The Cedar Rapids Relationship Center is excited to announce the addition of a graduate student from Mount Mercy University to our office. Kiley is currently in her final year of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She will be working out of our office to gain experience providing therapy for clients. She will be working under the supervision of Jennifer Gage at our office while also receiving supervision through her professor at Mount Mercy.
This is a great opportunity for those in our community who do not have mental health insurance or would prefer not to go through it. Kiley will be seeing clients for the flat fee of $10 a session. If this is something you are interested in, do not hesitate to contact her and set up a time to come in.
It is September and Christmas decorations fill the department store shelves. Children far and wide have started their lists for Santa, mainly because parents have been reminding them that “Santa is watching” for the last few months. If the thought of these things make you break out in a sweat, you are not alone. For many Americans the “holiday” season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. In fact, a 2008 poll by the American Psychological Association found that 8 out of 10 Americans anticipate stress during the holidays.
Why are the holidays so stressful? The holidays present a wide array of demands: office parties, purchasing gifts, baking, cleaning, and entertaining. For many, the biggest source of holiday stress is the obligations associated with family and family traditions. Having such high expectations and experiencing guilt at not meeting them, contributes to the stress and pressure of the holidays.
With the holidays right around the corner, here are some ways to cope with stress and have a pleasant holiday season.
Psychotherapy is a tool that many people find beneficial at some point in their life. The research is there to show its effectiveness in treating many of life’s problems. Sometimes a person struggles with knowing if they are experiencing a little struggle, or if it is something serious enough to seek help from a professional. Most people who come into our offices are not “crazy”. They just need a little extra help finding their way or managing life circumstances. Therapists can help with a variety of things, including, grief, trauma, anger, eating disorders, parenting issues, relationship challenges, and a variety of mental health concerns. So how do you know when things are serious enough to seek out therapy? Here are five signs that seeing a therapist may be a good idea: