Counseling blog for everyday struggles. Many topics to help you through life's struggles

What to Do When He Pulls Away

Photo by Kyle Broad on Unsplash Relationships can be extremely confusing and challenging. Especially, when the man you are interested in pulls away just as things seem to be going smoothly. Women are often left wondering “what should I do now?”  To avoid this type of outcome in your relationship, I recommend you evaluate the

Tips for Homeschooling During COVID-19

Tips for Homeschooling During COVID-19 During this time of COIVD-19 there are so many challenges and new ways of life for now, one of the many tasks that parents are undertaking is homeschooling their children.  This can pose stress for parents and kids, which can affect mental functioning, relationships, and parents’ ability to work from

Accelerators and Brakes: What We Know About Intimacy and How to Connect

Photo by fotografierende on Unsplash Accelerators and Brakes: What We Know About Intimacy and How to Connect A relatively new concept was developed by Dr. Emily Nagoski, author of Come as You Are. She assured me that it is not a play off the Nirvana song. In her book, she describes the analogy of accelerators

What is My Intention?

What is My Intention? In a time where we are stuck at home and may be unsure about our financial situation or our health, it can feel very challenging to determine how to create purpose for our days.  In this blog, we are going to discuss what it means to set an intention to create

Teletherapy: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash   In a world where many things are uncertain, at Brightside Counseling Services, we are doing what we can to provide the very needed support to get through these trying times. All of the therapists and staff at Brightside highly value the face to face interactions between therapist and client. However,

Are you anxious about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Are you anxious about the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Talk and concern about this pandemic is everywhere right now, and it’s scary! There are many ways you can actively prevent contracting and spreading the virus, which can best be accessed by visiting the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website. There are also several ways

What is Existential Therapy?

Photo by Keegan Houser on Unsplash Important Concepts Existential therapy integrates several disciplines that all have perspectives on existentialism. It remains a topic of discussion in philosophy and is driven by an interconnectedness between humans, human experience, and the relationship between humans and their world (Barnett & Madison, 2012). Existential therapy utilizes the therapeutic alliance in a person-centered

“All You Need Is Love” – Song By The Beatles

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash As beautiful as this famous song is there are times within a relationship that love is not enough and there are other aspects to consider.  You may be thinking “of course I love the person so why is there a reason to leave?”  However, there are times when love can become toxic

Can I Get a Hell Yeah to Consent!

Let’s talk about sex baby! Just kidding. We can’t talk about sex without first talking about consent. It is interesting all the ways in which we consent in life. We consent to medical services. We consent to formal education or not. We consent to have bills (wait, what? Oh yea.) We consent to approach conversations

New Beginning, Failures and Moving Forward

Photo by Crazy nana on Unsplash The beginning of the year has so much promise…and so much expectation. “New year, new you”, new year’s resolutions, fitness and health goals. Multiply that times a thousand at the beginning of a new decade. “Where were you ten years ago, where will you be in ten years”. All of these phrases

What to Expect in an Initial Therapy Session

Photo by youssef naddam on Unsplash It is very natural to fear the unknown. Our media represents counseling and other forms of therapy in all sorts of different ways. Most often these representations could not be further from the truth. This blog post serves to provide an outline of what to expect from a counselor during your first

What Really Is EMDR?

Image from Maiberger Institute What Really is EMDR?  (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Have you been in talk therapy before? Maybe in your time with talk therapy you have found that in the logical part of your brain, the prefrontal cortex, you understand your negative thought process is incorrect but when you think about it

Colon Health, Mental Wellness, and Anal Play

Onward and upward when it comes to wellness! When we consider our sexual health, we must consider the quality of three internal processes: vaginal and urethra wellness (for people with vaginas), colon wellness, and digestive wellness. Today, I am going to explore one of those three areas: colon wellness and anal play. A few years

Respect Yourself – Try a Little Tenderness This New Year!

Lose weight, drink less alcohol, consume less sugar, eat healthier, work out more – popular New Year’s resolutions tend to be about physical health. The western drive to be thinner, “healthier” (and trust me I’ve tried all the fad exercises and meal plans), and younger are inevitably the reason for the booming makeup industry, globally

Freaked Out? Seven Ways to Handle Holiday Stress!

While the holidays are encroaching, this can be a time filled with joy…… and with stress, due to all the things to do, people to please, and activities.  It is a time where our self-care can easily get pushed aside or become virtually not existent. Which can leave us with an overwhelming list of New

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