Being Alone with your Thoughts

When was the last time you were alone with your thoughts?  These days, between the radio, cell phones, television, and all the other electronic devices, we are rarely alone.   Many of my patients stay busy to keep from thinking of things, from past regrets to past trauma.  It’s very common to hear that when people […]

So Much Sadness

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how much pain someone can feel.  So many times, people come in my office for support and are in so much emotional pain, both from current events and childhood issues.  Sometimes I struggle to remain strong while working with patients, but I know that part of my role is to […]

How to Ask Questions

Working as a therapist, you learn to ask leading questions, open questions, and questions that get people thinking.  You also teach people how to ask questions in a way that is helpful and that can help get answers.  Sometimes, you also have to teach when not to ask questions.  There is always a time for […]

Balancing Therapy and Religion

As a therapist, developing  a treatment plan for a patient can be very difficult.  Helping the patient to identify goals is hard at times when someone is feeling very overwhelmed by life, but it can be harder when people get different direction from their church.  As a therapist, there is a balance between providing support […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is seasonal affective disorder? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an older term for major depressive disorder (MDD) with seasonal pattern. It’s a psychological condition that results in depression, normally provoked by seasonal change. People typically experience the condition in winter. The condition most often occurs in women and in adolescents and young adults. https://www.healthline.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder#Overview1 […]

It’s Okay Not to be fine!

When people ask “how are you” it’s easy to say “I’m fine”.  It’s the easiest answer at the time, and it’s okay if you are just trying to move on, but there comes a time when that’s not the best answer.  We are not always “fine”, even if we say we are.  There is a […]

Asking for Directions

Some people have a good sense of direction and are able to find what they need in life, without any help.  Other’s need help and direction.  Sometimes directions are basic, and get you from place to place, but other times direction includes finding a focus and direction for your life.  That can include picking a […]

Making a Promise

We seem to make promises often, to our boss, parent, teacher, or other family member.  Have you ever thought about what it means to make a promise?  When you make a promise, other people rely on your promise and expect you to follow through with that promise.  If you don’t come through, people can be […]

Take a Moment for Yourself, and Relax

Have you ever done relaxation exercises?  Do you wonder how they could help?  Using relaxation every day can help manage anxiety, depression, stress, and so many other things.  If you need ideas, there are lots of ideas across the internet, so do some research and find some options that work for you.  Spending even as little […]

Life Goals

Do you have goals?  Having life goals helps you refocus if you forget where you are headed.  Your goals can be as simple as cleaning out your closet, or more complicated life graduating from college.  You can set a weight loss goal, or an exercise goal, or you can also set career goals.  Whatever the […]