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Top Reasons Online Therapy Will Improve Your Life

Going into a therapist’s office is the best way to achieve the life you want, right? Wrong! The truth is online therapy there is a lot of research on telemental health. See much of the compiled information on the telemental health institute website as in person...

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3 tips for therapists to get restful sleep quickly

We, as counselors, seem to be the worst at self-care including getting restful sleep. We know what we should be doing and we know why it is helpful. We also know that it works. Yet we do not always practice what we teach. Unfortunately, when we live life without...

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3 tips to combat work-related PTSD symptoms

When we come into the field of helping others (police, fire, EMT, 911 dispatchers, nurses, doctors, therapists), we get the message that we are supposed to be strong, not show emotion and stay stoic to all situations we come across. To some degree there is truth in...

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The 2 Big Secrets to having a Herd (Support)

Animals of all species have one thing in common – the need to have others around. Isolation is an emotional and physical killer. Isolation is one thing that will make everyone crumble at some point. But have you ever thought about how the work you do is isolating? You...

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The Amazing Effects of EMDR

I have been trained in EMDR since 2016 and see a huge difference in my clients. The even better thing? They see the difference in themselves. EMR has broken through so many barriers with my clients.   For example, “Caroline” never worked through an abusive...

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The Number One Secret to Getting out of Fight/Flight

First of all, PTSD is not an illness, but an injury. When you get a cut or a bruise, it changes your body chemistry, right? You may bleed, discolor, or hurt. It may be raised. These changes occurred BECAUSE of an injury.   PTSD actually changes the brain chemistry....

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New Year, New You!

Now that we are two weeks into the “New year,” how are you doing with your goals? How has your motivation been? I know for me, my motivation has been very slow. I actually put it out there to some of my facebook groups asking for tips for motivation to do what I...

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Happy New Year!

Today is New Year’s Day. I worked at the hospital yesterday and ran a goal setting group. I felt very satisfied after the group as I talked about what holds people back from achieving their goals, normalizing this for them, and discussing solutions. I really love...

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Thanksgiving...A time to be thankful. It can be very hard to feel thankful when going through holidays with PTSD. Especially when it is impacting all aspects of your life. You want to be happy; you want to enjoy being with family. PTSD's grip will not let go just...

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Keeping Healthy

You know how it is; you're sick and still working.That's how I am today. The only saving grace is I do not have any clients today. Friday is my admin day. I'm writing this blog in bed waiting for my doctor's appointment this afternoon. Why is it that we struggle to...

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Re-energizing Motivation

Motivation…you used to have it; it used to be easy. More recently, you lost the motivation to do whatever it is you were doing before (exercise, playing, going out with friends, going to work). Now it just seems like a chore. What is motivation? Where does it come...

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Even 911 Dispatchers can get PTSD

Did you know that you can develop PTSD just by hearing people’s stories? People who work with people (even just over the phone) are at an increased risk of developing PTSD due to the accumulation of daily experiences of listening to others. This includes mental health...

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Depression Awareness

October is National Depression Awareness and Education Month. October 11 is National Depression Screening Day. Why is this important? In light of all the recent tragedies in our world and in our country, (natural disasters and the recent shooting in Las Vegas...

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Depression and First Responders

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month with October 2 being National Depression Screening Day. Why does this matter? A survey noted that 6.6% of over 4,000 first responders had attempted suicide, which is more than 10 times the general public....

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Your Reactions are Normal

People often think that PTSD happens only when something life-threatening or incredibly scary happens directly to you. PTSD is much more common than that. Those who left home for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma who came home to destroyed homes or to find loved ones homes...

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Let’s lose the stigma!

It is interesting to see where our culture have come over the years. Some of my younger clients report having a “stress corner” in their classroom with sensory objects to help them when they’re having a hard time. I’ve heard some people talk about their kids doing...

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Mindfulness…let’s discuss it again

Many years ago the diagnosis of ADD and ADHD was not well known or treated. Then it seemed like everyone was diagnosed with it and started on medication. I, myself, was put on Ritalin at the age of 7. For me, at least, it was helpful. My teacher told my mom I grew up...

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Alcohol and Stress

You’ve had a stressful day. Most of your days are stressful, but for some reason (maybe a known reason, maybe not), today just seemed more stressful. You get home and pour yourself an adult drink. As you sit down to unwind, you take the first sip and immediately start...

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Feeling like you've lost your mind...

Life has become a nightmare.


This is PTSD. It is real. You are not crazy.


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