• What Should You Do If You and Your Partner Keep Having the Same Argument?
    Another late night of no sleep, no laughing, and no fun. It could be time to ask yourself, “If we weren’t arguing about X, what would we enjoy doing instead?” Do you even have an answer? If you don’t, you probably don’t have much incentive to stop arguing. Flashback to when you started dating. ...
  • How Do Stress and Depression Feed Into Each Other?
    Sometimes, stress is pretty good for you. It gives you the energy boost you need to move effectively through life’s loudest moments. The stress of an upcoming test can cause you to study the materials closely and enter the test with a game plan, leaving you feeling prepared and confident.  While stress can certainly ...
  • Was Mom or Dad a Narcissist? Understanding Your Family Dynamic
    Everyone is certain they know a narcissist. Some of us are sure we were raised by one. Was your own childhood and family life ruled by a narcissistic parent? Do you wonder what the fallout is in your life? What does this mean about how you understand yourself and healthy family relationships? Exploring narcissistic family ...
  • Signs of Depression That Are Not Just Sadness
    When most of us think of depression, we think of sadness. While a sense of hopelessness and sad feeling often do come with depression, there are other symptoms that go beyond this. Sometimes, these other symptoms are more prevalent than the sadness you might expect. When this happens, it makes depression more difficult to ...
  • Using Your Faith to Enhance Your Marriage
    At times, marriage can seem like a never-ending rollercoaster. Full of highs and lows. Moments of absolute peace. And moments of conflict. Marriage is one of the most sacred bonds that we can have with another human being. It’s the promise to always be there for them. To support each other and love one ...
  • Can Anxiety Be Healthy? When Does It Become Unhealthy?
    If you’re next in line for a roller coaster, you might feel butterflies in your stomach and a pounding heart in your chest. Yes, you’re feeling anxious, but on the right day, that might not be a bad thing. The choice is up to you. Are you anxious-excited or are you anxious-fearful?  Anxiety can have ...
  • Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Overcome Money Anxiety
    It’s safe to assume that money plays a role in virtually every part of our lives. Money is our livelihoods. It’s how we are able to provide for our families. Money gives us the capability to be able to go on vacation. To splurge on a nice restaurant. To know that we are ...
  • 5 Resolutions For the New Year
    It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through January already. It’s the time of year when we are often asked, “What’s your New Years Resolution?” Now is the time when we reflect on the last year and our past selves and feel ready to make changes. There are the common, most popular resolutions. ...
  • Yes, There Are Different Types of Anxiety
    You may have experienced stressful moments where things can take unexpected turn or if you cannot guess the final outcome of a problem. However, there are people who experience stress every day where it becomes full-blown anxiety. It can be from the people in your life, your work obligations, financial woes, and more. ...
  • Overly Sensitive? You May Be an HSP
    Has someone ever told you that you are “too sensitive” or too much of an overthinker? When you see something beautiful that others find “okay,” it is moving to you. If you are on a rollercoaster overwhelmed by the flickering lights, twists, turns, and drops, you could end up avoiding it with a ...
  • Moving Forward from Childhood Trauma With EMDR
    Suffering from childhood trauma can leave a lifelong impact. If you endured a traumatic experience as a child, you might still be living with the effects today. It can be difficult to truly heal without professional support. Perhaps you lived through ongoing trauma when you were young, and now, you want to seek ...
  • How Conflict Styles Were Shaped By Your Parents
    No one would argue that their parents (or child caretakers) didn’t mold some of their personality traits. In addition, no one would be surprised to learn that when parents are often in conflict, it can seriously impact their children. But how often have you pondered a convergence of these two realities? Were your ...
  • Stopping the Negative Self Talk Train for the HSP
    Like many things in life, the way you talk to yourself can become a habit. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes easy to get into a habit of negative self talk, especially if you’re a highly sensitive person (HSP). If you’re a highly sensitive person, you may: notice small details others do not, feel a strong sense ...
  • Powder Brows vs Microblading
    As a grown adult, you looked in the mirror and realized your eyebrows are aging with you. Your eyebrows have less hair than usual from years of overplucking and removal. Hair loss is also a part of growing up as our hair thins out or we grow less of it. Because you can ...
  • The Stigma of Mental Health
    There is a good chance that you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health. After all, 21% of Americans in 2020 (52.9 million people) have a mental health condition. So, why are over half of those people not seeking mental health treatment? There is a giant stigma towards mental health treatment ...
  • My Past Is Holding Me Back…How Can I Move On?
    Do you feel like your trauma is holding you back from living a full life like everyone else? Surviving a traumatic event can be very frustrating. You want so badly to forget about it, but these intense memories have a strong hold over you. The trauma can affect how you behave towards others ...
  • What is Bipolar Disorder?
    Have you ever felt full of energy one minute to feel depressed the next continuously? Do you know someone going through the same thing? A name to describe this mental health condition is called bipolar disorder. 2.8% of the population have bipolar disorder with 83% who show severe symptoms. There are manic episodes ...
  • 3 Tips To Become Less Socially Anxious
    Do everyday social situations leave you on edge? Maybe when you eat lunch in the breakroom, fear sets in if someone sits next to you. Going on a date can be awkward in fear of long pauses or what the other person could say. You hate going to class because of the anxiety ...
  • How Journaling Can Help With Anxiety
    Anxiety can lead to racing thoughts that will not turn off. It can be overwhelming to have all of these worries and not know what to do with them. Luckily, journaling can be an excellent coping tool for anxiety. All you need is a pen and paper, your computer, or your phone to ...
  • What to Say to Someone Struggling With Depression
    It can be incredible to recognize how many people love to help others. This reality is reaffirming and comforting. However, it does not mean we always get it right when it comes to help and support. In many cases, it is far more complex than a donation or an encouraging word. Take, for ...
  • What Causes My Seasonal Depression?
    Seasonal depression is also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s a kind of depression that usually presents itself during the winter months. If you think you have seasonal depression, it’s important to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. If left untreated, SAD can lead to self-harm or suicidal ideation. Don’t go through ...
  • How Can I Stop Feeling Responsible For My Partner’s Happiness?
    In society, we are often taught that we are responsible for how others feel. That the weight of the emotional state of others lays on our shoulders. It is instilled that we need to fix things, to make everything better for our partners or those in our life. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with ...
  • How to Cope with Friends and Family Not Understanding Your Divination Tools
    When our faith changes, we naturally want to share our journey. Especially with the friends and family members that we love. This can be a tricky situation to navigate, though. Our faith, spirituality, and religion are very specialized to us. The discussions can become heated.  Conflict can be intimidating, but it’s not innately bad. ...
  • Help, My Relationship Is Struggling: 5 Ways to Improve Your Connection During Pregnancy and Infant Loss
    Going through pregnancy or experiencing the loss of a child are two very different things, but they’re also two of the most emotionally-trying things you can go through in your relationship.  Whether you’re expecting and your relationship is struggling, or it seems that you and your partner are completely disconnected after the loss of ...
  • 3 Types of Therapy for Anyone with PTSD
    Moving on after a traumatic experience is a struggle. It can be hard to know where to turn to or where to get the right help. Strong emotional distress can have a lasting impact on a person’s mental health. It can also influence the physical health of many people as well. Trauma is also ...
  • Do Depression And Anger Go Hand-In-Hand?
    Depression impacts millions of people across the globe. While some signs and symptoms are more common than others, it can affect people in different ways. One topic that isn’t discussed enough when it comes to depression is how it may sometimes be connected to anger.  Most people understand that irritability is a potential symptom of ...
  • What Are Some Unconscious Ways You May be Responding to Trauma?
    The human brain’s primary function is to keep us alive. It processes information and helps us make decisions. It also helps us determine if certain situations are safe or not. When we experience a traumatic event, our brain notes the scenario, the people involved, the smells, the sounds, etc. It files these stimuli ...
  • Your Body & CPTSD: Recognizing the Somatic Symptoms
    You may already have some awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But there is a variation on this all-too-common condition: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). While PTSD is triggered by enduring or witnessing a traumatic event, CPTSD is caused by ongoing and/or repeated trauma. This may include any kind of sustained abuse — ...
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology Therapy: What It Is & How it Helps Trauma Recovery
    When you go through something traumatic, it can have long-term effects on your life. Your mental and physical states can change in negative ways. When your whole life has been flipped upside down, you may feel like you can’t move on. Healing from trauma is rarely a linear process. It is a rollercoaster ride ...
  • 8 Everyday Ways to Reconnect and Rediscover Each Other in 2022
    Whether you’ve been together for one year or five, sometimes we lose our connection with our partner. This doesn’t have to mean the end of a relationship. With some work and patience, you can reconnect and continue having the healthy, happy relationship you want.  That said, it takes time to re-establish a connection, but ...
  • What You Need to Know About Your Period & Your PTSD Symptoms
    It’s hardly breaking news that your menstrual cycle can affect your mood. For example, you may find yourself fluctuating between irritation, anxiety, and depression. Recent research, however, has explored a related link to trauma. Women with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are reporting variations in their PTSD symptoms throughout their menstrual cycle. Generally speaking, more ...
  • Engaged? Why You Should Have Long Talks and a Counselor Scheduled
    You have every reason to be excited! You’re engaged and all the hopes you had for love and commitment are coming to fruition. You feel loved and loving. Moreover, you love the air of promise that permeates everything. Yet, the truth is,you don’t know what you don’t know before tying the knot. And that ...
  • How Therapy Can Help Heal Immigration-Related Trauma
    Being an immigrant in America can often leave us feeling like outsiders. At home, we may be conversational and caring, but at work or school, we may be reserved and timid. Studies show that while forced migrants can make deliberate choices about their own identity, they are also likely to consider and adopt ...
  • Be More Sure About “I Do”: 5 Key Topics To Discuss Before The Wedding
    Getting married to your partner can be incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. Although you are eager to start the next chapter of your lives together, there are many things that you have to plan, consider and discuss before you take the leap. A wedding is a joyous event and occasion, and ...
  • How Your Social Media Habit Can Contribute to Depression
    When you are scrolling through your social media feed, it’s easy to get the sense that your life is somehow lacking. As you view selfies and vacation shots you may wonder why you’re not experiencing the same satisfaction that your friends do. Do you feel worse because you see your friends leading seemingly ...
  • I Feel Indifferent About My Spouse. Have I Lost Interest?
    Indifference in a relationship is stressful. It creates an environment of loneliness and isolation. This indifference can create distrust, which then furthers other relationship issues. If you’re feeling indifferent to your partner, it’s natural to wonder if you’ve lost interest altogether. Indifference doesn’t have to mean the end of a relationship, but it’s ...
  • Why Does Seasonal Depression Occur and What Can You Do About It?
    Do you tend to experience low moods every winter? Perhaps you feel sad more often, or maybe you lose interest in activities you enjoy. You might even notice your energy levels dropping. Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s all in your head, or if you’re just reacting to holiday stress. However, seasonal depression is ...
  • How Has Covid Made It Harder for People With Anxiety Disorders?
    Anxiety disorders cause people to worry about things that aren’t exactly “real” threats. For people with social anxiety, the worst thing that can happen when speaking in front of a crowd is tripping over your words or passing out from the pressure.  But death? The end of the world? These are highly unlikely fears. ...
  • What to Do If You Feel Lonely in Your Relationship: 5 Tips From A Therapist
    You’re seated at a cafe table with a croissant, a candle, and that cutie from college sitting right across from you. If life was a storybook, you would be the epitome of romance. But inside? You feel bizarrely alone, unwanted, and unwilling to talk about yourself. Long-term relationships can be wonderful sources of ...
  • What Is a Pre-Licensed Therapist and What Is It Like to See One?
    Looking for the right therapist to fit your needs can be hard enough. There are so many options to choose from. Now, with the rise of telehealth, you can find a therapist in a completely different state to work with. That’s great and helps to ensure that you find the right person, but ...
  • How Do I Co-Regulate with My Child?
    When your child is experiencing anger, sadness, or another intense emotion, you might not know how best to respond. Even if you’re confident in your approach to parenting, it can be difficult to comfort your child and help them explore these emotions in a productive way. After all, young children don’t know how ...
  • How You Can Make Your Relationships Feel More Fulfilling
    Fulfilling relationships require time, effort, and attention. While communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship—romantic or otherwise—there’s more to finding fulfillment from the people in your life than being a good listener.  If you feel like your relationships are struggling or you aren’t feeling as fulfilled as you want to, don’t expect things ...
  • What To Do When You’re Triggered By Your Child’s Defiance
    Whether you have a history of anxiety, trauma, or another mental health condition, you probably know that certain things tend to trigger your symptoms. Getting to the bottom of your triggers can make your condition easier to manage. But, that often takes time and can be easier said than done. That’s especially true when something ...
  • Are There Benefits if Teens Wait to Make College Decisions?
    As parents, we want to set our kids up for a lifetime of success. The job gets tricky when they turn 18, become independent, and start making decisions that have long-term consequences for the first time. Even though they are legally adults, their prefrontal cortex will not fully develop until age 25. This means ...
  • How Do I Know If My Anxiety Is Unhealthy?
    Anxiety impacts millions of people across the world in different ways. Some people are able to handle it well, while others need a bit of help to work through it. Unfortunately, because of the stressful society we live in, anxiety has become more prominent throughout the years. While it’s a good thing that it’s ...
  • Apologies Are Important in Relationships—Here’s Why
    Mistakes are a normal and unavoidable part of life. The same goes for the inevitability of conflict. So, of course, you want to do your best to learn and grow and prevent such situations. But you can make a strong case that there is even more important work to do. What I mean ...
  • Why Does Criticism Happen in Relationships? How to Address It
    No relationship is perfect, and every couple disagrees from time to time. But, there’s a difference between having productive arguments and experiencing criticism.  Even when you’re not arguing, if your partner criticizes you on a regular basis, that’s something that needs to be addressed right away. You don’t deserve to be under attack for ...
  • How To Find a Couples Therapist That Specializes in LGBTQ+
    Finding a couples therapist nowadays is easier than most people think. If your relationship is struggling for any reason or you just want to improve communication, it’s never a bad idea to seek help from a professional.  But, if you’re in an LGBTQ+ relationship, you might be wondering if things are different.  The quick answer? ...
  • What You Need to Know About the Psychology of New Year’s Resolutions
    The new year is finally here, and for many people, that means setting goals and making resolutions.  Unfortunately, multiple studies have shown that resolutions made at the start of the year rarely last. Most end up failing within the first few months.  That doesn’t mean people who set New Year’s resolutions are less dedicated or ...
  • Steps to Sleep Better in the New Year, Annie Miller 1-3, RTE
    The year is still fresh and new. Whether you’ve set resolutions and goals for yourself or not, it’s never too late—especially when it comes to bettering your health. After the holiday season, you might need some help to get things back on track. One of the best ways to take care of your well-being ...