Counseling and Therapy Blog
  • sometimes finding the right licensed therapist means a black therapist or lbgqt educated one Seeking & Finding the Right Licensed Therapist September 17, 2021 As humans, we look for people we can relate to in all aspects of life. Those are the people who inevitably become our friends. Why then, when looking for a therapist, would we not search with the same intention? Finding a licensed therapist you connect with is one of the most important pieces of your… Read More
  • trauma counseling crisis counseling How Crisis and Trauma Counseling Differ September 15, 2021 Crisis and trauma seem interchangeable, however they differ significantly. Crisis is defined by Cambridge Dictionary as “an extremely difficult or dangerous point.” Thus, a specific time or event. Also defined by Cambridge Dictionary, trauma is a “severe and lasting emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience.” A Further Look Now, let's explore… Read More
  • anxiety counseling huntsville al Signs of Anxiety in Children September 13, 2021 Anxiety at all ages is a normal emotion. So how do you know when anxiety is affecting your child beyond the scope of normal? In this blog, we are going to outline some signs and symptoms that would suggest the need for anxiety counseling in Huntsville, AL. Healthy versus Unhealthy As stated, anxiety to some… Read More
  • Coping with codependency Learning Techniques for Coping with Codependency September 10, 2021 We all know of someone who seems to be “thin skinned.” Or maybe you are more familiar with a “people pleaser.” Both are behaviors of codependency. What is that you ask? Let me explain. Exploring Codependency Merriam-Webster broadly defines codependency as “dependence on the needs of or control by another.” Some people need the approval… Read More
  • Bookshelf: “The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” September 8, 2021 The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is a book written by Michelle Cuevas. Zoe Garrett recently read this book and wrote a review to share with you: The Care and Feeding of a Black Hole is such an amazing and truthful tale. It has a plot that always keeps you interested, cool… Read More
  • marriage counseling How Long will Marriage Counseling Take? September 7, 2021 Have you ever tried to lose weight? Those pounds sure don’t come off as quickly as they hopped on, am I right? You may be asking what on earth weight loss has to do with marriage counseling. Great question! Let’s break this down. Problems Evolve The deterioration of a relationship is a process that gradually… Read More
  • decision fatigue How an Alabama Therapist Helps with Decision Fatigue September 3, 2021 There are just too many decisions. I am feeling overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Believe it or not, decision fatigue is a real thing. And if you choose us as your Alabama therapist, we can help! Defining Decision Fatigue An article published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health defines decision fatigue as… Read More
  • play therapy for trauma How Play Therapy for Trauma Helps August 31, 2021 Kids love to play. They may not love to talk to an adult about what has traumatized them. That’s where play therapy comes in. Play therapy for trauma is an effective method of therapy to help children deal with their healing. While your child plays, our therapist gains insight and eases your child to the… Read More
  • weight of guilt, guilt therapy can help Healing with Guilt Counseling August 26, 2021 The Cambridge Dictionary defines guilt as “a feeling of worry or unhappiness that you have because you have done something wrong…” Guilt is a normal emotional reaction. However, if you allow guilt to hang around too long, it will feel like a thousand pounds. Eventually it begins affecting more areas of your life. Guilt counseling… Read More
  • Review of “Open the Joy” Cards August 24, 2021 Counselor Lynsey recently took the time to review "Anger Management Tool Cards", "Would You Rather Playing Cards", and "Let's Talk: Conversation Starters for Kids to Discuss Feelings" from Open The Joy! Her thoughts, as well as images of the cards, in use can be found below. Anger Management Tool Cards These cards help kids navigate… Read More
  • marriage counseling huntsville AL Signs You Could Benefit from Marriage Counseling August 24, 2021 Marriage counseling is not just for those who are struggling in their relationship. It can also be used as a tool to strengthen the relationship between you and your partner. Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship or you and your spouse are struggling, we are ready to provide you with marriage counseling in Huntsville,… Read More
  • finding the right Huntsville Therapist How to Find the Right Huntsville Therapist August 20, 2021 So you’ve made the decision to seek help, but where do you start? Finding the right therapist to fit your needs is not a task to be taken lightly. In today’s blog, we will look at important factors to keep in mind when looking for a therapist in Huntsville. Determine Your Need The first step… Read More
  • types of grief Reasons for and Types of Grief August 18, 2021 Grief is most notably linked to the loss of a loved one or a pet. However, Merriam-Webster defines grief as “deep and poignant distress” and “a cause of such suffering.” A deep suffering can therefore also be categorized as one of the many types of grief. No matter what the source of your grieving, grief… Read More
  • grief counseling after a loss How Grief Counseling Helps with the Loss of a Loved One August 17, 2021 No words can describe the pain someone feels when they have lost a parent, a child, or a spouse. Grief counseling plays an important role in the grieving process. It helps to work through each step and restore some level of normalcy to life as it was before. What is Grief Counseling? Grief counseling is… Read More
  • teenage depression Does Teenage Depression Go Away? August 13, 2021 If left untreated, teenage depression can evolve into a life-long illness. However, if it is addressed at the early stages, it is very probable the depression can be cured. In more serious cases, a combination of therapy and medication may be necessary. Causes of Teenage Depression Teenagers face an onslaught of new situations as they… Read More
  • Bookshelf: “Get Well: A Fresh Perspective on Mental Wellness” August 12, 2021 Get Well: A Fresh Perspective on Mental Wellness is a new book written by Dorothy McDermott, MS, LPC, NCC. Through the book, McDermott coaches the reader along their journey to mental and spiritual wellness. The book is written for the reader to be active throughout reading, with space for reflection, journaling, and planning at the… Read More
  • Neuroscience Approach to Counseling Anxiety August 11, 2021 Presenter: Dr. David Pittman Location: Garrett Counseling, LIVE WEBINAR Date: Friday, September 10th 2pm- 5pm EST (1-4pm CST) 3 NBCC Contact Hours Cost: $60.00 Registration Link:  Learning Objectives: Increase understanding of the representation of anxiety in the brain Increase understanding of the relationship between stress and anxiety versus relaxation and anxiety Gain insight into… Read More
  • Sexting, Pornography, and the Law August 11, 2021 Our adolescent and pre-adolescent children are becoming more exposed to sexually explicit images and behavior in today's modern society. Why do our children participate in sexting, and how does the law look at problematic sexual behavior. How did pornography become so accessible to our children, and how does pornography affect our youth. Is pornography addictive,… Read More
  • Neuroscience and Sleep in Counseling August 11, 2021 Presenter: Dr. David Pittman Location: Garrett Counseling, LIVE WEBINAR Date: Friday, August 20th 2pm- 5pm EST (1-4pm CST) 3 NBCC Contact Hours Cost: $60.00 Registration Link: Learning Objectives: Counselors will gain a general neuroscience refresher where they will: Gain increased understanding of neuroanatomy related to counseling: Amygdala: fear; Hippocampus: memory; Insula: interoception; Prefrontal Cortex: cognition;… Read More
  • crisis counseling for trauma How Crisis Counseling Can Help You Cope with Trauma August 11, 2021 Merriam-Webster defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset.” Trauma counseling (or crisis counseling) is a key tool to coping and/or recovering from from your traumatic experience. Psychological and Emotional Trauma Traumatic events typically involve a life-threatening situation. But, they can… Read More
  • pediatric anxiety counseling Huntsville Signs & Treatment of Anxiety in Children August 9, 2021 It is natural for a child to experience some level of fear or worry throughout their young life. However, when those emotions interfere with activities of daily living, the problem may run deeper. Since opening our location in Huntsville, anxiety counseling is one of the most prevalent types of therapy we treat. Let’s take a… Read More
  • Our anxiety therapists inn huntsville help with anxiety Anxiety is High – Are You Suffering? August 6, 2021 The world has been turned upside down over the past 18 months. That, in and of itself, has caused anxiety in millions of people. Now we're facing a relatively normal day-to-day with the same concerns over the increased spread of the virus. For many, this is causing a whole new wave of anxiety. Are you… Read More
  • adolescent play therapy Understanding Adolescents Play Therapy August 4, 2021 When left to their own devices, children act out their innermost feelings and emotions through creative play and is well-known as a method of counseling for young children. Surprisingly to many, adolescents play therapy is still quite effective. As children grow into their tween and early teen years, their type of play may change. Instead… Read More
  • Alabama Counseling Centers Huntsville, Boaz and Jacksonville, Alabama Counseling Centers August 2, 2021 If you are looking for a compassionate counselor in Alabama, Garrett Counseling has three convenient locations to serve you and your family. We specialize in the needs of children of all ages and adults covering a variety of issues. Here is a bit more about our Alabama counseling center services and locations. Services We provide… Read More
  • therapy for kid to treat anxiety How Therapy for Kids Helps with Anxiety July 30, 2021 When normal fears turn into chronic anxious thoughts and behaviors, it gives cause to seek help. When you notice this with your child, you should consider therapy for your child as soon as you notice an issue developing. Therapy for kids can help teach a child coping mechanisms and avoid deeper ongoing issues. Types of… Read More
  • counseling sessions Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Counseling Sessions July 28, 2021 Congratulations on your decision to begin therapy! Or maybe you’re already in therapy and feel like you’ve plateaued and don’t know what else to do. Today we are going to address tips you can implement to optimize the effectiveness of your counseling sessions. What Not To Do Therapy is an active process, so naturally you… Read More
  • play therapy Utilizing Play Therapy in Counseling July 26, 2021 The thought of taking your child to a counselor can be a bit scary. Play therapy is a unique approach that our skilled experts use to interact with your child. This method utilizes the natural abilities your child has in expressing themselves to resolve conflict through play. What is Play Therapy? Children do not always… Read More
  • individual counseling services Our Individual Counseling Services July 23, 2021 When choosing a center for individual counseling services, it’s important to know how they conduct therapy sessions. Not all centers offer family counseling where the session is held with more than one family member at a time. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you’ve come to the right place. Pediatric Counseling for Children &… Read More
  • marriage counseling huntsville AL Is it Time to Consider Marriage Counseling? July 19, 2021 Are you arguing constantly? Finding it impossible to talk to your spouse? Or maybe you don’t even recognize who you’re married to anymore. If this describes your relationship, you should consider marriage counseling. Here Are Some Signs Every relationship is going to have its arguments, ups, downs, and curve balls. However, if not dealt with… Read More
  • improve your relationship communication How to Improve Your Relationship Communication July 16, 2021 Every relationship hits bumps in the road and has its ups and downs. How you and your partner handle those situations says a lot about the strength of you as a couple. Relationship communication has the power to make or break your relationship. What is Communication Talking does not equate to communication. Communication involves not… Read More
  • journaling How Journaling Compliments Therapy July 14, 2021 When your thoughts are jumbled, your pulse is racing, or you’re feeling down, pull out a piece of paper and just start writing. Journaling is no replacement for therapy, but it can be a great tool in helping unveil hidden feelings or simply flushing words out of your mind. No Excuses There is no right… Read More
  • teenage depression Treating Teenage Depression with Counseling July 12, 2021 According to the CDC, approximately 1.9 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with depression. The World Health Organization cites that globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents. Early Detection is Key Recognizing signs of teenage depression is crucial to warding off an… Read More
  • family counseling services Family Counseling Services July 8, 2021 Family counseling services help address issues within the family that involve children and parents. It is designed to work with family members together rather than individually. Some of the issues addressed include things like financial issues, child/parent conflict, or even substance abuse and its effects on the family. The main goals of family counseling are… Read More
  • Codependency Identifying and Coping with Codependency July 6, 2021 Codependency is broadly defined by Mirriam-Webster as dependence on the needs of or control by another. We commonly identify with it as a “needy” or “clingy” person. However, the reality of codependency goes much deeper than being clingy. What is It? Being dependent on one another for love and support brings value to a relationship.… Read More
  • child in counseling Child Counseling Helps Kids in Many Ways July 1, 2021 When your child is sick, there is no hesitation to take them to a doctor. However, when a child is struggling with emotions or social situations, parents many times find themselves at a loss of knowing what to do. Child counseling is beneficial to the overall wellness of your child and can help pave a… Read More
  • finding your purpose helps with mental health Seek Therapy to Improve Your Mental Health June 30, 2021 WIn part one of our mini blog series regarding reasons for therapy,  we briefly introduced the wide range of circumstances that could warrant seeking out a counselor. We briefly touched on a couple reasons and how therapy could be beneficial. In part two of our blog regarding reasons for therapy, we will continue to expand… Read More
  • reasons for therapy Reasons for Therapy – Part 1 June 28, 2021 Today we’re starting a mini-blog series on reasons for therapy. We’ll start this off by saying, if you want to go to therapy, you should. Just wanting to is a good enough reason. However, if you want to know some of the common reasons for therapy  as heard by our counselors, here they are. Top… Read More
  • local counselor can help deal with guilt through therapy Overcoming Guilt Through Therapy June 25, 2021 Guilt is defined by Merriam-Webster as feelings of deserving blame, especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy and a feeling of deserving blame for offenses. Guilt does not always come from events that actually took place. It can manifest through imagined situations as well. A local counselor can help you overcome your… Read More
  • consider therapy for phobia you have How Therapy Can Help with Your Phobia June 23, 2021 According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 12.5% of adults experience a phobia at some point in their life. Phobia is defined as an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation (Merriam-Webster). Living with a phobia can be debilitating and severely affect your quality… Read More
  • Include Trauma Therapy in Your Personal Injury Claim June 21, 2021 If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s common knowledge that your physical injuries and your car repair or replacement are covered through insurance. But did you know that you can claim emotional distress and trauma therapy as well? Pain and Suffering Being in a car accident is a traumatic experience and can leave the… Read More
  • therapist, counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist Therapist, Counselor, Psychiatrist or Psychologist? June 18, 2021 The day has come and you have decided to seek out a therapist. One question you may be facing is, "Which therapist is right for me?" With terms like therapist, counselor, psychologist, and psychiatrist, it’s easy to see where the decision may not be so easy. Today, we will list and define different types of… Read More
  • finding purpose is a journey Finding Your Purpose With Counseling June 16, 2021 Have you ever asked yourself, “What is my purpose in life? What was I put on this earth to do?” You are definitely not alone! Finding purpose in life can seem overwhelming and, for some, it's a journey. It may even cause anxiety if we allow outside opinions (or our own expectations) to run wild… Read More
  • grief therapy can help you Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One June 14, 2021 Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life we will encounter. Whether you have lost a spouse, a parent, a child, a grandparent, another family member, or even a close friend, grief can feel unbearable at times. Because grieving is a process, there is no quick cure. Grief therapy is… Read More
  • woman in therapy for self-care Therapy is Self-Care June 11, 2021 Most of us go to the dentist twice a year and we get a physical check up once a year. Those both help us know that our bodies are in good physical shape and healthy. You should think of therapy as a mental health checkup that you do on a regular basis. Benefits of Therapy… Read More
  • no-mask anxiety Anxiety Over Removing Your Mask? June 9, 2021 You’re Not Alone Many people are suffering from what is being called "no-mask anxiety." Now that we're told we don't have to wear a mask, we're unsure. Although it sounds simple enough, after all we've not regularly worn masks before 2019, you can feel anxiety. This is especially true with so much public rhetoric and… Read More
  • AutPlay Therapy Logo What is AutPlay® Therapy? June 7, 2021 AutPlay Therapy is a unique approach that combines play therapy with psychological therapy and utilizes a partnership between parents and the therapist. The goal is to foster relationship development between the parent and child with the goal being a positive outcome of treatment. Created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant, AutPlay Therapy incorporates several evidence-based approaches… Read More
  • Empty Nest Syndrome | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Coping With Empty Nest Syndrome June 2, 2021 For so many years, you’ve been a parent, but now your children have grown and moved on. The house seems empty and eerily quiet. You wake up each day with no school lunches to pack or school functions to attend. Almost overnight, you have experienced a significant change and begin to wonder what to do… Read More
  • Postpartum Depression | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Identifying Signs of Postpartum Depression May 31, 2021 The birth of a child is one of the most anticipated experiences a mother dreams of. Snuggling the newborn, the smell of their skin, and all of the wonderful feelings of holding your baby. But what if you don’t have that feeling of elation? What if you feel detached? You could be suffering from postpartum… Read More
  • Myths About Therapy | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Myths About Therapy May 30, 2021 Views and opinions about counseling varies depending on your era and your the family dynamic.  Maybe you were taught to put on a game face and suck it up no matter what just happened. Or your family lived by the rule that nobody needs to know our business. Unfortunately, the stigma of therapy keeps people… Read More
  • Pediatric Therapy | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Pediatric Therapy May 27, 2021 All kids experience ups and downs navigating through childhood and that doesn't necessarily mean they need pediatric therapy. Emotional lows could result from just about anything. Often they're simply issues with a friend, a bad grade at school or hurt feelings from something a family member said. These are harmless enough. Even a normal part… Read More
  • Counseling for Infertility | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Counseling for Infertility May 24, 2021 All aspects of your life from relationships to your own self-image are affected when faced with a diagnosis of infertility. Life experiences and your personality shape the way you handle this often unexpected news which is why we offer counseling for infertility. Many times family members or friends may not be able to relate to… Read More
  • Counseling Services in Jacksonville | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL How Long Will I Be in Therapy? May 21, 2021 This is a common question we hear when people call for counseling services in Jacksonville or any of our other locations. We can answer some questions about therapy are easily. However, this is not one of them. Because therapy is not a one size fits all and everyone has different issues they’d like to deal… Read More
  • First Therapy Session | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL What to Expect in Your First Therapy Session May 18, 2021 Your first therapy session will start similarly to a doctor’s appointment.  When you arrive, there will be paperwork you’ll need to complete.  The forms include your insurance and basic personal information, medical and family history, symptoms questionnaire, privacy forms, and what concerns brought you in for therapy. Completing those forms at home expedites things. Getting… Read More
  • pediatric counseling center Managing ADHD with Counseling May 15, 2021 ADHD – or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – affects millions of children across the globe. It’s most often treated with one or more prescriptions. As a pediatric counseling center, we know that managing ADHD with counseling is possible and may be a better long-term solution. What is ADHD? ADHD is caused when the right side… Read More
  • therapy for coping with eating disorders How Counseling Helps Teens With Eating Disorders May 12, 2021 Counseling for eating disorders goes hand in hand with recovery from an eating disorder. Counseling for your teen is a key component in their recovery process. Teens who engage in a combination of eating disorder counseling and a treatment program have a higher likelihood to achieve and maintain complete recovery. What Does Eating Disorder Recovery… Read More
  • couples counseling Couples Counseling Isn’t Always Marriage Counseling May 9, 2021 Have you and your significant other lost that spark? Have there been circumstances that have damaged your trust? Before you call it quits, consider an attempt at repairing your relationship through couples counseling. Studies have shown that the rate of effectiveness in restoring a relationship through couples counseling is 75 percent. Couples Counseling V. Marriage… Read More
  • treating anxiety Identifying Your Anxiety Triggers & Treating Anxiety May 6, 2021 Anxiety is a very common mental health condition. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an estimated 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety. Identifying where anxiety comes from is an important step in moving forward toward managing your symptoms and treating anxiety. It could stem from genetics. There could be environmental stimuli… Read More
  • choosing a counselor Choosing Your Counselor May 3, 2021 Choosing a counselor is a very personal decision. You are making a choice  to open yourself up to a total stranger. Putting your emotional and mental health in the hands of another is not something to take lightly. When choosing a counselor, there are several factors to consider. Get referrals - Ask family, friends, and… Read More
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL What is PTSD? May 1, 2021 PTSD is an acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  All too often people associate PTSD only with military members. However, it is also prevalent among individuals who have never been in the military.  Mayo Clinic defines post-traumatic stress disorder as a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event -- either experiencing it or… Read More
  • Ethics in Counseling Part 2: Live Webinar April 21, 2021 This live webinar will require a test at the completion of workshop. You must score 80% or more to receive CEUS. Cameras are required to be on the entire time, per NBCC rules. If you do not have camera on you will receive non-contact hours. Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S Location: LIVE WEBINAR Date: Saturday,… Read More
  • Ethics in Counseling Part 1: Live Webinar April 21, 2021 Today, licensed professional counselors face complex ethical issues. Counselors are charged with being knowledgeable of these ethical and legal issues to ensure ethical practice. Working knowledge of the ACA and NBCC Code of Ethics, along with state ethics and laws is required of all licensed professional counselors. This live webinar will require a test at… Read More
  • 4th Annual Brave Play Retreat | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL 4th Annual Brave Play Retreat – Intimacy and Vulnerability April 21, 2021 ***This event is full. We hope to see you in June 2022 for the 5th Annual Brave Play Retreat! Check back soon for information regarding next year.*** An experiential retreat for personal and professional growth in a post-pandemic world. Date: June 4th-6th, 2021 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada   Read More
  • CROWN Act Garrett Counseling Supports The CROWN Act March 4, 2021 At Garrett Counseling, we are passionate about ending discrimination, that is why we are backing the CROWN Act. A 2019 research study found that 80% of Black women in the United States had to change their natural hairstyle in order to fit in at their place of work. Social justice educator Cierra Kaler-Jones says “My… Read More
  • Neurocounseling | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Neurocounseling: The Basics January 26, 2021 This is a total of 6 hours over two different days. There is only one registration option which is attend both days. Day one is foundational and required for day two. Day One Learning Objectives (3 Hours) Friday, March 5th, 2021 11am-2pm CST Participants will gain a clearer understanding of basic neuroanatomy (structures and functions).… Read More
  • Winter Mental Health Toolkit | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Winter Mental Health Toolkit January 7, 2021 Winter can be a difficult season. We put together this toolkit to help you thrive this winter! Our counselors are here to support you this season; schedule an appointment by calling (256) 239-5662 or by clicking here. Winter Toolkit - Stress Winter Toolkit - Grief Winter Toolkit - Stay Connected Winter Toolkit - Depression Winter… Read More
  • Our New Mural | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Our New Mural – Black Lives Matter December 15, 2020 We are excited to introduce the new mural at our Jacksonville location. We wanted to do something to welcome and express our appreciation to the black community in Jacksonville so we reached out to artist Olivia Clark to have her create a mural for us. About The Artist: My name is Olivia Clark. I am… Read More
  • Brave Play Kit | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Brave Play Kit November 27, 2020 The Brave Play kit is a tool used in therapy as a form of expressive therapy. Very similar to sand tray without the sand, the Brave Play kit was developed by Ashley Garrett as a portable and less intimidating method of processing through experiential Play Therapy. Used with children, teens, and adults, Brave Play allows… Read More
  • Mental Health & The Holidays Mental Health & The Holidays (Including Two Recipes Perfect For The Holiday Season) November 6, 2020 With November here, the holiday season is officially underway. This time of year is typically associated with warm, happy emotions full of joy and cheer; however, for a lot of us, this season may bring with it anxiety, stress, and depression. This can be due to things such as a tighter budget, extra commitments, and… Read More
  • 4th Annual Brave Play Retreat | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Winter Wellness Wheel 2021 October 19, 2020 Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPCS, RPTS, NCC Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2021 Time: 9am-4pm CST (10am-5pm EST) Platform: Zoom. Live Web-Based Workshop- Limited to 30 participants Agenda: Two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break for lunch 6 Contact CE Hours APT Approved Provider NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this… Read More
  • Imagine: Meditation Cards for Kids Product Review – Imagine: Meditation Cards for Kids August 28, 2020 Imagine is a great product for parents, educators, and counselors looking to connect children to feelings of inner peace and calm while also empowering them for personal growth. Through meditation and mindfulness, imagine, this deck first teaches children basic breathing exercises to help the child learn to relax, balance their thoughts, and experience feelings as… Read More
  • BRAVE PLAY: Cancellations & Grievances June 25, 2020 Cancellation & Grievances Policies: For complete information regarding cancellations or filing a grievance, please use the button below.  Read More
  • Grieving During COVID-19 Grieving During COVID-19 June 22, 2020 During this time, many of us are grieving. Some may be grieving the death of a loved one; some may be grieving other types of loss like the loss of a job or cancelled special events, such as graduations and weddings. No matter what type of grief you are experiencing, it’s important for us to… Read More
  • Garrett Counseling Statement of Solidarity Statement of Solidarity June 20, 2020 Garrett Counseling stands in solidarity with our Black counselors, community, and clients. We support the Black Lives Matter movement, protesters, and any other activists, communities, and leaders who fight systemic and institutionalized racism. Now is the time for us, as a society, to listen to our Black leaders, colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family members. We… Read More
  • Essential Workers | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Essential Workers & Stress During COVID-19 June 17, 2020 Essential workers have found themselves in the spotlight and on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. This time has caused us to take a deeper look at what an essential worker is… What at one point was healthcare workers and first responders, now includes even more workers - those working in grocery stores, restaurants, manufacturing,… Read More
  • Ethical Considerations for Professional Counselors: Telehealth Counseling June 1, 2020 Ethical Considerations for Professional Counselors: Telehealth Counseling Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S Date: Monday, May 25th, 2020 Time: 6pm-8pm CST Location: LIVE Webinar Due to COVID-19 This training will provide counselors with standards to help them practice telebehavioral health in an ethical manner. It will also provide resources on the use of technology in telehealth.… Read More
  • Ethical Considerations for Counselors: Topical Issues During COVID May 21, 2020 Ethical Considerations for Professional Counselors: Topical Issues during COVID Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S Date: Monday, May 22th, 2020 Time: 12pm-415pm CST Location: LIVE Webinar Due to COVID-19 This training of Topical Issues During COVID will provide counselors with standards to help them practice ethically according to the ACA Code of Ethics. Using case studies… Read More
  • Staying Connected | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Staying Connected To Your Partner During COVID-19 April 24, 2020 Unprecedented times, like the current stay-at-home orders, can add stress to our relationships with those we love. When learning to make adjustments like working from home or spending more time at home, it's understandable that people are asking the question, “How can my partner and I stay connected during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’?” We put together… Read More
  • Social Distancing | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Staying Connected When Feeling Disconnected April 9, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, social distancing has become our new normal. Social distancing refers to increasing the amount of space between people in order to slow the spread of the illness. But, for most of us, our new normal probably looks a lot more like only leaving our homes for activities that are absolutely… Read More
  • Parenting & Social Distancing | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Parenting & Social Distancing: How Do I Keep My Sanity? March 31, 2020 The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we have seen before, and with it comes unique challenges - like having the entire family home together every day. With everything that is going on, you may have found yourself asking “How do I keep my sanity with my kids home all day?” We have compiled a… Read More
  • Online Counseling | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL All About Online Counseling March 26, 2020 Did you know that Garrett Counseling recently began offering it, sometimes referred to as teletherapy? We are excited to be able to offer this service to you, especially during a time when you may not be able to come to the office or you just don’t feel comfortable getting out. Our counselors are working hard… Read More
  • 3rd Annual Brave Play | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL 3rd Annual Brave Play Women’s Retreat November 18, 2019 Retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains, - Asheville, NC November 13th-16th, 2020 3 nights and 4 days retreat! All-inclusive Mental Wellness Retreat includes 12 CEUs, room, all meals, and transportation to and from the airport. Early Bird Price until March 31st: Solo Room / $1300.00 Shared Room (share king bed) / 650.00 Limited to 10… Read More
  • Sandtray 2019 | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Sandtray – December 2019 November 18, 2019 This is a two-day introductory workshop that teaches the basics of Sandtray and Sandplay ® knowledge. Counselors will gain insight into foundational components of sandtray/play. Counselors will increase their knowledge in order to offer clients this experiential healing opportunity of self-expression, gaining access to the unconscious, and empowerment through creative problem-solving. Beginners Level. Read More
  • Sandtray for the Novice Mental Health | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Sandtray for the Novice Mental Health Professional – December 2019 November 18, 2019 This is an introductory workshop that teaches the basics of Sandtray and Sandplay ® knowledge. Counselors will gain insight into foundational components of sandtray/play. Counselors will increase their knowledge in order to offer clients this experiential healing opportunity of self-expression, gaining access to the unconscious, and empowerment through creative problem-solving. Beginners Level. Read More
  • AutPlay Therapy | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL AutPlay Therapy June 24, 2019 This is a two-day intensive certification training. This training focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy treatment approach, a play therapy and behavioral therapy approach to working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, and other developmental disabilities. Read More
  • Brave Play Annual Retreat | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Brave Play Annual Retreat June 24, 2019 Read More
  • Ethical Considerations for Professional | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Ethical Considerations for Licensed Professional Counselors June 24, 2019 Read More
  • Grief Grief March 21, 2019 Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something that’s important to you. You may feel a variety of emotions, like sadness or loneliness. And you might experience it for a number of different reasons. Maybe a loved one died, a relationship ended, or you lost your job. Other life changes, like chronic illness… Read More
  • Growing Your Relationship - Building Connection Growing Your Relationship – Building Connection March 20, 2019 As we begin a new year, we tend to reflect on the past and set new goals for ourselves. Perhaps focusing on building connection with your partner is one of the best things you can do for your relationship this year. Think about it: At the beginning of a relationship, we put a great deal… Read More
  • Drink More Water Why You Should Drink More Water (& Some Tips To Help You) January 11, 2019 Water has many benefits for us, and most of us probably aren’t drinking enough! In this blog, we will share a few reasons why you should be drinking more water and a few tips to help you increase your water consumption. Why Water Is So Important Healthier Skin - Water helps moisturize skin, decrease wrinkles,… Read More
  • How Sleep Affects Your Mental Health How Sleep Affects Your Mental Health (+ Take Our Sleep Quiz) December 27, 2018 Most of us know that sleep is extremely important to our health - both physical and mental. Yet many Americans report they struggle with getting enough quality sleep! In fact, some studies have found that 40-60 million American adults struggle with sleep issues and disorders (1) and over 60% of American children have difficulty sleeping… Read More
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder: Understanding the “Winter Blues” December 21, 2018 Winter is upon us, and with it comes shorter days and colder weather. This season is known widely for its holidays, snow covered trees (depending on where you live), cozy nights by a fire, and other traditions. But winter is also a time where we see a rise in something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),… Read More
  • Ethical Conceptualization of the Christian Client Ethical Conceptualization of the Christian Client November 26, 2018 Ethical Conceptualization of the Christian Client: Implications for Culturally-Informed Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Read More
  • Playdate with Lisa Dion Playdate with Lisa Dion November 26, 2018 This 2 day workshop will take participants to new possibilities as they explore a science based process for working with children at the deepest, most profound levels while staying safe and sane Read More
  • Sexual Issues in Couples Work Sexual Issues in Couples Work August 27, 2018 This training is designed for therapists in agency and private practice settings who are interested in learning more about couples interventions and techniques specific to sexual issues, with a focus on eliminating shame around sex. Read More
  • Sandtray Weekend - November 2018 Sandtray Weekend – November 2018 August 27, 2018 This is an introductory session for basic sand tray and sand play knowledge. Counselors will gain insight on the foundation components on what sand tray/play are, as well as leave with knowledge on which to offer clients this healing opportunity. Read More
  • Playdate with Paris | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Playdate with Paris August 27, 2018 Taming the Trauma: Using flexibly sequential play therapy with traumatized children Read More
  • The Gatekeeper | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL The Gatekeeper: Advancing your counselor supervision skills August 27, 2018 Workshop attendees will learn about the role and functions of clinical supervision, including different models of supervision. Through experiential learning, attendees will learn techniques they can use immediately with supervisees. Read More
  • Mastering the DSM-5® | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Mastering the DSM-5® to Achieve Developmental and Culturally Sensitive Clinical Case Formulation August 27, 2018 Learn appropriate use of the DSM-5® Cross-Cutting Symptom Measures, Disorder-Specific Severity Measures, Disability Measures, and the Early Development and Home Background forms to ensure client welfare and competence with multicultural issues and diversity in assessment. Read More
  • NBCC | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) August 22, 2018 All trainings are available for NBCC credit. Garrett Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6763. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Garrett Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Read More
  • Association For Play Therapy | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL Association For Play Therapy (APT) August 22, 2018 APT Approved Provider 15-430 Concerns & Complaint Policy: If you have any complaint or concern about access or quality of any of the trainings please contact and your concern will be reviewed and addressed promptly. Read More

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