• The Harm of the Positive Psychology Trend: the negative side to being positive

    Who here isn’t aware of the positive psychology trend? Life is great! Life is wonderful! All of life’s problems are solved with this idea of HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE! Wouldn’t it help your situation and make life much more bearable if you were able to think positive thoughts through your struggles to turn that frown upside-down? If you’re struggling with this concept maybe you should count your blessings and stop being such a negative Nancy! Get your gratitude journal out and make note each day your happy moments! Ok, so do you get the point? You have heard all of this but lately social media and motivational talks are spreading…

  • Childhood Abuse Awareness: The impact childhood has on adulthood

    The experience of childhood abuse is far reaching. The United States is ranked as one of the leading industrialized nations for childhood abuse with nearly 700,000 children having reported abuse each year. Abuse can occur in many forms including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and neglect. Those who experience childhood abuse are prone to major depression, anxiety disorders, identity issues, dissociative disorders, low self-esteem, eating disorders, hoarding, and many other mental health concerns. When a child is abused they are in a powerless situation. This experience of powerlessness transcends the mind and body becoming a damning struggle for the rest of their life if proper help is not sought for trauma…

  • Why do Therapists Charge So Much to Talk to Me?

    I think this is a great question and a very valid question to have so I wanted to take some time to clarify what all it is that therapists do for you as their client. Right off the bat I will clarify one common misconception: I DO NOT GET PAID TO TALK TO PEOPLE. There is a lot that happens behind the scenes (outside of the therapy room) that you never see and most likely a therapist will never talk much about because in the therapy session the therapist is in-the-moment and mindful of your words and needs that day. Role of a therapist: A counselor has to be physically,…

  • I Got Divorced. Who Am I?

    Marriage unites two lives bringing together two people who create daily habits together, they marry into one another’s families, they share time with friends, and possibly even children (together or blended). You identify as a spouse, you share private information and develop hobbies and past times together. It’s beautiful, until it isn’t. And when marriage isn’t beautiful and this union parts ways it leaves you wondering who am I? Who am I apart from all that I have shared with my significant other? Who are my friends and who are their friends? Can I still enjoy the same music, hobbies, and hangouts? Am I still a good parent when I’m…

  • The Broken Path

    No parents are perfect, but sometimes parents are painfully imperfect. Sometimes parents directly instill fear, neglect, lovelessness, worthlessness, rejection, self-hate, abandonment, and anger that children live with. When these hurting children grow up to be adults they struggle. The challenges we face in childhood become the struggles of our adulthood. Scripture tells parents to train their children up in the way they should go and they shall not part from it (Proverbs 22:6). The reality of this scripture is that the direction parents raise their child, regardless if it is in a healthy direction or not, sets the child on a path that becomes incredibly difficult for the child to…