How to Find The Right Therapist

First, start by taking a deep breath; the search for a therapist can be an intimidating process! Deciding who to open up to about the most vulnerable details of your life can feel overwhelming. What questions do you ask? How do you know when you’ve found the right fit? What do you do if a therapist isn’t the right fit?...[ read more ]

Life after COVID: What is the “new normal?” By Susan Dalen

There is no question that the last year brought many challenges to us all, mostly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As more of the world becomes vaccinated and things begin to open up, there is a lot of excitement to get back to “normal.” However, with eagerness to see family and friends, go out to restaurants and go back to...[ read more ]

Play Therapy

“My child says they’re just playing with toys and not really talking about their feelings. Are they making any progress in therapy?” If your child is seeing a therapist for play therapy, it may look a little different than therapy as it is often portrayed in the media. The child is typically not sitting on the couch and expressing how...[ read more ]

Growth as a Spiral Staircase

One of the most common thoughts I have encountered in the mental health field, from others in my personal life and even myself at times is the notion that the growth we have experienced wasn’t real.  How this usually plays out is self-improvement has taken place and the client, friend, myself, or possibly even you reading this faces a setback...[ read more ]

How to Talk to Someone You Love about Trauma

Let's say your friend/partner/family member is involved in or experienced abuse, assault, neglect, medical trauma, grief, violence or any other type of trauma. How do you proceed? How do you support your loved one without re-traumatizing them? How do you talk with them if you don't know what to say? How do you manage your own emotions in front of...[ read more ]

Loss of Connection in the Pandemic: 4 Tips to Reconnect

“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives,” Brene Brown. We are made to desire the energy that exists between people when we feel seen, heard, and valued. So what happens when we are unable to connect in ways we used to? This past year has been incredibly hard; we’ve experienced loss and...[ read more ]

How to Give Yourself Space to Grieve a Miscarriage

Despite peoples' and society's' expectations of how quickly you should move on from a miscarriage, it is not something that you can decide to just "get over" or "forget about." Having a miscarriage is emotionally devastating, and it is important to give yourself the space to grieve your baby and all of the dreams you had for them. While everyone...[ read more ]

Releasing Anxiety: 5 Tips for Recentering in Times of Inner Conflict

The anxious thoughts that swirl through our heads can cause us to feel like we can’t find our footing; like we are being flooded with all of our faults and flaws. Anxiety is a powerful force that can cause us to believe things that aren’t true. It can make us believe that we’ve never been here before and that we...[ read more ]

3 Suggestions for Getting Through 2020

At the risk of sounding like 99% of the world right now, 2020 has been a nightmare year in one way or another for most of us. We find ourselves suffering through a pandemic, lockdowns, and bitterly divided. Between Covid-19, economic, societal, and all non-pandemic health concerns it can feel like we're drowning. Writing on this topic is daunting because...[ read more ]

Trauma and Holidays

A wise woman once said to me that there is a chain reaction that leads from loss to grief to messy emotions, most of which are not necessarily straightforward or neatly compartmentalized. One thing that was particularly true about the context to her statement was that loss does not always or only mean death but that loss could mean a...[ read more ]

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