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Author: Gretchen J. Penner, LCSW
What Do Social Workers Do?
When I first started pursuing a career as a Clinical Social Worker, I often heard people say "Oh, you are the person who rips screaming babies out of the arms of their mother". Well...not quite.
Be Your Own Valentine
Valentines Day is looming and for many it is a difficult day; a reminder of the love they are missing. However, Valentines Day can be the perfect day to show yourself love and practice self compassion. You don't need an intimate partner to celebrate this day. Make it a point this year to be your… Continue reading Be Your Own Valentine
Grief in the Holidays
Holidays can be extremely hard and triggering for those who are grieving the lost of a loved one. Here are a couple tips to help: Make time/room to include your lost loved one into your celebration: Leave an empty chair, make one of their favorite dishes, have their picture or their ashes with you, and… Continue reading Grief in the Holidays
How Does Therapy Work?
Understanding therapy and what to expect can help reduce concerns and prepare you for the process.
Is Happy Theology Bringing You Down?
Check out my latest blog "Is Happy Theology Brining You Down" which I wrote for the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma. You can read it by following this link: http://www.anxietytraumatherapy.com/blog/2018/7/3/is-happy-bringing-you-down-by-gretchen-j-penner-asw
Let’s Talk Stigma
The stigma is real. Our main understanding and knowledge of what mental health looks like comes from media. The truth is, most people have a mental health illness.
Love Yourself – Just The Way You Are
What if we could love ourselves unconditionally? What if we could quit beating ourselves up and treated ourselves the way we treat our best friend?
Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Wholeness
For decades, psychotherapists believed that religion and spirituality was a symptom of mental illness. Today, however, that theory is drastically changing.
Freedom in Forgiveness
Many people think that when we forgive someone we are letting them off the hook for the wrong they did. Actually, forgiveness is not for the person who wronged us, it's for ourselves. Forgiveness is selfish.