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A recent series by Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you haven’t heard of it yet chances are your kids have. Even better chance that your middle or high schooler has already watched (or binged) the full series. Why is this importan...

How to cope with family conflict this holiday season.

Sometimes too much family time can be a bad thing.

Some families delight in the holidays as time spent together can be a joyful and rewarding thing. For others, it is a time of high stress and even high conflict. With...

Delayed Responses to Community Trauma

The brain is a very powerful thing. It protects us from things we cannot handle. When a tragedy or traumatic event strikes a community, it’s hard on all of us. Everyone responds to trauma differently and there is no right or wrong w...


It seems the word codependent is thrown around quite a bit these days- but what does it actually mean? How do I know if I am codependent? The definition of codependency is so broad these days that many dysfunctional relationships are categorized as codepend...

Acceptance as a Process- A Therapist’s True Struggle

I am just going to put it out there. I am a therapist, and I am not always accepting or nonjudgmental of everyone. Try as I might, there are times when I am judgmental of others (like the driver that cut me off this m...

Domestic Violence Among Celebrities and in Our Community


Domestic violence, or DV, is another topic that many people don’t like to talk about (see this article for the other main topic of avoidance). DV is something that happens to other people, never to us. This feeli...


As the summer months are approaching and schedules and routines of the school year are being disrupted, we like to be as prepared as possible in the case of an emergency. Many students that were receiving support services in school suddenly feel alone and isolated onc...

May 23, 2016

HeadFirst Counseling and Heads Together- Working to End the Stigma Around Mental Health



At HeadFirst Counseling, part of the work we do is to educate people about the importance of mental health and using therapeutic services in a proactive and preventative way to inc...

May 16, 2016

HeadFirst Counseling strives to be a safe and welcoming place for clients of all histories, types, and backgrounds, including those that identify as LGBTQ. We have worked hard to be open to all people in our work and take pride in being recognized as inclusive and acce...

How to Safeguard Your Teen from Suicide



Suicide rates are on the rise, and the teen population is the most at risk. Recent data shows that while suicide is still highest for middle-aged men, the population of adolescent girls ages 10 to 14 showed the highest percentag...

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