Mindful Walking

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Mar 8, 2019 2:38:32 PM

Many of us have very sedentary lives. We sit in an office, sit at home, and sit in a car. Many of us also try to squeeze in some exercise to offset all this time spent sitting. Research shows that regular exercise is just as good for us mentally as it is physically. Incorporating mindfulness into regular exercise can further boost the positive effects.

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

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

Diversity Welcome

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Feb 11, 2019 11:55:00 AM
“Where all are welcome and healing happens.” This is our Wellspring motto and one of the many reasons why I felt it was the place for me professionally. I became a mental health professional, on the basic level, because I enjoy helping and healing people to the best of my ability. I enjoy talking and I love listening. Personally, I find myself surrounded by a family, friend, and colleague crew that are from different backgrounds, sexes, genders, occupations, cultures, races, and economic levels. How bland the world would be if we all thought, acted, and looked exactly the same. Diversity is the spice of life.
In 2012, my husband was assigned to a project that required us to move abroad for approximately a year. Within a month, we had packed our home and moved to France without knowing the language, the culture, or when we would have a permanent place to live. This experience taught me so many things, much more than simply a very poor French language base. To move to a foreign country without a familiarity of your surroundings, how people interact, how to get from one place to another (or be able to read the signs!), or even the ability to communicate with others is difficult and daunting. It has given me a greater appreciation for others in similar situations. 
Society sometimes skews our perspective. Society has a way often times of blurring that lens that would otherwise allow us to see others for their internal characteristics and qualities rather than skin color, clothing choice, gender, or religious affiliation. Society often judges books by their covers and tosses them aside without opening them up and turning a few pages. 
This is another issue that drew me towards mental health. Everyone needs a place where they can express how they feel, think, and believe without feeling judged. Everyone needs a place where they can talk through and process those thoughts and emotions, healthy or unhealthy, in a way that allows them to move forward, move beyond, or grow. Everyone needs a place where they feel safe, valued, and appreciated for who they are as a person. And something I’ve learned along the way, is that not everyone has that place. 
I understand that it can be difficult to understand or get on the same level as everyone else. If you are male, you cannot understand what it is like to be female. If you are caucasian, you cannot understand what it is like to be Asian. If you are Presbyterian, you may feel confused walking in to a Catholic mass. If you are straight, you cannot understand what it is like to be bisexual, gay, or trans especially in an often uncompromising world. But we are all different in some way and I would even say, all judged in some way. Which lends to follow, we can all teach each other and learn from one another if we’re willing to listen.
My challenge is to clear up your own lens. Reposition your perspective. Set judgement aside. Talk, but also listen. And, if you find yourself in need of someone to talk to, I’d love to listen. 
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Topics: Religious Abuse, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care, Mom Stress, Young Adult Mental Health

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

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

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

5 Tips to Manage Anxiety

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Aug 9, 2018 12:29:55 PM

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

5 Easy Ways to be Mindful Each Day

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Aug 9, 2018 10:53:46 AM

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Topics: Mindfulness, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety

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