A Happier Holiday

December 16, 2015

holidaystressshrunk25Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year: Family, friends, lights, music, traditions of faith, and presents. It’s a time to show gratitude for the gifts that have been given.  At work it’s a time to decorate, extra treats in the break room and the annual holiday party.  With the joy of the season comes extra projects, changes in work and family schedules, more financial responsibilities and return of long lost friends and family members. Read the rest of this entry »

Counseling & Motorcycles: Therapy on Two Wheels

October 23, 2015
Photo by freedigitalphotos.net

Photo by freedigitalphotos.net

So, recently I learned how to ride a motorcycle. You may be wondering what on earth this has to do with counseling and I will tell you it has everything to do with counseling. I went in with the mindset that I wanted to learn for many reasons. However, one main reason was to challenge myself to try something out of my comfort zone. I realize that I preach day in and day out to people asking them to try things that are new and different for them, with the hope that by doing this they will see a change in their life. Read the rest of this entry »

Sparkle in Their Eyes: Being Mindful in the Moment

April 10, 2015

As spring is springing and birds are chirping, things can get a little busy and hectic. My to-do list grows like the grass and the budding trees. However, I am finding it more and more important to take a minute or 10 to stop and pay attention to the world around me. I recall a conversation I had about a year or so ago with a friend of mine who now has grandchildren of her own. We were talking about all this rat race business and she stated to me “I hope you don’t get so busy that you forget to notice the sparkle in your child’s eyes.” That statement has really stuck with me. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Cussing Out the Bank Won’t Work

April 9, 2015

If you aren’t aware, the Center for Financial Resources provides a variety of financial education classes, most of them for free. At the end of each class, we ask students to fill out an evaluation as a part of always improving our services. Last week I got some new feedback I had never gotten before. When asked to share something they learned and will use, one client responded with “Screw the banks!” Except their exact quote just a bit more ‘colorful’.

Let me be very clear, this is not a concept I in any way advocated for in my class. It was, unfortunately, one of those moments when one student shared a story and someone else only heard what they wanted to hear. “What kind of a story that would elicit such a response,” you ask? Well, let me share…. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Holiday?

December 2, 2014

For most of us, the holiday season brings back memories of our childhood and leads to excitement for time with family and friends.  Along with this excitement, the holiday season can also bring increased stress and worry.  As we move into the holiday season, it is good time to take stock and plan for the coming weeks.  Here are a few things to consider.   Read the rest of this entry »

LSS Makes it Easier to Ask for Help

August 8, 2013

They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whether people are experiencing depression, having a difficult time at work, struggling with relationship issues, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, taking the step to start counseling can be a difficult decision.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Photo courtesy of Flickr

LSS Counseling Services recently restructured its intake process to make it easier for people to ask for help. Clients and referral sources can now call 1-855-334-2953 to access counseling services statewide. Read the rest of this entry »

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