Horses have always mesmerized me. They are dynamic and social creatures, and inspire me towards awe and wonder. When my husband gave me a package of horse riding lessons to celebrate my thirtieth birthday I was excited even though I had little experience with horses. When… continue reading You Can’t Look in a Mirror if You Are Riding on It’s Back
We are all feeling it. The nights are late, the mornings are slow and there is an endless ringing of “I’m BORRRRRRRED” through the house. We are feeling the exhaustion of summer while trying to cram in every last ounce of it we can. Our… continue reading The End of Summer Balance
The Executive Coordinator of the Fountain Hill Center, Amy Van Gunst, asks her 17 year old son, “Hey what do you hear about Pokémon Go?” He responds, “Well, I hear it gets people up and moving around.” “I thought it was interesting,” Amy says, “That… continue reading Pokémon Go and Mental Health…WH@T!?!
As winter mostly recedes and the warm weather brings our bodies into a world of near constant chatter – birds warbling around in their nests, wind shaking up budding leaves, insects returning, people moving about again – we want to think about the act of… continue reading Talking Can Help You Be Healthy
Stacked Trauma Most traumas aren’t simple, they involve many levels and types of experiences. Gail Johnson calls this “stacked trauma,” and has this advice for sorting through trauma and discovering balance in the aftermath of trauma: Think visually about traumatic experiences: Ever see a server… continue reading Stacked Trauma
Almost half of all adults make a New Year’s resolutions. But once the party hats and horns are put away, it’s hard to muster up the ambition to follow through. It only takes one week and about 25% of resolution makers have already lost focus.… continue reading So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…
It started last week… Over the years I have noticed that there are three or four weeks every winter when people seem to feel extraordinarily low; and we are now in the midst of them. During the last couple of weeks of January folks always start… continue reading S A D… and the dead of winter.
The Holidays can be especially difficult for folks who are grieving or who have experienced trauma. Gail Johnson has some tips for how to regain a sense of calm and perspective when a holiday situation confounds and overwhelms you: First, pause…….. Take a… continue reading Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holidays
According to The American Psychological Association more than 60% of the US experiences increased stress and anxiety during the holiday season. If you google “mental health and the holidays,” you’ll find a lot of articles that begin this way – expressing confusion about what it… continue reading Holiday Thoughts From the Fountain Hill Center
You can live stream Dr. Dave’s TEDx Muskegon talk on solving common relationship communication problems. The talk is part of a TEDx Muskegon’s “Mirror, Mirror Series,” and will stream live, this Thursday, November 12th, 2:40pm. http://tedxmuskegon.org/livestream/ Learn more about communication, conflict avoidance and how couple’s… continue reading Avoid Avoiding Conflict, Dave at TEDx Muskegon