Let’s Start Talking About Couples Counseling

Every day, mental health is becoming more normalized and mainstreamed in our country.  We are finally talking about feelings and struggles that everyone experiences at some point! Although I couldn’t be happier that we are letting go of the shame associated with mental health, I have found that couples counseling continues to carry that guilt and embarrassment.  Even when I started my own couples…

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The Art of Emotional Responding

You’re having a seemingly normal conversation with your friend or loved one, and suddenly the topic turns to how they feel disrespected, unloved, or unimportant in the relationship. That’s right, they’ve confronted you with their unmet emotional needs. Caught off guard, you respond with anger, resistance, or maybe just silence. Many of us have been in that situation, but that doesn’t mean our initial…

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Counseling Services: Helping You Deal with Life

When it comes to professional counseling services, most people tend to fall into a couple categories—those who have experienced it and know how much it helps, and those who are a bit unsure because they’ve never tried it. LifeStance Health isn’t your parents’ old-school counseling with the couch as a focus. Instead, we are goal-directed and our distinctive approach to therapy means we seek results—working…

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Types of Counseling

Every day, countless people seek out counseling services to find help in some area of life. There are more mental health services than ever before, but with so much variety it is important to distinguish between the types of counseling services that are available in order to find the best fit for you. Maybe you have never tried counseling and have a few questions.…

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When is Counseling Recommended?

Maybe you have a hard time ever feeling motivated to get routine chores done. Maybe you're crying all the time. Or maybe you're feeling defeated and hopeless about ever finding that perfect someone to spend your life with. Maybe you have so many demands on your time, both at home and at work, that you think you can't juggle any more. Perhaps you think…

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Ready Player One To Snapchat

I fondly remember being a child of the 80’s and the wonders that it brought. From bikes to trains to video games, we surely had it all. Or so we thought. Imagine what our formative years would have been like were we exposed to what children and teens have at their disposal these days. Electronic devices and video games are overwhelmingly more advanced than…

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Maintaining Open Communication with Your Family

Communication is an integral part of who we are as people. Being able to communicate in our family relationships is something that can be taken for granted, when in reality it comes much more easily to some families than to others. A lack of communication can make us feel misunderstood and ignored, leading to hurt, stress and anger. Communication is also the way we…

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Doing the Right Thing Stinks

Sometimes there's nothing worse than doing the right thing. If you are a decent person, this battle happens quite often, and in various forms. For example, how many times how you taken the proverbial 'high road' to avoid a conflict with a friend or family member, even though you knew you were right? How many times have you allowed a colleague to take credit…

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Let’s Talk About Adolescent Substance Abuse

As a substance abuse counselor, one of the questions I get asked most often by parents is “How do I know if my son or daughter has a problem with drugs or alcohol?” There is no easy answer to this question so I’d like to address some important points for parents to consider when making a decision about whether or not they should seek…

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Signs You Need Marriage Counseling

When you get married, all you can think about is how much you love your partner, and how much fun you’re going to have together. Then, somehow, things change and you become unhappy. Everything may always seem to be the other person’s fault. Maybe your wife has shut down, pulled away and does not talk to you anymore. Maybe your husband is constantly yelling,…

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