20 Starter Self-Care Ideas

Living a healthy lifestyle is not only about eating well, exercising, and drinking lots of water. Yes, all three of those things are important to do, but there is another necessity for a healthy lifestyle: self-care. We have all heard the phrase that you cannot pour from an empty cup, and I would argue that…

Three Steps To Begin Loving Your Body

Recently I had a conversation with a woman who is absolutely gorgeous. She is someone who's beauty I have often found myself envious. However, during the conversation we had, I learned that she, too, faces the battle of loving her body. After that conversation, I pondered just how many woman face this battle. We may…

My Unfortunate Counseling Experience As A Client

As a mental health counselor, and a human being, I wanted to begin counseling. I understand the importance of counseling, I was curious what it would be like to be the client, and I truly needed a professional to speak with about the insurmountable thoughts swirling around in my head. With this goal in mind,…

One Tip To Help #EndTheStigma Surrounding Mental Health

It is time to stop making a persons' mental illness his or her identity. We all know that mental health and mental illness is clouded by a societal stigma. If you receive a diagnosis, there is sometimes a judgement or stigma associated with it. Although many of us wish we could #endthestigma immediately, that simply…

6 Tips For Coping During COVID-19 From A Christian Counselor

As you may know, my full time job is actually as a mental health counselor. During these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19, the practice I work at has already shifted to offering only telehealth services. Like many others around the globe today, I am also confined to my apartment, working from home and only interacting with…

What To Do When Life Keeps Knocking You Down

Last week was rough. I cannot go into descriptive detail about all that I was facing and what was running through my mind, but you can definitely say that my anxiety was rearing its ugly head. And honestly, that made me feel pretty down. My anxiety hadn't skyrocketed that high in a long time and…

An Open Letter To Anyone Considering Therapy

Dear sweet friend, Maybe you are hurting, maybe you have things in your life that you need to figure out, or maybe you simply need someone to just listen... whatever your situation is, I want to offer you some encouragement. I will to instill confidence within you. I want to help you find the strength…

Two Ways To Overcome Abusive Self-Talk

We can be our own worst enemy.  As a mental health counselor and human being, I have personally witnessed and experienced abusive self-talk. You may wish that I'd pump the breaks there and change the term to negative self-talk. But I won't. I truly do believe that many of the things we tell ourselves is abusive. Here…