How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse

Let’s face the facts and address how sexual abuse is a taboo topic for Americans.  It is not something we discuss as a polite conversation but it’s also not something that is discussed behind closed doors either.  We didn’t talk about it, until now.  If you turn on the television or pull up a news site, you are bound to see something about sexual harassment and sexual abuse.  We are starting to finally talk about it because people are coming out and sharing about their experiences.  The #metoo campaign was Time’s “Person of the Year”.  That was huge a win… Continue Reading This Article

Healing from Childhood Emotional Neglect

Many of us were raised with the notion that kids are meant “to be seen and not heard,” meaning ‘don’t speak until you are spoken to.” While this idea may have only meant to keep the volume down at the Thanksgiving table, it can have negative ramifications on a child’s psyche. Worse still, there are many children who suffer from Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN). These children were raised to believe that not only do their ideas not matter, but neither do their feelings or needs. Though the words may never have been said, the actions, or lack of, announced loud and clear: You… Continue Reading This Article

Why Anger is Different from Other Emotions

Of all the emotions, anger is perhaps the one that most people have the hardest time dealing with. That’s most likely because anger is not like the other emotions. It is unique. In fact, a 2017 survey by the Mental Health Foundation of 2000 people found that 28% are sometimes worried about the level of anger that they feel. While feeling anger can have negative consequences, anger, in general, can move us toward a happier and healthier life. Here are 5 ways anger is not like other emotions. It’s Motivating Anger gives us energy. And while other emotions tend to make us… Continue Reading This Article

3 Common Misconceptions About Therapy

Until quite recently, people were uncomfortable discussing therapy because of the stigma attached by our society. As a result, there are still some fairly big misconceptions about it. Here are 3 of the most common misconceptions about therapy to help you feel more comfortable and hopefully, take that step to seek treatment. It’s Just Like Talking to Your Friend While friends are there to listen and support you, they are not equipped to offer real solutions to your problems. Therapists, on the other hand, are uniquely qualified to help you by offering more than just good advice. Therapists have trained… Continue Reading This Article

Treat Yourself: The Importance of Putting Yourself First & Self Care

Most children are brought up to be kind and respectful of other people. They are taught to consider others’ feelings and help those in need. But when it comes to taking care of themselves, many people lack the ability to put their own needs first. To some, the concept of self-care is as foreign as the language and customs of far away lands. The idea of putting their own needs first feels somehow wrong, or even selfish. The good news is that it’s never too late to learn to treat yourself as you do others; to put yourself first in… Continue Reading This Article

5 Ways Codependence Can Be Overcome

Do you find you accept responsibility for a loved one’s emotions or actions? Are you constantly trying to please others? Do you neglect your own needs and have difficulty setting realistic personal boundaries? Do you often feel resentful yet have difficulty stepping away from a dysfunctional relationship? These are some of the symptoms of codependency. Codependent people look for external cues from others to tell them what they should feel, need and act like. While most would agree that sensitivity to others is a wonderful trait, codependents take it to an extreme because of an inability to create healthy boundaries…. Continue Reading This Article

What Happy People Do Differently

Do a search right now on Amazon books on the topic of “Happiness” and you will be returned page after page of titles, all claiming to have the secret to finding it. Why our obsession with happiness? Maybe the better questions is, why does happiness seem to elude so many people? At one time, humans were too busy running from Sabre-Tooth Tigers and searching for food to be concerned with whether or not they were happy. But, thanks to drive-thru windows, penicillin and financial security, modern man has extended his mortality and now has the time to focus on self-growth…. Continue Reading This Article

What to Expect When Going to Therapy

One of the first questions potential clients ask on initial phone calls is “What can I expect from therapy?”.  Most people who come in for their first appointments are nervous.  They don’t know what to expect from the first session or the duration of treatment.  They often ask questions such as “How long will it take”, “What will happen during session” and “How will I know it’s time to stop therapy”.  We’ve gathered our team of therapy and counseling experts to share what you can expect from attending therapy. # 1 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC One of the main… Continue Reading This Article

3 Ways to Stop Enabling Your Adult Child

According to the latest census data, more than half of people aged 18 to 24 live with their parents, and roughly 13% of adults ages 24 to 35 do as well. While many of these young people are hard-working individuals, trying to save money to pay off school loans, buy a house, or start a business, some are simply children who remain dependent on their parents, unmotivated to live life on their own. These children, though they may not mean to, can become emotionally and financially draining on their parents. Here are three warning signs you may have children who… Continue Reading This Article

5 Foods & Beverages That Can Cause More Anxiety

Most people know that a healthy diet is important in managing weight and aging well. But what many people don’t realize is that the foods we eat can significantly alter our mood. While eating foods rich in protein, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can help fight depression and other mood disorders, eating the wrong kinds of food can cause depression and anxiety and even worsen symptoms. If you have panic attacks or suffer from a mood disorder, it’s important that you can identify which foods may trigger or exacerbate symptoms. As a general rule, the following 5 foods should be… Continue Reading This Article