Mental Illness Stigma

Mental health/Mental illness continuum Mental illness stigma. It's something we hear quite often. It's shared on social media. It's the topic of monthly mental health themes. It's frequently blogged about, discussed, and shared. Most of us have seen that green ribbon representing mental health. So, why is stigma still a thing? That's a good question. … Continue reading Mental Illness Stigma

Spirituality: One Size Does Not Fit All

So...I have gone back and forth on writing a blog that dances on the edge of controversy. I, like many others, have my opinions regarding political, social, spiritual, and psychological hot buttons. I am very passionate about certain topics/issues. However, I have not shared my opinions much. Why? Well, I'd say there are two reasons. … Continue reading Spirituality: One Size Does Not Fit All

Growth Mindset…It’s Exhausting

Growth mindset. It's something I frequently talk about with my clients and implement in my personal life. Rather than seeing everything as win or lose, I approach everything in my life as a growth opportunity. We can grow from wins, but we can also grow from losses. In a nutshell, growth mindset includes seeing failures … Continue reading Growth Mindset…It’s Exhausting

Normal Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorders: Part 2

Disclaimer: this information is not intended for diagnostic purposes. This is intended for educational purposes only. Consult a physician or mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment In my last blog post, I talked about the difference between fear and anxiety, as well as coping skills for both. Since anxiety is such a huge topic … Continue reading Normal Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorders: Part 2

Fear vs. Anxiety Part 1: The Difference Between Them and Coping Skills for Both

Fear and anxiety. These are common issues that I see a lot of as a mental health counselor. These present in different ways. For example, some individuals may come in with "stress" that is happening with something right this minute. Some individuals may come in worried about something that happens in the future. Some individuals … Continue reading Fear vs. Anxiety Part 1: The Difference Between Them and Coping Skills for Both

Chronic Mental Illness: Accepting What Is and Committing to What Can Be

Disclosure: I have not mentioned any identifying information of past or current clients. A few of the main issues I typically see as a university counselor are depression and anxiety. This is what some refer to as "the common cold" of mental health in general and specifically with college students. Probably about 75% of my … Continue reading Chronic Mental Illness: Accepting What Is and Committing to What Can Be

Psychological Treatment Implications for Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Settings: A Literature Review

Note: the following literature is mostly based upon research. The parts that are not based upon research, and are based on my thoughts, are the steps in treatment I was approached by someone I know about implementing a psychological and/or counseling program in the acute inpatient rehabilitation setting at one of our local hospitals. According … Continue reading Psychological Treatment Implications for Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Settings: A Literature Review

Confessions of a Mental Health Counselor

Counselor's are expected to handle a wide variety of situations. This can include various forms of counseling such as family, couple, and individual counseling as well as the never ending list of issues that counselors face with their client's every day. This can range from trauma counseling, to suicidal counseling, to crisis intervention, to even … Continue reading Confessions of a Mental Health Counselor