1. Finding Balance

    One of the first things I like to explore with new clients is the balancing the roles of their life. We all have things: partners, kids, jobs, etc. and it’s easy to let our lives become defined by one thing. What roles do you serve in your life? Sally is: mother, daughter, sister, wife, teacher, f…Read More

  2. Take Responsibility for How You Feel

    There is one sentence I preach to all my clients: “You are responsible for how you feel.” Part of the break down in today’s culture is everyone is finding something to blame for their own emotional state. “He cheated on me, so I’m crushed.” “She irritates me.” “If I had a boyfriend…Read More

  3. The Sum of Depression

    Someone once explained their experience with depression to me in the following way: “It feels like being underwater in a swimming pool… and I can see people on the pool deck, but they’re blurry and just out of reach, and I can hear them, but what they’re saying is incoherent.” This powerfu…Read More

  4. Anxiety & Your Brain

    Over 21 percent of American adults between the ages of 18-64 will experience diagnosable Anxiety Disorders in a given year (over 42.5 Million people). To give you some perspective, that is more than the number of people who subscribed to Netflix™ in 2015. What is anxiety really though? Where does …Read More

  5. Summer Recipe: Kale Pesto

    Looking for a light, easy to make, summer snack that’s also super nutritious?  Check out this delicious twist - Kale Pesto!  A refreshing taste, perhaps served on apple slices, sliced tomatoes, crackers or even as a spread or dressing on salads, vegetables or starches. An original recipe, courte…Read More

  6. Boundaries

    “Boundaries are, in simple terms, the recognition of personal space.” ― Asa Don Brown, The effects of childhood trauma on adult perception and worldview Have you ever heard the saying, “Good fences make good neighbors”? It’s the idea that a tangible boundary between our space and our n…Read More

  7. What’s the Buzz about Essential Oils?

    Essential Oils have recently been featured on many newscasts and online reports as a “trend” in alternative healthcare.  In reality, essential oils aren’t as much “alternative” as they are “natural”. Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds extracted from plants through distilla…Read More

  8. What is Trauma?

    With growing research in the field of trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we are seeing more clearly now than ever before that trauma does not just occur for the war-time veteran. In order to understand how broadly it impacts society at large, we first need to know what it is. Trauma is…Read More

  9. Spice up Your Life

    Health is the Spice of Life, but could Spice be the Life of Health? What you add to the spice rack in your kitchen could actually provide you with a cornerstone for health and healing. Spices come from seeds, fruits, roots and the bark of plants and are used in dried form, which means they also have…Read More

  10. Avenues to Recovery

    Author: Natalie Gomes MA, LPCS, LCAS I read once that recovery is like a huge, beautiful, elaborately wrapped gift that when you open, contains thousands of other, smaller, beautifully wrapped gifts. Over the course of my career as a mental health and substance use disorder therapist I’ve been fo…Read More