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Communication Styles and Why They’re Important

Contributed by Mary York, MSW, LCSWA Have you ever heard the phrase “communication is key?” I’m sure you have! Whether you have heard it in the therapy room, at work, or just in everyday life; effective communication is one of the most important skills we can learn....

Understanding and Recognizing PTSD in Teens 

Contributed by: Monique Heath, LCMHC, LCAS Being in an accident or natural disaster, experiencing spiritual or religious abuse, a sudden or violent death in your life, witnessing bodily harm or death, being physically assaulted, exposure to school violence, being...

Levels of Care in Mental Health Treatment

Contributed by: Lauren Moore, LCSW No matter where you are on your therapy journey, it can get confusing when selecting the appropriate amount of treatment that you or your child needs. In the mental health field, there are various levels of care starting at...

Setting and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries! You’ve probably heard this term within and outside of the therapy world quite a few times. While this is often a concept that we toss around repeatedly, we may not have a clear picture about what boundaries are and, importantly, how...

SPACE Model of Treating Anxiety

Childhood anxiety and family accommodation go hand in hand. Watching your child struggle with anxiety is painful and exhausting. Since parents are naturally driven to protect their kids, they develop methods of alleviating anxious feelings. When parents make changes...

The Benefits of Equine Therapy on Mental Health

Contributed by: Amy Gregor, LCSW It is no secret that the team here at Queen City Counseling & Consulting (QCCC) believes in the healing power of animals.  We are excited to say that over the past several months we have continued to expand our knowledge in the...

A Case for Setting Intentions in the New Year

Written by: Perrin Jones, LCMHCA, NCC, MT-BC We’ve all heard the staggering statistics about new year’s resolutions failing. Even so, year after year, we put immense amounts of pressure on ourselves to change various aspects of our lives. Going into 2022, many of us...

Managing Expectations over the Holidays

Contributed by: Brady Smith, MSW, LCSWA Let’s just put it out there: holidays are stressful for everyone. Whether you’re spending time with loved ones, trying to enjoy a nonexistent break from school/work, or being pulled in what seems like a million directions from...

Book Review: Attached

Contributed by: Lauren Moore, LCSWA Attached, written by Amir Levine, M.D., and Rachel Heller, M.A., is a popular book amongst both therapists and clients. In this book, research expanded upon John Bowlby’s attachment theory is explained in a digestible format to help...

Book Review: More Than a Body

Contributed by: Ellen Herbert, LCSW While the wave of body positivity messages from influencers, celebrities and fitness gurus has been refreshing and certainly is a well-intentioned improvement from one-size (literally) fits all beauty standards of the past, Drs....

Unpacking Therapy Clichés: Pet Therapy

Written by: Amy Gregor, MSW, LCSW In recent years, you may have noticed that more places are incorporating pet therapy into their services. You may have seen this during a hospital stay, at your therapist's office, the dentist, at your grandparent's assisted living...

Unpacking Therapy Clichés: Using “I” Statements

Written by: Perrin Jones, MA, LCMHCA, NCC, MT-BC Effective communication skills are crucial to cultivating healthy relationships with others. We can work to be mindful of how both our nonverbal communication skills like body language as well as verbal communication...

Unpacking Therapy Clichés: Spending Time in Nature

By Lauren Moore, LCSWA In North Carolina, we are already up to 80-degree weeks here in June. School is starting to let out, and it is almost officially summertime! Now more than ever, you may hear a therapist (and parent) often say “go outside!” to improve your day....

Unpacking Therapy Clichés: Using Coping Skills

Written by: Perrin Jones, LCMHCA Coping skills go beyond just being a therapy buzz-phrase. Entire therapy modalities focus on teaching and implementing coping skills. “What coping skills did you use?” is a phrase that those in the therapy chair have probably heard...

Unpacking Therapy Clichés: “Take a Deep Breath”

Author: Perrin Jones, MA, LCMHCA, NCC, MT-BC If someone (including a therapist) has ever told you to take a deep breath when you were feeling stressed or anxious, your initial reaction may have been to roll your eyes – you just didn’t feel that taking a breath was...

Goal Setting in the New Year

Contributed by: Lauren Moore, MSW, LCSWA Did you create those new year resolutions as the virtual ball dropped last week? The beginning of 2021 is a great time to reflect back on your experiences, lessons, highs and lows of this past unprecedented year. Take a few...

Coping With Holiday Stress

By: Lauren Moore, MSW, LCSWA December - the last month of the year and quite a hectic one. The holiday season is not only associated with joy and happiness, but also stress, depressive symptoms, and other mental health-related challenges. As we approach the holidays,...

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