Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.
If you have pets that you love dearly, you probably already know the answer to this question... YES! I can speak from experience. We have 3 dogs and, even though at times they can be really annoying and a lot of work, they brighten our lives in many, many ways.
So did you all make it through the holidays? A particular Christmas present from my nephew gave me the inspiration for this blog today. He and my sister gave me and my husband a picture of them donating pet food and supplies to a local shelter and explained that they donated these items on behalf of us and our love for animals. Hands down- It was the best gift we received from anyone. It came from the heart, they took time out of their lives, and it didn't cost much.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! The holidays are officially here! Unfortunately, sometimes holidays are stressful, not just because there's so much to do and not enough time or because of finances, but because of family discord. Not all families get along splendidly and holidays are especially good at pointing this out. Whether you don't get along with your in-laws, parents, or siblings, there are a few things you can do to make the holidays more enjoyable.
What better day to write about the weather changing that Daylight Savings Day? Around this time of year, some of us start to feel irritable, down, or tired. The sun is shining less, it's cold out, and it gets dark earlier. People who suffer from seasonal depression can be diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD typically rears its ugly head in fall and lasts through the winter months.
Recently I have been witnessing, participating in, and reading a lot about this idea of getting out of your comfort zone. In therapy, it's something I talk with clients about regularly. Trying new things to get out of the emotional rut they are in or trying something new or that they've been avoiding as a type of exposure therapy to decrease their anxiety. This idea isn't new to me, but I began to wonder how often I actually do this. I am a pretty routine person. If you ask my husband, he would say I'm about 99% predictable. I always have been, even as a child. I like to be on time, I keep my word, I like a routine life, and having a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plan. It feels good to me. I can't think of too many situations that I avoid due to anxiety, not to say that I never suffer from anxiety. I used to be incredibly anxious meeting with new clients especially if I felt they were intellectually superior to me. It was never a choice to avoid this because it wasn't an option for my practice to fail. So, I pushed through and dealt with whatever emotions came up. Eventually, I got over it. I realized that they were there to see me because what they had been doing hasn't been working so I must hold some information they don't have.