Adverse Childhood Experiences: What are they and how are they linked to my health as an adult?

Exploring the Relationship between Childhood Trauma and Public Health   Most of us experience some sort of stress as a child. Many times we’re pushed to keep our grades up, to participate in ALL of the extracurriculars, and we struggle to make friends and fit in, all while trying to figure out who the heck we are. Some of that...[ read more ]

Another School Shooting: What to Do if Your (or any) Child Tells You They’re Scared.

St. Johns, MI.  Seattle, WA.  Denison, TX.  Sierra Vista, AZ.  San Bernardino, CA.  Marshall, TX.  Winston-Salem, NC.  Italy, TX.  Gentilly, LA.  Benton, KY.  Mobile, AL.  Dearborn, MI.  Philadelphia, PA.  Los Angeles, CA.  Oxon Hill, MD.  Maplewood, MN.  New York, NY.  Parkland, FL.   Each city represents a school shooting that has occurred in the first 45 days of 2018. This...[ read more ]

6 Things to Look for in Unhealthy Relationships

Hi folks! A few weeks ago, I wrote about six things to look for in healthy relationships . This week, I thought it might be helpful to take a look at common traits that may be present in unhealthy relationships. If you’ve been wondering whether a certain relationship is good for you or if it is really what you want it...[ read more ]

You mean Happiness isn’t free?!

How often have you seen this floating around Facebook?  Well, it’s sort of perfect timing, because I’ve had a conversation about creating our own happiness with several clients recently.  “I just want to be happy!” I can’t tell you how many times I hear this.  When I reply with something like, “Well, what have you done lately to help you...[ read more ]

Fight, Flight, or… Freeze?

Most people have heard of "fight-or-flight," which takes place when someone perceives that they are in imminent danger. But have you heard of the "freeze" part? This happens when your body decides that it's not safe to fight back or to try and run away, and it feels like you become physically and mentally paralyzed. Afterwards, people might look back...[ read more ]

6 Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship

Relationships… well, they’re messy. They’re hard. And they take a lot of work. Even the best ones. Even the ones where it seems like the couple has it all together.  So what is it about those relationships that make it seem so easy? Well, something that I help a lot of my clients with is learning what a positive and...[ read more ]

Taking Back Control: Writing your Own Story

I often times talk to my clients about authorship. Who has been in charge of writing their stories?  For many, the circumstances of their lives have held the ink pen, making them feel like they had little to no control over even the smallest parts of their lives. The feeling of lacking any sort of control can lead to a...[ read more ]

Creating a Road Map to Successfully Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

We’re winding down another season of holidays – a time when many of us celebrate by spending time with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and overeating some of our favorite foods.  That also means that we’re nearing the end of the year. As we move toward the end of 2017 and look towards the beginning of 2018, you may be...[ read more ]

Hey Y’all!

Hey there! Welcome to my blog!  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, I work a lot with my clients to help them learn the what’s, why’s and how’s that can help them feel empowered to take control of their lives.  Often times, this means that I use a lot of psychoeducation – helping people gain new information and...[ read more ]

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