Emerald Blog

Transformation Series: From the Green Velvet Couch

Transformation Series: From the Green Velvet Couch By Shelly Baer, LCSW, SAP This is the first of a three part series on how becoming healthier and making subtle changes can actually transform us into the person we have always dreamed of being. As a licensed...

Grief

  We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend. - Brene Brown Healing requires us to live courageously and allow ourselves to fully experience the feelings of loss and grief. - Brene Brown There are...

Pets and Mental Health

  “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz Unless, of course, you’re more of a cat person. In my short 30 years of life, I have concluded that dog really is man’s best friend. Through personal experience, as well as my educational background in Psychology and...

Recovery Resources

Gratitude

  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It doesn’t seem to be too over-commercialized yet and is usually a day of family and friends and food. Behind the holiday, going back toit’s official proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is gratitude....

Parenting & Relationships

Suicide Prevention

  What to do if you are a parent/friend/third party of someone who is talking about suicide: So far in this series, we have discussed the risk factors and warning signs of someone who isthinking about suicide. What if someone you love starts talking to you about their...

Marriage: Resolving Conflict

Six steps to resolving conflict in marriage: 1. Choose an optimal time and placea. Pick a quiet place so that you can hear one another.b. Avoid any other distractionsc. Some prefer to meet at home, if so, choose a room withno one else in the room.d. If it is not...

Fostering Resilience

  Some Facts About Suicide and What You Can Do By Leslie Faulkner (LPCA) and Miranda Farthing (LPCA) As of June 2018, suicide has been the 10 th leading cause of death in the US, and itsrate continues to increase each year. It is so important that we all learn the...

Self Care Tips

Grief

  We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend. - Brene Brown Healing requires us to live courageously and allow ourselves to fully experience the feelings of loss and grief. - Brene Brown There are...

Pets and Mental Health

  “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz Unless, of course, you’re more of a cat person. In my short 30 years of life, I have concluded that dog really is man’s best friend. Through personal experience, as well as my educational background in Psychology and...