishing my office.  From the decor to the coffee station and down to the furniture.  I have a smaller space because I like to keep things cozy and so what…

Why choose counseling as a means to better your life?

As a licensed mental health practitioner, I often am faced with answering questions that I never thought I’d ever hear… “What’s the most interesting case you’ve ever had?” (See point 1.) “Isn’t it depressing to hear such negative things all the time?” (See point…

The difference between a friend and a therapist

One of the best reasons to visit a qualified mental health professional is to give yourself the opportunity to talk freely without judgement to an objective person.  One thing you may not know is that ethically, therapists are not allowed to be friends with…