Counseling and Therapy Blog
  • Ethical Issues in Consultation and Supervision September 22, 2022 Presenter: Dr. Ashley Garrett, PhD, LPCS, RPTS, ACS Date: Saturday, December, 17th 2022 Time: 830am (CST) to 1pm (CST) Location: Live and Interactive Webinar via Zoom Cost: $65.00 (Payment link will be emailed to you once you register) Registration Link: Click Here 4.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors – Provider No. 6763 About the… Read More
  • How To Talk To Your Doctor About Mental Health Concerns Talking To Your Doctor About Mental Health Concerns September 9, 2022 Talking to your doctor about your mental health concerns can be difficult, but it is necessary! The following blog is here to help you open up the conversation about your mental health with your primary care physician which can ultimately help you open a new dialog about mental health with your social network as well.… Read More
  • Being connected to another human being is one of the deep longings of many individuals. While having a companion or partner is a wonderful thing to have, being in a relationship with another person can be difficult. A relationship consists of two individuals with different backgrounds and experiences coming together. The combination of these can make being in a relationship refreshing or challenging. Often, the combination of differences leads to issues in the relationship. This is why relationship counseling can be beneficial! Why Consider Relationship Counseling? People choose relationship counseling for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include: Unresolved Childhood Trauma: In many cases, an individual who has experienced childhood trauma can have difficulty trusting and having a healthy connection. Along with this, the other partner may not know how to deal with their partner’s trauma. Finances: Finances can be a source of stress for couples. For example, one partner might choose to be careful with their spending and the other partner might not be as frugal. This can lead to frustration on both sides and be a source of conflict. Parenting Issues: Parents might simply disagree on how to raise their children. Being on different pages about parenting can impact your relationship. Infidelity: When a person is cheated on, it can make them feel like they are not good enough for their partner. A person might question what the outside party had that they lacked. Usually, when a person cheats, it exposes underlying issues that were present. Relationships & Communication Having a difficult time addressing the issues mentioned above can cause conflict. Most conflict is not due to no communication but how those involved are choosing to communicate. According to The Gottman Institute, there are four problematic ways in which people often communicate: Criticism: Critical communication involves using harsh words, blaming others, and being judgmental. Instead of being happy that your partner washed the dishes today, you remind them of when they did not wash the dishes. Acknowledging only what one does wrong will never help them to do right. Defensiveness: Your partner has their perspective in mind and they don't want to hear yours. They are on the edge and ready to share their stance by any means necessary. In the words of Associate Licensed Counselor Rachel Brewer, “When we're prepared to ‘fight’ to protect ourselves - we are incapable of effective and problem-solving based communication.” Contempt: Contempt is when a partner is aggressive and emotionally abusive towards their partner. They might act like they are better, use sarcasm, or always find ways to put their partner down. Stonewalling: People don’t say anything at all. They might find themselves going silent from conversations or act as if they do not have any emotions regarding the issue at hand. This might appear to be a healthy way of dealing with the issue. Yet, the problem goes unresolved. What You Gain From Relationship Counseling There is a lot to be gained from relationship counseling. Some of the benefits include: More Productive Communication: Associate Licensed Counselor Ben Lighter of Garrett Counseling identified communication as being an issue to go to couples or relationship counseling. He says: "Communication, communication, communication. It's vital that you are able to share your needs, and any difficulties you're having in the relationship if you ever expect to avoid resentment. I like to believe in an ‘oops, ouch’ culture: a non-judgemental way to either apologize for when you've done wrong (oops) or verbalize when you've been hurt (ouch). Clear lines of communication are a necessity, not a perk, in a relationship." Understanding Your Flow As A Couple: Couples therapy can help you to understand the role of each individual in the relationship. This will impact overall dynamics of the relationship and can help assess communication problems. Having A Mediator: Couples therapy involves a mediator who has an unbiased and honest perspective. Sometimes this perspective can help the partners to get on the same page. Seeing One Another’s Perspective: Couples therapy can assist you and your partner with identifying the other person’s perspective in the relationship. Earlier, we discussed the different ways that individuals handle conflict in their relationships. Oftentimes, the way that people handle conflict is learned in childhood or various life experiences. Sometimes, unhealthy ways to respond to the conflict are learned. By going to couples therapy, the parties involved can help to unleash unhealthy conflict resolution. Strategic, Effective Coping Skills: Couples sometimes struggle with unhealthy ways of managing conflict. Couples therapy can support each partner in learning ways to navigate relationship challenges. Deepened Intimacy & Connection: Couples sometimes struggle with feeling close in their relationship. Couples therapy can provide an environment which supports the couple in identifying the needs and wants of each partner. Intimacy can involve emotional or sexual intimacy. Foundation For New Relationships: Some couples really enjoy being with one another but have struggled with relationships in the past or are still dealing with unresolved trauma. In these cases, going to couples counseling can help the couple to start out on a good foundation in order to have a successful relationship. Get Started Couples counseling is not limited to married or engaged couples but can be relevant for dating, cohabiting, or other couples. Relationship counseling can benefit both couples who are happy and couples who are unhappy. Overall, in the words of Elizabeh Gilbert, “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” Going to counseling as a couple can help you to feel fully seen and understood by your partner. Garrett Counseling has trained counselors who are available to provide couples counseling. Please contact us today if you find that you and your partner need support in this area. This article was written by LaTasha Toney, a telehealth mental health professional at Garrett Counseling. Learn more about LaTasha here. Read more articles by Latasha: Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder How Can I Reconcile and Reconnect After an Argument With My Partner What Does Depression Look Like? What Is Relationship Counseling? September 5, 2022 Being connected to another human being is one of the deep longings of many individuals. While having a companion or partner is a wonderful thing to have, being in a relationship with another person can be difficult. A relationship consists of two individuals with different backgrounds and experiences coming together. The combination of these can… Read More
  • Virtual Supervision in a Post-Pandemic World August 30, 2022 Presenter: Jason H. King, Ph.D., LCMHC-S, CCMHC, ACS Date: Tuesday, September, 27th 2022 Time: 11am - 1pm CST Location: Live and Interactive Webinar via Zoom Cost: FREE to LPC-S (What? did you say FREE?) Registration Link: Click Here (Meets ABEC requirements for Online/Telehealth Supervision Requirement Hours) 2.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors –… Read More
  • Overcoming and Healing From Divorce Trauma Overcoming and Healing From Divorce Trauma August 29, 2022 Divorce has infiltrated our culture more and more over the years. It is not uncommon to hear about a friend, relative, or neighbor preparing to divorce their spouse. While this practice may sometimes be in the couple’s best interests, it can still be a hard experience. But is it traumatic? If so, how do we… Read More
  • Brave Play Kit August 27, 2022 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
  • Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder August 25, 2022 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is more than your friend who has to always keep their house clean or who has to have a meticulous appearance. People who are living with OCD struggle with what is called obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions refer to intrusive thoughts and compulsions refer to behaviors that they think will keep them safe… Read More
  • What Is Premarital Counseling & Why Is It Important What Is Premarital Counseling & Why Is It Important? August 19, 2022 Getting married is an exciting time that is usually filled with lots of festivities such as wedding planning, showers, engagement parties, dress or suit shopping, and countless other activities. If you are planning on marrying soon, premarital counseling is something that you should consider adding to your list. In this blog, we hope to explain… Read More
  • How Can I Reconcile and Reconnect After an Argument With My Partner How Can I Reconcile and Reconnect After an Argument With My Partner August 16, 2022 You and your partner just had the worst argument about finances. You really wanted to go on that trip but he did not think that it was a good idea and simply told you that it would not happen. As far as he was concerned, this was the end of the discussion. While it was… Read More
  • Using the Cultural-Formulation-Interview In Play Therapy Supervision: A Tool For Play Therapy Supervisors August 15, 2022 Presenter: Dr. Ashley Garrett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, ACS, NCC Date: Friday, September, 30th 2022 Time: 9:30 AM Eastern (8:30 AM Central) Location: Live and Interactive Webinar via Google Meet Cost: $45.00 Registration Link: Click Here ***NOTE: You will need a Sandtray or Brave Play kit (ideally both) for this workshop. ***A link for payment will… Read More
  • How Can I Better Cope with Depression While I Heal How Can I Better Cope with Depression While I Heal? August 5, 2022 Healing and growing can be a slow and tedious process. If you are working with a counselor, that is an amazing first step! But what about the days or weeks in between your counseling sessions? Most people do not realize that meaningful change takes place in the day-to-day routine of life. We slowly let time… Read More
  • How Can I Practice Mental Wellness When I Work From Home How Can I Practice Mental Wellness When I Work From Home? August 3, 2022 Over the past few years many people have transitioned to a “work from home” set-up. The traditional office space was abandoned, mainly due to the changes that COVID-19 brought, but also because people found that productivity does not necessarily increase in the traditional office space. Working from home has many advantages, but it also has… Read More
  • “Courage to Bloom” Mural July 28, 2022 We are very excited to share our new mural with you. Our Courage to Bloom mural was designed and painted by counselor and mental health artist, Lynsey Leopard, ALC #C3307A (under the supervision of Leah Simmons, LPC-S #3334). A Few Words From Counselor Lynsey: The power of nature is something we all share. We are… Read More
  • How Can Therapy Help A College Student How Can Therapy Help College Students? July 26, 2022 College can be one of the most exciting times in a young adult's life. It often brings about new friendships, experiences, independence, and exploration into interests and the direction of one’s life. Along with all the good things that college can bring, it can also include some very scary and vulnerable moments for a young… Read More
  • Why Should I Use Choice Giving As A Parent Why Should I Use Choice Giving As A Parent? July 22, 2022 In general, parents and caregivers want their children to adhere to rules and learn responsibility while also feeling confident and safe. Many parents have issues with this balance and end up in power struggles with their children. If I allow too much choice, won’t they grow up to be entitled and undisciplined? But if I… Read More
  • What Does Depression Look Like What Does Depression Look Like? July 18, 2022 Chances are you have interacted with someone who is living with depression - at work. At church, at school, or even the grocery store. Do you know what depression looks like or how to recognize it? Depression Is Common According to the World Health Organization, there has been a 25% increase in the prevalence of… Read More
  • When Stress Becomes Harmful When Stress Becomes Harmful June 30, 2022 “I am stressed” - we often say to ourselves and others. Given the amount of demands placed on us from day to day, that is probably true. We have jobs to attend, families to take care of, bills, and other responsibilities. In addition to daily life, there are global stressors - such as COVID-19 -… Read More
  • The Importance Of Safety, Security, Connectedness, & Physical Touch Needs The Importance Of Safety, Security, Connectedness, & Physical Touch Needs June 28, 2022 With the increasing use of technology, there is a growing disconnection between physical interactions within social and home settings. The point of this blog is not to say “technology is bad,” but to inform you and to encourage you to think about your own daily habits. Technology has paved the way for many advancements in… Read More
  • How To Choose Between Online & In-Person Therapy How To Choose Between Online & In-Person Therapy June 22, 2022 Telehealth options for mental health treatment are increasing in popularity and significance. With this rise of telehealth, you may find yourself asking how to choose between online and in-person therapy. In this blog, we will discuss the pros and cons of each type of therapy. What Is Online Therapy? Online therapy (telehealth) offers mental health… Read More
  • Does Play Therapy Benefit Teens Does Play Therapy Benefit Teens? June 20, 2022 When you think of play therapy, you may picture certain activities with kids such as coloring or drawing, playing board games, or running around outside. When you picture these things, you may ask if play therapy can benefit teens. While those things you pictured in your mind certainly do represent some aspects of play therapy,… Read More
  • How Can I Connect When I Don’t Want To Leave My House How Can I Connect When I Don’t Want To Leave My House? June 17, 2022 The pandemic has brought about a new way of life for most of us, and you may find yourself asking “How can I connect when I don’t want to leave my house?” Being around people can still feel a little scary. While the threat of Covid-19 has decreased thanks to vaccines, there remains a fear… Read More
  • KidOne Transportation June 16, 2022 Listen in as Counselor Emily explains about KidOne Transportation, a free resource to help provide transportation or gas vouchers to your appointments. Transportation does not have to be a barrier to you receiving mental health. A transcript of this video is available below. Resources Mentioned In This Video: KidOne Transportation Video Transcription: Hi, I'm Emily… Read More
  • Visualization Video June 16, 2022 Listen in as Counselor Emily shares about using visualization for mental wellness. A transcript of this video is available below. Resources Mentioned In This Video: YouTube Video Transcription: Hi, my name is Emily Tester and I am a counselor with Garrett Counseling and today I want to talk to you about visualization. So visualization is… Read More
  • Mental Wellness: Grounding Yourself June 16, 2022 In this video Counselor Emily explains a simple tool to help you practice mental wellness by grounding yourself. This can help lower anxiety and increase a sense of calm. A transcript of this video is available below. Video Transcription: Hi, my name's Emily and I'm with Garrett Counseling. I wanted to talk about grounding in… Read More
  • Exercise for Mental Wellness June 15, 2022 Counselor Maddy shows you a few up and down regulation activities for mental wellness. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Special thanks to Power Level Gym in Huntsville for letting us use their gym! A transcript of this video is available below. Video Transcription: Hey guys. My name's Madelyn. I am one… Read More
  • Sandtray 101: What Is Sandtray Therapy? How Can It Help Me Move Toward Healing? June 15, 2022 Counselor Rachel created this video to discuss "Sandtray 101". In this video she shares what sandtray therapy us and how it can help with healing. A transcript of this video is available below. Video Transcription:  Hi everyone. This is Counselor Rachel with Huntsville office location in Garrett Counseling, and I'm here to talk to you… Read More
  • Book Review: The Yes Brain June 14, 2022 Counselor Maddy shares a review of The Yes Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. A transcription of this video is available below. Resources Mentioned In This Video: The Yes Brain The Whole Brain Child Video Transcription: Good morning, everybody. My name is Madeline. I am a counselor with Garrett Counseling.… Read More
  • Engaging Parents: Feeling Games at Home June 14, 2022 Counselor Emily gives parents a quick resource to help build emotional health with their children. A transcript of this video is available below. Resources Mentioned In This Video: Jenga Uno Video Transcription: Hi, I'm Emily with Garrett Counseling. So today I wanted to talk about how you can take ordinary games that you have at… Read More
  • Book Review: Whole Brain Child June 14, 2022 Counselor Madelyn shares a review of The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. A transcript of this video is available below. Resource Mentioned In This Video:  The Whole Brain Child The Yes Brain Video Transcription:  Good morning everybody. My name is Madelyn. I am a counselor with Garrett… Read More
  • Sandtray for Beginners: Experiential Learning Where Theory and Practice Connect – July 2022 May 31, 2022 Presenter: Dr. Ashley Garrett, PhD, LPCS, RPTS, NCC Date: July 14th and July 15th, 8AM - 4PM (Thursday and Friday) Location: Garrett Counseling, Boaz, AL 12.00 Clock Hours Total Cost: $225.00 Payment Link: Click Here (Enter the amount for this training) Registration Link: Click Here DESCRIPTION: This is a two-day introductory workshop that teaches the… Read More
  • How Can I Manage My Anger How Can I Manage My Anger? May 29, 2022 Think back to the last time that you felt angry. What was it that triggered your anger? It could be that someone swiped the parking spot you were waiting on at Publix. Maybe you had a disagreement with your spouse about the way you should spend money. Maybe someone stole from you or hurt one… Read More
  • Building Empathy in Children May 26, 2022 Counselor Chloe's video on Building Empathy in Children based on the book Born for Love by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce Perry. A transcription of this video is available below. Video Transcription: Hi, my name is Chloe and I'm a counselor with Garrett Counseling. I just read this great book and it's called Born for Love… Read More
  • Tips for Human Wellness Deep Breathing for Adults and Kids May 26, 2022 Counselor Emily made this video to share tips for deep breathing for adults and children. A transcription of this video can be found below. Video Transcription: Hi, this is Emily with Garrett Counseling and today I want to tell you about deep breathing. Deep breathing is really important to do because usually when we're feeling… Read More
  • ADHD Symptomology and Assessment Protocols – May 27, 2022 May 23, 2022 Presenters: Dr. Ashley Garrett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC; Lynsey, Leopard, ALC, NCC; Miriam Comer, ALC Date: Friday, May 27th 1st, 2022 1:00pm-5:30pm CST Location: Garrett Counseling - Interactive 4 NBCC Cost: $160.00 Payment Link: Click Here (Enter the amount for this training) Registration Link: Click Here 4.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors -… Read More
  • ADHD What Is ADHD? May 23, 2022 Occasionally, everyone has difficulty sitting still or concentrating on a task - especially if that task is boring or uninteresting. However, some people experience these problems on a grander scale, each and every day. These problems can become overwhelming and pervasive in daily life, impacting a person’s academic, occupational, and social performance. In this blog… Read More
  • Hand Holding Model Of Brain l CHADD Conference What I Learned From The CHADD Conference May 23, 2022 In November of last year, Counselor Lynsey had the opportunity to attend the 2021 International Conference on ADHD (CHADD Conference). The conference was a collaboration of several organizations and researchers known for their passion for increasing ADHD awareness and understanding. The weekend was full of education, advocacy, and experience. Counselor Lynsey says, “It was thrilling… Read More
  • Why Should I Find A Therapist Near Me Why Should I Find A Therapist Near Me May 19, 2022 Therapy has many benefits. In this blog, we are going to explore those benefits and why you should find a therapist near you. How Therapy Is Beneficial Mental health is three-fold. It includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Impacts to your mental health affect how you: Reach developmental milestones Learn healthy social skills Develop family… Read More
  • Human Tip: Stress Management at Your Desk! May 18, 2022 Listen in as Counselor Ben shares a few simple tips for regulation while sitting at your desk. A transcription of this video can be found below. Video Transcription: Oh hi, my name is Ben. I'm a counselor here at Garrett Counseling. I'm sorry, you caught me right when I was eating my lunch made out… Read More
  • Now Is A Great Time To Start Counseling May 18, 2022 Listen to this video as Counselor Rachel discusses the benefits of starting counseling now. A transcription of this video can be found below. Video Transcription: Hi there. I'm Rachel and I am an ALC with Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, Alabama, and I'm just one of the many counselors on our treatment team here. We're all… Read More
  • Parent Resource By Garrett Counseling: “Boom Boom Balloon” Review May 18, 2022 Counselors Rachel and Victoria made this video to review the game Boom Boom Balloon. A transcription of this video can be found below. Video Transcription: Rachel Brewer: All righty. I think that we're ready. Victoria Williams: Okay. Rachel Brewer: See, nice to meet you. Miss Victoria. I'm Rachel. Victoria Williams: Nice to meet you as… Read More
  • Journaling for Mental Wellness May 18, 2022 Counselor Emily made this video to discuss how journaling for mental wellness. A transcription of this video can be found below. Video Transcription: Hi, my name's Emily Tester, and I'm a counselor here with Garrett Counseling. And I wanted to talk to you today about journaling. So journaling is a really good coping skill and… Read More
  • Parent Tip: The “ACT” of Setting Limits May 17, 2022 Counselor Madelyn made this video to discuss setting limits using a concept pulled from Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), the "ACT" Method. A transcription of this video is available below. Video Transcription: Madelyn: Good morning, everybody. My name is Madeline. I am a counselor with Garrett Counseling. Today I want to talk to you a… Read More
  • Ethical Documentation in Mental Health – July 9, 2022 May 15, 2022 Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPCS, RPTS, EdS, NCC Date: Saturday July 9th 8AM - 12PM Noon CST (9am- 1pm EST) LIVE WEBINAR 4.00 Clock Hours Total (ETHICS) 4.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors - Provider No. 6763 4.00 Clock Hours - Alabama State Board of Social Work - Provider No. 612 Cost: $65.00 Register… Read More
  • Anxiety Counselor How Counseling Helps Social Anxiety May 15, 2022 People with social anxiety experience extreme and overwhelming worry and fear in social settings and often begin to avoid those settings in order to feel safe and secure. Counseling is one of the best ways to begin processing and reducing social anxiety. In this blog, we are going to break down how counseling helps social… Read More
  • Woman in crisis with her face in her hands What Is Crisis Counseling? May 3, 2022 The American Counseling Association states that the primary purpose of crisis counseling is to help a person regain their sense of control and restore a normal state of functioning after experiencing a crisis. For our purposes, a crisis refers to any event where balance is disrupted. Typically, crisis counseling is a more direct, solution-focused, and… Read More
  • Is Stopping Therapy The Answer Is Stopping Therapy The Answer? March 9, 2022 Therapy is hard work. It requires time and takes work outside of the session. Sometimes people are looking for a “quick fix” when it comes to mental and emotional concerns, and because of this, sometimes it's easy for a person to get frustrated and give up on therapy. In this article, our hope is to… Read More
  • Am I Too Stressed Am I Too Stressed? March 8, 2022 In our fast paced society we’re always working towards some kind of goal - work, family, or personal related. Often, we feel measured by our productivity and the amount of energy we’re expending. That wears us down and can cause a significant source of stress. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at… Read More
  • Should My Partner and I Go To Counseling Should My Partner and I Go To Counseling? March 4, 2022 Whether it’s family, friends, or your partner, relationships are difficult to manage. Partners usually have conflicting communication styles, habits, preferences, and habits. When you add in the challenges of daily life, relationships can become even more complicated to manage. Our hope is that this blog will help you understand when partners should consider counseling. Why… Read More
  • What Is Couples Counseling What Is Couples Counseling? March 4, 2022 Couples counseling is often a misunderstood area in the counseling field. We wrote this blog to help explain how it can benefit relationships! What Is Couples Counseling? Couples counseling aids couples, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, in recognizing and addressing issues within their relationship. This is provided by a mental health professional and… Read More
  • Why Consider Marriage Counseling Why Consider Marriage Counseling? March 1, 2022 “Marriage Counseling”... For many those words are a sign of doom. But is marriage counseling really just a precursor to divorce? Can it actually be a life raft for a relationship that feels to be drowning? Is it worth trying? In this blog, we are going to answer those questions and explain why to consider… Read More
  • How Can I Support My Child With ADHD How Can I Support My Child With ADHD? February 28, 2022 ADHD can be a difficult topic for parents… They want their children to succeed, but they don’t want the negative stigma surrounding mental illness to burden them. It is important for parents to understand what ADHD looks like and how they can support their child! ADHD in Children ADHD in children is often characterized by… Read More
  • therapists in Jacksonville help with many things How Therapists in Jacksonville Can Help You February 28, 2022 Have you ever thought, “I wish I knew what to do.” It’s usually helpful to talk to a friend or family member when struggling to make a decision or when you are going through a tough time. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t seem to be enough. Getting an outside opinion from a local therapist could be… Read More
  • How Does ADHD Affect Adults How Does ADHD Affect Adults? February 25, 2022 From fidget spinners to natural medication alternatives, you’ve most likely heard of several helpful resources for children with ADHD. What about adults with the same diagnosis? In this blog, we are going to take a look at how ADHD affects adults. ADHD and Adults ADHD stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'' which describes a neurodevelopmental… Read More
  • Garrett wants to be your licensed professional counselor Why Garrett Counseling February 25, 2022 With dozens of choices when it comes to licensed professional counselors, why choose Garrett Counseling? That is a valid question when choosing any provider. The information provided in this blog is designed to help you make an educated decision when it comes to selecting an Alabama therapist. Convenient Scheduling Life today is busier than ever.… Read More
  • cognitive behavioral therapy can help with fear and phobias Phobias, Fears & Therapy February 23, 2022 According to Johns Hopkins data, approximately 19 million Americans have at least one phobia. This is not to be confused with fear as they have distinct differences. The good news is that phobias are treatable through cognitive behavioral therapy. Difference Between Fear and Phobia Fear is a natural human response. It is a healthy emotion… Read More
  • Can Making Mistakes Be Good Can Making Mistakes Be Good? February 21, 2022 Our society seems to put a great amount of focus on perfectionism. All of this talk about perfectionism, may have you asking “can making mistakes be good?” In this blog, we are going to take a look at perfectionism and why making mistakes can be great for us! How Common Is Perfectionism? Perfectionism is one… Read More
  • How Do I Overcome Guilt How Do I Overcome Guilt? February 21, 2022 Guilt is something we have probably all experienced at some point in our lives. In this blog, we are going to take a look at how to overcome guilt! What is Guilt? Guilt is a private emotion implying a negative self-evaluation against one’s standards. In other words, guilt implies blaming yourself as responsible for something… Read More
  • grief therapist Types of Grief February 21, 2022 Grief is a very familiar term. What isn’t so familiar is the fact that there are many different types. If you Google it, you can find up to about 20 types. There’s no way to fit a description of almost two dozen grief types in this blog, so we will touch on the most common… Read More
  • PTSD therapist for law enforcement Stress & Those in Law Enforcement February 18, 2022 Stress and law enforcement is something that has only recently been growing in awareness. This is a field of work where employees witness traumatic events unfold on a daily basis. Because these first responders need to maintain a persona of strength in their line of duty, it is oftentimes difficult to acknowledge they need help… Read More
  • child therapist with tween Reasons Your Child May Need Therapy February 16, 2022 Children are resilient. How many times have you heard that? There is some truth to that statement. However, children are not immune to trauma and the lasting effects it can have. If you are concerned that your child may be dealing with something you aren’t equipped to handle, you should contact a child therapist. They’re… Read More
  • Why Should I Consider Teletherapy Why Should I Consider Teletherapy? February 15, 2022 Odds are, you have heard alot about online healthcare services, like teletherapy, in the last two years. With all of this information, you may have found yourself, “why should I consider teletherapy?” Teletherapy can be a very helpful alternative to in-office counseling; below you will find a few reasons why. Many adults are working from… Read More
  • Does Teletherapy Benefit Adolescents Does Teletherapy Benefit Adolescents? February 15, 2022 When the Covid-19 pandemic began, it brought with it many changes to our day-to-day lives. Healthcare, including mental healthcare, were not immune to these changes. Over the last 2 years, services like teletherapy (also referred to as online counseling or telehealth) have become increasingly popular. Our hope is that this blog will help you understand… Read More
  • therapy for ADHD Signs You or Your Child May Have ADHD February 14, 2022 Do you or your child have trouble paying attention? Maybe you bounce from one topic to another during a conversation or have trouble staying in one spot for very long. If this sounds like you or your child, it’s possible you could benefit from therapy for ADHD. Knowing the Difference  With family schedules getting busier… Read More
  • therapists take notes Why Do Therapists Take Notes? February 11, 2022 As you are sitting with your counselor sharing your innermost thoughts, you might be wondering why therapists take notes. If you have ever been curious but too afraid to ask, we hope the information provided here will help put your mind at ease. Breaking Down the List of Why Why does my therapist take notes… Read More
  • Can Online Counseling Benefit Me If I Have A Busy Schedule Can Online Counseling Benefit Me If I Have A Busy Schedule? February 10, 2022 Most of us have seen our lives radically change since the beginning of the covid pandemic. While some may be seeing a glimpse of “normalcy” in our lives, others are starting to realize the impact the pandemic has had on their mind. Working from home, quarantining, virtual learning for children, and more have radically changed… Read More
  • get postpartum depression treatment huntsville, al Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety? February 9, 2022 Having a baby is one of the most exciting times of a woman’s life. Perception of life with a newborn is smiles, baby coos, and lots of snuggles. However, many women suffer from postpartum anxiety, and more commonly, postpartum depression. There is treatment for both postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression treatment in Huntsville, AL. Understanding… Read More
  • What Are The Benefits of Online Counseling (Telehealth) What Are The Benefits of Online Counseling? February 8, 2022 Twenty two years into the new millennium, and we still don’t have flying cars or whole meals presented in pill-form. However, we do have robots that sweep our floor and bluetooth speakers in our shower. With all of the advances, we are all relying on technology more today than ever before. This advancement has expanded… Read More
  • ending therapy with your huntsville alabama therapist How Do You Know it’s Time to End Seeing Your Alabama Therapist? February 7, 2022 There is no absolute time frame to designate when your therapy should be over. However, if goals you have set with your Alabama therapist have been met, that is a good sign you should be able to transition  out of therapy. Signs Therapy is Coming to an End There are a few reasons therapy with… Read More
  • Does Play Therapy Benefit Teens Does Play Therapy Benefit Teens? February 4, 2022 Coming to therapy is hard. Being able to identify and name thoughts and feelings is even harder. As a society, expression of thoughts and feelings is not always openly received or accepted. We worry about how what we say or do will be judged by others and if anyone will really understand. This struggle is… Read More
  • boaz therapist for teens and eating disorders How a Boaz Therapist Can Help Your Teen with Their Eating Disorder February 4, 2022 Oh the teenage years. The mood swings, crazy schedules, and raging hormones. During this time of life transition, it might be difficult to tell when abnormal eating patterns are actually a sign of an eating disorder. If you are concerned that might be the case with your child, it’s time to talk with a Boaz… Read More
  • anxiety counseling huntsville What Type of Therapy is Best for Anxiety? February 2, 2022 At times, medication is necessary to treat symptoms of anxiety. However, counselors find that anxiety counseling in Huntsville, AL, is a highly effective way to manage their client’s anxiety. Understanding which type of anxiety you have is important so you can make sure to get the right kind of counseling in Huntsville. Medication or Counseling?… Read More
  • The Neuroscience Behind Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Counseling January 28, 2022 Presenter: Dr. David Pittman, Ph.D Date: Friday, October 14th, 2022 Noon-3pm CST Location: Live Webinar 3 NBCC Contact Hours 3.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors - Provider No. 6763 3.00 Clock Hours - Alabama State Board of Social Work - Provider No. 612 Cost: $50.00 Payment Link: Click Here! (Enter the amount for… Read More
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  • Managing The Stress Of Finding Childcare Managing The Stress Of Finding Childcare January 28, 2022 Most parents understand that the excitement of having a newborn can sometimes be short-lived when you are trying to find a daycare provider that meets your needs. Financial concerns, long commutes, finding a place that meets your personal wants, and knowing that your child is safe (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually) can all become stressors… Read More
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  • Prescriptive Play Therapy: Theory and Practice January 27, 2022 Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2022 8:00pm- 12:30pm CST Live Webinar (Quiz Required) 4 NBCC / APT Contact Hours 4.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors - Provider No. 6763 4.00 Clock Hours - Alabama State Board of Social Work - Provider No. 612 4.00 Contact Clock Hours- APT… Read More
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  • History and Foundations of Play Therapy January 27, 2022 Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC Date: Friday, March 4th, 2022 1:00pm-5:30pm CST Location: Live Webinar (Quiz Required) 4 NBCC / APT Contact Hours 4.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors - Provider No. 6763 4.00 Clock Hours - Alabama State Board of Social Work - Provider No. 612 4.00 Contact Clock Hours- APT… Read More
  • Psychopharmacology of Counseling January 27, 2022 Presenter: Dr. David Pittman, Ph.D. Date: Friday, February 4th, 2022 Noon-3pm CST Location: Live Webinar 3 NBCC Contact Hours 3.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors - Provider No. 6763 3.00 Clock Hours - Alabama State Board of Social Work - Provider No. 612 Cost: $50.00 Payment Link: Click here! (Enter the amount for… Read More
  • How Anxiety Affects College Students How Anxiety Affects College Students? January 26, 2022 Attending college has become synonymous with the word stress. Most people you ask about their college experience will speak of some sort of stress they experienced through coursework, peer pressures, time management, or finances. It is easy to dismiss one’s overwhelming stress as just that, simple stress, rather than addressing anxiety that might be impairing… Read More
  • teen counseling Jacksonville, AL Signs Your Teen Needs Counseling January 26, 2022 Teens are typically moody creatures thanks to the normal cycle of life. So how can you know if your teen is dealing with something more serious? In this blog, we are going to look at some behaviors that could indicate that it’s time to seek teen counseling in Jacksonville, AL. Technology and Teens Teenagers today… Read More
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  • child involved in autplay therapy Examples of AutPlay Therapy Activities January 21, 2022 Dr. Robert Jason Grant created AutPlay therapy as a method of treatment used within pediatric counseling focused on children between the ages of 3 to 18. It is an approach that uses the concept of play therapy to assist in treating children with diagnoses such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental disability, physical disability,… Read More
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  • How Does Depression Affect Teens How Does Depression Affect Teens? January 18, 2022 Depression can be a difficult subject, especially when it comes to your teens. However with an estimated 1 in 5 teens suffering from depression, it is a subject that is important to talk about! In this blog, we are going to take a look at "how does depression affect teens". What Are Symptoms Of Depression… Read More
  • Sandtray Level 2: Techniques For A Diverse Population – February 11th, 2022 January 18, 2022 Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPCS, RPTS, EdS, NCC Date: Friday, Feb 11th 1-530pm CST (2-630pm EST) Saturday, Feb 12th 8am-1230pm (9am-130pm EST) Location: LIVE WEBINAR 8.00 Clock Hours Total 8.00 Clock Hours National Board for Certificate Counselors - Provider No. 6763 8.00 Clock Hours - Alabama State Board of Social Work - Provider No. 612 8.00… Read More
  • Boaz therapist with clients How to Get the Most Out of Therapy January 17, 2022 Counseling is usually associated with severely troubled individuals who “need” help. Fact is, your Boaz therapist has the training and experience to help people in all kinds of situations. Whether you are struggling with making a major decision, having trouble in your relationship, or you just want to become a better version of yourself, therapy… Read More
  • Working with Challenging Supervisees in Play Therapy Supervision January 14, 2022 Presenter: Dr. Kelly Kennedy, PhD, LMFT/S, RPT/S Date: Friday, March 25, 2022 from 1pm-5pm EST (12-4pm CST) Live Webinar (Real Time): Limited to 40 participants 4 Contact Hours (counts for supervision CEUS for many state supervisor licenses as well as RPTS supervisor hours) *Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved… Read More
  • depression therapist, depression counseling Recognizing Depression in a Loved One January 14, 2022 Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish whether someone is just going through a funk or if it is more serious. Feeling blue is a normal emotion, but if those blues aren’t going away, it’s time to consider depression counseling. Signs and Symptoms of Depression Depression can come in many forms, and symptoms range from mild to… Read More
  • Sandtray for Beginners: Experiential Learning – Where Theory & Practice Connect – Jan. 2022 January 13, 2022 Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPCS, RPTS, EdS, NCC Date: January 13th - January 14th, 2022: 8AM - 4PM Location: Garrett Counseling, Boaz, AL 12.00 Clock Hours Total Register Here. Description: This is a two-day introductory workshop that teaches the basics of Sandtray and Sandplay ® , in play therapy, knowledge. Counselors will gain insight into foundational… Read More
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  • reaching children through play therapy Why Play Therapy if My Child Can Talk? January 12, 2022   Even though your child is able to speak words, their minds are not yet capable of conveying feelings and emotions like an older child or an adult can. Research has shown that play therapy for PTSD and other mental health issues is a very effective method of treatment for younger clients. Play Therapy Techniques… Read More
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