Attachment-Based Therapy for Adults

Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT) is a form of psychotherapy that aims to address the issues people face as a result of their attachment styles. It is drawn from the influential work of British Psychologist, Psychiatrist, and Psychoanalyst John Bowlby’s attachment theory. We're only as needy as our unmet needs. – John Bowlby Attachment theory aims at explaining and predicting relational behaviors that people exhibit as a result of first relational encounters with caregivers. Bowlby argues that the closer and more stable relationships we have as infants, the greater the possibility for us to form long-lasting and fulfilling relationships with others when we [...]

By |September 26th, 2023|Categories: Abandonment and Neglect, Featured, Individual Counseling|

Deconstructing People-Pleasing for Your Good: Relationship Advice for Women

There are very few people in the world, if any, who are happy being disliked by other people. We are deeply social beings, and being disliked, whether in reality, or in our own minds, feels like forced isolation from others; who wants that? We all engage in people-pleasing at times. Relationships with other people are a key part of what makes our lives feel like they’re flourishing. That makes sense, because at the heart of the universe is love. The whole of the Bible can be summed up in the twin commands to love God with everything we are and have, [...]

Signs of Anger Issues in Your Life: A Checklist for Angry People

Anger is one of many emotions that can and will be felt and experienced throughout life. Anger is what is called a primary emotion. A primary emotion is an emotion that is typically universally recognized and is displayed in the person’s body language and facial expressions and can be a result of anger issues. The other primary emotions are: sadness, disgust, surprise, joy, and fear. Despite what many people say, or even teach to their children, anger is not always bad or wrong. We even see Jesus display anger when He flips the tables in the temple. We are often taught [...]

By |September 25th, 2023|Categories: Anger Issues, Featured, Individual Counseling|

Depression After a Breakup: Tips for Finding Yourself Again

Feeling down after a breakup is a typical emotion. You invested time and energy into a relationship that did not work out. But some breakups hit harder than others. After a breakup, you may go through the stages of grief: shock (denial), anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many of us get stuck in the depression stage of the process. This pervasive sadness steals our motivation and stops us from living life. However, depression after a breakup is not the end, only another phase in the journey to finding yourself again. Why do breakups hit so hard? A breakup is a loss, [...]

By |September 21st, 2023|Categories: Depression, Featured, Individual Counseling, Relationship Issues|

Moods and Mindfulness: Managing Depression with Tools You Can Use

Depression is one of several mental health diagnoses that build momentum from the sadness, anger, and hopelessness that it deposits in those who experience it. Its symptoms influence our moods, behaviors, and bodies, leaving us as an exhausted, irritable shell of ourselves. It persuades us to trade our status as beloved sons and daughters for diminished esteem and enhanced distrust of God, ourselves, and others. As a result, we experience fragmented thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that isolate us from life-giving connections and activities. Furthermore, depression’s tentacles clutch and suffocate, squeezing out our vigor and zest, while convincing us that we are [...]

By |September 19th, 2023|Categories: Depression, Featured, Individual Counseling|

Red Flags in a Relationship: Toxic Traits to Avoid

Let’s be real with each other for a minute – we’re all a little messy. Even the best of us is not consistently loving, understanding, empathetic, or completely mature. We look out for our interests, often at the expense of others, and the people who are closest to us often experience both the best and the worst of who we are. Scripture affirms this view of things, labeling that messiness as sin. Sin is about missing the mark, not meeting a particular standard, or deviating from the good that we ought to pursue wholeheartedly. People are beings created by God in [...]

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Symptoms and Effective Treatment Options

According to the Mayo Clinic, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) describes a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects how a person perceives and responds to others in social situations. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction with others, which can cause issues in forming and maintaining relationships with others. ASD is often accompanied by repetitive and limited patterns of behavior, and people with ASD will also often have different ways of moving, paying attention and learning. The term “spectrum” in Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms that individuals experience and the disparity in the severity of [...]

By |September 5th, 2023|Categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Featured, Individual Counseling|

Grief: The Ripple Effect of Miscarriage and Infertility

Perhaps you have been faced with a difficult season of trying to get pregnant, have had a miscarriage, or have been told that you have infertility issues. Your grief is valid, and we are so deeply sorry for the pain you have experienced and might be experiencing right now. Since grief is the ripple effect of miscarriage and infertility, you need to address it before it overwhelms you. A caring Christian counselor can help you heal from the hurt and receive God’s comfort and care for the ache you have experienced. Miscarriage and infertility: three scenarios. Perhaps one of these scenarios [...]

By |September 2nd, 2023|Categories: Couples Counseling, Featured, Grief, Individual Counseling, Women’s Issues|

Practical Steps for Adult Children Whose Parents Are Aging

Getting older can be a very difficult process for your parents and comes with inevitable changes in their minds and their bodies. Forgetfulness, repeating the same questions, getting regularly lost while driving, keeping up with housework, and remembering to pay bills are common signs of aging. Aging can also make some people more withdrawn, suspicious, or paranoid. When these situations surface adult children are increasingly confronted with questions of whether it is safe for their parent to continue driving or living alone. This transition stage of aging is a time that many adult children will not have prepared for and is [...]

By |September 1st, 2023|Categories: Aging and Geriatric Issues, Family Counseling, Featured, Individual Counseling|
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