Giving emotions attention

Emotions and their story

Giving a particular emotion (or experience of it, the story behind it, the feelings about the feeling) is incredibly hard for people who have been socialized like me — the left-brain types, analytical, logical, cognitively focused and attuned usually have a hard time just “feeling their feelings.” The attached caption is a symbol in reference … Read more

Boundaries with family

Family portrait

Maintaining healthy boundaries with family members is crucial for one’s mental and emotional well-being. As much as we love our families, it is important to recognize that we are all individuals with our own lives, goals, and dreams. Setting boundaries helps us to protect our personal space and maintain healthy relationships with our loved ones. … Read more

EMDR’s effectiveness

Progress Counseling is proud to offer evidence based, effective therapy for clients recovering from trauma, mental health symptom, relationship ruptures. Several of our clinicians are trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a form of therapy that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Originally developed in the late 1980s … Read more

Anxiety as a somatic experience

Body scan

I grew up with a lot (!!!) of anxiety. Little bursts of anxiety on the bus on the way to school. Shut down reactions in seemingly mundane social interactions. I am aware of some of the reasons — my very conservative, very evangelical upbringing served to reinforce the narrative that I was never doing (saying, … Read more

Therapy, challenges to therapy, human connection and vulnerability.

Progress Counseling

There are a few pieces of therapy that are inescapable — very very few people will go to therapy when things are going well, when they are high functioning and overall enjoying life (like “maintenance,” or “a check up” type of therapy). “Doing great” and “I’m in therapy” are a rare combination. Therapy, for the … Read more

Why don’t men go to therapy?

Man sitting at computer for virtual counseling appointment

Counseling is an excellent tool for mental and emotional support for anyone experiencing difficulties in their lives. However, there is a noticeable gap between the number of women who attend counseling and the number of men who attend. According to studies, only 1 in 4 men will seek counseling, while women are almost twice as … Read more