"Finish Stronger" Finishing stronger is one of my unspoken daily goals. It's not written on a to-do list, but it is in the back of my mind. At the end of the day, I feel satisfied with my accomplishments. "Finish Stronger" is a part of a growth mindset. I aim to finish my day or … Continue reading Will You Finish Stronger Today?
In this article, you will learn about grief, symptoms, and questions to ask yourself as you go through grief. There are five helpful resources for grieving parents, families and healing professionals: The Miscarriage Map Workbook; Pregnancy and Infant Loss at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital; Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas; David Kessler's (grief expert) teachings; Healing Reflections for a … Continue reading How to Grieve the Loss of a Child
Have you ever felt disorganized, overwhelmed, and unsure of how you are going to accomplish everything in your week? Utilizing a visualization strategy can help. They allow us to see a detailed, bigger picture. Visualizations can also improve our awareness, ways we problem solve, and builds our consistency to follow through on plans and tasks. … Continue reading Visualize How to Accomplish Tasks Throughout Your Week
Living with anxiety can be challenging and overwhelming. In this article, you will learn about the anxious brain, why it assumes the worst, and examples of the kinds of thoughts that we have when we are feeling anxious. Statements to cope with the emotion itself. The difference between negative thoughts and disempowering ones. Lastly, small … Continue reading The Anxious Brain, Worry Time, Disempowering Thoughts, and Anxiety Management
Transition means change, and change is constant. When life asks us to transition, it is asking us to reexamine our current situation, and then to grow. We must continue to develop and grow. Transitions are challenging to us, but are also beneficial. Adjusting to change can be highly stressful and sometimes we experience symptoms of … Continue reading Get Through Life’s Difficult Transitions
Check out this list of supportive mental health rituals. Are you already doing any of these? If these are new to you, choose any two and begin to add them into your daily routine. While completing a ritual, take a mindfulness approach and practice being aware and non-judgmental in the present moment. Acknowledge and absorb … Continue reading Everyday Mental Health Rituals
Why don’t we take a shot? We miss opportunities in life when we pass on them. This can be at work, like if we decide to stay quiet in a meeting because you question whether or not what you have to say is valuable information. What if what you have to say is more valuable … Continue reading Why Don’t We Take a Shot?
Have you been feeling depressed or lost? By developing some healthy habits you can alter your mood for the better. The 9 habits in this video are small steps that you can take, plus little research tidbits. 1. Practice gratitude2. Give compliments3. Experience and go with the flow4. Savor the little moments5. Exercise6. Get enough … Continue reading 9 Habits that Boost Your Mood
Shannon Mick, NCC, LPC How participatory are you during sessions? I participate in every session. There are times where the client does most of the talking and they find it very helpful. There are also times when I talk more because I'm teaching or sharing valuable information. How long should I commit to being in … Continue reading 4 FAQ about Shannon’s Counseling Services
Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that can trigger our emotions. Everyone experiences cognitive distortions, but after a certain degree of experiencing them, they can become harmful. You might have heard the phrase, “you are what you think,” or the quote by Henry Ford, “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Our … Continue reading 12 Types of Cognitive Distortions