Mental Health

Back-To-School Blues?
Back-To-School Blues?

Parents have a lot on their plate: mortgage payments, healthcare, caring for elderly parents, raising kids, just to name a few. As the new school year gets underway, they face additional stressors — paying for back-to-school supplies, clothes and...

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Anger and Growing Up
Anger and Growing Up

I come from a passionate, Irish heritage.  We said what was on our minds.  It wasn’t until later that I learned that not all families were like that, but I also learned that many of my clients struggled with similar issues.  Over the years, I...

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Anger Gets a Bum Rap
Anger Gets a Bum Rap

If anger is an emotion like happy, sad and glad, why does it have such a bad reputation?  Before answering that we need a definition.  Like all emotions, it is a response to a person or event that involves our thinking, feeling and usually our...

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NCC Community Block Party!
NCC Community Block Party!

On April 6, The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center (NCC) hosted its annual spring fundraiser at the Lagunitas Community Brewing Room. Around 160 of NCC’s friends, both new and old, gathered for the NCC Community Block Party in NE Portland. “All...

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One Size Does Not Fit All
One Size Does Not Fit All

One of the tools available to people trying to learn how to be happy – or how not to be unhappy – is self-help books, articles, podcasts, etc. Such resources can be very helpful. It is useful, however, to understand that humans don’t come in one...

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Feeding the Wolves
Feeding the Wolves

At one time or another, we have all struggled with trying to let go of ruminating thoughts about an injustice or insult we have experienced.  What was said and how we could have/should have responded starts a negative, harmful loop in our brain...

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Self-Compassion
Self-Compassion

Not too many of us would see compassion as negative. Hopefully it is something we all desire to give and receive.  But, what about self-compassion?  Do we have the same positive reaction or do we slip into thinking we’re selfish? If you think...

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