Hannah Hopper, LPC, NCC Emotions can be hard to talk about, no matter what age you’re at. And particularly when kids are growing up, they can feel such a range of emotions, all while lacking the vocabulary to explain what they’re feeling. If kids struggle to verbally communicate with their parents about what’s going on inside, they can be left feeling confused and defeated. Kids experience the same complex emotions that adults do; one way to build…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC, NCC Occasionally wondering if you should stay together or break up is pretty typical for most people when they’re beginning to get serious in their relationship. And every couple will go through tough seasons where new challenges come up that need to be worked through. There are some signs that can help you distinguish if you and your partner are in a rough season, or if it could be time to let go of…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC You’ve already had several talks with your ex about the end of your relationship, you’ve cancelled future plans, and given back the things they had at your place. But all the feelings are still there on your end and you had no idea the relationship would end like this. So now what? You might be wanting closure with the relationship but are having trouble figuring out how to do that. Here are some things…Read More
Hannah Hopper Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an approach that helps to cope with overwhelming and intense emotions. DBT helps people build four major skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation. Mindfulness and distress tolerance will help with skills that work towards acceptance of thoughts and behaviors. Sometimes the most difficult part of overwhelming emotions is that we try to fight them and push them away, instead of allowing them to just be. Emotion regulation…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC Some signs of a bad therapist are easier to spot than others. If your therapist is shaming you or insulting you, that’s a good indication to find someone else. And when looking out for the warning signs, it’s important to remember that therapists aren’t perfect; they’re people too and will make mistakes like everyone else. If there’s something your therapist is doing that’s bothering you, consider talking to them about it to see if…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC Most of us would like to think that if we were in a relationship that was abusive, we’d be able to notice it and get out. But verbal abuse is a bit more subtle, and some people experience regular verbal abuse without even knowing it. So what is verbal abuse? It’s a verbal interaction that causes the target emotional damage, usually causing the person to doubt and question who they are. After experiencing verbal…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC As we head into the summer months, there’s so much in our world that’s changing. Businesses are opening up, restaurants are allowing indoor dining again, and more people are beginning to feel comfortable getting together with family and friends. With things opening up and fuller schedules, many of our schedules are starting to change, and it could take some extra effort to stay connected with your partner. How you start and end each day…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC Self-harm is something that happens often, and yet, like many other mental health challenges, there’s a lot of stigma around it. If you’ve never struggled with it before, it might be hard to understand why someone would engage in self-harm. But even though it’s hard to talk about self-harm, we can begin to break down the stigma by understanding why some people engage in it. So why do people self-harm? To feel present People…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC Maybe you’ve heard of EMDR from a friend, your therapist has referenced it as a treatment to try, or you’ve seen it in a TV show. EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – is a type of therapy that uses bilateral stimulation or eye movements to help clients process and desensitize traumatic events and beliefs. It has quickly gained popularity since it was first developed, and is now one of the leading evidence-based…Read More
Hannah Hopper, LPC, NCC I work with many clients who want to establish better boundaries in their relationships, and typically after setting a boundary, people feel a greater sense of autonomy and freedom. In my last blog, I focused on ways to identify when you may be needing a boundary, and how to listen to your feelings. This blog is more focused on how to have a conversation around boundaries and steps to take that may help…Read More
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