Category - Self-Help

Insomnia: Give it a rest

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find time for all the important things one must do in a day. Perhaps that’s why so many of those activities are shifting to night — not only cutting into time for sleep but also our ability to do so. According to the National Sleep Foundation, […]

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Teenage turmoil: it really is all in their heads

If you’re the parent of an adolescent, you know the joy: moodiness, defiance, confusion and reckless behaviors interspersed with the sweet child you used to know. It can be frustrating, tiring and nerve-wrecking, but it’s just nature at work. More specifically it’s your child’s brain at work, creating a swirling tsunami of electrical pathways—with a […]

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Start the Conversations to Change the Way Mental Health is Viewed: Mental Health Awareness Month

Kathy Rohr, Director of Adult Programs, Wisconsin During the month of May, people and organizations across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. As one of the primary providers of mental health services in our area, Family & Children’s Center wants to recognize this month and share some thoughts on how we can all work […]

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13 Reasons Why Not

Ryan Knutson, MS, CSAC, LPC-IT, Professional Counselor                                                There has been a lot of hype in the media surrounding the recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The hype comes from the fact that the series revolves around a very delicate topic. That topic is suicide—more specifically, teenage suicide. Rather than go into detail about points from […]

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The “simplest difficulty” to make your relationships thrive

Mike Hodson, MS, LAMFT Think of a time when you interacted with a significant other who “just didn’t get it.” Throughout time you have developed an expectation for interacting with others, especially in relationships. You expect others to act in a certain way, but remain flexible for when you don’t act a certain way. When […]

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Depression or the Blues

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for people to feel sluggish, unmotivated and even feeling dissatisfied with life. Some may rightfully shrug it off as a case of winter blues, but for others, those feelings may indicate they are suffering from depression. Differentiating between the blues and depression can be tricky. While symptoms of […]

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Getting Change to Stick

Why is change hard? …because it is made out of metal! Did you roll your eyes? That’s okay. Now that we have the attention grabber out of the way, let’s talk about what this article is really about: the change process (taking steps to make a change). Take a moment to consider your personal history. Have […]

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Setting yourself up for a Healthy Holiday Season

Julie Fogel, Community Support Program Case Manager In some countries, the word “holiday” means the same as “vacation”.  That being said, most of us would find this difficult….perhaps even impossible to believe.  It’s no secret that holidays are often filled with “want to do” and “need to do” tasks” which result in our personal expectations […]

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Physical Activity and Mental Health Benefits

  Brittany Thomas, MS, MSW, LICSW, Outpatient Counseling People are impacted differently by life stressors and may have significant differences in how each symptom is presented. If a mental illness is present, there are several forms of mental health treatment that can be beneficial. Often mental health professionals and providers will make recommendations for treatment […]

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Celebrating our Differences: National LGBTQ Pride Month

Alicia Skiles, MS, Professional Counselor Many LGBTQ persons, especially youth, seek counseling services to help cope with discrimination and bullying. A recent article in Counseling Today explored how prevalent bullying is in schools and the workplace for members of the LGBTQ community. School bullying can take the form of online threats, verbal abuse or physical […]

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