Understanding Teenage Cutting

Understanding Teenage Cutting Q & A with a Professional Therapist Caitlyn Valle, LMFT With suicide listed as the second leading cause of death in individuals 10-34 years of age in the United States, it’s not surprising that this epidemic of self-injury is receiving mainstream media attention in popular music, online, and in television and radio programming. In 2016, nearly 45,000 … Read More

3 Signs Your Teenager May Be Suicidal

3 Signs Your Teenager May Be Suicidal By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT Everyone struggles, but sometimes that struggle becomes so real or so difficult that suicide is thought of over using the skills learned over time to deal with problems. “Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, … Read More

OMG I do NOT Need Therapy! 5 Key Reasons People Avoid Counseling

OMG I do NOT Need Therapy! 5 Key Reasons People Avoid Counseling Mary Ruth Cross, MFT, NCC, RPT-S CEO/Owner Treehouse Family Counseling Services, PC We hear this often when people need it the most. Coming to the decision to ask for help is not an event it actually is an internal process. We think about our problem for quite a … Read More

I Don’t Need Therapy!

I Don’t Need Therapy! Debunking common myths about psychotherapy Caitlyn Valle, LMFT It’s a rare day when a new client comes into my office for a first visit and feels completely confident in being there. The natural human response is to come up with reasons why “ I don’t need therapy”, we feel we should “tough it out”, “figure it … Read More

3 Ways that Mental Health Therapy is Useful

3 Ways that Mental Health Therapy is Useful By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT Life is hard and figuring out how to make it through the tough times can be hard, however, having a therapist can help make navigating the difficult times easier. People, oftentimes, doubt the usefulness and need for therapy because therapy is not a quick fix and allowing the … Read More

Mindful Parenting: Put Your Mask On First

Mindful Parenting: Put Your Mask On First Mary Ruth Cross, MFT, NCC, RPT-S CEO/Owner Treehouse Family Counseling Services “Mindfulness” is a word we often see used today. I find it curious that it has been embraced in so many different ways, but what does it mean really? Mindfulness, seems like it would be self-explanatory but actually there is a lot … Read More

Mindful Messaging

Mindful Messaging How words impact your relationship and your child’s self-esteem Caitlyn Valle, LMFT “What did you say? What did you just call me? You need to change that attitude!” As a practitioner, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed exchanges like this between parent and child, or heard arguments that occur when a child goes through a … Read More

How to Start to Incorporate more Mindfulness into your Day and Life

How to Start to Incorporate more Mindfulness into your Day and Life By: Dilini Dharmawardana, LMFT As Jon Kabat-Zinn once said “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” Mindfulness is paying attention and focusing on what you are doing and … Read More