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Understanding the Teen Brain

By Cait Beiler | March 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Understanding the Teen Brain

At our practice, we see a lot of teenagers and a lot of parents of teenagers. In this podcast, Cait Beiler and Sharon Wegman talk about the teen brain and why it is essential to understand what is happening during these developmental years. As therapists, we believe when you can receive knowledge about something, that…

Believe It or Not, You are Growing!

By Sharon Wegman | February 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Believe It or Not, You are Growing!

I started watering this flower bulb in November. Nothing happened in November or December, but by January, the bulb finally expanded, and in February, it began to bloom. The flower bloom on the inside of my house is in sharp contrast to what is happening as the snow falls outside my house. I contrast this…

Managing The Holidays with COVID

By Kayla Seader | November 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Managing The Holidays with COVID

For a lot of people, the holidays can be a triggering time of year for a variety of reasons. While you may have been practicing how to manage these triggers, one new aspect has been thrown in the mix – COVID. In this episode, Sharon Wegman and Kayla Seader explore triggers such as rejection, fear…

Mindfulness

By Sharon Wegman | October 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Mindfulness

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What is mindfulness?  What does that mean?”  Mindfulness is the process of doing specific exercises to transform how your brain engages with the rest of the world.  We often find that we have an automatic fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response to something that triggers a feeling similar to…

How Trauma Impacts Your Relationships

By Sharon Wegman | October 16, 2020 | Comments Off on How Trauma Impacts Your Relationships

Relationships and the associated conflict of relationships can have behavioral reactions that have nothing to do with the person with whom we have strife.  Many of us learned trauma coping skills at a very early age.  If attachment patterns form during 0-3 years and our world view forms during 0-12 years, then much of how…

Shame: Your Worst Enemy

By Sharon Wegman | July 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Shame: Your Worst Enemy

Shame is the most significant behind the scenes motivator of a lot of the counseling topics that come through our office. It is the enemy of your being. It drives addictions, self-image problems, marriage struggles, depression, anxiety, etc. Whatever problem you name, there is an element of shame that may not have caused the root of the problem, but now exists.

Gaslighting 101

By Sharon Wegman | June 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Gaslighting 101

In 1944 there was a famous movie released by the name “Gaslight.”  The film is the story of a man who marries a woman after a whirlwind relationship to manipulate her for financial gain.  Throughout the movie, the husband proceeds to do a variety of deceptive things to convince his wife that she is insane…

Addicted to the Addict

By Kayla Seader | April 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Addicted to the Addict

When we think about addiction, we may be inclined to view it strictly through the lens of someone who abuses drugs or alcohol. However, if you have ever loved someone with an addiction, then you know that it is not that simple. In fact, those that love someone with an addiction may actually find themselves…

Understanding Self-Harm

By Sharon Wegman | December 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Understanding Self-Harm

Self Harm is a growing trend amongst pre-teen and teens, and it is a topic that frequently comes up in the world of counseling. Parents, concerned friends, and even the person doing self-harm, often feel confused regarding the behavior. Self-harm touches all people groups, but it manifests itself in different expressions. Unfortunately, many people learn…

Codependency Looks Like

By Sharon Wegman | November 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Codependency Looks Like

Co-dependency was a word that was coined by people working in the field of addictions to describe the behavior of members of an addict’s family that enabled the addict to continue with addict choices.  However, in the world of counseling, we have taken over the term to describe the behaviors of individuals who carry things…