Avoidance (Sarah James)

We each do it to varying degrees so it’s something we all have in common. Maybe you are avoiding that uncomfortable conversation with your boss. Or you change the subject (again) when your partner tries to connect with you. Maybe you look at the caller ID and don’t answer the phone call from your mother because it just feels too...[ read more ]

Being Hurt by the Church (Sarah James)

Church Wounds   Unfortunately, the places we are supposed to feel safe and protected can be the very places where we experience pain and abuse. Sadly, the church is not excluded from being one of those places that hurt people.   Signs of misuse of power may create cultures of fear, confusion, or exclusion.   There can be long-lasting effects...[ read more ]

Sarah James (Registered Intern at Renew Counseling)- Introduction

Sarah is dedicated to creating a welcoming, warm environment from the moment the client walks through the door. She knows past experiences and present struggles do not define who we are but can interfere with daily living. Sarah is passionate about walking alongside clients who find themselves in a difficult season and helping those who may be hurting. Sarah guides clients...[ read more ]

Mental Health Awareness Month- Brianna Kegelman

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!! 1 in 5 adults experience Mental Illness each year, which is approximately 52.9 million people (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)).  This Statistic is aimed to help people realize that they are not alone, as is Mental Health Awareness Month.  In May, we aim to help those effected by mental Illness and to let...[ read more ]

Anxiety Thermometer- Brianna Kegelman

I often times like to describe one’s Anxiety like a thermometer.  Imagining at the very bottom of the thermometer you’re feeling good or “normal”, with typical day to day functioning.  The very top of the thermometer would be your most anxious moment.  This would typically be a moment of a panic or anxiety attack, or right before one.  Can you...[ read more ]

Lgbtq+ -Brianna Kegelman

 LGBTQ+ Gender and sexuality topics, quite frankly, have a long past when it comes to society and even in the counseling field.   First, sexuality and gender identity have come extremely far in the counseling field and in society.  However, this does not mean that there is not work to be done.  Instead of labeling or putting someone in a...[ read more ]

Brianna Kegelman, M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Brianna Kegelman, M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern (she/her)   My experience and life in the mental health field is anything but new.  I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Exceptional Education from University of Central Florida.  This is where some of my credentials are from, but this is...[ read more ]

How Trauma Effects Women

In honor of Women's History Month I wanted to focus some of this months blog posting on to topics in the mental health community through the lens of women. My last blog post and recent social media posting focus on trauma in all communities; however in the interest of celebrating this month I wanted to provide you guys with an...[ read more ]

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