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

“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

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

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

What do you think of when you hear the word cheat, or affair? Do you think of an adulterer who committed a horrible crime? Or someone who only considers themselves, and has no concern about who they are hurting? Possibly both? Click here to watch my video: 4 Reasons Why People In Happy Relationships Cheat […]

Affairs

4 Reasons Why People In Happy Relationships Cheat

Have you ever heard someone refer to humans as left brain dominant? Do you even know what that means? Well today I’m going to tell you exactly what that means and how to get more out of your right brain. Click here to watch my You Tube video about the left and right brain!   What […]

Trauma

How Insight About The Left & Right Brain Can Lead You To Euphoria

Have you ever experienced the fight, flight, or freeze response? Our brain’s have a great way of activating a self protection protocol during periods of high stress. If we perceive the threat to be something we are capable of overcoming, we fight. If we think we can outrun it, we fly, and if neither of […]

Trauma

Fight, Flight, or Freeze | Why is this happening and what you can do about it!

When my husband and I first moved in together, like many couples, we had to workout a few kinks. It was the usual stuff like who would do the dishes, make dinner, take out the trash etc. etc. One thing we didn’t anticipate however was how our work schedules would affect our connection and communication.  […]

Trauma

The Link Between Emotional Capacity And Connection

When a partner of mine broke-up with me some years ago, I wasn’t ready. It came as a shock. I thought that we were doing fine. In my head, I had planned what we would do together during the holidays. I thought about where we would go, and the shows I wanted to watch together, […]

Separation

GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AFTER A BREAK-UP

Every summer my entire family gets together for a July BBQ party. My cousins, aunt and uncle, my brother, his wife, and growing, all go to my parents house. This post reminds me of a conversation I had with one of these people at last year’s party. Now, I wont say who I spoke to […]

Trauma

WHAT IS COMPASSION FATIGUE?

One of the greatest ways to reduce stress and improve mental health is by implementing mindfulness meditation into your normal routine. It is evidence-based and used in many different models of therapy. I’m always using mindfulness in my practice, and teaching clients how to pay attention to their body’s and mind. Being present with yourself […]

Trauma

MY FAVORITE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION APPS