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The Problem with Pathologizing

I hear more and more people describing experiences and narratives of sadness or heightened stress as depression and anxiety.  While anxiety can get away with being a term used to describe a feeling of nervousness, depression, in my opinion, is a much more...

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Self-Care: a Personal Experience

Counselors need self-care too. Let’s not kid ourselves. Every healthcare professional is still human even if we try not to act like we still have those limitations. If you are an avid reader of mine, you have noticed that I have not posted in a while. That is because...

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I Hate Dating

With all the pink and red hearts floating around, I find myself sighing a little, rolling my eyes, and uttering 3 very potent words; I hate dating. Let’s face it, this is one modern day ritual a lot of us probably wish we could forego.  Today, I am writing to...

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There is No Shortcut to Mental Health

Discussions About Our Struggles I get a lot of people in my personal life asking me about coping skills or tips for what they’re going through.  I’ll provide people with some coping skills that have been known to work, maybe even do a little training on breathing to...

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Fighting The Post-Holiday Blues

My mother, intrigued, informed me the other day that Martin Luther King weekend marks what many psychologists call the beginning of the holiday blues. Essentially, this is because all of the joyful winter holidays and festivities have come to a close until around...

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Dreading the Holidays: Differing Values

As we continue our Dreading the Holidays series, today we will be looking at how having differing values from our family members can cause extra holiday stress. This one is difficult because as young children, we tend to adopt our parents values with black and white...

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Dreading the Holidays: Unhealthy Communication

Our next topic in our dreading the holidays series is unhealthy family communication. Holidays with the family can be difficult because there may be poor communication patterns between any variety of family members.  I see this a lot with family members that want...

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Dreading the Holidays: Taboo Subjects

My holidays come with a helping of Depression and a side of anxiety.  The truth is that it’s not always so easy to have a “happy holidays.” Why are the holidays so difficult to navigate when it comes to mental health?  I believe this is because we must come face to...

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