Codependency and Our Addicted Loved Ones

image for blog entry

Codependency and Our Addicted Loved Ones

written by Monica Giuffre, UHV Supervised Practicum Student

           

Codependency is already an intricate issue, but it becomes even more complex when it involves an addicted loved one. Codependency, according to Melody Beattie, resembles grief in regards to the feelings and emotions, such as guilt, obsessions over what went astray, denial, bargaining, controlling, sadness, and anger. Further, it is a type of dysfunctional helping relationship and we start to lose our identities once we are wrapped in the vicious cycle. Addiction, on the other hand, is a disease that incorporates denial and the loss of control. We become invested in our addicted loved ones while our self-love dissipates. The good news is that ...

Read more

Posted in:

  • Boundaries
  • Coping Strategies
  • Relationships
  • Trauma and PTSD

Tags:

  • boundaries
  • codependency
  • coping skills
  • relationships
  • trauma and ptsd

The Benefits of Creativity for Those Who Self-Harm

image for blog entry

The Benefits of Creativity for Those Who Self-Harm

by Haylee Furlow, SHSU Counseling Intern Student

Hope & Harmony Therapy, LLC

           For children and adults alike, creativity can be a great way to express one’s emotions. When we don’t know the right words, we can get our feelings out through our art. Those who self-harm often do so because they feel they cannot express themselves adequately or even at all. Whether they already engage in some creative practice or not, establishing or expanding creative habits can help to express the emotions that may be the cause behind self-harm.

            Multiple articles have lobbied the benefits of creative arts for people struggling with self-harm. In “The Use of Visual Arts Activities in Counseling Clients Who Engage in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury”, research ...

Read more

Posted in:

  • Anxiety
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

Tags:

  • anxiety
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • self harm
  • trauma and ptsd

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Written by Debbie Martin, LPC, LMFT

Today, Hope & Harmony Therapists had the pleasure of presenting to a great group of high school students at Cy-Falls High School. The students were all members of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and comprised one of the best audiences we have had the pleasure to speak in front of--especially with a topic as serious as Suicide Prevention.

We learned a lot from this amazing and supportive group of students and their thoughtful advisor. 

Here are the links to suicide prevention tools that we shared with them:

Click for more inf ...

Read more

Posted in:

  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

Tags:

  • coping skills
  • depression
  • trauma and ptsd

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...