July 30, 2019

What’s a Social Anxiety Disorder?

May 30, 2019
Pain Counseling

Understanding Pain

March 18, 2019
depression and men

Avoidance and Low Mood

Let’s say you have a project due for school in two days and it’s stressing you out. You know you need to work on it today, but you find yourself playing a game instead. You know this project will take at least a couple of hours, but there are other […]
January 30, 2019

Worried Sick with Illness Anxiety (Hypochondria)

I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for months. I encourage people with anxiety about becoming ill to contact me and discuss treatment. I’m seeing an increase in MS concerns after Selma Blair courageously began posting her story on Instagram. See her story here. Symptoms of health and […]
October 7, 2018

Too Worried & Anxious: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GAD: When worry is a problem. 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 […]
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 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 […]
January 1, 2011

What Causes Depression?

Depression often doesn’t have just one cause. It can be caused by a number of things together. You may have no idea why you have become depressed.  Whatever its cause, depression is not just a state of mind. It is linked to changes in your brain. Some of the more […]
January 1, 2011

Connecting to Humanity When You Feel All Alone

There are times when we feel that even if we are surrounded by other people in our lives, we are alone. We must go through this difficult journey called life by ourselves, no matter if we’re married or if we have children or close friends. And that’s a very lonesome […]
January 2, 2011

Mindfulness-Based Counseling

Mindfulness-Based Therapy Helps Prevent Depression Relapse ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) — Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears to be similar to maintenance antidepressant medication for preventing relapse or recurrence among patients successfully treated for depression, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives […]
January 2, 2011
couples counseling

Characteristics of Great Relationships

1) Solid Friendship: Couples who have a strong friendship have lasting stability. They’re not only in love, but honestly like each other as people. They enjoy spending time together and think of each other as a best-friend. 2) Seek Communication: Many couples are not very good at communication. In order […]
January 2, 2011
Couples Counseling West Fargo ND

What If He Won’t Go to See a Counselor?

Don’t Wait If Your Relationship Is Struggling One of the more common excuses made by individuals when it comes to not seeking help is that their partner wasn’t willing to seek help as well. It’s an understandable, but keeps the couple stuck. Counseling outcome improve if both partners participate in […]
January 2, 2011

Understanding Anxiety

Everybody has some familiarity with feeling anxious. Anxiety is the feeling of worry, apprehension, fear and/or panic in response to situations which seem overwhelming, threatening, unsafe or uncomfortable. You may experience anxiety as an intense worry before a final exam, the nervousness felt before making a presentation, or the heightened […]
January 2, 2011

Focus = Happiness

Researchers at Harvard University have found that about 47 percent of people’s waking hours are spent out of focus and not living in the moment. Our minds tend to easily wander towards what’s happened in the past and what’s to come next in the future, leaving our present activities not […]
January 2, 2011

The 10 Rules of Change

The 10 Rules of Change Source: Psychology Today By Stan Goldberg, December 20, 2010 Change is difficult but it’s not impossible, nor does it have to be traumatic, according to change expert Stan Goldberg, Ph.D. Here, he lays out the 10 principles he deems necessary for successful change. My mother […]
January 3, 2011

Happiness is a Focused Mind

Source: Jenifer Goodwin, HealthDay 12/16/2010 If you want to be happy, try to stay focused. New research shows that when people’s minds drifted from the task or activity at hand, they reported being less happy than when they were fully engaged in whatever they were doing. The human mind is […]
January 3, 2011

Using the “Motivation Question Loop” to Stay Focused

MOTIVATION QUESTION LOOP: Need to get started on something or stay motivated once you’ve started a project? Ask yourself these questions over and over until it sticks. 1. What do you want to accomplish? 2. Why is this goal important to you? 3. What are the consequences if you do […]
January 8, 2011

Focus and Problem Solving

When we look at many aspects of our lives, our instinctive reaction is to pay attention to the deficits of the situation, to focus on what’s wrong. When you ask people, “What is the most effective way to solve a problem?” 83 percent say, “Find out what is wrong and […]
January 8, 2011

Understanding Self-Esteem

UNDERSTANDING SELF-ESTEEM Simply self-esteem (SE) means wanting the best for yourself on a daily basis. Talking with a counselor can help you to explore these concerns. Common Feelings/behaviors and Low SE: 1. Rejection (“I knew they wouldn’t like me”) 2. Judged (“They talk about me and think I’m inferior”) 3. […]
January 16, 2011

Overcoming Depression One Day at a Time

This is a guest post from John Van Sickel of Walking the Black Dog, a blog about overcoming depression. One of the byproducts of our sedentary & isolated contemporary life is the growing epidemic of depression. Over 120 million people worldwide are affected by the black dog of depression, as […]
January 16, 2011

Learn How to Edit Your Commitments

Cut out everything that’s not necessary and you’ve got a more meaningful life. I highly recommend editing your life. Take an inventory of the commitments in your life. Here are some common ones: Work – we have multiple commitments at our jobs. List them all. Side work – side jobs […]
January 21, 2011

Living Well

Living Well Living well is the difference between living half awake or living a full, beautiful life. It’s a very simple concept with many lessons. Living consciously is the best gift you can give to yourself. The act of conscious living is more about a way of being and seeing […]