Re-examining Selfishness

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Jun 11, 2019 10:30:02 AM

Selfish (adj) - concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others.

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

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

ConGRADuation

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Apr 24, 2019 11:31:00 AM

You cross the stage, ceremoniously receive a diploma, switch your tassel to the opposite side, and smile bright. As a parent, you both dread and anticipate this time for years. As a teenager, you look forward to ‘being an adult’ or ‘being on your own’. Graduation is rolling near. Within a few short weeks, high school seniors around the state (and the country) will be bidding farewell to that required school agenda and, with it, childhood as well.

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

Let's Talk Self-talk

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Mar 26, 2019 8:47:00 AM

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to make a change.”- Michael Jackson

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

Spring Cleaning

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Mar 20, 2019 11:32:54 AM

Spring forward. Spring break. Spring cleaning. Spring is in the air...or at least pretending to be for the moment. It’s the time of year when we all start to thaw (and dry out!) from cold weather, gloom, and clouds, looking forward to warmer weather, sunshine, and finally releasing ourselves from hibernation mode. Many make their New Year’s resolutions, which have at this point primarily gone by the wayside, but what about spring time resolutions?

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

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

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