Wellspring Staff

Exercising More May Decrease Your Anxiety

When we think about the benefits of exercise, we typically think about losing weight, getting stronger, looking better, or improving our heart health. We’re familiar with the physical benefits of exercising – and there are many! But, we may not realize that exercising also has a plethora of mental health benefits. Exercising builds confidence. It …

The Importance of Premarital Counseling for Christians

People of all backgrounds and beliefs understand the importance of investing in what matters most. And most all would agree that staying connected in your marriage is vitally important! Yet, for Christian couples, premarital counseling serves a distinct purpose. You’re entering a covenant with your spouse, and together, you’re also entering a covenant with God. …

The Blame Game: Common Problems Addressed in Marriage Counseling

“You’re the reason ______.” “You always ______.” “If you didn’t _____, then I ______.”  These are just a few phrases we use when we’re blaming our spouse. It’s so easy for even the best relationship to get stuck in the blame game. Pointing out fault in another, before seeing or noticing your own contributions, is …

How to Quiet the Chaos in the Midst of a Pandemic.

This week has been filled with uncertainty, panic, and fear. I have watched as my family, friends and clients have struggled under the weight of our collective experience of a pandemic. Personally, as a mom to a medically fragile child, this week has not been filled with peace. As this pandemic continues, it is time …

Pain and Hurt: Common Problems Addressed in Couples Counseling

Every marriage is unique. Sometimes the problems that surface in marriage are related to specific life experiences and perspectives that each spouse brings into the relationship. However, regardless of our individual experiences, there are common problems that we see come up frequently in the marriage counseling setting. This is our first article in a series …

5 ways to deal with stress & anxiety during the holidays.

With the holiday season in full swing, last minute shopping, and families visiting from out of town, it can feel like it brings more stress than joy. If you have found yourself feeling more frazzled than festive, then maybe it is time to try mindfulness practice as part of your holiday self care routine. This …

How Counseling Breaks the Depression Cycle

I often tell my clients there are two main myths about depression. The first is this: “depression is completely controllable.” That’s not true. Here’s the reality: there is a lot in life outside your control. At times, this may even include your mood, your energy level, or even the automatic thoughts that keep showing up. …

What To Expect in Depression Counseling?

So, you have decided it’s time to begin counseling for depression. You know that you need help, and it’s a courageous decision to move forward. But what should you expect to happen in therapy when depression is being treated? What’s involved in counseling for depression? What steps will be taken? In which direction will the …

Life: A School for Character Development

So often I have the privilege of sitting front-row with my clients and watching new strengths emerge in their lives. As counselors, we are always thrilled to see symptoms relieved and problems diminishing. Yet, occasionally, we see something even more impressive. Struggle brings opportunity–Character may deepen, resiliency can develop, and real, lasting joy begins to …