Help! I was sexually assaulted at a frat party!

Sexual Assault Survivors Columbia, MO 65201

Help! I was sexually assaulted at a frat party! You recently had a sexual encounter you did not want. Maybe you were drunk.  Maybe you were sober.  You may have been all dressed up for going out or perhaps you were wearing your oldest sweats.  Maybe it was an unwanted touch, or it could have been rape.  Despite the title,...[ read more ]

How to Help Your Child Athlete Through a Loss

How to Help Your Child or Teenage  Athlete Through a Loss Teenagers love playing sports. And parents love that their teenagers can get all of that excess energy out while learning the benefits of hard work and comradery. But with the thrill of competition comes the hard reality: sometimes you lose. Some teenagers are barely affected by a loss. They...[ read more ]

How Can We Move Beyond #MeToo?

#BeyondMeToo and Changing the Culture of Sexual Violence

  How Can We Move Beyond #MeToo? It has been a year now since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and women across the nation started posting #MeToo on social media indicating that they too had once been the victim of sexual violence.  Has the movement made a big difference in our culture, laws or social norms? What has changed in...[ read more ]

How to Cope with the Stress of College: 5 Tips

Coping with College Stress 65201

How to Cope with the Stress of College: 5 Tips College is a unique, exciting and stressful time in a person's life.  You face unique pressures and a series of life transitions: high school to college, from general education classes to classes for your major and then from college to career.  We discussed the reasons college students feel overwhelmed by...[ read more ]

Why do I feel so stressed in college?

Stress in College Students

Why do I feel so stressed in college? You’ve looked forward to starting college for YEARS.  All through college you excitedly awaited that point in your life where you’d have unlimited freedom!  You wouldn’t be accountable to anyone and you could make your own decisions.  You’d be able to take classes that you liked and you couldn’t wait for the...[ read more ]

Are the “5 Stages of Grief” Real?

Moving through the 5 Stages of Grief

Are the "5 Stages of Grief" Real? Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance: these are the very well-known five stages of grief, as postulated by Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. At the time of the book’s publication, very little instruction was given in medical school on the subject of death and dying, which was what motivated Kübler-Ross to share...[ read more ]

How to Mentally Recover from a Serious Physical Injury

Mentally adjust to life with a serious injury

How to Mentally Recover from a Serious Physical Injury After sustaining a serious physical injury, most people don’t consider the mental and emotional ramifications of this type of accident. Getting to a hospital and getting immediate medical care is the primary focus, followed by follow-up care and physical recovery. But how does a serious injury affect your mental health? According...[ read more ]

5 Signs a College Student Might be Suffering from PTSD

PTSD counseling in Columbia, MO

5 Signs a College Student Might be Suffering from PTSD It is devastatingly common for college students to be exposed to a traumatic event and develop PTSD.  In fact, an article I read recently stated that 10% of college students met the criteria for PTSD. What?!? That statistic makes me sick.  I shouldn't be as shocked as I feel.  I hear...[ read more ]

Meditation for Teenagers Who Don’t Want to Meditate

Teaching Meditation in Columbia, MO

Meditation for Teenagers Who Don't Want to  Meditate: A new way of using technology to teach meditation Let's be honest for a second. Teenage boys do not like to meditate.  Or at least they think they don't.  In fact, teenage girls don't think they're very big fans either.  So, what response do you think I get?  Yep, it's exactly what...[ read more ]

The Trauma that was 9/11

The Trauma of 9/11 "There was a terrorist attack this morning and a plane crashed into a building in New York City. Students with family members currently in New York City or Washington DC may come to the office." That was the short message read by my high school science teacher after a note was handed to him by a...[ 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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