Common Questions Couples Ask And How We Can Help

By Whitney Mosier, LMFT

“Is this normal?”

“What’s wrong with us?”

“Where are we going?”

These questions often plague individuals in emotionally committed relationships when they run into issues that, on the surface, seem impossible to overcome. What is it that finally propels couples to take the step into couples therapy? Many couples decide to enter couples therapy as a final step before separation or divorce. Others just hit points in their relationship when they experience frequent and unsolvable conflict. Read More

Lives Left Behind: Stories of Suicide Survivors

By Krista Reed, LSCSW

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) defines a survivor of suicide as, “a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide” [1]. AAS estimates that over 41,000 suicides occur annually in the U.S. and for each 1 suicide, there are approximately 6 survivors, which is a modest estimate.  Based on this data, there are approximately 6 million Americans who are survivors of suicide from the last 25 years [1]. To honor Suicide Prevention Week 2017 (Sept. 10-16), I was fortunate enough to interview three different survivors of suicide: a friend, a significant other, a sibling, as well as one mother who nearly lost a child. Their stories are below. Read More

Childhood Cancer Awareness Celebration at Wesley Children’s Hospital September 8th

Members of our team will be at Wesley Children’s Hospital next Friday, September 8th for a Childhood Cancer Awareness Celebration. We want to support all those childhood cancer has touched, and celebrate with survivors and their families. There will be giveaways, art and entertainment, including movie characters, as well as a chance to meet the pediatric oncology staff. We are grateful for all the Wesley staff do to help kids with cancer and their families! The event starts at 6:00 pm September 8th in the Children’s Hospital Lobby, and is open to the public. Stop by and see us! Read More

Dealing with Trichotillomania And Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s)

By Krista Reed, LSCSW

Trichotillomania.  Say that word 5 times as fast as you can.  Not only is it a tricky word to say, it is a challenging behavior to overcome. Pronounced “trick-o-till-o-may-nee-uh,”  “TTM” or “Trich” is also identified as the ”Hair Pulling Disorder.”  It is part of a group of behaviors referred to as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s), in which a person pulls, picks or bites his or her hair, nails, or skin causing injury to him- or herself.  TTM is currently categorized in the Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders section in the DSM 5; however, it is not Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  TTM and other BFRBs are so complex, researchers are struggling to classify them. Read More