By: Jennifer Seip Let’s talk about Toxic Shame. What comes to your mind when you think of it? For me, it’s a dark, sinking feeling in my gut. My breathing gets shallow and I want to spend all day curled up in bed, alone, by myself. For others, it’s raging adrenaline. Their heart feels like […]

Anxiety

Toxic Shame: How To Overcome It

Are you a people-pleaser? People-pleasing is a way to receive validation through external stimuli. Many of us learn to people-please from a young age. It happens when our care-takers give us positive feedback, only when, we do something that benefits them. Usually this occurs in a home where there is a lot of emotional neglect. […]

Anxiety

3 Tips To Stop Being A People-Pleaser

Hello all, As the pandemic continues onward and our world becomes more uncertain each day, I’d like to share some thought’s that I’ve been having. First, I want to thank you. Each week you bravely tell me the stories of your lives. We sit on our computers and talk about the things you cannot change, […]

Anxiety

July 2020 Thoughts

“If I was truly happy with myself, then I wouldn’t feel like I need other people,” is something I hear all the time. As a society, we’ve been taught that the thermometer for happiness lies partly with being able to be without other people during moments of distress. Taking care of ourselves comes in the […]

Communication

Support Systems and Why You Need Them

Click this link to watch my video all about seasonal depression! Has anyone else been thinking that this winter has been way too long? Every year around this time, I start to get really antsy for a vacation in a warm place. Specific symptoms of SAC that resonate with me are: feeling tired, lack motivation, […]

Anxiety

Yes, Seasonal Depression Is A Real Thing!

Click Here For My Vlog To Learn All About Your Obsession With Individual Growth! I LOVE growth. I love seeing growth in others and I love experiencing and achieving growth myself. It’s one of the reasons I chose this profession. Yet, have you ever asked yourself if you’re pushing too hard to try and change […]

Attachment

Are You Obsessed With Individual Growth? Find Out If You’re Trying To Fix What’s Not Broken

Yesterday, my husband and I were talking and the topic of insecurity came up. More specifically, insecure attachment. Quickly into our conversation we realized that we had two different definitions of what it means to feel insecure in a relationship. So today I think it would be nice to break down what attachment is in […]

Attachment

Insecure Attachment: What You Should Know

Hi everyone! If you don’t feel like reading, click this link for my full video! The Emotional Benefits That Come From Owning A Pet You had to know this was coming. Eventually, I was going to write about my dog/best friend, Jamo, (Short for Jamison.) My love for her runs deep through my veins and […]

Trauma

For Those of You Who Are Animal Lovers… The Emotional Benefits That Come From Owning A Pet

By: Jennifer Seip, LMFT, MA   click here for my video! Grief is sad. Grief is scary. Furthermore, grief is confusing. If you’ve experienced grief yourself,  for someone you once knew, a family member, a friend, a lost loved one, or you’ve experienced it in the form of a break up or move, the you […]

Communication

How To Help A Person Who Is Grieving

How do you know if you should leave your long term relationship? This post is going to be 2 parts, but very simple. On occasion I am asked the question, “How do I know if I should leave?” When you read other posts on this subject, you’ll find lot’s of different opinions about what you […]

Separation

How To Know When You Should Leave A Long-Term Relationship

This morning I woke up and did not want to get out of bed. In fact, I wanted to stay in bed so bad that I got up, walked my dog, and then got back under the covers right away. This happens to me sometimes, but it doesn’t always involve getting back in bed. Sometimes […]

Anxiety

3 Things You Can Be Doing Right Now To Beat Motivation-less Moments

One of the most common issues people bring to our sessions is not knowing how to get through their feelings. We therapists call this processing.  For many of us actually feeling our feelings is not something we have much experience with. Sadness, anger, fear, grief, can be confusing emotions that have the capability of completely […]

Trauma

5 Healthy Ways You Can Process Your Feelings