How Journaling Compliments Therapy

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 or wrong way to journal.  Whether you scribble random words or write paragraphs, journaling can be very therapeutic as your thoughts unravel. For many starting with words that come to mind is a good start. once you find comfort with just random words, sentences will begin to flow. If you’re struggling to get started, consider these prompts:

  • Describe how you’re feeling.
  • List at least one thing to be grateful for.
  • Identify a personal or material goal you have.
  • Write about coping mechanisms you use.
  • Paint a word picture of yourself as a stranger would see you.

As you and your counselor work together, they may give you some prompts. They will get you started with a topic that relate specifically to your circumstances.

How to Journal

The goal of journaling is to help you feel better and to potentially uncover reasons for particular feelings you didn’t know existed. To begin, try setting a timer for 10 or 15 minutes. Write down everything that comes to mind whether you think it makes sense or not. Don’t go back and reread anything. Leave it original. Spelling and grammar are irrelevant. Don’t worry about how it looks. Just write. When the timer goes off, then go back and look over what you wrote. Keep a notebook close by so you can journal daily. This can be a great way to identify triggers that lead to certain feelings or behaviors.

We Can Help

Garrett Counseling has three convenient locations in Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville to accommodate you. With decades of combined experience, our counselors are prepared to guide you through therapy and get to the core of the issues you’re facing. Call us today at (256) 239-5662 or contact us online by clicking here.


Seek Therapy to Improve Your Mental Health

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 on the list of reasons why counseling is important to your mental health.


grief therapy for mental healthOne of the most common reasons an individual meets with a counselor is because they are going through a grieving process. People experience grief as a result of many different circumstances. Some of these life events could include losing a loved one, losing a job, the loss of a friendship, the loss of a pet, or a child moving away from home.

Working through the grieving process related to any loss in your life is a difficult process and can be extremely stressful. Having a counselor to walk through your grief helps in many ways. They can help you ease the burden of guilt you may feel, give you tools to help with the process, and be a positive emotional support.

Finding Purpose

finding your purpose helps with mental healthAnother common reason to seek the support of a counselor is finding clarity and/or purpose. Whether you’re facing life decisions that include a job, a relationship, or simply finding purpose for yourself, mental health is an important piece of the puzzle. We don’t think as clearly when stressed. When our mental health is not in optimal condition, we have a tendency to make decisions that may not be in our best interest.

Let Us Help You Today

With decades of experience, the team at Garrett Counseling is completely equipped to handle whatever your life may present before them. Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing team members today at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville! We offer teletherapy visits and in-person visits.


Overcoming Guilt Through Therapy

local counselor can help deal with guilt through therapyGuilt 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 feelings of guilt through therapy.

Where Does Guilt Come From

Guilt is an emotion related to a sense of right and wrong. There are many circumstances in which guilt could inevitably follow. It could come from a decision we made that hurt someone or affected them in a negative way, or it could originate from a “what if” situation, such as running a red light. Thank goodness no one got hurt, but what if we had hit someone? Our mind then goes down a rabbit hole, and we could feel guilty over something that “could” have happened. Another common association with guilt is survivor’s guilt.

How Can Therapy Help?

Because guilt is connected with a moral code, sometimes just talking through your feelings about the circumstances surrounding the guilt is enough to help you feel better. However, when guilt has become such a weight that it affects your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, it’s time for you to seek out a local counselor. Through therapy, you will learn what factors contribute to your guilt. Once those are identified, your counselor will then guide you through the process of acceptance and forgiveness.

Garrett Counseling is Here For You

You do not have to carry the burden of guilt alone. Speak with one of our compassionate local counselors at Garrett.  Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville! To serve you better, we offer teletherapy and in-person visits.



Nature Therapy | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL

Nature – Based Therapy is becoming the therapy of choice for many counselors, and with research showing positive results, it’s easy to see why! Nature – Based Therapy refers to programs that promote mental health through an on outdoor environment. At Garrett Counseling, we are big proponents of it, and here is why:

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