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

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

It's Open Enrollment time

Posted by Michala Gallup on Nov 26, 2018 1:11:42 PM

Hi! Michala Gallup here, Office Administrator for Wellspring Renewal Center. You might hear from me if you call in or request an appointment online. However, scheduling for four therapists is only one of my many talents. I also am responsible for filing and making sure you get the most out of your health insurance coverage. [We currently have therapists who accept Ambetter, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Advantage, TrueBlue, BC/BS FEP, Cigna, and QualChoice.] We understand that finances are and will continue to be a major stressor in life and we highly recommend that you use health insurance if you have it and/or that you look toward some better options for health insurance next year. It IS Open Enrollment time and if you buy your insurance through the government's Health Insurance Marketplace then you have until December 15th to apply for and pick an insurance plan for 2019. If you are blessed to have insurance through your employer it is also time to start looking ahead at next year's plans. Either way, as you are shopping or evaluating which plan is the best for you and your family we encourage you to pay specific attention to the policy's MENTAL HEALTH coverage! Here are some things to look for when choosing a health insurance plan that will benefit you and your family's overall health for 2019.

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Topics: Self Care

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

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

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

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