Tips for Better Sleep

Have you ever considered how much your environment affects the quality of sleep that you receive each night? Have you ever tried to study into the early hours of the morning, without being able to retain the information you’ve risked sleep over? Or, do your thoughts keep you awake at … Read More

Mending Moods Through Meditation

Practice doesn’t always make perfect. Repetitive thinking patterns can produce well-being, or negative outcomes. Dr. Donald Hebb, pioneer of neuroplasticity, is renowned for coining the phrase, “Neurons that fire together wire together.” Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself, states that thoughts change brain structure. So, what … Read More

Relationshopping

As a counselor who works with many young adults who date, an article title recently caught my eye while glancing at a psychology magazine: “Why You Were Ghosted”. The tag line read, “A romantic partner suddenly disappears, and you’re left wondering what you did wrong. Chances are it has little … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Six

If you’re questioning the possibility of a trauma, here we’ll list some primary signs or symptoms that may possibly indicate you have experienced a trauma. If you recognize these signs and symptoms in your life (or your loved one’s), we encourage you to pursue therapeutic assessment and help with a … Read More

Facing the Reality of Grief and Suicide Loss

If you’re a fan of college football, you may be familiar with the stories College GameDay highlight on their program Saturday mornings, before kickoff. Recently, they shared the story of Max Maisel and Washington State football star, Tyler Hilinski. This story highlights the reality of grief and loss by suicide, … Read More

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence as a psychological theory was originally developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer. They described it as “the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional … Read More

The Skill of Apologizing- Part Two

For part one of this series, click here. Most of us learn how to apologize when we are young, from the people who raised us. We can imitate, do the opposite, or craft our own way of offering an apology. It’s important to note that apologizing for your wrongs is an opportunity for you to affirm the … Read More

What Are ACE Scores?

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences, a questionnaire created through a study done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with Kaiser Permanente. ACE scores tally three different types of experiences: abuse, neglect, and dysfunction within the household, experienced before the age of 18. The original ACE study noted … Read More

What Can Parents Learn from the “Momo Challenge” Hoax?

This past week, social media was flooded with warnings to parents and caregivers about the “Momo Challenge.” This challenge has been described as a “suicide game” and reportedly utilizes shocking imagery and hidden messaging to encourage kids to harm themselves. Local schools sent notifications home to parents to address the … Read More