• The Ripple Effect: How Unmet Childhood Needs Shape Adult Relationships – Paul Austin
    During childhood, we rely on our caregivers to meet our basic needs for love, safety, and security. When these needs go unfulfilled, it can lead to deep-seated emotional wounds that shape our beliefs about ourselves and others. Understanding the connection between unmet childhood needs and adult relationship patterns is an important step toward ...
  • How to Cope with Decision Fatigue in Everyday Life, Nancy Becker
    We’re all faced with multiple decisions every day. Some are big, some are small. Some only affect us, while some might impact the people in our lives, like our children or aging parents.  Many people don’t realize exactly how many decisions they have to make in a day until it becomes overwhelming. When you ...
  • Allyship 101: The Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community, Kety Lopez
    It’s no secret that the LGBTQIA+ community often comes under fire. Even in the 21st century, homophobia runs rampant, and those in the queer community often aren’t given the same respect or needs that straight individuals are used to.  However, because more people are coming forward to speak their truth, the community is growing. ...
  • Signs That Grief Is Impacting Your Daily Life & How to Heal (3-1)
    Grief is a natural response to loss; we’ll all experience it eventually. While grieving is a normal and healthy process, it can sometimes become overwhelming and impact your daily life in subtle ways. Recognizing the signs that grief is interfering with your ability to get through the day is the first step toward ...
  • Could You Be Suffering from PTSD? The Most Common Symptoms Explained – Colin Martin
    Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is often associated with military veterans after experiencing combat. Over the years, it has been discovered to affect not only veterans, but also anyone who has experienced a traumatic event.  Anxiety is a common thread through PTSD, but there are also many other common symptoms that can ...
  • What Happens If You Can’t Remember Trauma?
    When it comes to addressing trauma, the journey to healing often involves navigating through layers of memories, emotions, and experiences. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has gained recognition as a powerful tool in this journey, offering individuals a pathway to process and integrate traumatic memories. However, what happens when someone can’t ...
  • Demystifying Myths About Love that Lead to Unrealistic Expectations – Sarah Moore
    It’s important to have high standards for your partner’s behavior. Qualities like basic kindness should be non-negotiable in relationships. Furthermore, everyone will have their own personal standards, like sharing the same opinions on pivotal life decisions. However, sometimes people have unrealistic standards for relationships that lead to nothing but disappointment down the road. This ...
  • How to Nurture Parent-Child Relationships with Autism in Mind – Mitch Hicks
    If you’re raising a child with autism, you pour lots of time and energy into putting their wellbeing first. You want to ensure that they receive the support and services they need at home, at school, and in other settings. You’re frequently coordinating with medical professionals, educators, and people in your community to ...
  • April Week 1 – Demystifying Anxiety Attacks: Understanding the Mechanics and Coping Strategies
    Many people are familiar with panic attacks, if not from experience, then at least conceptually. Some may also use the term anxiety attack as an alternative to “panic attack.” However, an anxiety attack and a panic attack are not the same. While both are certainly rooted in anxiety somehow, the way an anxiety attack ...
  • Strategies for Addressing Anxiety in Those with Chronic Pain – Michael Quirke
    Some level of physical pain is inevitable. Chronic pain is a much different story. It might involve, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, headaches and migraines, nerve damage, and low back issues. Technically, if pain lasts for at least six months, it is deemed chronic. Chronic pain negatively impacts your quality of life and hampers your ...
  • Tips For Parents Of Children With ADHD – 3-2
    Raising a child is a one-of-a-kind experience. It brings joy, of course, but it is not without its struggles. For example, if your child has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), childrearing involves new experiences and new challenges. Depending on how ADHD impacts your particular child, you will need to create unique rules, ...
  • 4 Ways to Navigate Depression After Job Loss  – 3-2
    The concept of job loss covers a lot of ground. For some, it could involve a traumatic firing. Other folks quit, get slowly downsized, or they opt to retire. In today’s gig economy, it’s not rare to have a freelance position run its course. Regardless of the scenario, job loss involves change, and ...
  • How to Tell if Anxiety is Holding You Back at Work – 3-1
    Work seems like a struggle lately. The emails are getting answered. The projects are finished. But nothing feels as easy to complete as it has in the past. It may feel like the world is moving around you at an increased rate, but it’s like you’re frozen in place, unable to keep pace or ...
  • How To Deal With Anxiety About Choosing A College To Attend
    The last four years haven’t always been perfect or easy, but they were yours. You‘ve learned and grown a lot over the past four years and become the person you are today. The same friends traveled with you from middle school to high school. You were even able to make a few new ...
  • How Women’s Hormones Affect Anxiety 
    A woman’s hormones have a powerful, pervasive impact on all aspects of her mental and physical health. These chemical messengers influence everything from your digestive system to your menstrual cycle and beyond. Since anxiety is the most common mental health issue on the planet, it should come as no surprise that hormones can ...
  • The Impact of Depression On Family Relationships
    Depression is a silent thief, stealing not just the joy from an individual’s life but also casting its shadow over the entire family unit. In the midst of its darkness, family relationships can bear the brunt of its weight, often experiencing strain, misunderstanding, and turmoil. Let’s explore how depression influences family relationships and ways ...
  • The Fear of Failure and How It Negatively Influences Social Anxiety
    Picture this: you’re standing in a crowded room, surrounded by people engaged in conversation and laughter. Your heart starts racing, palms become sweaty, and an overwhelming sense of dread washes over you. You’re consumed by the fear of saying something foolish, of being judged, of failing to fit in. Welcome to the world ...
  • What Are The Benefits of CBT For Depression?
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is a preferred treatment approach due to its benefits and fast results. CBT doesn’t involve deep diving into the past, nor does it follow the concept that external factors heavily influence behaviors and feelings.  Instead, CBT revolves around the idea that your thoughts control your feelings and ...
  • Why Does Grief Come In Waves and How Can You Heal?
    Everyone experiences grief at some point. When you initially go through a loss, the pain can be intense and overwhelming. While there’s no timeline for getting through grief, the pain tends to fade for most people after a few days, weeks, or months.  But, that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Have you ever ...
  • Undiagnosed ADHD and Why It Can Lead to Depression
    Undiagnosed ADHD comes with a whole host of problems—all of which are harder to manage when you don’t know why you’re struggling with them. Often, we think of ADHD as a problem with an excess of energy or difficulty paying attention, but there’s more to it than that. Unmanaged, ADHD is linked to ...
  • The Effect of Trauma Bonding On Relationships
    Disney movies were always known for their princesses and being saved by Prince Charming.  While there were different princesses, the storyline was always the same thing. The princess always needs saving by the prince. It was always love at first sight. Dreams coming true. Defeating a villain and becoming a hero. But real life isn’t ...
  • How To Communicate With Your Partner When You Are Angry
    Communication is an essential component of any healthy relationship. Maybe you don’t have a hard time prioritizing communication with your partner when things are going well. After all, it’s easy to be open and honest when you’re happy and your needs are being met.  But, what happens when you’re angry with each other?  Even the ...
  • How To Practice Positive Parenting With Your Child
    Positive parenting isn’t necessarily a new approach to raising children. However, it’s gained traction over the last few years thanks to the benefits. Studies have shown that positive parenting can boost a child’s self-esteem, help them do better in school, and improve their overall mental health.  Additionally, when you practice positive parenting, you’re serving ...
  • Why Do Some Relationship Red Flags Look Appealing at First? – 3-1
    You thought you truly knew your partner. When you began dating, everything seemed great. The two of you got along well, and every date seemed new and exciting. But now, things are quickly going south. As you think back to where it all went wrong, you may be realizing that some of the ...
  • How Attachment Styles Show Up in Dating – 2-4
    Early childhood experiences often have a profound impact on our lives as adults. Many people may be surprised to hear that. However, the relationships you do or don’t have with caretakers during this part of your life can be carried with you into adulthood. Unknowingly, you may be reactive to other people or ...
  • Why The Root of Social Anxiety May Be The Fear Of Being Evaluated
    Social anxiety disorder is often overlooked as someone just being shy or extremely introverted. But, when you actually deal with this kind of anxiety, you know that it’s much more than that.  Social anxiety can feel crippling. It can make you avoid certain situations and people and keep you from living to the fullest. ...
  • Is Talking About Sex Required In Couples Therapy?
    The possibility of going to couples therapy has been up in the air for a while. You may have discussed it with your partner or have family or friends who have recommended it. Either way, you may only have a few holdups on it. One of them is the topic of conversation that ...
  • February Week 4 – Staying Calm During Tantrums: Helpful Strategies for Navigating Your Child’s Emotions
    What comes to your mind when your child begins a tantrum? You might be frustrated, worried, angry, confused, or more. “This situation needs to be fixed,” you tell yourself. “If not, it’s exposing me as a bad parent.” “If my child doesn’t calm down, I’ll lose patience and start yelling, too.” “This has ...
  • February Week 4 – Starting a New Job? How to Handle the Anxiety that Comes with a Career Change
    Change is never easy. You don’t know what to expect and your brain may be going a thousand miles a minute trying to plan for any outcome. When you change jobs, although some things may be the same as they were, many differences may also come your way. You may have a new ...
  • Is It Possible to Have a Healthy Relationship After Online Infidelity? – Sandra Gordon
    Due to the evolution of dating apps, online interactions, and social media, online infidelity has unfortunately grown in popularity. Traditional infidelity has often been physical interactions with a person other than your partner. With the use of the internet, cheating now has another level of complexity. Discovering that your partner is engaging in another ...
  • February Week 4 – Depression and How It Can Stem from Undiagnosed ADHD
    There are many potential causes of depression. Some people struggle with depression because they are trapped in difficult circumstances, while others grapple with this condition due to lifestyle factors and genetic influences. However, sometimes depression is not the only mental health condition that an individual is facing. In fact, depression can be rooted ...
  • How to Help Someone Struggling with Addiction – Emma Sartwell
    Addiction is a long journey that can be draining and overwhelming. Watching someone, especially someone close that you care about, battle their addiction is also hard to navigate.  You don’t want to ignore the situation, but you also can’t fix their problem for them. Luckily, with the right treatment and support, it’s something that ...
  • February Week 4 – What Is a Sex Therapist and How Do You Know When It’s Time to See One?
    Sex isn’t the most important part of a relationship, but it is an important part. When you’re having issues with your sex life, it can mean there are other underlying issues within your relationship.  It could also cause even more issues.  A sex therapist can help you deal with any potential roadblocks that are leading ...
  • February Week 4 – How to Recognize a Trauma Bond
    Relationship dynamics are unique and can sometimes become complex when the individuals in the relationship have painful, unresolved trauma. Among these complexities lies a phenomenon known as a trauma bond, which can catch individuals in harmful cycles and hinder their emotional well-being. Understanding what a trauma bond entails, recognizing its signs and symptoms, and ...
  • February Week 4 – Undiagnosed PTSD: What Does It Look Like?
    Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common mental illness. It’s so common that researchers believe that it affects one in every three people in the world. Because it’s such a common mental illness and disorder, you may even know some family members, friends, coworkers, or neighbors who have it. There’s a good chance that you ...
  • February Week 4 – Preparing for College? How to Help Your Anxious Teen through the Application Process
    One of the most significant milestones in a teenager’s life is the college application process. As exciting as it is, it can also be one of the most stressful times — especially for an already anxious teen. There are many options to weigh, such as choosing the right schools, creating the perfect admissions ...
  • February Week 4 – IFS Therapy: What Is It and How Is It Used?
    In all families, some things are just predictable. Dad drives the car, Mom schedules the appointments, Grandpa yells at dinner, big brother tells the jokes. Every family is different, but every family member has a role within their system. Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy basically says that we—as individuals—function in much of the same ...
  • February Week 4 – Empowerment Strategies for Individuals Facing Dysfunctional Family Dynamics
    Dysfunctional family dynamics have lasting effects, impacting emotional well-being, relationships, and personal development. Whether it’s dealing with toxic communication patterns, navigating through unresolved conflicts, or coping with emotional neglect, the journey to self-empowerment amidst such circumstances can feel daunting. However, for those struggling with dysfunctional family dynamics, it is possible to find self-empowerment, foster ...
  • February Week 4 – Tips for Juggling Academics and Mental Health a College Student
    Life has its ebbs and flows. Some days, you may feel like you’re on top of everything. On other days, your to-do list may feel like it’s constantly growing. As a student, you have to navigate your college classes, homework, and studying, as well as the relationships in your life and taking care ...
  • February Week 4 – Navigating Stigma and Seeking Mental Health Support as a Christian
    Over the last few years, the mental health conversation has become more prominent across the country. In general, society is starting to acknowledge the importance of mental wellness. Stigmas and stereotypes are starting to fall away, and people are generally more willing to prioritize their mental well-being.  But, that doesn’t mean all stigmas have ...
  • February Week 4 – Family Dynamics: The Crucial Role of Communication in Strengthening Familial Relationships
    Communication is essential to every relationship — including familial ones. If you feel like you have unhealthy or uneasy family dynamics, communication issues could be the problem.  Healthy communication allows you to convey your thoughts and opinions, but it also gives you the opportunity to express your needs and wants. When communication is weak within ...
  • February Week 4 – Preparing for Healing: What to Focus on During EMDR
    Every session in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is unique. The experience with this approach to therapy will be slightly different for everyone. After all, no one else has walked in your shoes before. But it’s normal to wonder what you’re supposed to focus on during EMDR. If you’ve tried traditional ...
  • February Week 4 – What’s Really Going On During a Midlife Crisis?
    If you’re heading towards your late 40s or 50s, you might be feeling a change within yourself. While not everyone will go through a midlife crisis, many people find themselves restless and unsatisfied during this time. Midlife crises are actually a complex set of emotions that have deeply rooted triggers. If you’re wondering whether ...
  • Effective Strategies for Helping Your Teen with Anxiety – Marin Hsia
    As a parent, you’ve always wanted what’s best for your children — from the time you and your partner found out you were expecting to now. Parenting isn’t easy. Just when you feel like you’ve somewhat mastered your children’s sleep schedules or eating habits, they change. They grow up and everything starts at ...
  • Spirituality: A Way to Deal with Grief – Colin Martin
    When you’re living with grief, daily life may feel like a roller coaster ride. You’re feeling emotions you may not be used to. You may have difficulty concentrating or completing routine tasks that require more brainpower than you have at the moment. Your body may experience its own ailments.  Grief also can impact your ...
  • EMDR – What If I Can’t Remember Trauma? – 2-4
    When exploring whether or not EMDR therapy is right for a client, one of the more common concerns that comes up for them is difficulty remembering trauma. Some people may have a vague, indistinct impression of a traumatic event — something that’s actually quite common. In other scenarios, people may be skeptical about ...
  • Exposure Therapy — What Is It and Is It Effective? – Colin Martin
    Fear is a common and universally understood human experience. It can be mild to severe, annoying to extremely disruptive to everyday life.  Common fears can include spiders, public speaking, and heights. More complex fears can include fears about loss, fears related to trauma, or uncertainty about life.  Fear and anxiety are commonly tied together in ...
  • 5 Signs You Might Be Experiencing Relationship Burnout – Colin Martin
    No matter how good a relationship is, it isn’t immune to the stressors of life. Chronic stress, lack of awareness, and less-effective coping strategies can all create a phenomenon known as relationship burnout.  It’s an exhaustion that can lead to negative views, fatigue, and loneliness that put a strain on your relationship. It gets ...
  • Moving On From Past Relationship Trauma To Fully Heal
    Moving on after a breakup is hard for everyone. But if you’re suffering from relationship trauma due to abuse or infidelity, this process can be more difficult. Signs of relationship trauma include trust issues, flashbacks, nightmares, and feelings of fear, shame, anger, guilt, or suspicion. Those with relationship trauma may have a hard ...
  • Learning to Listen Before Problem-Solving 2-4
    When there’s a problem at hand, it’s easy to want to jump in head-first and get things done. No one likes problems, and when you think you have a good idea for fixing one, it’s perfectly understandable to want to take the reigns.  But think about how often you’ve done that in the past. ...