New Year...New You?

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Jan 7, 2019 10:04:11 AM

January 2: The gym is so crowded you need to stand in line for half an hour or more to use your cardio machine of choice, or heck, any cardio machine. January 5: You head to the grocery store and it is as if no fruits, vegetables, or protein supplements were ever stocked on their shelves. Fast forward to February 15: The gym has returned to the usual suspects and you can finally buy bananas again!

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Topics: Young Adult Mental Health, Mom Stress, Self Care, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, Mental Health

Conversion Therapy

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Jan 4, 2019 10:54:26 AM

Due to new books and films like Boy Erased (written by Arkansas native Garrard Conley) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, there has been a recent increase in the discussion around LGBTQ conversion therapy. Conversion therapy essentially tries to “de-gay” a person by changing their sexual orientation. In the past this has included “ex-gay” camps, electroconvulsive therapy, and administering shocks when aroused among other extreme measures. Today, most conversion therapy uses behavioral techniques much like cognitive behavioral therapy to attempt to change behavior or deny the expression of sexual feelings. In other words, it can look like regular therapy.

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Topics: Young Adult Mental Health, LGBT Anxiety, Anxiety in Men, Mental Health, Religious Abuse, Anxiety in Women, Self Care, Child Mental Health

Holiday Survival Mom Style

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Dec 14, 2018 2:06:07 PM

Hello my fellow moms! Tis the season. As if being the parent of a small child(ren) was not already trying enough on a daily basis, here come the holidays. Holidays mean out of town relatives who try your nerves, events to plan, gatherings to attend, gifts to buy, gifts to wrap, trips to pack and plan for, interruptions to baby’s sleep routine/nap routine/eating routine…just toss routine out the window. As the holiday gauntlet approaches, how are you keeping your sanity?

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

Holiday Stress and Anxiety

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Dec 4, 2018 9:39:07 AM

“I stress about stress before there is even stress to stress about.”

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Topics: Young Adult Mental Health, Mom Stress, Mindfulness, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, Self Care, Child Mental Health

It's Open Enrollment time

Posted by Michala Gallup on Nov 26, 2018 1:11:42 PM

Hi! Michala Gallup here, Office Administrator for Wellspring Renewal Center. You might hear from me if you call in or request an appointment online. However, scheduling for four therapists is only one of my many talents. I also am responsible for filing and making sure you get the most out of your health insurance coverage. [We currently have therapists who accept Ambetter, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Advantage, TrueBlue, BC/BS FEP, Cigna, and QualChoice.] We understand that finances are and will continue to be a major stressor in life and we highly recommend that you use health insurance if you have it and/or that you look toward some better options for health insurance next year. It IS Open Enrollment time and if you buy your insurance through the government's Health Insurance Marketplace then you have until December 15th to apply for and pick an insurance plan for 2019. If you are blessed to have insurance through your employer it is also time to start looking ahead at next year's plans. Either way, as you are shopping or evaluating which plan is the best for you and your family we encourage you to pay specific attention to the policy's MENTAL HEALTH coverage! Here are some things to look for when choosing a health insurance plan that will benefit you and your family's overall health for 2019.

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Topics: Self Care

Suicide Awareness

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Nov 19, 2018 11:01:00 AM

Chester Bennington. Anthony Bourdain. Chris Cornell. Aaron Hernandez. Nicholas Hughes. Jiah Khan. Andrew Koenig. Mindy McCready. Alexander McQueen. Megan Meier. Dave Mirra. Jeret Peterson. Phoebe Prince. David Reimer. L’Wren Scott. Kate Spade. Mark Speight. Amanda Todd. Robin Williams. Lee Thompson Young. Bill Zeller.

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Topics: Mental Health

Mom Guilt, Part 2

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Nov 17, 2018 10:34:58 AM

You find out you are pregnant. A plethora of emotions washes over you as you receive this news. You spend (approximately) 40 weeks incubating this tiny, new person. You give birth. You spend X number of weeks/months postpartum at home with baby. You spend time. You bond. You face hormonal and emotional upheaval unlike any other. Then…maternity leave ends. You go back to work. Why? Because you are a working mom now.

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

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

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