Who are you?: Identity after Trauma

Who are you? Identity after Trauma Life takes each of us through natural significant developmental stages of transitions (infancy, toddler, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, retirement, etc.). Each of these transitional stages requires us to develop a new part of our identity. This can be complicated by a plethora of decisions [...]

By |2019-11-05T16:38:39-06:00July 28th, 2019|Anxiety, Identity|0 Comments

The Traumatized Brain: Why Trauma Causes Triggers

The Traumatized Brain: Why Trauma Causes Triggers   Life happens to all of us. Throughout scripture we see where we are guaranteed to face trials, tribulations, and persecutions. Knowing this only serves to normalize our experiences, it does not prepare us for unexpected life experiences and it does not prevent [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:42:49-06:00September 26th, 2018|Trauma|1 Comment

Negative Belief Systems: The Joy Robber

Negative Belief Systems: The Joy Robber I want to tackle the concept of negative belief systems and the joy robber that they are. Negative belief systems are created from life experiences. More on that topic here (The two sides to every life story: The significance of self-talk). Here is how [...]

By |2019-11-05T18:11:10-06:00June 14th, 2018|Identity|2 Comments

Learn to Cope During Holidays

I have learned over the years of counseling that the holidays are packed full of emotions. For most it is a mix of pleasant and unpleasant emotional experiences adding to the frustration and complexity of the holiday season. STRESS DEPRESSION ANXIETY LONELINESS GRIEF FAMILY DYSFUNCTION EXHAUSTION OVERWHELM GUILT SHAME   [...]

By |2019-11-10T23:25:26-06:00November 19th, 2016|Christian Counseling, Holidays|0 Comments

Finding Peace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAkQRdF227E I want to open this blog with an exercise: Before you read any further, what is your definition of peace? Write it down and think about it. Make sure you are satisfied with how you have defined, experienced, and expect peace to look and feel in your life. How [...]

By |2019-11-06T22:19:17-06:00November 15th, 2016|Anxiety|1 Comment

Introversion: Your Superpower

Introversion is not something that is widely celebrated or even understood. When was the last time you read a job description that said something like “do you like to isolate, live inside your own head, and feel overwhelmed by other people? Well, this is the job for you!” I don’t [...]

By |2019-11-06T22:47:57-06:00October 1st, 2016|Identity|0 Comments

Why Me?

Wow! How many times have you asked God “WHY?!” Why me…why the good people… why not the bad people… why is a powerful word when it is packed full of emotions. When life has left you hurting it seems to almost be natural instinct to go to God in anger [...]

By |2019-11-06T23:25:30-06:00August 28th, 2016|Christian Counseling, Mental Health|0 Comments

PERFECTIONISM (The Death Trap)

PERFECTIONISM…. We have all heard this term. Some view it as a gift; others view it as a curse. What is perfectionism…is it good, bad, helpful, or deceitful? Society preaches a performance-based acceptance. For many, the very foundation of their self-worth is based on how well they are able to [...]

By |2019-11-07T23:15:20-06:00July 15th, 2016|Mental Health|1 Comment

Anxiety of Emotion

Emotion. It can be many things. Emotion is joy, celebratory, excited, happy, peaceful, love. Yes, emotion is all of this. But what happens when emotion is deep? Or painful? What happens when emotions break past your threshold of tolerance and penetrate your very soul? What happens when emotions break us? [...]

By |2019-11-08T00:24:48-06:00May 14th, 2016|Anxiety|0 Comments