October is all about Healthy Habits

October is already here, and just around the corner are the holidays.  When people think of the holidays they often think of stress, family, obligations, food and traffic congestion. In order to approach this season with some reduced stress, it might be helpful to remember some simple habits you should be practicing each day.  If you just start with one … Read More

A Change Will Do You Good

As the season is changing, it is a good time to review your habits and routines. Healthy habits are important for physical and mental health. If something is not serving you in a positive way, it is time to reevaluate. One of the healthiest habits a person can develop is eating nutritious meals. Food is the fuel for our bodies … Read More

3 Tips in Changing a Bad Habit

How can tell if a habit is bad for you?  Unhealthy or “bad habits” can disrupt your life, sometimes even without you knowing it is happening.  Bad habits can divert you from achieving your goals and can even threaten your mental or physical health.  Bad habits usually feel good in the moment but leave us feeling worse in the long … Read More

6 Key Strategies for Healthy Habits

Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S CEO/Owner Treehouse Family Counseling Services, PC Oh boy!  The holidays are coming fast; Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwansa, New Years’ Day – all reasons to celebrate with family and friends.  Many holidays have traditional foods and rituals.  These can be warm and comforting in the midst of busy and stress filled … Read More

Can You Ever Really Let It Go?

Michelle A. Culver, LMFTDisney’s animated feature “Frozen” presents an intriguing idea of letting go. Elsa is faced with how her powers have affected others, but she attempts to let it go, singing: “Let it go, let it go Can’t hold it back anymore Let it go, let it go Turn away and slam the door” But can we let it … Read More

Three Simple Ways to Begin the Process of Letting Go

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I grew up in the Midwest where there are four distinct seasons, and fall is by far the most beautiful.  Minnesota has an abundance of trees and I recall reveling in the beauty of the fall colors.  I enjoyed watching the pigment on the leaves slowly fade from green to various shades of … Read More

Self-Awareness Can Be the Key to Change

Self-awareness is being aware of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how your perception of these elements influence the choices you make.  Benefits of a heightened self-awareness include better relationships, improved mood, better decision making, more effective communication and increased productivity.  It is also essential to focus on self- awareness so you can identify what is working in your life … Read More

Unsticking Stuck Feelings

Babies have a marvelous way of releasing what they experience. They are very “in the moment” with their thoughts and feelings.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all retained the ability to appropriately release feelings, so they don’t get stuck inside? I think so, but all too often as we mature those unmetabolized feelings do get stuck.   There are many … Read More

5 Ways To Help Your Child Manage School Anxiety

It’s August, which means school is right around the corner.  Summer activities are winding down, and soon math tests and essays will replace camping and pool parties.  For many families, the start of a new school year means frantic mornings, busy schedules, and what might seem like, endless school projects.  This transition can be stressful for the whole family. Kids, teens … Read More

Back To School: What Kind Of Student Are You?

As the first day of school approaches, children start to prepare for the new school year. Who will be in my class? Did any of my friends move away? Will my teacher be nice or strict? These are common questions for children to have. But some children will have more serious questions: will I fall behind in school due to … Read More