Individual Therapy

How Do You Know You’re Ready for Counseling? Part 3

How Do You Know You’re Ready for Counseling? Part 3

This week we have been discussing how to know if you are ready for counseling. Have you recognized any of the items we have mentioned this week? So many people and couples go thru life just accepting it as difficult, boring, and full of heartache. But that doesn't have to be the case. If any of these issues are present, maybe it's time to do something about it!

How Do You Know You’re Ready for Counseling? Part 2

How Do You Know You’re Ready for Counseling? Part 2

As discussed yesterday, this week we're talking about how to know when you are ready individually or as a couple to begin counseling. For some, that decision may not be so clear.

How Do You Know You’re Ready for Counseling? Part 1

How Do You Know You’re Ready for Counseling? Part 1

How do you know if you are ready for therapy? Here are two signs you might be ready for therapy:

  1. When you are feeling pain in your life & relationship that is not getting resolved

Why Are You REALLY Angry? Resources

Why Are You REALLY Angry? Resources

his week, Imagine Hope Counseling Group wraps up our blog series on anger.  As we have discussed earlier in the week, anger can often times be what we call a "secondary" emotion.  This means that what looks like anger is really secondary to another feeling that is underneath the angry reaction.  If you haven't read the earlier blog parts from this week, I encourage you to check out part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.  So, read on if you want to learn about why you or someone you love might REALLY be angry.

Non-Traditional Addictions: Busy Addiction

Non-Traditional Addictions: Busy Addiction

Do you ever find it difficult to sit still and just "be" without having to do something "productive" with your time? Does idle time without having a "schedule" or having something planned make you anxious? When you have "down time", are you able to just relax, or do you need to be busy and doing something?

Non-Traditional Addictions: People Pleasing

Non-Traditional Addictions: People Pleasing

Most of us have an innate need inside us to please other people. Individuals who don't care what anyone else thinks or feels typically don't have very positive relationships. But what we are talking about here is a need that drives someone to please others…

Non-Traditional Addictions: Anger

Non-Traditional Addictions: Anger

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies", Nelson Mandela.

Resentment is a form of anger. You have probably heard that anger plays a large role in addictions. But did you know that there is an actual anger addiction?

Non-Traditional Addictions: Spending

Non-Traditional Addictions: Spending

Spending Addiction can be very tricky because we have to spend money in our culture. It's what makes the world go 'round, right?

Non-traditional Addictions: Worry

Non-traditional Addictions:  Worry

People can easily fall into self-destructive addictions to cope with stress and emotional pain. Most people hear the word addiction and think of the typical addictions like alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or food. Have you ever considered non-traditional addictions?

Seeing Yourself in a New Way Part 4

Seeing Yourself in a New Way Part 4

One of the things we help teach our clients is how to "reframe" something in their life from a negative to a positive.  This could be a characteristic of them, their spouse, or a behavior they do.  Most people become attracted to another person based on something specific, and end up in a marriage

Seeing Yourself in a New Way Part 3

Seeing Yourself in a New Way Part 3

Isn't it interesting to hear how other's view themselves? I would have never imagined that Tamara or Christy wanted to be any different. I LOVE their personalities. I think it is a special gift when we can see something we once saw negative in ourselves and now see it as positive.

Seeing Yourself in a Different Way Part 2

Seeing Yourself in a Different Way Part 2

As Christy introduced yesterday, we're taking a trait that we'd normally like to change about ourselves and spinning it into something we can see in a different, more positive way.

Seeing Yourself in a Different Way Part 1

Seeing Yourself in a Different Way Part 1

This week on the blog, we are discussing how to reframe the way you look at yourself—and spin it into something positive! We all have character traits that we probably don’t like or wish we could change. We hope this week that you will recognize that positive can come from what we perceive to be negative:

Ignoring Needs Sabotages Your Child's Counseling

Ignoring Needs Sabotages Your Child's Counseling

This week on the blog we are discussing the importance of a parent’s role in their child’s counseling.  So often, children do not receive the help that they need—not because their parents don’t care, but because their parents may not understand the ways they are sabotaging counseling.  This week we hope to provide tips and encouragement so that all children and adolescents get the help that they need.

How Emotional Trauma Affects Everyday Interactions: Sudden Loss

How Emotional Trauma Affects Everyday Interactions: Sudden Loss

This week, we have been discussing the subject of trauma-- Not the obvious kind of trauma that occurs due to a natural disaster or global catastrophic event, but the more subtle kinds of trauma that often go unrecognized.  These subtle forms of trauma impact our lives emotionally, though we often times might not recognize that is what we are experiencing. 

Introverts Part 5

Introverts Part 5

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing what it means to be an introvert.  

Some people assume that being an introvert means that you are shy.  That is not necessarily true!  Introverts can be very outgoing and sociable people.  In fact, many times, introverts love people-- learning about others, doing things for others, and can be very loyal, caring and loving individuals.  As Christy mentioned on Monday in this weeks earlier blog series, the difference with introverts is that, usually, they need to "re-fuel" their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical "tank" by doing things that are more solitary and self-reflecting.