Anxiety 101: What You Should Know

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stress and anxiety

You need to know that everyone experiences anxiety. However, not all of us experience anxiety in the same way. Picture anxiety as being on a spectrum, like this: You’re probably wondering why you’re on the high end? It’s most definitely not your fault. Where we fall on the anxiety spectrum depends a lot on genetics. […]

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When Your Life Isn’t a Hallmark Channel Movie: Dealing with the Holiday Blues

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Since the day after Halloween, Christmas commercials have been airing, decorations have been springing up, and everywhere one seems to turn there’s a reminder that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”   Except when it’s not.   This time of year can be hard for many reasons: You may be grieving for someone, […]

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Kristen’s Counseling Corner: Addressing a bad semester when applying to Grad School

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stressed, alone and freaked out

Dear Kristen, My freshman year of college, I really struggled. I was super lonely and overwhelmed, most days it was difficult even going to class. As a result, my grades were bad, and I was placed on academic probation. The good news is that during the break I started seeing a counselor and made some […]

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Ten Strategies for Making a Successful Transition to College

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your first days at college or university

As a college student, you have no doubt heard, “College is the best time of your life!” What is seldom mentioned, is that during the transition period to your new college life, it is normal to feel stressed out, insecure, overwhelmed, and uncertain. After all, going to college presents a lot of changes and firsts: […]

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When should I go see a counselor?

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “should I see a counselor for this?” People often worry that their problems are “too small” or “not a big enough deal” to warrant seeing a counselor and getting some professional help. This is what I tell all my clients, “Everyone can benefit from seeing […]

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What to look for in a counselor?

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Whenever I first see a new client in my office, I always ask “Have you seen a counselor before?” It tends to be about 50/50 for yes/no responses. For those who have seen a counselor before I like to follow-up with, “and how was your experience?” Unfortunately, a lot of clients report having had really […]

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