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

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

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


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