What I Mean When I Ask, “Have You Considered Seeing a Counselor?”

When I ask, "Have you considered seeing a counselor?" I'm not saying, "You're so messed up only a professional can help you." What I'm saying is: have you considered that you're worthy of an unbiased, safe and productive opportunity to process your experiences? About Counseling https://finishstrongercounseling.com/2020/01/29/things-to-know-about-professional-counselors/ https://finishstrongercounseling.com/2020/03/03/what-i-do-as-a-therapist/ https://finishstrongercounseling.com/2020/12/08/myths-about-telemental-health/ https://finishstrongercounseling.com/2020/12/22/mental-health-therapy-what-people-think-it-is-vs-what-it-actually-is/ How to Find the Right Counselor … Continue reading What I Mean When I Ask, “Have You Considered Seeing a Counselor?”

Reshaping Your Relationship with Something Negative that Happened to You: my Life-Threatening encounter with a cougar while on a trail run

FKT, Unsupported, Women's Record We all experience scary events, some are traumatic, terrifying and shake us to our core. Our bodies may have a strong reaction to what happened and hold onto it. We receive reminders from our environment of the event and upon reception, the body may react with a symptom or maybe more. … Continue reading Reshaping Your Relationship with Something Negative that Happened to You: my Life-Threatening encounter with a cougar while on a trail run

Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: seasons change

Never lose hope because things can change. Circumstances and situations change, sometimes in the blink of an eye and sometimes over a few years. I like spending time outdoors, so I think of change as weather patterns and seasons. Using this as a metaphor, we dress appropriately for the daily weather and for each season, … Continue reading Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: seasons change

Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Suicide statistics in the U.S. • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. (CDC) • Everyday, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC) • There is one death by suicide in the U.S. every 12 minutes. (CDC) • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given … Continue reading Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Ideas to Raise Awareness and Funds for Mental Illness

Awareness is great, but taking action is ESSENTIAL. Why is Raising Awareness for Mental Health Important? Raising awareness is important because it becomes easier to identify mental illness, which leads to faster treatment, which then leads to better treatment results. One out of four people suffer from a mental illness, and it impacts EVERYONE, not … Continue reading Ideas to Raise Awareness and Funds for Mental Illness

3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

Limit Exposure Limit the time you're exposed to the situation. Be informed, but limit the amount of news, media, social media, that you take in. For social media, you can choose to follow and unfollow certain accounts and channels. Use social media to build yourself up, promote positivity, and connect with non-toxic people. Social media … Continue reading 3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

Live Now

One way to lift your spirits (taken from the book High Hopes by Patrick Lindsay) "'Live Now'Refuse to let time dictate your day. Lose track of it. Immerse yourself in whatever you're doing. Surrender yourself to the activity. Commit your full attention. Notice the difference." ~ Patrick Lindsay "The happiest of all lives is a … Continue reading Live Now

4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

People are under an increased amount of stress due to the ongoing pandemic, which has no concrete ending. People who don't have a mental illness disorder, such as anxiety, are also experiencing mental health vulnerabilities during this time. They report having issues like difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, sleep disturbance, and decreased mood. 4 "M"s … Continue reading 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How to set goals Set S.M.A.R.T. goals Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-based This is important framework for creating any goal, short-term or long-term. I keep this structure in mind when helping people set goals and intentions. We work smart ▪︎ We are specific ▪︎ We look at the details of the desired outcome ▪︎ We … Continue reading Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Potential and Possibilities on Bad Days

Your day is still full of potential and possibilities even if: The weather is nasty and you're stuck indoors. Your car got a flat tire on the way to work. You received a negative report that was out of your control. You didn't get the job or raise. A major household appliance broke. You received … Continue reading Potential and Possibilities on Bad Days