A Broader Perspective on Love for Valentine’s

Licensed Mental Health Counselor   In the midst of this flurry of Valentine’s activity: store shelves bulging with heart-shaped candy boxes, flowers being feverishly snatched up as soon as they’re restocked, desperate attempts to get just the right dinner reservation in order to communicate “specialness” to someone, my mind is boggled by the superficiality of […]

Sensory Processing Sensitivity in Children

  Sensory Processing sensitivity in children Sensory Processing Disorder is a term used to describe individuals that are oversensitive or under sensitive to sensory input in their environment, although not listed in the DSM it is widely recognized among specialist. Having a child who develops symptoms of SPD can be challenging and often confusing to […]

How to decide if a thought is useful

Krista Jean Bringley, MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor   How to decide if a thought is useful Did you know that not all thoughts are useful? I bet that right off the bat you thought “of course, I have completely random thoughts all the time, and I know that they are just thoughts flitting by!” […]

What is Emotional Dysregulation?

  What is emotional dysregulation? As a counselor I am often asked by clients, “Why am I all of the sudden so tired?”  Parents wonder what the heck is going on when their child starts crawling on the floor, jumping on the couch, or acting in a way that may seem out of the norm […]

A Fresh Start

Juliana Ochoa, MA, LMCH   A Fresh Start January 1st sounds like a good date to mark the beginning of New Me. We recognize this date as an important day, and it makes sense–  Goodbye Last Year, Hello New Year! Out with the old, in with the new. This is not a bad thing; in […]

Gratitude Attitude

  Gratitude Attitude The holidays are upon us and for many that means activities are in full swing. This is also the season for gift giving. Kids are excited and making their wish lists, but what happens when their gifts are unattainable? Santa may not have that in the budget this year, or mom and […]

Softening the Sharp Edges Around Anger

  As we settle into the holiday season, and what is for many a period of over-scheduling and overwhelm, I thought I would address and “unpack” a prominent, recurring emotion that seems out-of-place during Christmas.  Anger, however, is an emotion that is activated by deeper feelings that are at the core of what is making […]

LSRG Team Welcomes Diana Hardy

Diana Hardy, MS Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern All of us experience times of darkness and hardship in life. Psychotherapy is the process of working through those in a supportive and confidential relationship, with the hope that those challenges will be transformed into a force that will create decision, change and greater freedom. After nearly […]

Grateful for Everything in Between

I love Thanksgiving and this time of year because I love the idea of being grateful and living gratefully, moment by moment. Thanksgiving is a reminder to say thank you, to show appreciation, to have gratitude. When I was in college, I took a Kurt Vonnegut class and I remember the exact moment I read […]

How can I use journaling to help me?

You may have heard about the benefits of journaling:  it can help you reduce stress, process feelings, better understand yourself, and even help your immune system!  But, if you’re anything like me, maybe you’ve had trouble finding a way of journaling you actually like enough to keep going.  Or maybe you’re journaling already, but you’re not […]

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