Holidays with an Eating Disorder

10 tips for navigating the holidays with an eating disorderThe holiday season is here! Almost all holiday parties and gatherings revolve around food and drink. Although this can be fun for many, it can be frightening for those with disordered eating. Creating a sense of safety around food and meal planning is essential experiencing a joyful season with family and friends. Evidence-based research has shown that if you are someone who struggles with an eating disorder, it is beneficial to navigate the holidays with the help of your treatment…

Navigating Sexual Hurdles: Medication and Sexual Health

sexual health signWe have discussed, in previous posts, the benefit of visiting with a sex therapist. Sex therapy is a specialized form of therapy that addresses sexual concerns, functioning, relationship, and expression in men and women. A certified sex therapist has had considerable training in the physiological process of human sexuality, as well as, extensive training in psychotropic medications and their effect on sexual functioning. As a rule, we work collaboratively with other …

Mommy Holiday Stress

Kathy, I feel guilty and confused. We have always alternated holidays, but it’s getting to the point that I’m starting to dread the packing of the presents, side dishes, and the kids’ toys and diapers.  I hate the mall. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to start our own family traditions, but I just know my mother-in-law would be furious to not have Christmas at her house. We have school programs, church events, and Secret Santa at work. My husband and I try

Rene’ Parker, MA, LPC

Rene’ Parker earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Her primary mode of psychotherapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She works primarily with individuals and couples and facilitates group counseling. The group counseling has included topics such as depression,…

Kathy Bleitner, MEd, LPC

Kathy earned her Master of Education in Counseling Degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri as well as a National Certified Counselor. She has experience working with children and families. She uses play therapy with her young clients, and incorporates cognitive behavior and person centered therapy with adolescents, teens and adults.

Kathy believes that with support, patience, and caring, most problems…

Kate Steely, MA, LCPC

Kate Steely earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family therapy. She has experience with concerns such as unplanned pregnancy and new motherhood, grief and loss, divorce adjustment, trauma recovery, relationship concerns, addictions, anxiety,…