What I’m Reading: Boundaries in Dating

I have picked up a break off of the original book Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend and have been encouraged by the book Boundaries in Dating's ability to underscore what has caused hurt in my life and those that I love (including my clients!). Hope you will enjoy the quotes I will be posting and check out the book!

Brave New World- Amanda Cook Solo Album

In the into video for this new solo album, the artist uses words that embody a lot of what I desire so badly to pass on to clients struggling with shame, guilt and identity formation. She says creating this album became a place for her to "Ask big questions- wrestle with what I've been told are answers and find peace within...[ read more ]

Parkwood Counseling Center Clinical Counseling from a Christian Perspective Click here to view forms and fees! I am so excited to partner with Parkwood Baptist Church and help launch a counseling center that will serve Jacksonville. It has definitely been an exercise to combat negative thinking errors (more posts on that to come)!

Structural Family Therapy

Play is the language of children. Utilize toys in assessments. I will ask my client to choose, from my over flowing bin of stuffed animals and puppets, one toy to represent each member of his family. Then we will arrange the toys in proximity to how close they feel emotionally. This works wonderful with kids of all ages (9-99). It...[ read more ]

What’s in your heart?

I have seen this activity often on Pinterest. You have your client draw a heart and then divide compartments within it. They assign different feelings, thoughts, people, and stressors into the compartments of the heart. The basic benefit is the separation of the thoughts from the person's mind and the creation of something tangible to represent something abstract so that...[ read more ]

Mindfulness: Fruit

"Guess what??? You don't have to face yesterday, five minutes from now or next year. Only be in this moment. You can handle it. This moment is going to be pleasant, but I want you to come in with a critical pallet. Use all of your senses. I'll ask you to close your eyes and hold out your hand while...[ read more ]

Anxiety and Mindfulness

Anxiety tends to pull people into the future, a made up world that cannot be reckoned with. Mindfulness is an exercise of grounding your thoughts in the present. We can exercise mindfulness with some creative elements. My first experience with mindfulness, though that is not what they called it, was in my 9th grade art class. "Draw exactly what you...[ read more ]

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