Exchanging New Year’s Resolutions for New Year’s Vision
By Bridget Mathwin, MA, Resident in Counseling It is that time of year again. Time to make New Year’s Resolutions. I have decided, I am done with them. I tend to be enthusiastic with lots of energy to make my resolutions happen in the beginning. Then, when the going gets tough or I have over […]
The Essentials of Effective Communication
Amanda Kirk, MS Years ago, I remember seeing a conversation fail in such an overt way it was both mesmerizing and comical. I watched as two co-workers carried on what could loosely be defined as a conversation. They were talking back and forth to each other, but about two completely different topics. I don’t recall […]
It is Not Good for Man to be Alone
By Regina Barbour, MA, Resident in Counseling “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV) Often when we read or hear this scripture, we think of marriage, and rightfully so. Yes, God did say this after he created […]
When Is The “Right Time” To Go To Counseling?
By Jennifer Owen, PhD, LPC, NCC Have you ever considered going to counseling? Did you end up changing your mind by thinking to yourself, “No. I don’t need counseling. My life isn’t that bad.” I’ve heard phrases like this far more than I could count! Unfortunately, the idea of going to counseling is still associated [&h
Fake It Till You Make It Tips for Getting Unstuck and Overcoming Overwhelm: A Two-Part Series
Amanda Kirk, MS One of my friends has this little mind trick she does whenever she’s in an awkward or uncomfortable situation. She pretends she’s in a movie. This helps her to embrace whatever is happening, be curious about what will unfold, feel more courage in her own interactions, and less likely to bolt at […]
It Is What It Is Tips for Getting Unstuck and Overcoming Overwhelm: A Two-Part Series
Amanda Kirk, MS Funny story. Kinda… The other day, I was talking to a friend who was feeling discouraged after some pretty immediate goals had not been met. I reminded her of multiple unexpected challenges she had faced during that time. Then, I encouraged her to focus on what she had accomplished, to give herself […]
Planted: Flourishing in God’s Everlasting Waters
Jennifer Owen, MA, LPC, NCC Any ladies out there have a green thumb? If you don’t know what I am referring to, a green thumb simply means that you have a natural talent for growing plants. As the wife of a certified horticulturist and the daughter of a gardener, you’d think that I’d have a […]
The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Heard: A VIRTUAL Invitation to New Parents
Amanda Kirk, MS What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever heard? I remember listening to a group of moms offering advice about every topic from co-sleeping to picky eating to potty training. As sure as one would say, “Oh, definitely do this,” another would say, “This didn’t work for us, you need to try that.
Sleep Hygiene for You, Me, and…..well, Everyone!
Kinsey Shumaker, MA, NCC, Resident in Counseling In this post, we’re going to explore sleep hygiene. You may not have been familiar with this term when you read it in the title and that’s okay! Let’s dive in right away and look at what sleep hygiene actually is. When we think of hygiene you most […]
Everything Is Going To Be Okay. Or Is It?
Jennifer Owen, MA, LPC, NCC As I was preparing for this blog, I thought to myself, “What would I want to hear right now?” I don’t know about you but after the year we have had, I just want to hear someone tell me that everything is going to be okay. Am I alone in […]