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

Boot Strap Ideology

Boot strap ideology. We've all heard it. If you haven't, let me give you a basic definition. It means having the ability to pull ones self up by "your own boot straps." It refers to willpower and initiative. People mean well when they say this. They are saying they are taking responsibility for something and … Continue reading Boot Strap Ideology

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

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

Regression…and Resurrection

2018. It's been a year for the books. I achieved some huge goals. But...I also regressed in progress. It's funny. Being a counselor, you're all the sudden viewed as having your life together. Being perfect. Knowing the right answers for everything. Smarter than the rest. Granted, we do have more knowledge in certain areas than … Continue reading Regression…and Resurrection