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Help for Self-Esteem

Many people come to counseling to work on self-esteem issues. This can present as anxious thoughts, negative self-talk, and struggles with interpersonal situations. It’s out

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Love Languages

The Five Love Languages As I’ve said before, I work a lot with people who want to bring their best possible selves into a relationship.

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Grieving When You Can’t Gather

Grieving when you can’t gather: Coping with loss during social distancing Humans are social creatures. When looking as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the impulse for

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intimacy
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Enthusiastic Consent

Enthusiastic Consent and Healthy Sex Love is in the air. As are hormones, desire, and just a basic need for stress relief. We see a

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Being Real

Grief My last blog post was two months ago. Two. This is not to say I don’t have three half-written blogs on my hard drive.

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Home Buying is Stressful

You’re buying a home! First off, congratulations on your upcoming purchase. This can be such an exciting time! It can also be nauseating. Home buying

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Holiday Stress Survival Guide

Holiday Stress Survival Guide Earlier in the Holiday Season, Kara joined the wonderful Kimberly from Being UnNormal to tape a live podcast about surviving the

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Stress Management

In addition to being my birthday, November 7th is also National Stress Awareness Day! Let’s talk more about stress management. What is stress? Stress is

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss

You are not alone in pregnancy loss. October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. Despite the

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month “But he doesn’t hit me.” I have heard that statement more often than I could count. Sitting in my office at

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PTSD and Trauma

PTSD, Trauma, and “Why Me?”: A Question of Resilience Extreme events happen each day that leave people scared, angry, and/or feeling powerless. These events could

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Couples Counseling

Communication Skills One question asked quite a bit by prospective clients is “Do you offer couples counseling?” The short answer is no. The longer answer

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Nature Therapy

Oregon is home to scenic coastline, high desert, triumphant mountains, lush forests, joyful waterfalls, and more shades of green than one previously thought possible. The

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Imposter Syndrome

I remember the night of the Ancora open house, over one year ago. Our business had first opened and we were giving tours of our

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“Thinking Hiccups”

One of the best takeaways of therapy is learning about the way your brain works. I find the way the brain collects, categorizes, and connects

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