Emotions can flood, too.

  Dear friends, The shock of last week's flooding is starting to settle and some people may be experiencing normal, post-traumatic stress reactions. As we come together to help with cleanup, gather supplies and offer our support to those who have been directly affected, here are some tips on how to be a skillful listener: Give empathy for what we have been through Acknowledge that this has been a difficult event Validate that stress reactions are normal Hold hope that these reactions will probably [...]

June 27th, 2016|Counseling, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Getting Older

I don’t have cable; therefore the soundtrack to my daily routine is generally dictated by Spotify’s shuffle feature. Yesterday’s commute to work included a song called Timekeeper. A clock ticks as the music begins to play. The lyrics start as follows: Timekeeper I can't believe how long it's been Timekeeper I wish I could start over again I'm too young to be feeling this way Yeah I'm wasted as I lie awake There goes another day Whoa, timekeeper [...]

June 3rd, 2016|Counseling, First World Problems, Inspiration|1 Comment

First World Problems: Social Media

The past two weeks have been full of challenges - emotional anxiety, dealing with the loss of a pet, and caring for a sick child, whom I’ve now learned has asthma. A toddler taking albuterol treatments = wild child…but that’s a story for another day. Sunday I decided to shake it off and snap out of the blues. What better way to cheer up than to spend some time perusing Facebook, right? WRONG. Graduation photos, birth announcements and [...]

May 21st, 2016|Counseling, Inspiration|1 Comment

Hibernation

Sometimes getting out just isn't easy. It's possible you're physically stuck inside because your town just survived Snowmaggedon 2016. Maybe your sweet but stubborn toddler refuses to wear anything but Ninja Turtle pajamas when you try to leave the house. Perhaps your mood is falling faster than the thermometer, bringing about mid-winter doldrums. Whatever the reason, we get it. We feel it, too. But rather than just commiserate, we offer a possible solution. KPCC is excited to offer distance [...]

January 26th, 2016|Counseling, Inspiration|0 Comments

Shoveling Out

Shoveling out after the big storm of 2016 I had a lot of time to think about stuff. The work of shoveling out is kind of like dealing with a life problem. If I address the situation of the snow right away, it is still light, and easy to clear. It will take some work and commitment to go at it right away, but it will also take half the time, and even half the effort. Sometimes though, [...]

January 25th, 2016|Counseling, Inspiration|0 Comments