Jenna Jarrold

Jenna Jarrold

Anorexia nervosa, more commonly known as anorexia, is an eating disorder that affects a staggering amount of people. If you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia, you know this psychological disorder is characterized by the ongoing pursuit of thinness by restricting food intake. Anorexia also comes with an extreme distortion in body perception […]

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Sarah Hummel

Sarah Hummel

I have a sign that used to hang in my office that read, “What people need is a good listening to!” Or, perhaps you’ve heard the old adage, “Humans were given two ears and one mouth for good reason- more listening, less talking.” These simple sayings hold truth; good listening strengthens families, marriages and relationships. […]

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Sarah Hummel

Sarah Hummel

Child sexual assault and body safety is a difficult but important topic to address with your children. Tuning your child into his or her body and the importance of initiating boundaries can begin as early as toddler-aged. “There is Good Touch and There is Bad Touch” Teach your child that good touch is touch that […]

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Sarah Hummel

Sarah Hummel

Have you ever heard the term seeing with your “mind’s eye?” The phrase embodies the ability to perceive, or cerebrally capture the events of our lives. In therapy, you might be asked to explore these perceptions. One’s understanding of self and the world is a gateway to deeper insight and in turn, deeper growth, or […]

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Sarah Hummel

Sarah Hummel

Depression is among the mood disorder subgroup of mental health diagnoses and is characterized by persistent sadness, helplessness and feelings of worthlessness. It’s no dramatic fabrication or case of the “blues”-persistent depression is hell on earth for people who know it well. While depression is known best to the person experiencing it, seeing a loved […]

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Sarah Hummel

Sarah Hummel

Chemical dependence, or addiction is a well-known struggle for many. If you’ve misused substances you know it may take a “rock bottom” experience before realization of your addiction sets in. If you have a sense that your use has bridged the gap from relaxation to necessity listen to the voice in the back of your […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

Healthy relationships-we want them; we hope for them. Many of us work hard to build and maintain these connections and yet may still find ourselves facing the loss of one or more significant relationships. In those times, we struggle to make sense of our partner’s perspective and experience of the relationship. How can two people […]

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Sarah Hummel

Sarah Hummel

As parents, we seek to protect our children from harm and preserve their innocence as long as possible. After all, childhood is fleeting and the responsibility and weightiness of adulthood arrive soon enough. Perhaps the most frightening thing about parenting is the ultimate lack of control we have when it comes to determining the outcomes […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong complex mental illness that should be evaluated and treated by a licensed psychologist and/or psychiatrist. Bipolar can cause significant difficulty in daily life including relationship problems, employment instability, and poor school performance. However, those affected by it can lead a healthy satisfying life once an individual treatment plan has been […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

What part of my life is unacceptable? Is my whole life unacceptable? Am I unacceptable? How might I welcome more acceptance into my life? The human experience is painful. It’s painful to love and it’s heartbreaking to walk away. Childhood serves as the introduction to the ways of human suffering. Growing is uncomfortable. Mental illness […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

You are considering therapy or you’ve made the decision to begin. This is a significant step toward improving your life! There are many considerations when initiating therapy especially if you are new to the process. First, anyone with or without a mental health diagnosis can benefit from counseling. Why? For many people, having someone listen […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

Anxiety is rampant in our society. Why? Every day stresses have intensified. It’s more difficult to earn a living, manage relationships, and meet our responsibilities. Many of us struggle to keep pace with daily life yet seem to demand more of ourselves. Familiar statements begin with, “I should, I must or I have to.” Our […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

Those who experience depression feel it differently. Depression ranges in intensity, duration, and result. While those suffering with depression may share common symptoms, the way depression may be felt is unique to the individual. One person may say depression is sadness. Another person may describe depression as a black cloud that feels stifling. Most people […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

In the past several blogs, I have mentioned the connection between mental health and diet. I am not a nutritionist or a medical doctor, so the information I offer is based on my own needs, experience, and overall perspective. My nutritional approach is a whole foods viewpoint. There is plenty of research available to confirm […]

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Anita Joy Martin

Anita Joy Martin

These two concepts are often used interchangeably but I think there’s a difference. To me, fear simmers underneath surface anxiety. Let me give you an example using a pot of boiling water. On the stove there are usually four heating elements. You decide to make spaghetti for dinner. You fill the pot with water, set […]

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