Article Category: Mental Health

Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

The Fountain Hill Center is pleased to welcome new counselors into our staff of therapists. This year, Blake Kooi, Ted Wohlford, Ben Burgess, and Lesley Menhart join us to continue The Fountain Hill Center tradition of providing a boutique of excellent counseling, therapeutic, and psychological… continue reading Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

Pokémon Go and Mental Health…WH@T!?!

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!?!

Stacked Trauma

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

So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

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…

Chasing Dragons With Plastic Swords

Boys—we marvel at the playful energy they bring into our lives. They chase each other around the yard with plastic swords and sometimes unite to team up against the neighborhood dragon. It’s a ubiquitous image, harmless and fun to watch from the back porch. Yet,… continue reading Chasing Dragons With Plastic Swords

Simple Yet Effective EMDR Treatment Brings Hope

A handful of years ago I had a client that was working on anger management issues.  He was a military veteran struggling with issues related to trauma. Together we decided to refer to my colleague who did EMDR treatment and give it a try. After… continue reading Simple Yet Effective EMDR Treatment Brings Hope

5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Teenagers fall in love, and they make love. They smoke pot and cigarettes. They drink alcohol. And most of this is behind their parents backs because they’ve been warned, “You better never…” When parents communicate with threats, the message translates to, “You better never get caught…” Let’s… continue reading 5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice: Recognizing Women’s Anger

Think about anger. And now think about women’s anger. Does it feel like those two don’t really… fit? Do you remember the nursery rhyme that begins “sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of”? Our culture sends messages to girls about… continue reading Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice: Recognizing Women’s Anger

Prince Charmings, Darling Princesses, and the Pitfalls of Expectations in Relationships

When many of us commit to another we truly believe we have found our Prince Charming or Darling Princess. Why else would we want to be with them if not because we believe we’re going to live happily ever after with our mate? Your other… continue reading Prince Charmings, Darling Princesses, and the Pitfalls of Expectations in Relationships

The Risks in “High Risk Drinking”

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Some folks will just tip a few back, while others will participate in many more leading to “high risk drinking.” In my last article, I outlined the 4 Types of Drinkers. Type 3 (a… continue reading The Risks in “High Risk Drinking”