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.
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
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
Understanding therapy and what to expect can help reduce concerns and prepare you for the process.
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
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?
For decades, psychotherapists believed that religion and spirituality was a symptom of mental illness. Today, however, that theory is drastically changing.
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.
Sometimes it takes going through a difficulty to help us build resiliency and discover just how strong we really are.
Life isn’t always going to be comfortable. That’s ok. Or is it?