Children and Mental Health

For parents/ guardians, the key to successfully handling mental disorders in children is to recognize the problem and seek the appropriate and necessary treatment.

1) Conduct Disorder.  Children with a conduct disorder have behavior that shows a strong disregard for the rules of society and life in general. Conduct disorders are often one of the most frequently seen mental disorders in children.

2) Get Help.  Do not be afraid to ask for help getting help, as the appropriate treatment for conduct disorders is essential. Treatments are aimed at helping and guiding young children in order for them to realize and understand the effects their behavior has on others.

There are other mental illnesses that children can get and that can cause problems at school, home, in public, and at work when they are older.  Some of those are Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and others.  There is help for you, keep trying to get your child the help they need.  It is difficult and you may feel alone, but remember there are others dealing with the same issues you are.

If you are dealing with your child(ren)’s mental illness and feel alone please contact me through email at  I know the problems and issues around parenting a child with mental illnesses.


Feeling Overwhelmed

This past May, it has been three years since I graduated with my Masters and got my Limited Licensed as a Professional Counselor.  I have a lot of personal and professional issues going on right now and I feel overwhelmed by everything to the point where all I want to do is run away from life for a day or two just to recharge my batteries and come up with a new perspective.


I am trying to find another job, pack and move my house with very little help, deal with getting my son through summer school, a sick parent, my fiancé’s health issues, my own health issues, plan a cheap wedding for myself and my daughter, just went through a divorce, and of course everyone’s favorite dealing with finances all on top of working very part time at most 2-3 days a week.  Needless to say, I am STRESSED OUT.


Now most of my friends that I talk to are counselors and they all ask the same question, “What would you tell your client?”  My response is this, “I would tell them to take a minute and breathe, or take a break and then come back to it, to break down everything you have to get done and focus on one thing at a time.”  All I can say is it is easier said than done.  Right now, I am almost in full-blown panic mode and trying to take a step back is very difficult.


Today while I was waiting on my fiancé to get out of his procedure I was talking to another patient’s family member and I told her I was feeling like I was done adulting for the week, I am just feeling overwhelmed.  When I list everything that needs to be done it is so much to do and I am only one person.  This means while everyone is sleeping, I am laying there in bed awake not making any noise thinking about how to get it done.


I have decided to focus on getting my son through summer school, packing and moving hopefully in the next week or two, and looking for a job that will allow me to support my family.  These three things are still overwhelming to me and I will probably lose even more sleep for the next seven to eight weeks, at least until my son is done with summer school.  I am going to create to do lists or task lists and break them down until they are manageable but with time running out I don’t think that will work as well.  For the times when I feel emotionally overwhelmed and I just want to run away, I will stop and just listen to some music or read a book and breathe deeply.


What do you do when you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed?  What helps and what doesn’t?  As usual, if you or someone you know needs professional help please contact me at


Due to personal issues I have decided to close my private practice that is located at 913 W. Holmes Rd #178A, Lansing, MI.  I will still be working as a counselor and taking new clients.  My new location is at 2109 Hamilton #200, Okemos, MI and I will have set days which are Tuesday 10-8, Sundays 4-8 and every other Saturday 12-8.  Please call me at 517-894-4416 or email me at if you need additional information.

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traptsd 1umatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an Anxiety Disorder that usually develops after an individual has been involved in one or more terrifying events in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. It is a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme psychological trauma.

What Can Cause This?

The trauma may involve someone’s death or a threat to someone else’s life, serious injury, or a threat to physical and/or psychological integrity, such as instances of sexual abuse. In some cases it can also be from profound psychological and emotional trauma, apart from any actual physical harm.  A person suffering from PTSD is affected to such a degree that normal coping strategies and defense mechanisms fail to provide adequate relief.

If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD please encourage them to seek help.  You can contact me at 517-894-4416 or or through facebook at

Mental Health Coping Strategies

mental healthThere is a range of strategies that you may find helpful in dealing with mental health disorders.


1) Use self-talk.

2) Think positively.

3) Get more sleep.

4) Initiate positive social contact

5) Journaling

6) Seeking professional help if things get too intense.

There are other things that you can do to help deal with mental health, all you have to do is find the activity that helps you.  Every person is different and it is not a one size fits all type of situation.  For some it could be writing or drawing, listening to music, just make sure you find something that you enjoy.

Remember there are professionals out there that can help with any mental health issue.  You can contact me at for more information.