The Other Comparison Trap

Loni Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Written by: Kendall Manwill, CSW How many times have you felt sad or upset, sat down with someone to tell them about it, and then immediately followed up your story with, “But I know other people have it much worse than me,” or something else similar. Think about it. Do you do that? Do you disqualify your own feelings by …

Mindfulness

Loni Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Written by Cortney Ricks, LCSW I’ve been practicing being a bit more mindful lately. It kind of seems like the new trendy thing to do, although I do hope this trend sticks around for a long while because it really can do wonders for your mental health. The words “mindfulness” or “meditation” can sound a bit intimidating, but all it …

Parenting

Loni Emotion, Family, parenting, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

written by: Cortney Ricks, CSW I am a parenting book junkie.  I have way too many parenting books but can’t bear to part with them because I refer back to them often!   I am also a child therapist and a mother of 3 little ones. I’m in the throes of parenting my own children right now and also helping other …

Anxiety

Loni Uncategorized Leave a Comment

written by: Rebecca Brown CSW I recently spoke to a youth group about Anxiety. Their ages ranged from 12-17 years of age. All female. Before educating them on the symptoms of anxiety, what are its causes and how to better manage it, I wanted to know what made this particular group of female teens anxious, and what specific situations seemed …

Positive Psychology

Loni Emotion, Personal well being, Uncategorized

written by: Karen Rowe MTF-I Positive psychology focuses on what makes people function optimally—bringing happiness and satisfaction into their lives—regardless of the troubles and problems they face. Positive Psychologists are striving to improve emotional health rather than simply remove pain (Duckworth, Steen, & Seligman 2005). Marie Jahoda suggests six characteristics that promote well-being: acceptance of oneself; growth/development/becoming; integration of personality; …

Suicide Prevention and Encouraging Self Worth in Teens

Loni Emotion, Personal well being, Uncategorized

written by Monica Hall, SSW      In recent weeks, a slew of articles and information were circulating through social media aimed at providing education against, and ultimately preventing suicide.  Sept 9-15 was declared as National Suicide prevention week.  Many of these articles caused me to pause and think further about the dear families that have been forever affected by …

The Importance of Self Care.

Loni Emotion, Personal well being, Therapy, Uncategorized

Written by: Hayley Hughes I was talking with a friend the other day and she shared a quote that has stuck with me–“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale …