3 Reasons Why Men Should Try Therapy

Men have taken on a specific role in human development over the span of hundreds of thousands of years. While roles have very recently shifted somewhat, historically speaking, men have been the ones to fight the wars and build society. And if you think about it, it’s pretty hard to feel emotions, let alone process them, while on bloody battlefields...[ read more ]

Celebrate National Walk to Work Day

April 2nd is National Walk to Work Day. The national holiday was started to help people get up and get moving. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are allowed to take hold because of poor diet and lack of exercise. So it goes without saying that moving more is one STEP in the right...[ read more ]

Counseling Awareness Month

As April was Counseling Awareness Month, I thought it could be helpful to take several moments to speak to mental health (some basic statistics and common contributing factors) and the benefits of participating in treatment to address mental health concerns. Mental health means our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our mental health impacts how we feel and think as well...[ read more ]

Navigating Life Transitions

When we are young, life transitions are perhaps more likely to be viewed as exciting or empowering. We go from crawling to walking and then from walking to running. We start with training wheels but soon no longer need them. As we mature, we graduate into higher grades and become more independent. As adults, life transitions are perhaps more likely...[ read more ]

The Truth About Perfectionism

We live in a society that values the appearance of perfection. While there is opportunity to obtain apparent perfection - perhaps architects can draw a perfectly straight line, mathematicians can solve an equation with a perfect calculation, or a chocolate cake can be perfectly moist, humans can never achieve a state of actual perfection because we are a perpetual work...[ read more ]

At Home Family Physical Fitness Ideas

As families continue to shelter in place together, it can be challenging to navigate the stress and stay in shape. Exercising as a family is one way families can, at once, cope more adaptively with pandemic-related stressors and maintain physical health. What follows are ideas for families to exercise together without the resource of a public/private gym. Make Fitness A...[ read more ]

Social Media As Good For Mental Health?

Discussions surrounding the relationship between social media and mental health tend to focus on negative impacts of the former on the latter. There is empirical support for a relationship between emergence of depressive and anxiety symptoms and time spent on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. But is this a full picture? There is perhaps another side to the...[ read more ]

Talk Therapy Can Help You Reach Goals

If you struggle to set/meet goals, you are not alone. In fact, perhaps as much as 92% of the population has found it difficult to achieve goals they set. This reality - the cycle of setting/trying to reach behavior change goals and failing to do so - can produce mental health symptoms (e.g., hopelessness, low mood, irritability). When we do...[ read more ]

4 Ways To Effectively Manage Anxiety

If you struggle with anxiety, the experience of a racing heart, starting to sweat, and perhaps a strong urge to escape from your current situation might be familiar. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States affecting approximately 40 million adults. While our mind might...[ read more ]

What Is Trauma Therapy?

While challenge and difficulty are a reality of the human condition, some of us must also navigate traumatic experiences. Trauma takes many forms: a physically or emotionally abusive relationship, motor vehicle accident, rape, sudden loss of a loved one, or war. When a person experiences trauma, understanding of self, others, or the world can change - sometimes substantially and quickly....[ read more ]