GIRLS Group – Week 4 Review

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC Friendships:  What makes a good friend?  Is it what they look like?  Is it what they wear?  Is it what they do?  Is it how well they can keep a secret?  We often find good friends when we are looking for people who have what we NEED not necessarily what we think we want. Mean Teens: …

GIRLS Group – Week 3 Review

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC What did I mean?  Words alone are not all we communicate when we talk.  It can be frustrating to get someone to understand us; especially when we think we are being very clear.  It is important that we communicate accurately to get what we really want. Dealing with Parents:  Use the 3 T’s: When something is …

GIRLS Group – Week 2 Review

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC What would I choose?  When faced with limits we must make our choices wisely.  Choose poorly and you can be left with resources that may have seemed necessary but do not provide you with what you need.  Weighing in the benefits of immediate gratification versus long term usefulness can help us in making more informed decisions …

GIRLS Group – Week 1 Review

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC Who am I?  It is important to get to know those around you to develop relationships.  Discovering similarities can be just as informative as finding out our differences.  Sometimes you find a commonality that you felt was oddly unique and end up developing a new relationship based on mutual support. Positive self talk: Why is it …

Is there an Instruction Manual for Raising a Self-sufficient Kid?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a reference manual that listed all the possible ways to work with your child to ensure they grow up and have limited: behavior problems, academic difficulties, or relationship issues? Many books have been written about how to parent and probably more have been written about failures and things to avoid. Parenting is challenging …

Jinx On You

Often I hear people say they don’t want to talk about something because they might “jinx” it and make things worse. Does simply talking about something have the power to effect change? Isn’t that what counseling is all about? Talking about something to lead to change. I wonder if perhaps there is a fear that things are imbalanced and the …

What makes counseling work?

I often get calls from potential clients who ask what my “style” is or “method” of counseling.  They ask what “type of issues” I have experience treating in order to determine if I can help them or a family member.  While it can be reassuring to feel like a potential therapist might have experience treating a concern similar to theirs, …

GIRLS Group Chatter: Week 6

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC Week 6 in review: What would you do with 3 wishes?:  Sometimes things seem beyond our control and when given the opportunity to lose them or change them we might feel like life could get a whole lot better.  The real test is defining these things to change and figuring out if they are realistic and …

GIRLS Group Chatter: Week 5

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC Week 5 in review: What does it look like?:  It is easy to see something and not realize that what may seem good or appealing may be actually be bad for us.  Friendships have positive and negative aspects.  It is important to know who you are and what feels comfortable to you in order to determine …

GIRLS Group Chatter: Week 4

posted by Stephanie Phillips, M.Ed., LPC Week 4 in review: Relationships:  What makes a good friend?  Is it what they wear?  Is it what they do?  Is it how well they can keep a secret?  We often find good friends when are looking for people who have what we need not necessarily what we think we want. Mean Teens: Just because we …