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Creating Healthy Boundaries

By: Erin McCall, M.S., LPC-Associate (Supervised by Jennie Fincher, Ph.D., LPC-S) “If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you.” —Cheryl Richardson When people talk about boundaries, they usually think about … Continue reading Creating Healthy Boundaries

Four Ways That Creating a Family Safety Plan Will Improve Your Mental Health

Author: Bailey McAdams, M.Ed, LPCLength: Six minute read Imagine yourself lying peacefully asleep in your bed in the dead of night and then being bolted awake by the piercing, deafening shriek of your smoke detector sounding.One second passes.Two seconds.Three seconds.Four.Five.You sit up in your bed, your groggy brain reeling, trying to make sense of what’s … Continue reading Four Ways That Creating a Family Safety Plan Will Improve Your Mental Health

Break the Stigma

Have you ever heard someone say something like, “only weak people go to counseling,” or “you aren’t a real man if you go to counseling,” or “first responders should be tough and going to counseling means they shouldn’t be doing their job,” or maybe even “only crazy people go to counseling”? Are any of these … Continue reading Break the Stigma

A New Look at Resolutions

By: Daniel Mark, M.S Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain Many people chose to make New Year’s resolutions, such as lose weight, eat better, quit smoking, watch less TV, exercise more, be kinder, save money, etc. … Continue reading A New Look at Resolutions

The Power of Gratitude

By: Kaitlin Cross, MA, LPC-Intern The Power of Gratitude With the holidays quickly approaching, I am reminded of the importance of gratitude. Research shows the benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. Robert Emmons, psychologist and author of Thanks!: How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, states several advantages to practicing gratitude including: Gratitude … Continue reading The Power of Gratitude

School Stress SOS

By: Bailey McAdams, M.ED., LPC Signs, Symptoms, and Strategies As this school year kicked off, I am reminded that never before in the 15 years I have been a counselor, have I seen so many stressed out kids.  I am currently seeing more and more children and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and depression related … Continue reading School Stress SOS

Therapy with Dragons: How Roleplaying Games Can Help with Social Skills, Problem-Solving, and Stress Management

by Alana H. Fondren, M.A. “You wake up in a forest clearing. You have no memory of how you got there. As you sit up and look around, you see three other individuals who also seem just as clueless and dazed as you. You reach down to your belt, but you realize your sword is … Continue reading Therapy with Dragons: How Roleplaying Games Can Help with Social Skills, Problem-Solving, and Stress Management

How to be “Unbullyable”

As a parent and a counselor for children, one of my biggest fears as my oldest entered kindergarten this year was that she would encounter the dreaded “bully”.  Growing up, we have all experienced that child, but somehow, it’s different when it’s your child preparing to enter a world that you have very little power … Continue reading How to be “Unbullyable”

My Give a Darn is Busted

I am burned out, I don’t know what is going on but I’m frustrated and angry when people ask me for help. I just want to be left alone. These are just a few of the things that one may be experiencing when they have compassion fatigue. Who gets compassion fatigue? I mean, it doesn’t … Continue reading My Give a Darn is Busted

We all experience it, but did you know that it may be affecting your health?

STRESS! We all experience it, but did you know that stress may be affecting your health? Stress symptoms can affect your body, as well as your thoughts and feelings. If left unchecked, stress can lead to many health problems, like high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Effects of stress on mood: Anxiety Restlessness Problems with … Continue reading We all experience it, but did you know that it may be affecting your health?

World’s Okayest Mom

If you follow Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site, you are treated to a feast of motherhood perfection.  Photos of blissful babies sleeping while mom smiles happily down at her angel.  (Mom’s makeup and hair are flawless, by the way!)  Or maybe you’ve seen the blogs about the beautiful, perfectly healthy … Continue reading World’s Okayest Mom