5 Suggestions for Coping with Grief at Work

The loss of a loved one is one of the most painful tragedies that humans suffer. The impact of this loss is usually crushing, and in the aftermath of loss, we often feel like we have no control over anything. Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s perfectly normal to detach yourself from your normal existence to grieve. Unfortunately,...[ read more ]

Teaching Children Mindfulness

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Teaching Children Mindfulness: The Why Recently I was laying on my couch cuddling with my son and jokingly said, "Let's just stay home tomorrow.  I'll stay home from work and you'll stay home from school.  We can cuddle like this all day!"  Not missing a beat my son starts laughing and says, "No Mom!  You need to go teach kids...[ read more ]

How to Support LGBTQ Teens Coming Out

How to Support LGBTQ Teens Coming Out The LGBTQ movement has made some landmark strides in the past decade. The “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, health insurance discrimination has been prevented, and same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide. This, in combination with greater awareness and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in society and...[ read more ]

6 Things to Tell Your Therapist

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Things you may not think to tell your therapist but should   You go to a counselor because you want help.  You’re looking for someone who understands you and can help you be your best version of yourself.  You try to be open and share all of the information you think is important for the counselor to know.  However, there...[ read more ]

What is EMDR?

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. It has been researched extensively and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. What Issues Can EMDR Treat? EMDR is used to treat a variety of mental health issues including: - Panic attacks - Complicated...[ read more ]

9 Ways Counseling Can Help College Students

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9 Ways Counseling Can Help College Students You always looked forward to going to college and all of the freedom it would provide.  You had this picture in your head of finding the perfect group of friends (perhaps through a sport, club or Greek life), confidently making choices for yourself without parents around to tell you what to do and...[ read more ]

5 Ways to Cope with Anxiety as a Parent

5 Ways to Cope with Anxiety as a Parent The hard work and unpredictability that makes parenting so rewarding can also cause a great deal of anxiety. Here are some simple ways to bring yourself to a place of calm. Make a To-Do List Ruminating on worries can cause lots of stress. Clear your mind by making a to-do list....[ read more ]

3 Steps to Take When Your Dreams Don’t Come True

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3 Steps to Take When Your Dreams Don’t Come True You’ve thought about your future a million times.  You thought you had things planned out.  You envisioned a bright future for yourself and let that spark of hope grow inside.  Then, something happened and now it looks like you’re on a very different path than the one you planned.  It...[ read more ]

What are the best treatments for PTSD?

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What are the best treatments for ptsd? First of all, let's acknowledge that everyone is different and everyone's experience with PTSD is different and therefore everyone's treatment will be slightly different.  The therapy that helps a retired Vietnam vet cope with decades old trauma that still haunts him in his dreams may look a little different than the treatment a...[ read more ]

4 Ways Play Therapy Can Improve Your Child’s Life

4 Ways Play Therapy Can Help Your Child Children have great imaginations, and they use it in every aspect of their lives. Play is a huge part of children’s lives and they create imaginary scenarios with their toys all the time. If something is going on in a child’s life, one of the best ways to discover their true emotions...[ 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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