I became a health coach because I desperately needed one.
I was sick. I woke up one morning in the spring of 2010 and didn’t feel quite right. I was fatigued, foggy headed, and exhausted. Days later, I was diagnosed with a virus so severe that I was forced to quit my job, move home, and wait it out. But the symptoms never quite went away and for the next five years I struggled through a daily “hangover” of sluggish fatigue, brain fog and muscle pain.read more
The world teaches us to be all kinds of things, but very rarely are we taught how to be ourselves. We are taught to be on time. We are taught to be moral. We are taught to be consumers. We are taught to be professional, attentive, apologetic, submissive, but by God whatever you do, don’t be you! I learned as a very young girl in a very conservative church how to distrust my instincts, how to “ward off the flesh”, how to double back on myself, how to second guess my gut…this was exhausting and stifling, not to mention...read more
At Change, Inc. St. Louis Counseling & Psychiatry, we’ve gone of out our way to build a superior team of mental health experts. One of the things you may notice about our team is that we are…how do you say it? Fresh-faced? Sprightly? Something like that. This too is a deliberate hiring strategy on my part as the founder and clinical director of Change, Inc. at-large and a 13-year veteran of the mental health industry.read more
Musical artist Cee-Lo Green recently released a moving tribute to Robin Williams and a number of other famous comedians and actors who have shaped popular culture over the last 20-30 years. His song, aptly titled, Robin Williams, highlights the notion that life is sometimes tragic, and that humor can be a very effective medicine to help us “laugh the pain away.”read more
In January of 2012, a man jumped into the back of my best friend’s car and put a gun to my head.
We’d just left a work event and I had parked on a dark side street. My friend had offered to drive me to my car so I’d “be safe,” but before I could get out of her car we were robbed at gunpoint.read more
When people sign up for counseling services in St. Louis, one of the most frequently asked questions on an initial phone call or email is, “What is this going to cost me?” In a day and age where managed care has trained us to think very little about our own care and to just trust them to sort things out, people are often surprised at rates for varying practices across the St. Louis area and don’t really have an accurate sense of what they “should” be paying.read more
At one point or another, you’ve probably thought might be something wrong with you because you can’t seem to get and stay happy.
No matter how many self-help books you read, counselors you talk to, or prescription meds you take, happiness just isn’t sustained.
You experience moments of relief from unhappiness but you always end up back where you started.
Unhappy? Join the party…read more
Though she could scarcely believe it, Jenny found herself at the same place again. Her relationship ended abruptly, with the promise from her departing partner that the decision was “not about you.” But because this was the fourth straight romantic relationship in the past five years that had ended this way, it hardly seemed like it could be true. Or even if it was, why did she keep dating people who were likely to call it quits?read more