How To Handle Back-to-School Worries

Hello parents! It is that time of year again…getting your kids ready for back to school! My name is Amanda Gurgel, LMHC specializing in working with adults, children, and teens for over 10 years. I wanted to provide helpful strategies to help you with this major transition of going back to school. As you go over your checklist of things to do, it is important to make sure that they are prepared emotionally too. Anxious feelings or “worrying” are normal and expected during any changes or transitions. This is especially true for young children and teenagers going back to school,… Continue Reading This Article

Should You Date If You Have Depression?

Dating is challenging for everyone. But when you suffer with depression, dating can feel scary and overwhelming. Not only do you feel particularly raw and vulnerable to possible rejection, but should a connection be made, you have the added burden of figuring out how and when to tell the person about your depression. Should people with depression date? If the person feels emotionally strong enough, then yes of course they should date. The real question is HOW should they date? If you are suffering with depression and are interested in dating, here are some things to consider when meeting new… Continue Reading This Article

How to Tell if Your Child is Being Bullied

If you think back to your own childhood, you remember there are generally two types of kids: The bully and those that the bully bullies. Most of us fell into that second group of kids. And don’t think for a minute that girls can’t be bullies, because they can. Girls can actually be brutal to one another. Not only are kids and teens bullied the old fashioned way with taunts in the hallway, shoving and tripping, but now thanks to a proliferation of social media, they can be bullied 24/7 365. While no parent wants to think that their child… Continue Reading This Article

10 Signs You Might Be a “Highly Sensitive Person”

Are you a highly sensitive person (HSP)? If so, you’re not alone. It is estimated that roughly 15 to 20 percent of the population is highly sensitive. In fact, scientists now believe there is a gene behind this trait. But what does it mean to be highly sensitive? The HSP is generally defined as someone with “acute physical, mental, and emotional responses to external (social, environmental) or internal (intra-personal) stimuli.” The bad news is, being highly sensitive can make many “normal” life situations feel awkward and downright uncomfortable. But fear not, there are some benefits to being highly sensitive, and… Continue Reading This Article

4 Ways to Improve Communication in Your Relationship

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you and your significant other have hit a snag in the relationship. Maybe you’re spending less time with each other and you’ve grown apart. Or maybe you do little else than argue these days. All relationships go through their ups and downs. No matter the good intentions of the individuals or how in love you were when the relationship began, it is completely natural for a relationship to take a hit every now and then. In some ways, these trials can be a good thing. Much like you need to break down… Continue Reading This Article

Finding your Inner Superhero

The late and great Stan Lee created our favorite superheroes including; Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and so much more. He believed that anyone could be a superhero, from a socially awkward boy in high school, Peter Parker, to the playboy, genius, billionaire, Tony Stark, each had to overcome their own obstacles in order to become the legends we know today.  In each and every one of us, there is a hero waiting to be unleashed! While we may not all be able to swing through the air, we can harness the powers within in… Continue Reading This Article

How Joining a Local Sports Club Could Support Your Mental Health

Whether you like to play soccer, basketball, or softball, joining a sports club is a great way to stay fit and make new friends. Not to mention, a sports club membership can also support your mental health beyond these benefits. While exercise is known to improve cardio health and help you build strong muscles and bones, exercise can also alleviate symptoms of depression in the following ways. Endorphins You have probably heard of endorphins. They are the “feel-good” chemicals your body releases after exercise, among other times. These neurochemicals have been shown to help boost mood and give us a… Continue Reading This Article

Is Your Food Delivery Habit Hurting Your Mental Health?

The modern world offers us many conveniences. Indoor plumbing and electricity make life far more sanitary and pleasant than what our ancestors had to deal with. Technology allows us to connect with people from around the world, and we can hop in our car and go wherever we want safely and relatively quickly (unless you live in a major city where traffic tends to be brutal). But some of our modern-day conveniences may be doing us more harm than good. Take for instance food delivery. Who among us doesn’t love to have our pizza, Chinese or Indian food brought right… Continue Reading This Article

How Meditation Can Help Manage Symptoms of Trauma

Meditation offers practitioners powerful benefits, yet many people are confused as to what exactly those benefits are. In a nutshell, meditation focuses attention in a deliberate manner, taking you from a state of noisy mental chatter to calm and quiet inner peace. And isn’t that something most of us could use? While meditation has been practiced for thousands of years in the east and – more recently – west as a way to grow spiritually, modern medicine is now finally extolling the numerous health benefits that meditation offers. Meditation has the ability to reduce stress hormones by calming the parasympathetic… Continue Reading This Article

5 Personal Techniques to Work Through Flashbacks

Flashbacks are our brain’s way of processing traumatic events that we’ve experienced. But what tends to happen is, our subconscious goes to our storage cabinet to access some important memories regarding the event, and everything sort of tumbles out of the cabinet all at once. This falling out or flashback experience can feel almost as traumatic as the initial event. Flashbacks usually happen without warning. Most result from a “triggering” that occurs by an external experience. Triggers are typically sensory-based experiences that manifest via smells, sounds, tastes, textures that remind the person of the traumatic event. The smell of cologne… Continue Reading This Article