Fill Your Cup

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on May 17, 2019 1:05:36 PM

“You cannot pour from an empty cup. You must fill your own cup first.”

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

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on May 10, 2019 2:39:14 PM

May is mental health awareness month. Did you know such a thing existed? I’ll say it again in case it didn’t get through the first time: May is mental health awareness month.

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Topics: Religious Abuse, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care, Mom Stress, Clergy, Child Mental Health, Young Adult Mental Health, Grief, Family Therapy

Counseling 201

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Feb 25, 2019 9:29:00 AM

“The mind is like an iceberg. It floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” - Sigmund Freud.

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Topics: Religious Abuse, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care, Mom Stress, Clergy, Child Mental Health, Young Adult Mental Health, Grief, Family Therapy

Getting Started with Mindfulness

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Feb 8, 2019 11:29:17 AM

Over the last decade mindfulness has become a huge buzzword in everything from exercise, to therapy, to corporate workplaces. But what is mindfulness exactly and how can you get started practicing it?  Mindfulness is simply being focused on the present moment. It is simple awareness or “getting present.” It is acknowledging both the internal (thoughts, emotions, body sensation) and external (sounds, smells, visuals) environments. Mindfulness isn’t a big mystery or a 2 hour long meditation session (but it can be!), it is just simply being present.

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

Counseling 101

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Jan 24, 2019 1:00:39 PM

“Only crazy people go to therapy.” If that statement were true, then as a mental health clinician, I would almost never talk to anyone. The stigma around mental health is real. Unfortunately, we live in a world that has perpetuated the idea of mental health, mental illness, therapy, and counseling as something you do only if you’re one step away from jumping off a bridge, talking to imaginary people, or licking paint off the walls. As a mental health professional, I want you to know that this is not the truth.

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Topics: Religious Abuse, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care, Mom Stress, Clergy, Child Mental Health, Young Adult Mental Health, Grief, Family Therapy

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: Religious Abuse, Mental Health, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care, Child Mental Health, Young Adult 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: Mental Health, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Self Care, Mom Stress, 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: Mindfulness, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, Self Care, Mom Stress, Child Mental Health, Young Adult Mental Health

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

Quick Tips for Teachers/Parents of Kids Who Don't Do Transitions

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Aug 21, 2018 12:39:54 PM

School has started. The hallways are full, the parking line is endless, and homework time just got real again. Most parents have gone into a school at some point and seen the child crying because someone wouldn’t play with her or the child laid out in the hallway because he did not want to go back to class after art, recess, or lunch. But what if you ARE that child or the TEACHER (or parent) of that child? How do you help? What do you do when throwing the child over your shoulder or dragging them by the feet isn’t really best practice?

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

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