Self-Discovery

July 2024

6 Principles of Sexual Health

By |July 1st, 2024|

By: Tim White, MA, LMFT, LSOTP, ASAT, APTT, CST Student Preface I have found the concept of sexual health principles fascinating and helpful in practice over the last few months. As many of my clients know, I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. This certification has given me the insight and ability to help many clients struggling with their sexual behavior. While I am grateful for this training, I have resolved to go further than just helping people with problematic sexual behavior and operate in the realm of more generalized sexual health. This has led me to seek out training

June 2024

Let’s Address the Elephant in the Room

By |June 27th, 2024|

Have you ever asked yourself if it is ok to talk about sex with your therapist? The answer to that question is absolutely yes. Therapists have their own realm of expertise; every therapist knows their limits and boundaries regarding those topics. However, sex is a healthy and common thing that most humans have in common. Now, you may ask yourself why this is important. Why should I investigate this part of my life? There is no simple answer to the complexity of sex. However, sex cannot only boost your self-esteem and confidence, but it can also increase your physical health.

December 2023

You Are Someone You Need To Love, Too.

By |December 21st, 2023|

By: Kayli Beaty, LMFT Associate, Supervised By Dr. Mark White, LMFT-S Has the hand you’ve been dealt in life started to feel heavy? Have you found yourself working to please those around you even if it means constantly keeping your emotions and thoughts harbored? Here is a gentle reminder: You are someone you need to love, too. Deriving from Mark 12:31, people are called to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” What would it look like if you truly loved those around you as you loved yourself? Would they feel safe, connected, and satisfied, or would they feel ridiculed, judged, and

December 2021

The Ever-Present Calculator: A Message on Eating Disorders

By |December 29th, 2021|

By: Kayli Spears, MFT-Intern A 2020 research article on body shape ideals in the United States yielded that women “reported conflicting pressures to be thin while also having the desire to have curvier and fuller bodies” (Hunter et al., 2020, pp. 240). There has been yet another shift in the perception of the “perfect body” in the United States over the last couple of years. Similar to the changing of the seasons and the trends that come and go, society’s ideal body fluctuates as well. How can anyone win with what is “in” or “popular” when standards are constantly shifting?

March 2020

Progress vs. Perfection

By |March 24th, 2020|

I had an interesting conversation today about progress versus perfection.  This is a concept that gets discussed often in my office and I would like to expound on it; also I found the following, awesome, quote by Voltaire:  When we think of progress, what comes to mind?  I think of steady advancement toward a goal.  Whether that goal is a mental health accomplishment, a wood working project, a vehicle restoration, a scrap book, or recovery, progress is an incremental move toward a goal. Perfection is what?  I think it is an ideal, it is something that we hold in our mind as

Your Sense of Self

By |March 24th, 2020|

Your sense of self. What is it?  Who is it? How do you know?  What is it based on? Is it simply a list of all the roles and attributes that you have? If that is the case then I am a husband, driver, father, sighted-person, son, homed person, brother, right-handed person, friend, smeller of delicious scents, veteran, and therapist.   Some of these may seem silly, but consider the loss of one or more of these roles or attributes.  Anosmia is the loss of the sense of smell, the only reason I remember this is because of a Scrubs

Transformed by Renewing the Mind

By |March 24th, 2020|

So many life principles from the Bible apply to mental health. In Romans 12:2, Paul gives us just such a great life principle; becoming transformed by renewing the mind. In context, Paul had just addressed some ineffective patterns of worldly living. Then he states to not conform any longer to the old patterns, but instead to become transformed by renewing our minds. From a mental health perspective, I want to put some practical action on how to accomplish this. If I have an old, ineffective pattern of thinking due to my experience of life, but the truth of God’s design

January 2020

Declaration of DEPENDENCE

By |January 14th, 2020|

As a veteran and a proud American who holds our heritage, our flag, and our freedoms in high regard, I salute the flag and I stand at attention to honor our national anthem.  But today, on the eve of celebrating our national independence, there is a part of me that needs to voice my declaration of dependence. Part of our American heritage is the faith perspectives of our founding fathers.  While I am not a historian, it is my understanding that many of our founding fathers were faithful believers in Jesus Christ who endeavored to live by biblical principles.  Considering

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