3 Ways to use Nature for Emotional Healing

Counseling for trauma, grief, anxiety & stress in Columbia, MO

3 Ways to use Nature for Emotional Healing As Aspire Counseling has moved from Cherry Hill across town to the Seven Oaks building (behind Grand Cru), I have wanted to make our new space a healing experience from the moment you walk in, so I've been researching what environments promote healing.  One thing I've read over and over again is...[ read more ]

Three Reasons I Love Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Counseling for PTSD in Columbia, MO

Three Reasons I Love Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) We are living in an age where there are a many different ways to reduce suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma.  Many of these have led to positive results and allowed people to take back their lives.  One of these approaches, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (also known as EMDR),...[ read more ]

5 Signs That You Might be Struggling with Anxiety

5 Signs that You Might Be Struggling with Anxiety It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time. Perhaps you get a bit nervous speaking in front of people or going on a job interview. But for some people, anxiety becomes a frequent and forceful occurrence that completely takes over their lives. Since anxiety comes in many forms, for instance...[ read more ]

Do I Have PTSD? Recognizing the Signs

Do I have PTSD? Recognizing the Signs As shocking instances of mass shootings continue to occur all over the United States, we often hear people talk about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Frequently associated with post-war veterans and victims of mass violence, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in people who’ve experienced or witnessed a traumatic or life-threatening...[ read more ]

Does Everyone Cry In Counseling?

Quality Counseling in Columbia, MO

Does Everyone Cry in Counseling? I could pull the stereotypical therapist response here and say, “Why do you care how everyone else acts in counseling?” In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve said a gentler version of that before.  But if you’re reading this I’m guessing that you’re looking for a bit more direct answer, am I right? The short answer...[ read more ]

Values & Goals: Two Tools for Moving Life Forward in the Right Direction

Values & Goals: Two Different Tools for Moving Life Forward in the Right Direction Values and goals are both tools you can use on a daily basis to help keep yourself moving forward and living a meaningful life.  People occasionally get these two concepts confused, so I want to take a moment to explain the difference and how both can...[ read more ]

5 Reasons You’re Spending Too Much Money

5 Reasons You're Spending Too Much Money “Too much month at the end of the money” is a phrase many of us find funny and relatable. But serious financial problems are no laughing matter. Finding yourself eating rice and beans until payday because you spent too much on electronics or the latest fashion trend might seem like no big deal,...[ read more ]

1 Quick Technique for Managing Anxiety: Grounding

Coping with Anxiety; Columbia, MO

1 Quick Technique for Managing Anxiety: Grounding Have you ever had a panic attack? Do you sometimes feel so anxious that you freeze and can't think straight? Is fear of anxiety holding you back? If so, I invite you now to think of a moment when you were caught of guard and felt anxious.  Bring to mind the first moment...[ read more ]

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety It’s rare that any of us will get through life without experiencing anxiety at some point. But some people have the burden of dealing with anxiety on a daily basis. Whether it’s over something big or insignificant, anxiety stops us from living a normal life full of joy and potential. Here are 5 ways you...[ read more ]

5 Signs Your Teenager is Asking for Help

5 Signs Your Teenager is Asking for Help: Does my teen need to see a counselor? The teenage years can perhaps be best described as a time of physical, emotional and social tumult. Changes happen so rapidly in adolescence, that neither child nor parent really knows how to cope. Teenagers often become more detached from their family during this time. In...[ read more ]

Jessica Tappana, MSW, LCSW

Jessica Tappana created Aspire Counseling to help provide quality counseling services in the Columbia, MO area for people who are struggling to recover from trauma, grief, fear, anxiety or extreme stress. We want to provide you with as many resources as possible to help you on your mental health journey. This blog is intended to provide general information based on Jessica’s experience and training in the mental health field. If you’d like to talk about how counseling may be able to help you with your individual situation, please call Aspire Counseling at 573-328-2288.
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