What Lies Beneath “I’m not good enough”

It's that familiar thought, feeling, and gut wrenching experience. That "I'm not good enough" experience. It's when a teacher humiliates you in front of the whole class. When every one else makes progress and you aren't. When you feel criticized, isolated, unimportant, and flawed. Some people call this shame. Some call it "bullshit." I call … Continue reading What Lies Beneath “I’m not good enough”

A Call for Better Recognizing Trauma

Traumatic events can be caused by a singular occasion, or a form of ongoing, relentless stresses. An event is more prone to leave an individual with longer-lasting emotional and psychological trauma if: The individual was unprepared for the eventThe event occurred out of the blueThe person felt powerless to prevent the event or felt powerless … Continue reading A Call for Better Recognizing Trauma

It’s Been Five Years Since My Last Abusive Relationship…and Shame Is Still A Thing

Disclosure: this article is written from the perspective of a female victim. I am not insinuating that men are not abused. Disclosure: this is written from my personal reflections, this is not based on research. Here I am. Your friendly neighborhood mental health counselor. Writing another personal blog. Yes...I am stalling. Okay. Now that I've … Continue reading It’s Been Five Years Since My Last Abusive Relationship…and Shame Is Still A Thing

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

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