A Counselor’s Guide to Lent

Lent is a beautiful season of the Church where we unite ourselves to Christ’s suffering and take an honest look at what we want to purge from or add to our lives. For me growing up, Lent was the season where I walked around with a smudge on my head for a day, couldn’t eatContinue reading “A Counselor’s Guide to Lent”

What Matters Most

In this episode, I talk with my uncle and godfather Gary Drapela. Gary shares the birth story of his twin sons and the emotional roller coaster of having premature twins. We talk about how his faith and support from others sustained him during this formative time. This was a special conversation for me where IContinue reading “What Matters Most”

How to Let Yourself be Loved

In this episode, I talk with my friend and fellow counselor Tyler Kilbane. Tyler is a counselor in the midwest who currently works with clients struggling with substance use. Tyler shares about his own struggle with depression and suicidal ideation and his journey into the Catholic faith. We talk about struggling with feeling unlovable, theContinue reading “How to Let Yourself be Loved”

Confessions of a Recovering People Pleaser

In this episode, I talk with my sister Ashley Ricketson about her battle with anxiety. We talk about her experience with performance anxiety in high school, the pressure to “do your best,” and where anxiety comes from. We also discuss the difficulty in being assertive and struggles with people pleasing and how it affects relationships,Continue reading “Confessions of a Recovering People Pleaser”

It’s okay to disagree with your counselor

Something I say to every client that walks in my door is that counseling is a collaborative process, and I believe that you know yourself best. Counseling presents a unique dynamic in that clients are coming to a professional seeking perspective and guidance on a particular emotional or behavioral issue. In this dynamic, there isContinue reading “It’s okay to disagree with your counselor”

Everything is not alright

With the holidays approaching, I feel a very strong desire to hang the decorations, make everything feel festive, and create some semblance of normal in this very abnormal year. I have a feeling that I’m not alone in wanting to forget about all the hardship of 2020 by covering up the pain with Christmas lightsContinue reading “Everything is not alright”

A Counselor’s Guide to Advent

Advent is a season of preparation and waiting for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. In what the world views as one of the busiest times of the year, Advent stands as a welcome contrast, inviting us to slow and pause. Advent is an invitation to let go of striving, to let go of theContinue reading “A Counselor’s Guide to Advent”

More than a diagnosis

In this episode, I talk with a fellow counselor and friend, Antonia Seman. We discuss the role of diagnosis in the counseling process and what it really means to receive a mental health diagnosis. We also give a counselor’s perspective on the counseling process and how we help others find healing. We shed some lightContinue reading “More than a diagnosis”