No one sets goals to intentionally fail at them, but year after year it happens to people who make New Year’s resolutions. It’s why the gym is always crowded in January, busy in March, and empty by June. Whether people make resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or even become emotionally healthier the goals are often pushed aside if not completely forgotten relatively early in the year. Why is it that people who start the year with so much excitement about change so quickly lose steam?
Change Requires a Process
We often make resolutions in an area of life that we desire to see change happen but have previously been unable to see it through. Continue reading
While Christmas and other holidays are meant to be some of the happiest times of the year, often for many people it quickly becomes a time of difficult emotions including but not limited to: stress, anxiety, depression, and grief. Compounding the problem of those emotions with the irregularities of schedule during the holiday and the overabundance of people crowding in on you, it can be increasingly difficult to catch your breath and make it through the holidays well. Below are a few recommendations for making it through the holidays well so that they can be restful and enjoyable. Continue reading
For a long time now counseling has had a negative stigma attached that has kept people from seeking help. Often people have wrongly viewed those who reach out for help as weak or incapable of handling their own problems. However, it is quite the opposite, only those who are strong enough to admit their struggle and are ready to deal with it reach out for the help of a counselor. Coming to a counselor is admitting that life is difficult and that some problems are too large to tackle without the help and encouragement of another.
Counseling provides an artificial pairing of two people that allows an individual to talk openly with someone who is an unbiased third party. Often when talking with family or friends no matter how much one tries to be unbiased they will inevitably bring the emotions of the relationship in the conversation.
Introductions. The few seconds where we decide how to tell new people who we are as a person. Every time we meet someone new, we almost instantaneously begin to formulate how we will put our best foot forward. We want to explain who we are as quickly as possible, so the other person will like us almost immediately. Our desire is to make a good impression that others will remember.
A sample introduction might look something like this:
“Hi, I’m John.”
“It’s nice to meet you Jim. I just graduated with my Masters in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern and right now I’m working as a landscaper. What do you do?”
You might start with something more general, like the reason you’re in the same place at the same time, but we quickly find ourselves asking and answering the question, “What do you do?” Continue reading
For the last three and a half years I have been pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree in Counseling. Tomorrow I walk across a stage and receive my degree. The path to my degree has at times seemed long and difficult. However, I have been supported by amazing family, friends, and mentors far beyond what I could have ever imagined. This one is for you.
As I have written and rewritten this post, there are no words that adequately express my appreciation for you and all the ways that you have helped me. I cannot list off the names of those that have helped me to reach this point in my academic journey because I am fearful that I would leave someone off and perhaps it is even because I do not know all of the ways that I have been helped. Continue reading