5 Tips in Managing Anger

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Nov 12, 2018 2:33:50 PM

In my previous post on anger I talked about how anger is just one of many emotions, and that it is actually healthy to be able to express, process and reflect on all of your emotions, including anger.  With that said, here are five tips to help you manage your anger in a healthier way.

1. Remind yourself that anger is normal and is usually alerting us to something that is off. We have a tendency to classify emotions as “good” and “bad” but all emotions are normal and healthy. After all, you cannot really control how you feel, right? You can, however, control how you want to respond to emotions. It may be more helpful to classify anger as an “unpleasant” emotion and when you feel anger you can decide how you want to respond to this feeling. Anger often tells us that something is not right. We may feel hurt or taken advantage of or perhaps an injustice has been done. Anger is a signal that something is not right. Listen to this and try to respond in a healthy manner.

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Topics: Anxiety in Men, Mental Health, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care, Young Adult Mental Health, Family Therapy

Mom Guilt

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Oct 25, 2018 7:55:00 AM

Let’s talk mom guilt. Who’s felt it? Come on, I’m raising my hand, too.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women

Family Therapy

Posted by Michelle Ainsworth, LPC on Oct 23, 2018 11:47:46 AM

We all start this life with a family, which from the moment we are born influences every aspect of our lives, from our first moments to our last. No matter what our family may look like (blood relatives, adopted parents, foster families, live in grandparents, blended families, etc.) the family we grew up in affected who we are and who we will become. Besides learning our vocabulary, habits, customs, and often how we view and observe the world around us; we also learn how to love, and how to interact with others from these first important relationships. All families, mine included, have had their problems at one time or another. Good families can have difficult times and come to difficult points in life. Some families struggle with good communication, some families have boundary issues, and the list goes on. Even the best families can feel a need for help when they’re feeling overwhelmed or issues seem too much to handle on their own. This is where family therapy can be a game changer.

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Topics: Family Therapy

LGBTQ, Religion, and Spirituality

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Oct 12, 2018 3:19:10 PM

Many people think that LGBTQ identities and religion don’t mix but this is very far from the truth! Sure, many dogmatic religions can cause significant trauma to LGBTQ individuals with non-welcoming beliefs. However, there are many safe spiritual spaces for LGBTQ people.

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Topics: LGBT Anxiety, Anxiety in Men, Anxiety in Women, Religious Abuse, Self Care

Let’s talk about INTIMACY…

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Oct 9, 2018 11:08:27 AM

Okay, so now that I have your attention, I’d like to talk about relationships. Specifically, I’d like to speak to the mothers who are reading this, but these ideas apply to all the amazing fathers reading as well as anyone in a relationship regardless of if you have kids or not.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Relationship Struggles, Self Care, Anxiety in Men

7 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Yourself

Posted by Michelle Ainsworth, LPC on Oct 1, 2018 1:53:00 PM

Hi! I'm Michelle Ainsworth a therapist here at Wellspring Renewal Center. I want to share with you some tips on how to improve your relationship with yourself. Whether it's self-sabotaging behaviors or self defeating cycles we might find ourselves in, SO many of us have been right there; including myself, at times in my life.

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Topics: Self Care, Anxiety in Men, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Mindfulness

Anger in Men

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Sep 25, 2018 1:22:00 PM

Everyone gets angry. Humans feel the full spectrum of emotions and anger is one part of this. Anger is a signal that something is not quite matching up to your expectations. It can also come from feeling threatened and feeling hurt. Men, or people identifying with a masculine identify, feel all emotions but often only feel comfortable expressing anger. This is for a variety of reasons. First, boys are often taught to “be tough” or “just deal with it” when they express emotion other than anger. This conditions them to associate any other emotion with weakness. Anger is also a “surface level emotion” meaning that anger is often expressed first when we feel other emotions like sadness. Men may not want to fully process the underlying emotions so anger is fueled and expressed. Our society in general associated emotionality with femininity and men can be afraid to appear “feminine” by discussing emotions.

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Topics: Anxiety in Men, Mental Health, Self Care, Relationship Struggles

Mommy Aftermath

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Sep 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM

I have a special place in my heart for moms. There are so many reasons for this. But chief among them is that I am a mom myself and I get what a hard job it is. We spend approximately 40 weeks (some more, some less) bonding with a tiny human as we nurture and grow literally together. We put our entire self into that process, then we give birth. But it definitely does not end there. Not on any level. Pregnancy comes with a myriad of emotions, hormones, and new experiences…no matter how many times you’ve done it. I’ll be the first to say, that being pregnant with my second baby was a different (even though you know SOME of what to expect the second time around) experience than with my first. Just like each person is different, I feel so is each pregnancy.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Relationship Struggles, Self Care

Helping Kids Develop Good Mental Health

Posted by Michelle Ainsworth, LPC on Sep 17, 2018 1:15:00 PM

How many of us truly make our mental health a top priority? Or make self care part of our daily routine? If you do, that’s awesome!!! If you don’t, I’ll bet that if you had been taught when you were a kid to take care of your mental health it would be easier to do now. In fact, it would just be part of your normal everyday life. It’s certainly much easier to start good habits young than stop a bad habit when you’re older. That’s why if we start helping our children develop good ways to take care of themselves as young as possible, they will have those skills for the rest of their lives. Good mental health helps children think clearly, problem solve, develop socially, have a higher self esteem, and a more positive outlook on life.

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Topics: Child Mental Health, Self Care, Mindfulness, Mental Health

Grief after Losing a Loved One [Questionnaire]

Posted by Rebecca Spooner, LPC, NCC on Sep 11, 2018 10:36:00 AM

On August 3, 2018; my mother of nearly 51 years crossed from this life to the next. Grief has been a challenging and interesting journey. Here are some things I have learned so far from this experience and those of my clients:

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Topics: Mental Health, Grief

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