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I’m Running Low on Serotonin

I’m Running Low on Serotonin

The last week and a half of 2021 I felt as if I were a tethered wrecking ball.  Another year of being smothered with the loss COVID has slayed upon the world seemed to be the other foot we were hoping wouldn’t drop as we sat on our couches New Year’s Eve...
Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

Why do we play with fire?Why do we run our finger through the flame?Why do we leave our hand on the stoveAlthough we know we’re in for some pain? Oh, why do we refuse to hang a lightWhen the streets are dangerous?Why does it take an accidentBefore the truth gets...
The Super Couple

The Super Couple

Did you know there are 13.5 million self help books out there on relationships?  Because humans are social species, being around other people generally makes us feel better.  A loving and long-lasting relationship is what people search for.  So how do we keep it once...
Nonnegotiables

Nonnegotiables

I’ve been circling the drain on an article I read this past summer on nonnegotiables.  It’s a term we use a lot in therapy in regards to new jobs, new relationships, redefining family relations and overall building a sense of identity.  Identifying the big...
A Plea From Your Friendly Mental Health Therapist

A Plea From Your Friendly Mental Health Therapist

I am a daughter.  I am a friend.  I am a sister, a boss lady, neighbor and a pet mom.  I love cooking, laughing, learning and most things that are fuzzy. I tell you this because I want you to see me as a real human being.  I need you to see me as a real human being...
Diet and Depression

Diet and Depression

Did you know that around 95% of a person’s serotonin (a neat little neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, sleep and appetite) is produced in their gastrointestinal tract?  Yep that’s right-95%!  You might be saying, “And why are we talking about...
Ongoing Loneliness

Ongoing Loneliness

Loneliness and the other mental health issues that partner with it, have been the lead conversation with my grandmother recently.  The first time we got to see each other, was probably about six months ago. This was after a long year of conversations through her...
Pride Month

Pride Month

As we move through Pride month, please don’t forget to support these wonderful local groups. The Urban Abbey https://www.theurbanabbey.org/ Heartland Pride Heartland Pride Homepage PFLAG Omaha http://pflag-omaha.org/ Black and Pink Home Queer Nebraska Youth...
The Everyday Mask

The Everyday Mask

At this point, we all have a mask for every occasion.  There is the mask for work, the one that stays in your purse or in your car, the one you wear after exercising and the one that always seems to be lost.  I feel like I should probably frame my Artifact mask. I...
Stigma of Therapy

Stigma of Therapy

We all know that connecting with a therapist from time to time can be useful.  While 2020 brought to light new and interesting conversations around mental health, I don’t know that it really helped diminish our stigma surrounding counseling.  The worst part...