4 Things You Need to Know About Adolescent Anxiety

Anxiety is like fire: It can keep us safe and warm, or completely devastate our property and our lives. It’s good to be a little anxious at times. When walking down a deserted street at night, anxiety keeps us on alert and ready to fight or take flight should a dangerous situation arise. But for many people, especially adolescents, anxiety can become the norm instead of the exception. Just walking into a classroom or being with a group of people they don’t know can become crisis situations. And, the more they experience these scary events, the more anxiety becomes a… Continue Reading This Article

4 Ways to Improve Self Esteem When You Have Depression

Depression and low self-esteem are two sides of the same coin. While low self-esteem leaves people vulnerable to depression, depression can absolutely destroy self-esteem. But, though low self-esteem may be deeply rooted, there are things you can do to improve it, even if you are suffering from depression. 1. Start Your Day with Positivity It’s important you start each day positively. Doing so will help your mind to habitually recognize good, especially the good in yourself. So, surround yourself with positivity in the form of music, books, calendars, computer wallpaper, etc. You can even sign up to a service that… Continue Reading This Article

Five Ways to Improve Self-Worth

Five Ways to Improve Self-Worth You can improve self-worth with small steps everyday that can bring you to bigger leaps towards feeling completely whole.  Improving your self-worth can lead to healthy changes in your life.  The more confident you feel, the greater you will be able to set outside of your comfort zone.  When you step outside of your comfort zone, that’s when the magic happens.  And who doesn’t want magic in their life? If you are ready to improve your self-worth, try any or all of these tips: Say positive affirmations everyday Positive affirmations are one of the best… Continue Reading This Article

Top Tips for Self-Care Recommended by Therapists

If you have seen a therapist recently, chances are that they have recommended using self-care in your life.  Self-care is a hot topic now-a-days because we live in a society that sometimes forgets to take time to nurture ourselves.  There are many professions that are prone to burnout, including teachers, medical professions, therapists, police officers and those in the service and retail industry.  Adopting a healthy regimen of self-care techniques can help anyone reduce stress and burnout.    This month, our team of experts share their top tip for self-care.  You can try any or all of the recommendations.  The best self-care… Continue Reading This Article

Discovering Yourself: From a Millennials Standpoint

  Does it ever seem like growing up is accompanied by a lack of sense of purpose?  Every generation has gone through this phase of “discovering yourself” as a young adult emerging into the “real world”.  This may cause anxiety to anyone that finds themselves in a position in which they do not know where to start.  In addition to the fact that all of the decisions you choose to make in this stage of your life could have an inevitable effect on the rest of your adult life.  But no worries, you are not alone! What is my purpose?… Continue Reading This Article

How to Talk to Your Children About Sex

This month, we have our sex therapy experts and licensed mental health professionals address ways and when to talk to your children about sex. This blogpost comes as a special request for a mom who asked “how do I talk to my children about sex?”.  She requested a blogpost to be written about this topic.  Our experts share their tips for talking to your children about sex, something they are inevitably going to ask you about. # 1 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC Children and teenagers are going to ask about sex, sooner or later.  It is important to validate… Continue Reading This Article

Marriage Counselors and Therapists Share their Top Communication Strategies for Couples

The hype of Valentine’s Day has gone down and couples are back to their normal routines. Sometimes in relationships, partners get stuck in patterns and their communication is no longer easy, effortless and productive. One of the main reasons people seek out couples’ counseling is to address communication. Most couples come in and say they want to improve their communication. This month, we have asked our team of martial counseling experts and local mental health professionals to share their top communication strategies for couples. # 1 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC Couples definitely need communication skills but what does that… Continue Reading This Article

The Best Feel-Good Movies of the Holiday Season

One of the best past times for the holiday season is watching movies.  The Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and Freeform (previously known as ABC Family) are on continual holiday movie rotation now and have been for about a month.  The Christmas Story is about to be played for 24 straight hours.  Movies are ingrained in our holiday celebrations and we’ve decided to have our team of experts share their favorite feel-good holiday movie to help you manage any sadness, loneliness or depression that can creep up during this time of the year. #1 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC My favorite feel-good holiday… Continue Reading This Article

Creative and Fun Ways to Show Thanks and Gratitude this Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is almost here and the holiday is more than about eating turkey and arguing with family members.  Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on the things we are thankful for in our lives.  It’s the one day of the year where we can have time to take a look at  all the things that happened to us over the year that can be added to the blessing column.   This week, we’ve asked our team of mental health professionals to share their tips and strategies on creative ways to say thank you during Thanksgiving this year.  Below are some fun… Continue Reading This Article

How to Discuss Finances With Your Partner

Discussing finances with your partner can bring about a lot of conflict in relationships. The issues can include past debt, current debt, income, trust funds, making large financial purchases, etc. We want to give our readers some insight on how to have these important conversations and how to move forward in the relationship after these conversations have happened.  Our team of therapists came together to provide you with outstanding tips on ways to manage and discuss finances with your partner. #1 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC There are some common themes of issues that I see my office in doing work… Continue Reading This Article