Mental Health

Managing Grief After a Tragedy

Given the recent tragedy at The Ohio State Universities Graduation, we’d like to use this issue of the newsletter to provide tips and strategies for coping with grief, especially after a tragedy in a community. Being present during a tragedy is traumatic, and a tragedy on such an emotionally significant day can bring up all…

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Are You Feeling Kind of Stuck? Maybe Even in Your Counseling Sessions?

Not accessing our core emotions (joy, sadness, fear, disgust, excitement, anger, and desire/sexual excitement) and letting them “ride the wave” of emotion might be what’s at play. Defenses are strategies we use (intentionally or unintentionally) that keep us from feeling our emotions/sensations. Some examples of defenses are: humor, perfectionism, procrastination, dissociation, intellectualizing, apathy, changing the…

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What to Do When You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for some people, it can be a tough holiday. It’s a day that’s focused on love, but sometimes it actually makes people feel more alone. It’s a day that seems like it’s just for couples, which can make it a long day for single people. There is nothing wrong…

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3 Ways Support Groups Can Benefit Your Mental Health

Here are 3 ways support groups can benefit your mental health You can benefit just by listeningA common misconception about support groups is that if you show up, you have to speak. That’s not the case. Support groups, by definition, are about providing support, so forcing someone to do something they aren’t ready for or…

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How to Meet Your Own Needs This Holiday Season

In this busy season of the year, and often the season of life, I frequently hear concerns about how to meet the needs of others. I encourage my clients to step back for a moment and ask themselves what they also need at this time. So much pressure is placed on creating the “perfect” gathering,…

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How to Be Kind to Yourself During the Holidays

We’re in the final stretch of the year before the holidays. If you’re noticing the holidays looming on the calendar, you’re not the only one. The holiday season can be a tricky time emotionally for many people. Some folks have issues with certain family members or dynamics, the end of the year can be hard,…

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3 Simple Ways to Start a Gratitude Practice

One small way to change your life is to start a gratitude practice. What you’re grateful for is something that often comes up around the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, but gratitude doesn’t have to be limited to one day a year. Developing a gratitude practice has many benefits and can be a simple way…

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Exploring New Hobbies

The popularity of new hobbies has boomed in the last few years. Part of this can be traced back to the pandemic lockdowns – many of us were staying home and realizing that we didn’t have much to do that excited us. Hobbies like baking, gardening, and reading have taken off in popularity since. Finding…

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4 Ways to Support your Mental Health during Summer Break

Summer can be a lot of fun, but for college students, it can be a tough transition. After the stress of finals and wrapping up the semester, it’s nice to have a break. However, the changes and social demands that come with summer break can make it tricky to support your mental health. It can…

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