Mental Health

How to Cope with the Mental Health Epidemic

2021-08-16T17:28:49-04:00

By Tammy Blackard Cook, LCSW, CDWF A few years ago, my long-time Aspire business partner (and friend) and I decided we wanted to do more than work as trauma therapists, helping one person at a time. While our work as therapists is valuable, there is so much pain in the world that we would never [...]

How to Cope with the Mental Health Epidemic2021-08-16T17:28:49-04:00

Getting Your Inner Critic to Work FOR You Instead of AGAINST You

2020-01-28T12:34:24-05:00

By Hailey Shafir, LPCS, LCAS, CCS-I If someone asked you to list five words that describe you, what words come to mind? Most people, when asked this question, arrive at a cherry-picked bunch of qualities such as “creative” or “funny” or “kind.” You would probably base the list off a series of parameters like wanting [...]

Getting Your Inner Critic to Work FOR You Instead of AGAINST You2020-01-28T12:34:24-05:00

If Emotions Aren’t Problems, What Are They?

2019-06-25T15:14:25-04:00

By Hailey Shafir, LPCS, LCAS, CCS-I As a counselor, I often find myself helping clients reframe, or think differently, about their emotions. Many people come to counseling because they are struggling with difficult emotions like sadness, anxiety, or anger and often describe these emotions as “problems” they are hoping to get rid of. The thing [...]

If Emotions Aren’t Problems, What Are They?2019-06-25T15:14:25-04:00

How to help someone with suicidal thoughts

2018-06-27T14:55:12-04:00

By Kylie Lambert, LCSW, LCAS-A It’s hard to know where to begin when discussing the sensitive nature of suicide. However, it is absolutely a conversation worth having, especially with the media coverage of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s untimely death, as well as the rising popularity of the Netflix’s 13 Reason Why series. When hearing [...]

How to help someone with suicidal thoughts2018-06-27T14:55:12-04:00

3 ways to improve physical self-care

2018-05-22T14:52:16-04:00

By Kylie Lambert & Felix Blumhardt Self-care has been a hot topic of conversation within the health and wellness space lately, and it’s for a good reason. Self-care is the act of participating in activities that help take care of our physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health to promote overall well-being. In today’s fast-paced, constantly [...]

3 ways to improve physical self-care2018-05-22T14:52:16-04:00

High anxiety gets nudged toward mindfulness

2017-07-12T11:40:40-04:00

My therapist probably (definitely) wouldn’t appreciate me saying this but, I suck at MANY things. From waking up on time to backflips to that stupid statistics class my junior year of college…there is a significantly long list of things I am inherently bad at. Recently, and probably more detrimental than my lack of backflipping skill, [...]

High anxiety gets nudged toward mindfulness2017-07-12T11:40:40-04:00

What is it about certainty?

2017-07-12T12:09:41-04:00

In college, one of my favorite songs was the Indigo Girls’ “Closer to Fine.” The lyrics felt like freedom to me and still do: I’m trying to tell you somethin’ about my life Maybe give me insight between black and white And the best thing you’ve ever done for me Is to help me take [...]

What is it about certainty?2017-07-12T12:09:41-04:00
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