What not to say to someone in pain

When we’re feeling sad, upset, depressed, or scared, there’s lots of ways for others to show support and help us not feel so alone. However, there’s also lots of phrases we tend to say that aren’t so helpful. In this episode, I have a great conversation with my sister, Emily, about her experience of anxietyContinue reading “What not to say to someone in pain”

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”

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”

How to Journal

One of the most common suggestions I make to clients in their first few sessions is to begin the practice of journaling.  Here’s why: Life is happening all around us all day long, usually at what feels like a very fast pace. We normally don’t have space built into our life to pause and thinkContinue reading “How to Journal”