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.
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
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.
Overcoming Consuming Fires
Sometimes it takes going through a difficulty to help us build resiliency and discover just how strong we really are.
Attack Anxiety with a New Frame
Anxiety starts with a thought. A scary thought. A negative "what if" futuristic thought.
It’s OK To Not Be OK
Life isn’t always going to be comfortable. That’s ok. Or is it?
Three Communication Mistakes to Avoid for a Peaceful Family Thanksgiving
As we prepare to get together with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, feelings of anxiety and fear is normal. Being with family is not always a peaceful happy time for some.