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Where to Find Mental Health Help in Colorado

October is Mental Health Awareness Month and with the rise of both teen suicide rates in Colorado and depression and anxiety in teens and adults, it’s important to educate yourself on warning signs of suicide and to know the resources available to you. 

Did you know?

  • MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS ARE MORE PREVALENT THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. Research has shown that one in six...

What is Trauma?

In general, trauma is a disturbing event that diminishes an individual’s sense of control. 

Therapists often refer to two types of trauma:  “Big T-Traumas” and “Little t-Traumas.” 

The DSM-5 defines a PTSD trauma as any situation where one’s life or bodily integrity is threatened; these are typically Big ‘T’ traumas.

Examples of Big T Traumas:

The Significance of World Mental Health Day for Parents

Today is World Mental Health Day, an annual awareness and education initiative spearheaded by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). This year’s campaign highlights the importance of increased mental health awareness, services, and care for young people in a changing world.

Many parents might think mental health isn’t something they need to worry about, but in fact:

  • Half of all mental illness begins...

Working It Out

“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world. 

He that has these two has little more to wish for;

and he that wants either of them will be little the better for anything else.”

- John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Educations

There is a profound connection between...

Guest Post: How You Should Plan When You’re Expecting a Child with Mental or Physical Disabilities

By: Emily Graham

Emily Graham is the creator of mightymoms.net. She believes being a mom is one of the hardest jobs around and wanted to create a support system for moms from all walks of life. On her site, she offers a wide range of info tailored for busy moms -- from how to reduce stress to creative ways to spend time together as a family.
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What is EMDR?

I am excited to be able to offer EMDR to my clients.  Before explaining what it is, it’s important to review what trauma is. 

In general, trauma is a disturbing event that diminishes your sense of control.  This can range from something horrific and life-threatening, such as being raped, to something heartbreaking and life-changing, such as a felt sense that you’re not good enough...

What is Post-Induction Therapy?

I am humbled and honored to offer Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy (otherwise known as PIT) to my clients.  Combined with EMDR, this model has been the most helpful and healing model of therapy for my clients. 

Once I started using this model, clients were saying things like:

  • “You just verbalized what I’ve been trying to figure out for years.”
  • ...

Developmental Trauma

What is Developmental Trauma?

Developmental Trauma is the result of a child experiencing abandonment, neglect, abuse, or chronic stress in their own home.  Overt abuse and neglect can clearly have profound impact on a child, but what many don’t realize, is that hostility, pervasive stress, and chaotic environments can also be considered developmental trauma. 

What makes developmental trauma so widespread is that...

Let’s Get Real About Shame

Let’s Get Real

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, a week devoted to awareness and prevention.  NEDA’s theme, “Let’s Get Real,” struck a deep chord in me because their hope is to start authentic and brave conversations around not just eating disorders—but the shame and pain that fuel them. 

Shame and vulnerability researcher and author Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, describes shame as...

We’ve Been Featured on FreshPractice!

Does your therapist's office design matter?  

At Kindred Counseling, we'd argue that it definitely does. The vibe of the office matters more than we would have expected, as people truly can’t be comfortable psychologically if they aren’t comfortable physically.  

That's why we were honored to be featured on FreshPractice, a website offering therapy office design inspiration for therapists, by therapists. Here’s an excerpt from the interview with practice owner, Brittni Fudge, MA, LPC,...

What is Counseling Exactly?

When I  meet new people and get the standard question, "so, what do you do?" and tell them I am a therapist, I get a range of responses--people are either fascinated, scared that I'm suddenly diagnosing them (don't worry, I'm not!), or totally confused.  Through countless conversations I've come to realize that many people don't actually understand what counseling is and what it could offer them.

Counseling is a unique experience that...

Intention & Imperfection in Parenting

To The Exhausted Mother Whose Child Throws a Fit When the Wind Blows,

I want you to know you’re not alone.  The other day I was hosting a neighbor for a quick cup of coffee at my house.  When she showed up, she could barely hear my greeting over the screams of my 3-year-old son, who was rolling around on the floor crying.  You see, I had just committed the crime...

Guest Blog on PostPartum

Guest Blog on Postpartum Depression

From Belly Bliss to Dark Depression

Two minutes can feel like an hour when you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and are waiting for the results. When women see the two lines show up, they’re flooded with a wide range of emotions—from elation and awe to shock and fear. And guess what? All these emotions are okay. For...

So What’s my Story?

I’m so glad you’ve stumbled upon my blog. I bet you’re wondering what my story is … In short, it’s that I’m here to hear your story. But the long answer is that I’ve always gravitated to stories—the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we tell others, the stories that both inspire us to be our best selves and the ones that scare us to death. I’ve spent my life’s work...