5 Free Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

When we talk about our mental health, we're talking about much more than a clinical diagnosis. Your mental health also refers to your psychological well-being. Having a healthy psychological well-being means you're able to better manage your emotions as well as your mood. Every day presents its unique challenges, and a healthy mental state can help you take challenges in...[ read more ]

Ready, Set, Play Therapy!

Childhood can be a time of great wonder and joy. But for some, childhood is fraught with ugly family or school situations that overwhelm and depress developing psyches.Adults who are having trouble in their lives can often get help by speaking with a trained therapist. But young children can find it difficult and even scary talking to anyone about their...[ read more ]

5 Subtle Exercises to Calm Anxiety in Public

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults over the age of 18 suffer from an anxiety disorder. If you are one of them, you know how difficult your life can feel most days.When anxiety strikes, the world around us can become a sort of funhouse, only not that much fun. It’s important to be able...[ read more ]

How to Bring Up Resilient Children

Have you heard the phrase “helicopter parent?” It describes a mother or father that ‘hovers’ around their child 24/7, overseeing their life to keep them from every potential danger, pitfall and mishap. It looks good on paper, but this kind of parenting forgets one important fact of reality: life happens.Adversity happens to all of us. Those children who engage with adversity...[ read more ]

Using Your Faith to Practice Mindful Gratitude

It’s a familiar memory for a lot of Americans: sitting around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, each person taking a moment to mention the things they’re grateful for. Unfortunately, being grateful seems to be something we’re reminded of only once a year on the holiday.When it comes to practicing gratitude, many of us fall short. It’s easy to get caught...[ read more ]

How to Practice Self-Compassion

Most of us from a young age are taught how to be kind, considerate and compassionate toward others. But rarely are we told to show the same consideration to ourselves. This becomes even more true for individuals brought up in abusive or unloving homes.What is Self-Compassion?Self-compassion is taken from Buddhist psychology and refers to how we can relate to the...[ read more ]

MBSR Course Registration Begins Now for the New Year 2018!

Griffin Counseling Services, LLC is excited and proud to offer an 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course taught by owner Chris Griffin, L.P.C., who has had the honor and pleasure of studying with experts Will Kabat Zinn, LMFT and Debra Burdick (AKA The Brain lady). MBSR is the gold standard of mindfulness based treatments and is appropriate for those...[ read more ]

Chris Griffin, L.P.C. to Expand with the Creation of Griffin Counseling Services, L.L.C.

Beginning later this year Griffin Counseling Services, L.L.C. will begin offering mental health and wellness services.  We hope to increase our ability to serve adults, teens and families, as well as to begin offering more group treatment.  We will continue to update this site and are hoping to have  anew site up and running (as well as being more committed...[ read more ]

Important New Study on Binge Eating Disorder

A recent journal article performed a meta-analysis of recent Binge Eating Disorder research and found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) given via a professional and certain medications have been shown to be effective treatment in the battle with Binge Eating Disorder. A meta-analysis is taking the results of many studies and finding common themes that support, in this case, Binge...[ read more ]

Long Live the Prince

I was sad to learn last Thursday night that legendary musician Prince had died.  I spent the next few days pondering life and death and how someone who I never knew had such an impact on my life.  I was lucky enough to have seen him in concert in 2004 (I think that was the year) and he was spectacular....[ read more ]

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