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November 18, 2022

Am I Doing it Right? A Discussion on Grief: Part One

  Grief. It is an unavoidable human experience. In the wake of the September 11th attacks in 2001, Queen Elizabeth II famously stated that “grief is the price we pay for love.” We grieve many things: the death of a person, the end of a season of life, or a relationship that we yearned for […]

October 28, 2022

Why the Changing of the Seasons is Cathartic

by Allison Hurst, MS, NCC, LPC

One thing that the drudging-on of the pandemic taught me was an appreciation for the changing of the seasons. In the early full-lockdown days I was able to enjoy the full spectrum of Spring erupt outside my guest-bedroom-turned-counseling-office window. I could take breaks to walk around outside between client sessions, and I finally took on […]

September 30, 2022

Managing Anticipatory Anxiety about the Holidays

by Allison Hurst, MS, NCC, LPC

We live in a society in which the holidays seem to begin promptly after Labor Day. They arrive with the entrance of pumpkin spice lattes and then barrel forward until January, often leaving us tired, spent, and a little weary. Though there is a magical sheen overlaying ordinary life during this time, there is also […]