Men Helping Men

By Jaime Davila, MA, LPC, NCC If it doesn’t feel natural for you as a man to even be reading this and contemplating counseling, then you are in the right place. As a man who has experienced the process of recognizing that not all is well but still trying to deal with it on my own, I know it can be an exhausting experience, and one that ended up in my seeking help from others. For me it started with individual counseling and eventually transitioned to a group of friends who were willing to set a...
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Are You Addicted?

Or is There Another Problem...? By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Do you worry that you have a problem with an addiction? Drink too much? Smoke pot every day? Unable to bypass the exit to Blackhawk? Spend your whole vacation in the gift shop? Even if the answer is yes to any of these questions, does that mean you're addicted? Find Out Where You Stand Here's a simple test you can take to see whether you're addicted, or just overdoing it: Does the behavior improve your mood, make y...
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Parenting With Love

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC Parenting is a wonderful job and it can be equally pleasant and hard. When we become parents, nobody hands us a manual that will teach us what to do for the next 18 years. Nobody has written instructions for the way we have to spend our days being parents, seven days a week, many hours a day. We figure it out one day at a time, we make mistakes, we sometimes learn from them, other times we repeat them. Sometimes we make a phone call to our parents and ask for t...
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The Good Enough Family

By Lesley Cunningham, MA, LPC Most all of us came from a “good enough” family. We got our basic needs met most of the time; that is, we had adequate food, shelter, and clothing. We were mostly supported through difficulties, whether they were school, first jobs, or difficult relationships. This magical chemistry happens through “good enough” parenting and resources. Parenting can come in the form of birth parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, important near relatives, or family friends – ...
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