Creating a New Normal: Coming to Terms with an Unexpected Tragedy

By Taylor Ann Macey, Certified Life Coach and Founder of The Brain Diet I always thought I was a pretty normal person. I felt like I had a normal childhood, I did normal things as a teenager, transitioned into a normal adult. At the age of 25 I expected to continue being a wife and mother, running my business as...[ read more ]

How Valuable is Premarital Counseling Really?

By Misty DeMann, LAMFT Marriage is one of the biggest life cycle changes that will occur. When a couple decides to start their life together, there are many developmental aspects involved. “Marriage requires that two people renegotiate a great many issues they have previously defined individually or through their culture and family of origin, such as money, space, time, and...[ read more ]

Healthy Breakups are Possible

By Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, PhD, LPC “Evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of any relationship is your responsibility. You do not have to passively accept what is brought to you. You can choose.” ― Deborah Day “But, you guys don’t even fight!” … These words being the most common response my ex and I received when we started sharing with others...[ read more ]

Lean on Me: Why People with a Mental Health Crisis Need a Support Network

Human beings have a need for social connection. It stems from our ancestors needing to stick together to stay alive. Back in the day, those individuals who strayed from the group had a harder time surviving the elements and not starving to death.While it is far safer to be an individual these days, that doesn’t mean it is healthy for...[ read more ]

Therapy vs. Antidepressants – Which One is Better?

If you are someone who has been experiencing depression, you may recognize that you need help, but you may be confused as to what therapies will work best for you. In today’s world, where there seems to be a pill to treat pretty much everything, many people assume that a prescribed antidepressant is the best option for them. In fact,...[ read more ]

What’s wrong with, “If I can’t love myself, how can I expect others love me”?

Porter Macey Ph.D., LMFT. Clinic Director July 12, 2020 “If I can’t love myself, how can I expect others to love me”? As a therapist who focuses on relationships, I have heard this phrase a lot. Even as a young child I recall people using this sentence as advice. It seems like for the most part, people generally view this...[ read more ]

How to Create Meaningful Relationships

Porter Macey Ph.D., LMFT. Clinic Director June 2, 2020 When I think of the relationship I have been a part of I feel very lucky. I remember my dad helping me drive my first remote control car as a seven year old. I remember my first pair of skis and my mom teaching me how to ski on the tiny...[ read more ]

How to Cope with the Stress and Anxiety Caused by COVID-19

If you’re like most people, you are doing your best to stay calm during COVID-19 pandemic. But that can feel incredibly difficult at times. When not worrying about friends and loved one’s health, there’s also the conflicting information provided by the media and the economic ramifications of the virus that have people on edge.Signs of Emotional Distress and 6 Ways...[ read more ]

Stop Listening to Respond and Start Listening to Understand: A Word on Validation

  Porter Macey, Ph.D., LMFT. Clinic Director  May 12, 2020 The popular novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey tells a fictional story of a dysfunctional mental ward in the 1950s. One of the main characters and narrator, Chief Bromden hasn’t talked in years. He has been silent for so long that the hospital staff believe him...[ read more ]

Staying ATTUNEd: Creating Emotional Trust in Marriage

By Spencer Hinckley, CSW What is trust? Longtime relationship researcher Dr. John Gottman believes trust in a relationship requires two things: 1) Transparency, or a belief that one sees the true reality of their partner, and 2) The feeling that one's partner is there for them in time of need.* In other words, partners must be able to answer yes when asked “Are you truthful?” and...[ read more ]

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