• Sex After a Baby: Blending Intimacy and Responsibilities
    You’ve recently had a baby, and you’re wondering what your sex life with your partner will be like from now on. Medical professionals recommend that women wait at least six weeks after giving birth to start having sex again. However, your personal preferences and medical needs may vary! You might not feel ready ...
  • Fighting Frequently? Here’s What to Do About It
    In a relationship, fighting is necessary. It can actually be a red flag if you two never argue. But the opposite is also true. Fighting too often can get exhausting and can be indicative of deeper communication issues. If you find yourselves arguing about the same things over and over, you’re stuck in ...
  • Trauma Is Physical, Too—How It Stays in the Body
    It’s easy to assume that trauma is exclusively a mental health condition. But trauma can affect every aspect of your life, including your physical health. Trauma isn’t just something that causes distressful thoughts or mental anguish. It can also have an impact on your physical well-being. You can experience physical trauma symptoms that ...
  • How to Identify Dysfunctional Family Communication
    Everyone has a picture of what the ideal “white picket fence” family should look like. A family is supposed to be viewed as a safe place, an unconditional support system. Unfortunately, not all families succeed in providing this perfect ideal and fall short thus creating the term family dysfunction.  Communication is a fundamental piece ...
  • What Does Anxiety Feel Like?
    It’s in our DNA to have anxiety. Anxiety, when in moderation, can actually be beneficial. It can be the driving force to make us stay motivated to feel prepared for the job interview. Or for a big meeting, we have the next day at work. We are programmed to feel anxious because it was ...
  • How to Support Teens When School Shootings Make Them Fearful
    Americans are living in scary times. We’re overwhelmed with news stories of horrific mass shootings, and parents and kids are understandably scared. Surveys show increases in teen anxiety about school shootings. Some even end up skipping classes due to fear. While active shooter drills are now a necessary part of education, some students ...
  • 4 Ways to Improve Communication as a Couple
    How many times have you ever heard the words, “Communication is crucial in a relationship?” Now, how often have you heard that and said to yourself, “I know that, but I don’t know what that entails, exactly?” You aren’t alone. From the time we are teenagers and begin dating, we hear about the importance of communication. ...
  • Complicated Grief Explained
    If you were to describe grief, what would you say? You’re probably thinking of losing a loved one. There may be feelings of sadness, hurt, and loss as part of the grieving process. Grief isn’t easy for anyone. It’s chaotic. It’s life-changing. Grief is painful, challenging, and intense. Grief can change the directory of your life. ...
  • Do Men And Women Deal With Depression Differently?
    Depression can show itself in many different ways. There are a number of different signs and symptoms you can look out for if you suspect someone you know may be struggling. Physical aches and pains. Appetite or weight changes. Trouble sleeping or oversleeping. Some individuals may not even show any signs or symptoms. One person struggling with ...
  • 4 Ways EMDR Can Help You When You Have Depression
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been around for decades. It was originally used as an effective treatment for trauma patients who were dealing with frightening flashbacks and painful memories.  However, more recently, EMDR has expanded to be used as a treatment for things like addiction, anxiety, and depression.  Depression is one of the ...
  • Yes, Anxiety Around Adulting is Real: 3 Things To Remember
    According to the notorious Urban Dictionary, “adulting” is about “carrying out the duties and responsibilities expected of fully developed individuals.” That entry ends with a snarky line declaring that the word “adulting” is “exclusively used by those who adult less than 50 percent of the time.” It’s snarky and it’s unfair. Society shifts from generation ...
  • Explaining IFS Therapy And What It is Used For
    There are many different approaches to psychotherapy, and you might be wondering which is right for you. Plenty of therapies treat the same issues, so it can be hard to distinguish between them. What is Internal Family Systems therapy? Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy developed in the ’90s to ...
  • Are Anxiety Disorders Genetically Inherited?
    Anxiety is the most common form of mental health distress in the world. Despite this prevalence, the general public may not know much about it. After all, anxiety is a normal and often helpful emotion. However, when it becomes chronic, it also becomes counterproductive. But why does this happen so often? Where do ...
  • How to Improve Communication With Your Neurodivergent Child
    When someone is neurodivergent, it doesn’t mean something negative. Rather, the term applies to how they behave, learn, process, and think. To some degree, we are all different within those realms but there are neurodiverse conditions. These include but are not limited to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome, and ...
  • 4 Tips On How To Communicate With An Avoidant Partner
    It’s safe to say that the honeymoon phase is over.  You used to communicate together so well, or so you thought. Now your partner seems to be avoiding you completely.  You both get home from work, and you barely speak a few words to one another.  What happened? What changed? You even start questioning your words ...
  • Why Anxiety and the Highly Sensitive Person Go Hand in Hand
    Last time, I told you about the powers of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Those powers are plentiful but they come with a trade-off. The average HSP experiences anxiety-like symptoms on a regular basis. Sensory overload is common and its results in symptoms that are almost indistinguishable from an anxiety disorder. This ...
  • How Can You Overcome Performance Anxiety?
    Sometimes, we rise to the occasion. Other times, anxiety gets the better of us. Generally speaking, this is normal and inevitable. It does not indicate the presence of performance anxiety. For example, a basketball player is highly praised for hitting 40 percent of their three-point attempts. However, if you experience an intense feeling ...
  • Still Not Losing Weight? 3 Ways Hypnosis Can Help You
    For many people, losing weight feels like a constant struggle. Whether your weight seems to go up and down no matter what you do or you just can’t lose those last 5-10 pounds, it can be frustrating.  Diet and exercise will always be the best way to manage your weight and shed pounds. However, ...
  • 4 Ways You Can Begin To Communicate Better With Your Partner
    Little disagreements tend to blow up into larger arguments. It’s like you’ve been living the same day on repeat. You both get up in the morning, go to work, and come home. One of two things has been happening lately. Either you don’t really mutter a few words to one another, or the words you ...
  • How to Rebuild Trust in a Christian Marriage
    Trust is a powerful foundation for any marriage. Without it, you can never feel true safety with one another. When trust is broken, rebuilding it is one of the biggest challenges any couple will ever face. Of course, each couple brings with them a unique set of characteristics and circumstances. For example, when ...
  •  Is It Ever Acceptable to Snoop on Your Teen?
    Watching your child pull away is painful. Teens can become furtive, sulky, and uncommunicative. They think they should have more autonomy than their parents feel they can handle. You might be worried they’re engaging in dangerous behaviors with friends and online. While wanting to snoop comes from a protective place, it can harm your ...
  • 6 Signs & Symptoms of Complex Trauma
    Trauma is common, and it can be debilitating. On average, at least half the people you encounter have endured a traumatic event. But there’s not just one type of trauma. For example, when a person (usually a child) undergoes repeated, ongoing abuse or neglect, they are susceptible to complex trauma. People who fall ...
  • Anger Management for Women: Honoring Your Feelings & Healthy Expression
    Anger management is a skill that can be tough for most of us to learn. Anger demands to be felt. But most of us don’t know how to process our anger or express it in a way that doesn’t hurt others. This can be especially challenging for women. Often, women are taught to ...
  • 5 Ways to Navigate Medical Trauma
    Going to the doctor might seem fairly straightforward. But it isn’t always. Procedures that are meant to heal us sometimes end up causing us harm. Medical trauma comes from a negative experience with a doctor or treatment. Trauma is harmful, but medical trauma can lead us to avoid seeking medical help in the ...
  • Help! I’m Having a Quarter-Life Crisis!
    Everyone has heard of a mid-life crisis. It typically can happen to anyone from age 40 to 60 and affects both men and women equally. When someone hits a huge milestone birthday, it can cause them to pause and reflect on their life. What they have accomplished, everything they haven’t done yet, and ...
  • How to Navigate Life as a Multicultural Couple
    The term multicultural can take on an array of meanings—nationality, religion, ethnicity, class, or geographical heritage. Since dating often involves you, your partner, friends, and/or family, certain aspects can become complicated. When choosing to couple with someone from a different cultural background, here are some considerations to make navigating your journey easier. Don’t Be ...
  • What is Just Right OCD?
    Books on a bookshelf in alphabetical order. Rereading a text or email over and over again until it feels right to send it to the recipient. Turning on and off a light repetitively before leaving a room. Constantly straightening pictures hanging on the wall that appear crooked. Some of these examples may feel ...
  • 5 Causes of Emotional Eating
    Food can be a wonderful way to show you love someone. It’s communal. It’s celebratory. For many people, food provides comfort, especially during difficult times. You’ve undoubtedly heard of “stress eating.” There are plenty of stereotypes and tropes about reaching for a pint of ice cream after a breakup or when something goes wrong. But, ...
  • The Impact of Covid on Depression & Suicide Rates
    The year 2020 was a tough year for everyone. A global pandemic caused a rollercoaster of emotions. People were anxious, stressed, nervous, and afraid. Businesses shut down. Furloughs and layoffs were heavily in effect. Unemployment skyrocketed. Masks covered faces and emotions. Vaccines were implemented. An increase in cases and death counts brought on ...
  • Part 2: Loosening Anxiety’s Grip Naturally
    If there’s a silver lining to the fact that anxiety is such a common mental health issue, it’s that there are many different treatment options and management techniques. Most people know some of the standard practices when it comes to dealing with anxiety. Things like medication and therapy are often the best solutions for ...
  • Part 2: How to Calm Anxiety for Someone with Autism
    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed reasons why someone with autism may feel high anxiety. After all, about half of all people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have also been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Obviously, learning how to calm the anxiety is a critical part of managing ASD. As I touched ...
  • Relationship Conflict: When is it Healthy & When is it Toxic?
    Every relationship has arguments. They’re an inevitable part of life and partnership. In fact, it’s concerning when two people in a relationship never fight. But there’s a difference between healthy, productive conflicts and conflicts that are the sign of a toxic relationship. Learning to recognize the difference between these argument patterns will help ...
  • The Longterm Psychological Impact of School Shootings
    It’s not an easy subject to talk about—let alone think about—but the reality is that our country has a school shooting problem. Some make national news as dozens of children are killed or injured. Others affect small communities. We hear about heroic teachers and tragic tales, shooters who had given off warning signs, ...
  • Childhood Wounds: How Past Trauma Affects You Today
    More children deal with childhood trauma than you might think. Whether it’s physical or emotional abuse or even witnessing something traumatic, so many children are forced to experience damaging situations—many at a very young age. For some people, the effects of childhood trauma are obvious. For others, the symptoms can be less subtle. ...
  • Part 2: 5 Ways to be a Better Partner
    Everyone wants to be the best partner in a relationship that they can be. It’s an intimidating topic, but we promise the following five steps will make it easier. If you want to be a better partner in your relationship, keep reading. 1. Work on Communication Communication is key in any relationship. Even if you ...
  • Is It True That Women Initiate Divorce More? Why?
    At one point, there was absolute bliss. Standing in front of your loved ones and friends, you made a promise to one another. That for better or worse, you would continue to stick by each other’s sides. That through it all, you would conquer the world and all that it would throw your ...
  • Part 2: How to Overcome Perfectionism
    We’ve covered some of the drawbacks of being a perfectionist. We’ve also touched on the differences between holding yourself to a high standard and expecting things that aren’t realistic. Again, there’s never anything wrong with doing your best. However, when it starts interfering with what’s real and what could be accomplished, you should ...
  • Finding Ways to Heal: Recovery After Emotional Trauma
    What is the first thing you think of when you think of trauma? Maybe you think of trauma as a single, life-threatening event. You wouldn’t be wrong to think so. In fact, when we hear of trauma, that tends to be our first thought. But trauma is complex; sometimes, it’s more than a ...
  •  In This Together—Facing the Challenges of Bicultural Marriage
    A bicultural marriage typically involves partners of different races, ethnicities, faiths, and even places of origin. Yes, geography can shape culture in a major way. If you reflexively associate the term “bicultural marriage” with race and ethnicity, it makes sense. In 1967, only 3 percent of American adults were married to a partner ...
  • 5 Ways Motivational Enhancement Therapy Can Work For You
    Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a person-centered therapeutic approach used to boost someone’s motivation to change. It’s often used to help people who are dealing with addiction or substance abuse. However, it can also be used to help with conditions like anxiety or eating disorders. Whether you’ve heard of MET or not, it’s important to ...
  • Part 2: How is Depression Diagnosed?
    By now, you know that depression is one of the most common mental health conditions across the globe. While it impacts people differently and with different severity, it’s still a huge problem that can impact your life in negative ways.  However, because depression can vary so much, how is it diagnosed? Why is it ...
  • How to Rebuild Trust in a Christian Marriage
    Every marriage should be based on trust, commitment, and loyalty. A Christian marriage is no different, except it puts God at the center of everything. That’s why the marriage works, and why you and your spouse can continue to have faith in your relationship, even when you’re experiencing difficult circumstances.  However, no Christian is ...
  • Here’s How You Can Support Your Partner Who Has Depression
    Depression is one of the top causes of disability across the globe. More than seven percent of adults have experienced at least one depressive episode. In other words, it’s not uncommon for a person to find themselves in the position of supporting a partner with depression. But common does not equate to simple. ...
  • Is It Possible to Stop Anxiety Before It Starts?
    There’s nothing greater than coming home from work at the end of the day and plopping on the couch to relax for the night. You grab the remote control, press the power button, and the screen flickers on. You press the arrow keys UP, DOWN, RIGHT, and LEFT, and navigate through the different channels. After ...
  • What Are Some Reasons Women Initiate Divorce?
    You stood in front of one another with your friends, family, and loved ones watching. Both of you promised to have and to hold from that day moving forward. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Fast forward to now, and you feel like you let yourself, your ...
  • How to Cope When You Live in a Non-Affirming Environment
    Coming out to family members and friends can stir up a variety of emotions. More often than not, it can be scary and overwhelming. You might have a basic idea of how people will respond, but nothing can ever prepare you for the harsh reality of a non-affirming environment.  It’s even worse when you ...
  • How Does Your Body Remember Trauma?
    You probably remember your trauma more clearly than you’d like. It’s something that’d be difficult to deal with, and on some days, memories of your trauma can cause you harm. Or maybe you don’t remember your trauma clearly. Your memory might be unclear in a lot of aspects, but you might be sure ...
  • What Are the Parts of Internal Family Systems Therapy and Where Did They Come From?
    Have you ever heard of the mind referred to as a small family? Or maybe you’ve heard of the mind as a concept that can easily be divided into different parts? Are you curious as to what these parts might be? What about the origins of this theory? Developed in the 1980s by family ...
  • Not Sure If You Are In A Narcissistic Relationship? Signs To Look Out For
    At one point, everything felt like bliss. You couldn’t help but feel as if everything was perfect and idyllic. Except looking back, does it seem as if you purposefully ignored red flags? Or you didn’t know that something wasn’t normal in a relationship? Relationships are normally not perfect. So the measure here isn’t that ...
  • What Is Anticipatory Grief And How Can You Deal With It?
    Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life. While we usually think of grief when it comes to the loss of a person, it can also be triggered by the loss of a career, a pet, or even a sense of normality.  That’s why so many people struggled with grief throughout the COVID-19 ...