Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem

2023-06-14T13:10:25-06:00November 9th, 2022|

We all struggle from time to time when it comes to how we feel about ourselves. The ups and downs of how we feel can be caused by many internal and external sources. These fluctuations are natural, normal, and typically temporary. Prolonged feelings of self-doubt, self-loathing, and a poor opinion [...]

Why Comparing Ourselves to Ourselves is Still Painful

2023-06-20T13:23:10-06:00October 17th, 2022|

Our brains are hardwired to compare ourselves to those around us and you are not alone in doing this. Our ancestors had far fewer resources and had to compete with those around them for food and shelter in much more intense ways than we do now. This forced humans to [...]

Anxiety and Depression: One or Both?

2023-06-21T13:22:50-06:00August 30th, 2022|

When we begin feeling anxiety, it can be confusing. Are we feeling this because of a temporary stressor or new painful stimuli in our environment - like unexpectedly being laid off from work, for example. Or is this a chronic condition that has been brought to the surface recently? Will [...]

The Paradox of Anxiety Treatment

2023-05-09T13:11:54-06:00August 22nd, 2022|

As we engage in counseling services, the symptoms that initially motivated one to seek counseling can worsen. This can be frightening. Learning how to look at anxiety as "something we have" compared to "something we do" takes time. Learning how the more our lives center around ridding ourselves of anxiety [...]

The Anxiety “Struggle Switch”

2023-05-09T13:08:41-06:00August 22nd, 2022|

Russ Harris, MD uses a metaphor to describe recovering from panic and anxiety struggles called the “struggle switch”. With mental health problems worsening, it is important to learn how to respond to fear more wisely in order to live with more vitality. When we struggle to rid ourselves unsuccessfully from [...]

Is Your Fear of the Future Taking Away Your Peace in the Present?

2023-06-23T13:19:25-06:00March 21st, 2022|

Have you ever been trying to fall asleep at night and are plagued by thoughts of all the things you have to do that week? Or worse, your mind starts to spiral as you think about how someday your dog will die, which then forces you to confront that everyone [...]

4 Tips to Build Better Relationships Without Burning Out

2023-06-26T13:21:24-06:00February 9th, 2022|

Growing up as the oldest child in my family, I was often asked to take care of my younger siblings. This request was made, in part, to help alleviate stress on my parents. While this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, this heightened responsibility and the added praise from my parents [...]

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