Counseling and Therapy Blog
  • postpartum depression 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 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 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 can help 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 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 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
  • PTSD from a car accident 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 – 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: 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 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
  • Black Lives Matter Mural 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 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
  • 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, this deck first teaches children basic breathing exercises to help the child learn to relax, balance their thoughts, and experience feelings as they… 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 & Stress During COVID-19 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 will provide counselors with standards to help them practice ethically according to the ACA Code of Ethics. Using case studies and small group experiential learning,… Read More
  • Staying Connected To Your Partner During COVID-19 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
  • Staying Connected When Feeling Disconnected 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: How Do I Keep My Sanity? 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 Counsleing All About Online Counseling March 26, 2020 Did you know that Garrett Counseling recently began offering online counseling, 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… Read More
  • Brave Play 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 and Sandplay® knowledge Workshop 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
  • Brave Play 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 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 June 24, 2019 Read More
  • Ethical Considerations for Licensed Professional Counselors 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
  • Counseling Services for Kids and Teens in Jacksonville, AL Playdate with Paris August 27, 2018 Taming the Trauma: Using flexibly sequential play therapy with traumatized children Read More
  • Garrett Counseling 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 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
  • National Board For Certified Counselors 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 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 garrett@garrettcounseling.com and your concern will be reviewed and addressed promptly. Read More
  • After the Storm After the Storm: Part 4 April 8, 2018 Today is the final part in our series on coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Today, our focus is on adults. Typical Behaviors:  Events like the recent storms can cause a significant amount of stress for adults. This stress can present itself in several different behaviors and symptoms. Some of those… Read More
  • After the Storm: Part 3 After the Storm: Part 3 April 8, 2018 Today, we are moving on in our series about coping with stressful events - like the storms that recently impacted Jacksonville, AL. Today, our focus is on children ages 12-18. Typical Behaviors:  During and following events like these storms, children and adults can experience stress. This stress can manifest itself in a variety of behaviors or… Read More
  • After the Storm: Part 2 After the Storm: Part 2 April 8, 2018   Today, we are on part two of our series on coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Today’s focus is on children ages 7-12. Typical Behaviors:  During and after stressful events, both children and adults can experience significant amounts of stress. This stress can present in a variety of symptoms or… Read More
  • After the Storm: Part 1 April 8, 2018 After The Storm: Part 1 (Ages 6 and Under) Over the next few days, we will be sharing a series of blogs related to coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Each blog will focus on different age groups. Today, we are focused on children ages 6 and below. Typical Behaviors:  During… Read More

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