Purgatory, The Twilight Zone, or Grey Areas: Human Aversion to Transitional Periods

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Transitional periods are exciting! They mean change, new things, and potential. So why do we hate them so much? Growing pains are simply not something most of us look forward to. Transitions occur at various points in our lives: coming to college, graduating, entering a marriage or long-term relationship,Continue reading “Purgatory, The Twilight Zone, or Grey Areas: Human Aversion to Transitional Periods”

Infusion Day

Went for infusion today. The nurses at the infusion center are really helpful! When this damnable evil attacked me, I was one of those people who 1) declared that Jesus would heal me 2) declared that Jesus would heal me through diet and supplements alone   and 3)after feeling horrific from weeks of my body being attackedContinue reading “Infusion Day”

I’m changing my thinking; I’m changing my life

In graduate school I solidified my preferred modality of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).   Yes indeedy, it was logical, it was empirically sound.  It fit me.  I liked it.  Over the years I had a supervisor and some other therapists question it’s efficacy to work with most clients, and I could not for the lifeContinue reading “I’m changing my thinking; I’m changing my life”

Feeling vs Looking Beautiful: Fashion, Perception, and Self-Esteem

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Beauty as an industry can be a double-edged sword. As it turns out, feeling beautiful or being perceived as beautiful is connected to things like job satisfaction and overall happiness. When we feel beautiful and confident, and others perceive us as beautiful and confident, we are judged as “qualitativelyContinue reading “Feeling vs Looking Beautiful: Fashion, Perception, and Self-Esteem”

Greater Forces at Work: Financial Stress on a Macro Level

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Considering the economic struggles we faced as a nation this past year, for many, finances became an increased source of stress. For many who have had a long-held dream of owning a home, considering or attempting to buy a house was exceedingly stressful. Housing prices have been on aContinue reading “Greater Forces at Work: Financial Stress on a Macro Level”

Severe Mental Health Disorders: Recognizing the Signs

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer ‘Teen angst’ starts to subside in our early twenties, and we can emotionally regulate more effectively. Or, at least, that’s a general trend. In the growing national conversation and awareness of mental health, I’ve been exposed to conversations about depression and anxiety throughout my education. Many of my peersContinue reading “Severe Mental Health Disorders: Recognizing the Signs”

Three Miracles of Elisha

Twice now I have been led to three chapters in the Book of 2 Kings that highlights three distinct miracles. First, Elisha heals a man of leprosy and then gives another man the leprosy. Second, he makes an iron axhead float in the Jordan river, and third he prophesies that a siege that is setContinue reading “Three Miracles of Elisha”

My Mother’s Instructions

Written by Leslie Stevens, M.Ed., LCMHC I’m from the country — Essex Country, Virginia. The town of Tappahannock is our county seat. I love home, it’s really beautiful and peaceful. I try to visit as often as I can. My mother lives in a cute three bedroom home with an expansive yard. Her driveway, however,Continue reading “My Mother’s Instructions”

I don’t want to go outside

My name is Leslie, I’m an introvert, and I’m NOT looking forward to the world opening back up.  Listen, there was a time (years ago) when you would not have known that I was an introvert. I could work a room, talk to every person there, and strike up conversations with complete strangers.  Over theContinue reading “I don’t want to go outside”