What is Behavioral Activation?

People with depression may find even the smallest task to be a huge obstacle that it keeps them from acting on things they need to address or work on. Too many times, moving forward in life poses a challenge and requires discomfort. Most people go through periods of adjustment during transition from middle school to […]

How To Overcome Feeling Depressed

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay How often are you feeling depressed? In the normal course of our life, we come across a lot of things, most of which affect our emotions either positively or negatively. Among such things are our lifestyles, the people we associate with, our personal achievements and objectives, the weather conditions, our […]

Types of therapy

There are literally hundreds of ways of providing therapy. Below are a small sample of types you are more likely to find at Grand Valley Counseling. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that challenges the way you think about something. It has been effective for a number […]

Reasons to NOT use your insurance

Recently an insurance company requested the complete file of 3 of my patients. It was legally allowed and I had to comply. And for this reason I wanted to make you aware that your records are protected from general release to the public, but your insurance company can always get them anyway. A few reasons […]

What is Depression?

Depression is a mental disorder where a person has a prolonged period of sadness, unhappiness, helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness. These feelings often get worse over a period of time, causing a person to have feelings of self-doubt, severe despondency and dejection. Depression is a very common illness. There are approximately 350 million people living in […]

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Did you know, comparing yourself to others is a common destructive daily habit almost all of have. We compare houses, jobs, phones, cars, relationships, money, and social position and so on. What this habit does is creates negativity within us and this may also reflect in our behavior. So what should we do? How can […]

Basic Strategies

This is my list of basic strategies. Although this was originally geared toward those with depression, these are appropriate for many types of issues people deal with. This is designed to be a good starting point for therapy. Take a look below. How does your life compare? 1. Sleeping.  Please try to consistently get 6 […]