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

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

LGBTQ, Religion, and Spirituality

Posted by Sean Oakley, LCSW on Oct 12, 2018 3:19:10 PM

Many people think that LGBTQ identities and religion don’t mix but this is very far from the truth! Sure, many dogmatic religions can cause significant trauma to LGBTQ individuals with non-welcoming beliefs. However, there are many safe spiritual spaces for LGBTQ people.

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Topics: Religious Abuse, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, LGBT Anxiety, Self Care

Keeping Clergy Healthy

Posted by Rebecca Spooner, LPC, NCC on Aug 10, 2018 12:04:50 PM

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Topics: Religious Abuse, Mental Health, Clergy

Warning Signs for Religious Abuse

Posted by Rebecca Spooner, LPC, NCC on Jul 31, 2018 11:47:16 AM

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    Hi! I’m Rebecca Spooner, the founder of Wellspring Renewal Center, which is a counseling center located in the heart of Little Rock.  

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Topics: Religious Abuse

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