• What Is Emotional Infidelity?
    When most people hear the word infidelity – they will automatically think of physical cheating. Infidelity is most commonly thought of when there was an affair with someone who is not your partner or spouse. Cheating is a concept that has evolved to include more than just physically cheating on someone. In fact, because ...
  • Coping with the Stigma Around PTSD: It’s Not Your Fault
    It is estimated that around 12 million US adults suffer from PTSD, which is a staggering statistic. What is even more concerning is that many people who have PTSD go undiagnosed and may avoid seeking treatment—so that figure could potentially be even higher. One reason that so many avoid seeking help is that they ...
  • How to Cope When Images of War & Unrest Worry You
    Part of being human is our connection with other humans. And when we see other humans at war and humans who suffer because of war, it’s hard to cope with it. Our social media feeds often run over with images of the war between Russia and Ukraine. The news around these events is ...
  • 3 Tips to Help You Communicate Better with Your Partner
    Couples and communication go hand in hand. We often hear that communication is key, and that’s because it’s true. Couples who lack communication end up avoiding conflict or with an abundance of conflict. They often become discouraged, believing that their communication habits are unchangeable and unfixable. It’s helpful to understand that conflict isn’t innately ...
  • Is Your Teen Stuck and Anxious? How to Help them Prepare to Launch
    Anxiety is part of being human. It becomes a disorder when it interrupts someone’s ability to live a normal life. Feelings like this surface whenever we face challenges and can help us perform under pressure. Anxiety gone rogue can cause us to freeze because of an overactive fear response. In situations like this, our ...
  • 4 Effective Ways to Cope with Depression
    Depression is a serious mental health issue. Unfortunately, you can’t just “snap out of it” and instantly feel better and not depressed anymore. Depression can leave you feeling low on energy, isolated, empty, exhausted, and more. That being said, you can take small steps and work towards coping with your depression. By actively working towards ...
  • Working Through the Transition of Your Child’s Approaching Wedding
    This post is not necessarily about wedding planning and family drama. But it could be. The sheer magnitude of work required to help prepare for your child’s wedding is itself a major stressor. So, for the record, this aspect is baked into the main point of this conversation. All that said, there is ...
  • Being A Better Partner For A Healthier Relationship
    Relationships are wonderful. And infuriating. Yet, beautiful. Still, stressful. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. Balancing the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly. We are all individuals just trying our best to get through life. Juggling careers, social obligations, families, children, and household responsibilities. Our relationships are usually the center of our universe, but they ...
  • 5 Steps to Take When You Are a Christian Dealing With Anxiety
    You may have seen yourself as someone who can handle stress. Plus, of course, you had your faith to call on. Then… the anxiety felt overwhelming. Some anxiety in life is normal and inevitable but it’s nothing a devout Christian can’t handle, right? There is no doubt that faith can be a powerful ...
  • Caring For Yourself While Caring For A Newborn
    Maybe you’re only a few weeks away from your due date, or maybe you’ve already become a mother. Either way, you know that creating time for yourself and ensuring that your needs are met after having a baby can be extremely challenging. People around you might be encouraging you to relax, make time ...
  • How Do I Feel Safe When My State Passes Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation?
    Marriage equality. Gays in the military. Transgender rights. LGBTQ+ literature and discussions in schools. LGBTQ+ citizens have unfortunately been targeted for years. Are you feeling unsafe and unprotected? You’re not alone. The surge of multiple states’ anti-LGBTQ+ bills is leaving many people feeling the same way. Instead of helping those who need it most, the ...
  • Political Opposites? How to Keep Connecting & Communicating Openly
    There was a time—not too long ago—when this problem was less common. When connecting with a potential friend or partner, your respective political leanings would become known. If there were a chasm, that would be enough to derail the connection quite often. This is not a good thing, but beliefs and opinions can ...
  • Regaining Control: 5 Tips to Calm Obsessive Thoughts
    Did you remember to turn off the light downstairs? Was the house locked before you left? Did you reply to that email before you left work for the day? Was the garage door closed? Did you leave the oven on? If thoughts like the ones listed above keep you up at night, you may ...
  • Try These Tools to Process Trauma
    Going through any type of trauma can be difficult to process. Often, traumatic memories are stored in such a way that makes them difficult to access. This is your mind’s way of protecting you. That’s why it often takes so long to heal from traumatic events.  However, you can use different tools and techniques to ...
  • Couples, Conflict is Okay…If You Follow These Tips for Fighting Fair
    Every couple argues. Yes, even your married friends who seem to have the perfect life and family on Instagram, or your cousin who found the “man of her dreams.” Everyone disagrees on some things, and no relationship is perfect. In fact, if partners don’t argue about certain things, they risk their relationship becoming ...
  • How Does Therapy Work?
    Have you ever thought, “Why pay for therapy when I can just vent to my best friend?” If so, you’re definitely not the first to make this assumption. Friends are great at letting us vent, and in many cases, they’re necessary to have around. However, friends haven’t spent years learning how to refrain from ...
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since 1949, mental health advocates have used this time to spread the word about the importance of mental health. With a giant stigma surrounding mental health, so many people are afraid of telling others they have a mental health condition or getting treatment for it. Mental Health ...
  • I’m Experiencing a Gender Identity Crisis! Is That Normal at My Age?
    It can be very confusing to have a gender identity crisis as an adult. Maybe you are wondering why you didn’t realize this sooner, like when you were a child. The truth is, it’s different for everyone and there is no magic age where you get answers. Gender stereotypes, societal pressures, and families of ...
  • What To Do When You Disagree With Your Partner About The COVID Vaccine
    It’s normal for partners to have different viewpoints on things in relationships. Maybe your political views don’t line up. You might come from different backgrounds. Even small things like one of you liking certain foods and the other disliking them can spark healthy, friendly, and effective debate.  However, one of the biggest debate subjects ...
  • When You Can’t Tell By Weight: Understanding Atypical Anorexia
    Disordered eating is better and more widely known now than just a few decades ago. But that’s not saying much. Eating disorders are common—impacting at least nine percent of Americans. Still, the stigma has clouded the perception and the knowledge. The average person may know the term anorexia, but not much more. People ...
  • Seeing the Sunshine Again: The Road to Recovering from Emotional Trauma
    If you’ve ever been through an experience that has caused you to feel frightened and helpless, it’s important to understand you’re not alone. Emotional trauma can be one of the most overwhelming feelings a person can deal with.  Unfortunately, there are so many things that can lead to it. From accidents and injuries to natural ...
  • Are Stress & Anxiety the Same? Understanding the Difference
    We live in a high-stress time. Period. As never before, daily life presents us with non-stop stress potential. A big player in this trend is digital communication. We’re connected globally. This allows us to know more about what’s going on. It also creates a greater possibility for us to be manipulated by fake ...
  • I Have PTSD, Now What? Healing From PTSD Trauma
    It’s dark. You’re shaking—beads of sweat pile on your forehead. You feel on edge, frustrated, and exhausted. You’re having trouble sleeping again. Another nightmare has woken you up. It felt so real this time. But it feels real every time. Why did that happen to you? Why are you still thinking about it? It’s ...
  • High Performer Or Sufferer Of High Functioning Anxiety? How To Tell The Difference
    Are you a high performer? An overachiever? Do you strive every day to be the best version of yourself? You could simply have high functioning anxiety. This is because sometimes, high achievers actually have high functioning anxiety and overwork themselves and stress themselves out in order to accomplish tasks and function well in their ...
  • Off to College? Why Your Next Big Step Feels So Sad
    People may place high expectations on you to think of college as the best time of your life. You are free of parents and house rules, can focus on classes you like, and attend fun social events. So, why are you feeling so sad? Once you graduate high school, you realize you are no ...
  • Anticipatory Grief: Why It’s More Than Just Anxiety
    Sadness overwhelms you. You feel alone, even when you’re surrounded by others. It doesn’t help that you want to withdraw yourself and just be alone. You are completely and totally exhausted. Anxiety seems to be taking over your life. You’re angry more than you’d like to admit. You’re getting desperate. Dread consumes you. You can’t ...
  • Yes, Online Couples Therapy Can Be Just as Effective—What to Expect
    Over the last several years, telehealth practices have grown in popularity in various niches. Teletherapy is one of the more popular options, as it gives people a chance to connect with a therapist or counselor anywhere to get the help they need. It’s a wonderful solution for anyone who wouldn’t otherwise be able ...
  • Here’s What You Can Do to Prevent Performance Anxiety from Holding You Back
    Anxiety impacts millions of people across the globe in different ways. For some people, fears and worries tend to worsen when they have to perform.  While we tend to think of performance anxiety as something people experience before singing, acting, or dancing in front of a large crowd, it can affect you on a ...
  • How to Take Care of Yourself When Also Caring for a New Life
    For many women, practicing self-care is hard enough when you don’t have children. But for new moms, it can feel practically impossible. Suddenly, you’re caring for a baby who needs you at all hours of the day and night. It feels like you can barely find a spare moment to sit down and ...
  • Making the Most of Life After Divorce: Tips for Success
    No matter if the decision was respectfully mutual, one-sided, or an all-out explosion, divorce can be hard for anyone. Most people enter a marriage thinking, “That’s it! This is my forever person.”  Finding out that “forever” ends pretty early can be earth-shattering.  Remember, no matter how you spin it, divorce happens because something in the ...
  • My Teen Seems So Unmotivated—What Do I Do?
    It can be frustrating to look at your teen and see all their potential stuck behind an unmotivated exterior. You’re positive that if they just applied themselves more, they’d have the world wrapped around their finger. The hard thing is that we all see the world differently, so as teenagers come into their own ...
  • Here’s How to Handle the Unique Challenges of a Bicultural Marriage
    A bicultural marriage or intermarriage was once quite rare in the U.S. In 1967, for example, the nationwide number was about three percent. Within a half-century, that rate had risen dramatically to nearly one in five marriages being between partners of different races, faiths, ethnicities, geographic locations, etc. Clearly, many old barriers have been ...
  • What Does It Mean to Commit Emotional Infidelity?
    When most people think of infidelity, the physical aspect comes to mind. Cheating is a terrible thing that can instantly sever the trust in a relationship and leave the partner who was cheated on feeling anxious, depressed, or even as though they have no value.  However, physical infidelity isn’t the only type of cheating ...
  • Things to Keep in Mind When Meeting Someone Online
    We’re living in a digital world. It’s easier to meet and connect with people than ever before. Whether you’re looking for friendship or something more, meeting someone new is just a click (or tap) away.  In theory, it’s exciting. You never know who you might connect with, whether they’re only a few towns away ...
  • Having a Hard Time Connecting in Therapy? Why You Might Benefit from Seeing a Black Therapist
    Recent studies find Black Americans to be 20 percent more likely to deal with serious mental health issues than their White counterparts. Meanwhile, POC generally use mental health services far less often than White people. How can we explain this disconnect? One possible option: Black and Brown therapists make up only four percent ...
  • Women and Work: Are You Wrestling with These 5 Common Challenges
    Being a woman means that you are constantly juggling responsibilities. Trying to balance careers, raising families, finances, social obligations, and so much more. When it comes to career choices, women have more options available to them than ever before. But that doesn’t mean the glass ceiling has been broken. Cracked, maybe, but not fully ...
  • I’m a Christian But I Have an Addiction…How Can I Deal With This?
    It is quite disconcerting to be a Christian and realize that you have been caught up in the vortex of addiction. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, etc., the general perception is that addiction is caused by moral shortcomings. With faith, we’re told, we can rectify such a transgression. Fortunately, this archaic mindset ...
  • What to Do When War Coverage Triggers Fear and Worry
    It seems things are going from bad to worse, huh? In reality, global affairs move in cycles. How we perceive them very much shapes how we react to them. How we perceive global affairs is also very much shaped by the coverage they inspire. In today’s 24/7 news cycle, that coverage can be ...
  • Where to Begin in Healing Family Trauma
    It’s never easy to experience a traumatic event. Whether it’s something you went through as a child or later in life, the effects of trauma can often feel controlling, overwhelming, and suffocating.  While there’s no “easy” trauma to deal with, it’s especially hard to heal from family trauma.  Your family is supposed to be a ...
  • Financial Intimacy: What It Is and Why It Matters
    One of the biggest concepts couples struggle with is finances. It can be a tricky topic to talk about, especially if there’s a sense of financial insecurity. However, financial intimacy is an important part of any healthy relationship. It’s understandable that you might be hesitant out of embarrassment or fear that it will make ...
  • What Happens If We Fight In Therapy?
    Life is complicated. We are all just doing our best to get through it in the ways that we know how. As humans, we naturally crave connection with others. To have meaningful relationships. Whether that is with family, friends, or our partner’s – at the end of the day, we all want to know ...
  • What You Should Know And Do About Job Search Depression
    At some point, we all begin to question our choice in career. Maybe you regret not going to school for a different field. Or maybe you have begun to resent the position and company that you are with now. The truth is, it is highly common to feel depressed when it comes to careers ...
  • What Is High Functioning Depression?
    When most people hear the word depression, they automatically think of a few key symptoms. Overwhelming sadness, irritability, and lack of interest in hobbies, just to name a few. Depression is a mental health disorder that affects many people worldwide. In a study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health, it ...
  • Suffering from Chronic Pain? How Mindfulness Makes a Difference
    Have you been a long-time sufferer of chronic pain? Maybe your back has been hurting you for a long time, or you have arthritis in your hands. If someone has recommended mindfulness to treat your pain, you may be under the impression that person thinks your pain is all in your head. The ...
  • 4 Easy Ways To Deal With Anxiety
    Life can feel really overwhelming. It seems as if at every turn, we are dealing with something that tests our patience or makes us worry. In our personal lives, we already juggle so much. From finances, careers, families, social obligations and household duties. Then we also have the current events that are happening ...
  • The Impact of Childhood Trauma On Adulthood
    The years that we are children are such formative ones. While our brains never stop developing, our brains are constantly and rapidly developing as children. During these formative years, what we go through can have a lasting impact on our mental health and carry into adulthood. Every experience, both good and bad. Every emotion ...
  • What Issues Can Intensives Help With?
    We’ve looked at what intensives are and how they differ from traditional therapy. Understandably, it may have left you with further questions about intensives, like, “What can they be used for?” Before discussing intensives for specific issues, let’s address two of the more common concerns. For example, just how “intense” is an “intensive”? You will ...
  • Can Hormones Affect Your Anxiety? What Women Should Know
    Anxiety can happen at any moment, and for many different reasons. Life events like work stress, global events, past relationships, social obligations, and family conflict are some of the main culprits when it comes to triggering anxiety. But anxiety can also be fueled by physical things like caffeine intake, lack of sleep, and ...
  • 3 Signs You Have Stopped Communicating Effectively with Your Partner
    The keyword in the title of this post is “effectively.” Because you never stop communicating with your partner. Even if stop talking, you are communicating. Anything from silence to body language and beyond is speaking volumes. Your facial expression or tour tone of voice can say more than may even realize. Effective communication ...
  • What Are Some Effects of Online Infidelity?
    Infidelity usually happens in secret. It takes some effort to organize schedules, meet in person, and avoid perception. But what if those quiet footsteps become thumbs tapping away on a screen? What if the secret meeting place was in the comfort of your own home?  What if no one could possibly recognize you online under a ...