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Tips for Values Based Living

COUNSELING/THERAPY

Tips for Values Based Living

by Spencer Lee, MSW Intern Personally, one of the worst feelings for me is when I want to do something but just can’t make myself do it. This discomforting feeling is called cognitive dissonance and it occurs when our goals, beliefs, or values do not align with our current behaviors. For example, let’s say I’ve been wanting to start exercising...[ read more ]

Moving through Breakups, Separation, and Divorce

by Jessica King, LCSW Joining with another person in a committed relationship or marriage is one of life’s most significant experiences;  so is breaking up and divorce. The ending of a relationship entails grief and loss of many things and this can often be unexpected.  Even when the breakup is exactly what is needed and may have even been your...[ read more ]

Kids and Therapy: When to Go and What to Expect

by Jessica King , LCSW We want to see our kids happy, healthy, and enjoying new life experiences each day.  We want our children to achieve their highest potential and reach for their dreams.  Most importantly we want our children to be resilient.  We want them to be able to meet challenging experiences and have the skills needed to cope...[ read more ]

5 Tips for a Successful Back to School

by Spencer Lee, MSW Intern  5 Tips For A Successful Back To School Wow, it's hard to believe that school starts again this month! Last year was challenging, to say the least. Kids and their parents may have experienced the most difficult transition navigating virtual learning and a loss of routines. So here are some tips for helping your child (and...[ read more ]

Overcoming the Discomfort of Change

by Spencer Lee, MSW Intern Humans are wired to do what feels good, even when it may not be good for us. One of the good feelings we strive for is comfort - an absence of unpleasant feelings. We do so many things, even on a subconscious level to evade discomfort that it can come in between what we really...[ read more ]

Trauma and Somatic Experiencing

by Spencer Lee, intern Are you familiar with the saying playing dead or playing possum? You probably learned the phrase by hearing your parents say that while pretending to be asleep growing up or by learning how that possum saying came to be. Playing dead or freezing is the third component of our sympathetic nervous system response- fight, flight, and freeze. When...[ read more ]

Emotional Self-Care

Self-Care applies to every aspect of our life. It isn't one specific thing or activity; self-care is a concept. It's a lifestyle. It's how we take care of ourselves.  Self-care is a multifaceted practice. Not only do we have physical needs, but also social needs and emotional needs. Each aspect of health requires a unique approach. Identifying our needs in...[ read more ]

Surviving to Thriving: Support for Chronic Pain

by Brionna Alston, MSW Intern Chronic pain: a term that may seem self-explanatory, but what exactly is it? The truth is, it’s not a one-size-fits all experience. While everyone experiences occasional aches and pains, an estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience persistent pain that lasts at least 3 months. It may feel sharp or dull, steady or...[ read more ]

Self-Care in the New Year

by Amanda Smith, LCSW I don't know about you, but I have a serious love-hate relationship with the whole "New Year's Resolution" thing. Every year it's the same thing- I set out to x and perfect every single aspect of my life, and within 30 seconds of the stroke of midnight, I've already screwed something up. We don't even get...[ read more ]

Meet Stillpoint’s Newest Addition!

There is a new face here at StillPoint and we want to introduce you! Please welcome Mercedes McLaughlin! We sat down with her and asked her a couple of questions so you guys can get to know her better!  Q: “Tell us about your background.”  A: “I joined the mental health field due to my own experiences with the mental...[ read more ]