The Meaning of Happiness

The Meaning of Happiness

Are you happy? It’s a simple enough question, so why can it be so difficult to answer? On some days, maybe the answer is yes, blissfully so. On other days, the answer might be look around, are you joking? When your loved ones tell you, “We just want you to...
The Dangers of Anorexia

The Dangers of Anorexia

Though it is not the most common eating disorder (compulsive overeating and binge eating are far more common), anorexia nervosa, colloquially referred to as anorexia, is probably the most well-known. A person with anorexia has an intense fear of gaining weight....
The Common Problem of Anxiety

The Common Problem of Anxiety

Almost everyone who seeks counseling suffers from some level of anxiety. It is the most common reason people call us to set up an appointment, the biggest hardship in their lives, and the thing keeping them from being their most authentic selves. Anxiety can make you...
Summertime Depression

Summertime Depression

The sun is shining, it’s beautiful and blazing hot every day, there are barbeques and nights spent listening to music on patios with cool drinks and good friends. Why does it seem like everyone is having a great time except for you? We often talk about how...
Suicide: Understanding and Prevention

Suicide: Understanding and Prevention

Suicide has been in the news quite a bit lately, from the controversial Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” to the shocking death of Chris Cornell, who reminded all of us that specter of depression and the impulse to take one’s life is not something that...
Not Just Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Not Just Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most people have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder. In our culture, we think about it most often with military veterans, but the truth is anyone who has experienced trauma is vulnerable to PTSD. What is PTSD? PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur...
Myths and Facts About Suicide

Myths and Facts About Suicide

Myth: Suicides peak during the holidays. Statistically, suicides are lowest in December and peak in the spring. Myth: Teens are at the greatest risk of suicide. Though teenagers are at a higher risk than average, white men over the age of 85 are at the greatest risk...
Are You a Compulsive Overeater?

Are You a Compulsive Overeater?

One of the biggest obstacles to healthy living and weight loss is food addiction. Sugar lights up the same area of the brain as cocaine, and the fats and carbs in fast foods can be just as addictive. Some people can change their diet and stop eating addictive foods...
Do I Need Counseling?

Do I Need Counseling?

Maybe it has been a while since you’ve been to counseling, and you’re not sure if it’s the right time to return. Only you can make that decision, but there are concrete reasons to seek help. Keep in mind, these are not the ONLY reasons to return to counseling, but...
Cultivating Happiness

Cultivating Happiness

I know, I know, we just spent a lot of time talking about how happiness is a moving target, but the truth is there are ways to improve your overall state of contentment, joy, and yes even happiness in your everyday life. Sometimes big changes are necessary. If...