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by Dawn Goers, MA  As I was lying in bed earlier this week, before the sun came up, I began lamenting the idea of getting out of bed while it was still dark, and for a brief moment I got......
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by Kirk Johnson, MA, LPC, LAC The other day I was sitting down having lunch with my colleagues, and they asked me how I was doing. I thought about it for a few moments and then replied, “I’m doing fantastic.”......
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Claudia Gray, MA, LPC discusses reasons her clients seek therapy. Claudia also identifies some of the common roadblocks to mental health and how she helps clients overcome them. Claudia Gray, MA, LPC is a therapist who works with adults both......
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by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC These are just three tragic news stories I have heard this week: Eight Douglas County, Colorado, teenage students have ended their own young lives within the past few months. Across Colorado, more than 100 people......
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by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC Regarding the team part — get in line. Regarding the counseling part – if you truly are depressed or anxious; stressed out about life, work, family, school; having problems with your relationships; or even if......
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by Marta Oko-Riebau, MA “Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad.” – Joe Wright As a young child I used to love to hear dark stories. Happy,......
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by Laura Pentoney, MA, LPC While walking in my neighborhood, I saw a young woman jogging by. I often see joggers running along by themselves, with their friends, or with their dogs, but what made this young woman stand out......
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by Lisa Ransford, LPC, CAC II I consider myself a diehard Broncos fan – as long as the games don’t get in the way of shopping! But seriously, I love spending Sunday afternoons with family and friends as we enjoy......
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by Kirk Johnson, MA, LPC, LAC “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu “Life......
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by Lisa Ransford, LPC, CAC II …and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” As I prepared to write a blog post this week, my topic was going to be about tradition, particularly those traditions......
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If you’re feeling sad or depressed while everyone else around you seems to be singing along to Christmas carols, excitedly buying presents, or planning for the holiday party at work, you aren’t alone. It’s not unusual to feel this way......
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by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC You have read all the co-parenting how-to books. You’ve got your co-parenting plan written in detail and your weekly update phone call with your ex scripted, even with a Plan B just in case he......
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by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC I never thought I would be making a comparison between my dogs and Homeland Security, but here I am. Never say never. This is just my opinion, and granted the U.S. has just abandoned its......
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by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC How many of you parents heard a little voice something like this somewhere in the vicinity of 9 1/2 to 10 months before you had your child: Voice: Hey! Hey you! You! Up there! Pssssst.......
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by Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW In part one, we considered traits that are common during emerging adulthood. In part two, I gave 6 tips that can help parents navigate this transition. You just found out your emerging young adult......
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by Aleisha Maunu, MA, LMFT, LAC Think about a time when you were with someone you care about and you became angry. We all have experienced it: where time seems to stand still, we are not thinking clearly, or seemingly not......
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by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC I was walking in a local park this morning, one of those really beautiful ones surrounded by gorgeous older houses with landscaped lawns and gardens. I was imagining life inside one of those homes, the......
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by Joel Silverman, MA, LPC About six months ago my wife and I had to make the agonizing decision to euthanize Remy, our 11 year old Irish Setter. Remy was a gentle giant with long legs and the most loving......
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by Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW In part one, we considered traits that are common during emerging adulthood. Today, I want to give 6 tips that will help parents navigate this transition. The term, “Emerging Adulthood”, coined by researcher Jeffery......
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by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC As a therapist, I don’t often see toxic people in my office. They don’t like the scrutiny of looking at themselves and their behavior toward others. The people I see in my office are often......
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by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC I heard something recently that made me think. It takes a lot to make me think, so this was pretty good. This old guy was talking to my sister about taking care of our bodies,......
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by Claudia Gray, MA, LPC The language in Public Law 104-199, passed by the 104th Congress in September of 1996, defined marriage and spouse this way: “…the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman......
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by Elizabeth Klaers, MSW, LSW If you have a son or daughter that is between the ages of 18 years old and twenty-something this question may feel familiar: What is happening…? Although the specifics vary from family to family, the......
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Elizabeth M. Klaers, MSW, LSW Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. Supplies, clothing, and coordinating all the activities that comes with this time of year throw many parents into a mode of doing, doing, doing.......
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by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. I remember the very last time I saw by former college boyfriend, standing outside Jose Muldoon’s restaurant on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs. We had met for drinks......
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By Kirk S. Johnson, M.A., LPC, LAC, NCC Do as I say, not as I do. Therapists are human and we struggle with a lot of the same things our clients come to us with. Do as I say, not......
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by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC A reader recently asked if it is possible to stop being codependent in a relationship, and how one would go about that. Yes, it is possible. Not necessarily easy, but possible. First of all, how......
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By Laura J. Pentoney, MA, LPC I decided to borrow from the world of fashion to write about the growing popularity of counseling. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the title term, “it’s the new black”refers to the......
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by Aleisha Maunu, MA, LMFT, CACII When I was in college, I was friends with a fellow music major who was dating another music major. They seemed so very much in love – they spent tons of time together, had......
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by Chris Lewis, Ed.S., LPC I was recently, this morning in fact, sitting in the restroom of a local hipster vegetarian restaurant having breakfast with a colleague. Whilst I was a-perch, so to speak, I was reading the many clever......
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