The posts provided here are intended to provide psychoeducation, resources, and support for current clients, potential clients, or anyone seeking information about mental health. These posts are not a suitable replacement for mental health services including medication, therapy, counseling, or crisis management. If you are seeking help for any mental health or relationship struggle, please contact a mental health professional you trust. 

Standing Up to the Anxiety Monster

All of my clients know I refuse to see them as problems. That is not to say there are not problems in their lives, but that they are not one of those problems. I sometimes have to hold back a small smirk in my first sessions when I explain this concept to new clients and I see them nodding their heads in agreement because I know down the line the real problem will try to convince them that there is something wrong with them. It is an uphill journey in believing that we are not the problems in our lives, and unfortunately many people never take the first step. So if I am not the problem in my life, what is? I'm glad you asked. The real problems, such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Str

What is Systems Theory?

There are many different methods and theories of psychotherapy. Marriage and Family Therapists, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Addiction Counselors are all trained to use theories to guide their therapy. Some theories include: Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Mindfulness Based Approaches Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Dance/Movement Therapy Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Narrative Therapy Often times these theories overlap. Marriage and Family Therapists use Systems Theory to help contextualize the other theories they use in session. For example, I tend to use Narrative Therapy with my clients, but I situate Narrativ

Beware of Shady Mental Health Marketing

For my second blog post I had intended on writing about Systems Theory; the foundational theory that Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) use that encourages an awareness and inclusion of the many roles and experiences that influence individuals and relationships. I am currently at the 42nd Annual Winter Symposium ( and yesterday I attended a session about Ethics in Internet Marketing. The talk was focused more toward large agency and program administrators than people in private practice; however I find ethics interesting and am always looking for new marketing ideas. I learned about "Black Hat Marketing" techniques that many addiction treatment centers fall prey

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