Mental Health

Having Anxiety and Depression as a Healthcare Professional

Anxiety and depression can happen for a variety of reasons. It may be something you struggled with long before entering the healthcare field, OR, it may have taken root as a result of your work in the healthcare field. Either way, experiencing mental health challenges while working in a fast-paced, high-stress healthcare environment is a …

Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Adults

Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Adulthood Emerging adulthood is a season of life marked by self-focus, instability, identity explorations, feeling in-between, and a sense of possibilities.1 This stage occurs from age 18 to 29, when you’re finishing grade school and transitioning into a more ambiguous season.   Experiencing a new level of freedom and choosing what …

Healthcare Professional Burnout: Symptoms and Solutions

Define Burnout The Mayo Clinic defines burnout as “a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” Are you metaphorically raising your hand, saying, “Yes! This is me!”? If so, know that you’re not alone. Burnout is …

Understanding Anger in Children and Teens

Is your child or teen angry? If you have ever dealt with the angry outbursts of a child or had screaming matches with an adolescent, then you know how difficult it can be to respond positively to anger. Even the most patient parents may find themselves reacting emotionally and regretting what they have said. Ultimately, …

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 …

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 …