When You Have to Wait

by Sarah Pastore, LCSW Faced with a high-stakes situation, our brains and bodies shift gears to tackle it. This stress response gives us a burst of energy, discourages us from taking unnecessary risks, and streamlines decision-making for quick action. In the longer term, chronic stress can be detrimental to our health, but in the short […]

The Exercise-Mental Heath Connection

by Jotie Mondair, LPC, ATRBC, CCTP In our hectic lives, it’s easy to overlook the significant impact that physical activity can have on our mental health. Sedentary habits (including but not limited to office jobs, working from home, long commutes) can sneak up on us. Unfortunately, many of us have become accustomed to these habits […]

Understanding the Importance of Good Communication Skills

by Jennifer Drager, LPC Communication is a fundamental aspect of our daily lives. It plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy relationships with our partners, raising our children, and achieving success in our professional lives. However, effective communication is not always easy to achieve. It requires a deep understanding of what communication truly means. Ineffective […]

3 Ways to Foster Assertive Communication in Children

by Toriann Clarke, MA, LPC, NCC Have you ever asked your child a question and they clam up and refuse to speak? What about when you witness them agreeing to something and they appear visibly uncomfortable? Or when your child cannot get their way and they exhibit behaviors such as yelling, screaming, and throwing things? […]

Let’s Talk About the Pandemic

by Kellie Medendorp, LCSW, CFRC March 2024 It’s been four years since everyone across the globe encountered the same fear and uncertainty all at the same time. We all had one common enemy together…and we were terrified. Especially in those first few months, we had no idea what we were up against, how to protect […]

The Anatomy of an Apology

by Jennifer Drager, LPC As a therapist and former child welfare worker, I’ve witnessed countless apologies being given, received, and analyzed. However, it’s clear that, as a society, we struggle to issue apologies in a genuinely significant and impactful way. In this article, I aim to explore the complexities of making a sincere and profound […]

Your Therapist Can’t Read Your Mind

by Sarah Pastore, LCSW When therapy is going well, it can sometimes feel like our therapist has just read our mind- “How did they know exactly how I was feeling?” But, of course, therapists aren’t psychic; we’re following what you’re communicating to us. This means that when therapy isn’t working as well, the therapist might […]

3 Tips for Parents in the Play Therapy Room

by Toriann Clarke MA, LPC, NCC Play Therapy is an expressive form of therapy for children that may assist with managing trauma and challenging behaviors. Play Therapy often takes place in a room where there is a variety of objects, such as sand trays, doll houses, dolls, puppets, or miniature toys (Higgins-Klein, 2013). It is […]

The Littlest Therapist & Firefighter

by Kellie Medendorp, LCSW, CFRC I am so pleased to announce to our Emergency Responders communities that Equilibria has created a specialty program to meet the unique needs of Emergency Responders. I am the founder and lead clinician of this center. It is important to me that Emergency Responders have access to support professionals and resources […]

What Exactly is Vicarious Trauma in Emergency Responders?

by Kellie Medendorp, LCSW, CFRC At the age of 16, I became a volunteer firefighter, and when I graduated high school I made the decision to pursue social work and therapy as a career. The easiest way I can explain vicarious trauma is through one of my own personal experiences with it. Late one evening […]