October 7, 2018

Too Worried & Anxious: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the most common types of anxiety disorders. People often describe emotional and physical symptoms related to anxiety to their primary care providers. Medication and counseling are often recommended. However, this is often a brief conversation and despite an attempt to get help, anxiety […]
August 16, 2018

New Guidelines For Sleep Medication

It’s easy to rely on a sleep aid to get your beauty rest. But what if the consequences to your health are greater than the benefits? Or if the longterm use leads to physical or psychological dependence? Many people struggling to prioritize sleep habits will turn to benzodiazepine medication too […]
June 9, 2018
Anxiety & Depression | Fargo, ND

Uncertainty = Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is an intense emotional and cognitive state. In this state, a person is scanning his or her environment and attempting to process information quickly. Depending on the individual, a person may be more inclined to scan and be hyper-responsive to: visual cues or triggers in the environment sounds around them […]
February 1, 2018
Taking a medication for anxiety and depression?

Is your anti-anxiety medication depleting essential nutrients?

At CLCEC, your counselor is curious about your overall health. People taking medication for depression and anxiety may be at high risk of nutritional deficiency with longterm use certain medications. High risk populations include: people who smoke and/or drink People with poor nutritional intake/diet Elderly People living with a serious […]
December 11, 2017
Why am I still depressed?

Why Am I Still Depressed? 

It’s helpful to think of depression more as a symptom-state than a disorder, because multiple changes have to unfold in a person’s body for “depression” to occur. In other words, it takes a stack of changes for mental functioning to decline.  The stack of changes can vary leading to different sub-types […]
May 2, 2017
Can EMDR counseling help?

What’s EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) pairs eye movements with cognitive processing of the traumatic memories or anxiety-inducing experiences. EMDR usually begins with affect/sensory management techniques, such as relaxation. Once an individual progresses to the processing stage of treatment, the individual is asked to be present with the traumatic memory and identify images, beliefs, […]
May 2, 2017
Anxiety Counseling: Why Choose Us?

We Offer Exposure-Based CBT for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Living with an anxiety disorder is painful and debilitating. It will take work and dedication, but you can break free from an anxiety disorder. The last decade of research has truly changed how clinicians treat anxiety disorders. Modern treatments are highly effective and research-supported. Treatment usually requires 6 – 22 sessions. Many people […]
May 2, 2017
Depression Disorders: Why Choose Us?

We Offer Behavioral Activation Therapy for the Treatment of Depression Disorders

Behavioral Activation Therapy is an effective treatment for depression disorders. It offers a strong partnership between the individual and the therapist to work together as a team to increase motivation and decrease avoidant coping patterns. Full treatment is usually 20 – 24 session, but brief therapy can be completed in […]
May 1, 2017
Anxiety Journal with Counseling Support

Journaling Tips for Depression Treatment

Many people enjoy capturing their thoughts and moods on paper or in digital format. Expressing your thoughts can be a cathartic way to document your very personal journey with depression and recovery. Maybe you have tried to journal in the past, and it didn’t seem to add benefit to your […]
October 30, 2016

Self-Care Cure 

In the Midwest, many warm-hearted people believe that neglecting oneself is a sign of a good person. However, for some people this belief can be the root cause of sleep disorders, mood problems and patterns of interpersonal conflict. When this belief becomes too rigid, it often has an origin in […]
May 5, 2016

When Art Captures Depression

Depression isn’t funny. However, people who have experienced depression can be really funny. Struggling with depression, recovering from depression or love someone with depression? Please take 10 minutes and appreciate Hyperbole and Half‘s brilliant creation titled Depression, Part II.          
April 25, 2016
Depression and Menopause

Struggling with Depression & Menopause? What Every Women Should Learn Now.

Struggling with Depression & Menopause? If you’re a woman who has struggled with hormonal balance, chances are you’re used to hearing comments like… “Oh, my mom didn’t experience that.” “Really, I’ve never had PMS.” “How’s your diet? You should try essential oils.” “My period just stopped one day. That’s all. […]
April 25, 2016

Wellness Handouts 4 Clients

Please print and use the following handouts if you have requested help to modify your diet, sleep or wellness routine.  Complete between your sessions. Thank you! Healthy Eating Makeover Healthy Lifestyle Checklist
February 15, 2016

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Most women have heard the term “baby blues” before. This is a common experience that refers to a short period of adjustment, both hormonal and lifestyle, which women go through after having their child. It’s easy to see why having a baby is a major life […]
January 16, 2016

ADHD & Time Awareness: Using a Planner

PLANNER KICK-OFF ACTIVITY  A planner is an effective tool when used properly. Yet, most adults living with ADHD struggle to find it helpful. They struggle to understand time awareness and consistently use their planner. It helps to start off strong and prep your planner with essential information. Kick-off your planner-pre […]
January 10, 2016

Recurrent Depression is a Serious Medical Concern

Ever wonder what it’s like to live with recurrent depression or know it all too well? This video can help you explain it to your loved ones. Wondering if 2016 is the year that you reach out for help? Please take depression symptoms seriously. It may take time to recovery, but it’s […]
November 8, 2015

Emotional Health Podcast

Ted Radio Hour, NPR, recently aired a program on emotions and well-being. The speakers are both inspiring and courageous in discussing their own struggles with social connection, emotion regulation, and coping with depression. I encourage you to listen to the program. Topics include Aspergers Disorder, coping with negative emotions and understanding depression. Go […]
October 13, 2015

Feel Anxiety and Get Better

It’s important to learn the most effective tool to manage anxiety- feeling your emotions. Anxiety only exists when you’re focusing on it and you believe that you’re in danger. The most important skill is learning how to be anxious. Sounds wild, right? Often, many people not only have difficulty feeling […]
May 16, 2015


Print Free ADHD Handout: coaching questions Adults living with ADHD will often struggle with the following concerns: Getting started on a task or project Identifying action steps and proper order of steps to complete a project Inhibiting internal thoughts and external distractions Shifting focus too frequently or hyper-focusing too long […]
May 14, 2015

Anxiety & Depression: Common Behaviors Handout

The handout provides a list of common behaviors which increase depression and anxiety. The behaviors provide temporary symptom relief but keep people stuck in unhealthy patterns. Counseling therapy can help to learn new skills and healthier ways to cope with uncomfortable emotions. We’d like to offer you a Free Handout […]
May 14, 2015

Anxiety & Depression: Common Thought Pattern Handout

We’d like to offer you a Free Handout listing examples of common thinking patterns which occur when struggling with anxiety and depression.  It is common to overestimate negative threats and underestimate your ability to cope with a stressful situation. Please click on the link below to review or download the handout: Print Color […]
May 13, 2015

More About Counseling Services at CLCEC

Conscious Living Counseling & Education Center (CLCEC) offers clinical counseling and educational resources for adults living with anxiety, depression and/or ADHD. CLCEC Services Include: Counseling for Anxiety and Panic Disorders Addressing an anxiety disorder isn’t an easy task. However, with focus, practical tools and an eye on your goal, you will make progress. Counseling treatment for anxiety […]
November 21, 2014

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Sunlight helps you get the vital nutrient vitamin D. But how does this process work in your body? UV-B rays from the sun hit the skin transforming a type of cholesterol into vitamin D3. Now D3 is not something useful for your body. It has to travel to the liver and get processed then […]
September 19, 2014

Counseling & Rewiring Through Practice

Have you ever wanted to change a habit that has been with you for many years? It can be mentally and physically draining to change. One reason is that our brain has to change at the level of neurons (the brain cells that communicate with one another). The brain has […]
August 21, 2014

People Living With ADHD Can Focus

A common misconception about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is that those with the diagnosis are unable to pay attention to anything. But this is a limited representation and usually not the case. For example, let’s say someone with ADHD is highly interested in math but not English. English class might […]