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breastfeeding
Women's Mental Health
Guest Author: Johanna Tomlinson, PhD, MCPCD, M​​BE, MCE, ISE

Supporting Your Breastfeeding Journey

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we invited local doula and breastfeeding educator Johanna Tomlinson
PhD, MCPCD, M​​BE, MCE, ISE of Nested Mama to share some words of advice to mothers and expectant mothers about the breastfeeding journey.

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mother and daughter trying to take the perfect selfie
Mindfulness
Rachel Van Wickle, TLMFT

Overcoming Toxic Perfectionism

We cannot overcome the challenge of perfectionism while suffering silently from the debilitating symptoms of mental illness. Take care of your mental health!

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back to school during covid
Parenting
Amber Bennett, LMHC, RPT

Back to School…or Virtual School

You may be in the process of deciding whether or not to send your kids to school in person or mentally preparing yourself for another round of virtual education. Trust that you will make the best decision you can for your children and your family.

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Warm Up to Cool Down while making a schedule for your kids
Parenting
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT, RPT

Warm Up to Keep Cool

Many times, parents get worn down when trying to implement something new or stay with something that isn’t a good fit simply because it is “easier.” Everyone and every situation is unique, to say the least. Don’t despair.

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play therapy
Children and Mental Health
Katie Amos, MA, LMFT, RPT

Debunking the Myths of Play Therapy

I often have parents say, “Therapy shouldn’t be fun. They should be coming in to work, not to play.” But that’s the beauty of play therapy — it can be fun, rewarding AND work.

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Human Trafficking
Abuse
Leona Childs, MA, LMHC

Put an End to Human Trafficking

What happened to you was not your fault and it does not define who you are. You are a person who is deserving and capable of love and friendship. There are people who care and want to support you on your journey as you recover from what happened to you.

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Borderline Personality Disorder
Mental Health Awareness
Kelsey Lamb, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

There are many people with intense emotions who struggle with feeling lonely, misunderstood, and believe there is something wrong with them. If you feel this way, please consider reaching out for additional support and guidance. You deserve to enjoy life no matter your diagnosis.

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Minority Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness
Covenant Family Solutions

The Minority Fight for Mental Healthcare

When people who have experienced racism seek mental healthcare, they are not only struggling with the fear of being unable to find a provider who can understand their experience, they are also coping with the very real fear of discrimination.

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exploring nature on hike
Mindfulness
McKenzie Grimm, LMSW

Get Outside and Explore Nature, Your Mind Will Thank You

Calming nature sounds and views or even the silence of being outdoors creates a more peaceful environment. With less things calling our attention like school or work, your mind has a chance to relax. Being outdoors give us the opportunity to slow down and take a mental break from daily life.

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family connecting with loved ones during COVID-19
Mindfulness
Rachel Van Wickle, TLMFT

5 Steps to Care for Your Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19

Whatever you’re experiencing be sure to take a moment to name and recognize the emotion, with curiosity, not judgement. The bottom line is that we are all going to have different emotional responses to the current crisis in front of us. As written by author Nicki Peverett, “we are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

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couple fighting
Relationships
Nicholas D'Amico, MA, LMFT

The Importance of Emotional Validation

When we validate our partner’s feelings we acknowledge and accept the way that they feel without judgement or rejection. However, when we respond to feelings with facts we often miss the opportunity to validate our partner’s feelings, in fact, we do just the opposite.

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Summer Survival
Parenting
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT, RPT

Summer Survival Guide For Parents

For parents the wonderful aspiration of a memorable summer break often turns into the harsh reality of coordinating multiple events and schedules on top of all of our other responsibilities. It can feel like a whirlwind in which we are simply trying to keep up or too exhausted to actually enjoy.

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PTSD
PTSD
Kristina Gingerich, MA, tLMHC

Living Life in Spite of PTSD

Your brain is doing what it is wired to do: protect you from life-threatening danger. The brain does a marvelous job helping your body to react quickly and know to fight, run, or freeze when needing to escape a threat. The trick is — how often are we in situations where we need to run for our lives? On a day-to-day basis, probably not very often.

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Positive Thinking
Mindfulness
Miranda Peyton, LMSW, MT-BC

Turn that Frown Upside Down

How often do you catch yourself picturing the negative rather than the positive in a situation. Maybe some co-workers are talking and your first thought is, “I bet they are saying something bad about me.” You are not alone.

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