Counselor Corner: ADHD and Finding Tranquility Within

Growing up in the 1980s, I think about twenty-percent of my friends must have had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but at that time, it was a rarely-diagnosed issue. For some, that was okay. They were able to largely self-regulate and achieve success in school and work. For many others, however, that meant struggle and failure and feelings of inadequacy in a world that demands that we sit still and

November 15th, 2023|ADHD|

Counselor Corner: Parenting Anxiety – How much freedom do we give to our kids?

When I was a kid growing up on a rural dirt road in Montana, I had what seemed like unlimited freedom. I spent hours upon hours exploring the neighborhood and local countryside. I would bike for miles with my friends or wander over hills and into woods behind my house. Of course, I would get hungry and have to find food: perhaps at a friend’s house, perhaps in my Transformers

October 25th, 2023|Anxiety, Parenting, Uncategorized|

Counselor Corner: Craving and Addiction Through the Lense of Buddhism

Addiction recovery can be a very difficult topic for many people. We might think, “I don’t have a problem,” or “recovery programs are too ‘woo-woo’ or rely on belief in a higher power and I don’t have that faith.” Enter Buddhist paths to addition recovery. These ideas are not for everyone either, but they might offer you a framework and path out of addiction. For Buddhists, the key word is

October 20th, 2023|AA, Addiction, Psychology|

Counselor Corner: Navigating Postpartum Depression – A Parent’s Silent Struggle

The decision to bring a child into this world comes with a whirlwind of emotions. My spouse and I had been dancing with joy the moment we discovered we were expecting. The anticipation of welcoming our baby filled our days with dreams and our nights with hopes. I had envisioned that moment so many times - cradling my baby, breathing in his newborn scent, and feeling an overpowering surge of

October 13th, 2023|Depression, Mental Health, Parenting, Postpartum Depression, Psychology, Stress, Trauma|

Counselor Corner: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – Jeremy’s Story

In the peaceful town of Missoula, MT, I always felt a little out of place. Amidst my penchant for capturing the town's breathtaking landscapes with my camera and diving deep into the intellectual realm of video games, there was always a part of me that felt amiss. About three years ago, the missing puzzle piece was revealed — I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Up until that point,

October 6th, 2023|Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychology, Uncategorized|

Counselor Corner: World’s Happiest Man Shares Keys to Joy, Part 2

In my last blog post, I wrote about Matthieu Richard, who was named “the world’s happiest man” after a 2004 study showed that his brain-waves that correlate to happiness were off the charts. Soon after that, he wrote a book called “Happiness” (which he has confided that he wanted to name “Suffering”) and traveled the world teaching and supporting others who have sought to cultivate happiness in their lives. In

October 3rd, 2023|Mental Health, Psychology|
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