Depression in Grand Rapids, MI

The word “depression” has become an integral part of the American vocabulary, and it is no wonder since depression rates are on the rise. Between 2016 and 2017, depression rates increased by 18%. Recently, a study found that Grand Rapids, MI has the highest rate of depression compared to other […]

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A National Violence Prevention Hotline: Why and How?

[Episode 31 of the Intentional Clinician Podcast] The National Violence Prevention Hotline was inspired by real-life events in the United States. Amidst a scourge of school shootings, one school shooter in Georgia was stopped, not by a gun, but by the compassion of an innocent bystander. Some potentially lethal situations […]

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What is Bibliotherapy?

“Bibliotherapy” may be a term that is unfamiliar to you, but it is a unique idea that has both historical and modern scientific support. The term “bibliotherapy” originated in 1916 and essentially means reading for therapy. The term was first used in an article called “A Literary Clinic” in The […]

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Growing up “Black” in the United States, Fear, Empathy, and more with Chris Blount

Growing up “Black” in the United States

Growing up “Black” in the United States, Fear, Empathy, and more with Chris Blount Episode 29 of The Intentional Clinician Paul Krauss MA LPC and Chris Blount discuss his experiences growing up as a male, African-American individual in the United States. Chris talks about growing up in the African-American community, […]

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Meet Brendan Cole

Meet Brendan Cole

Meet Brendan Cole Hello, my name is Brendan Cole and I am one of the new Therapists located at Health for Life Grand Rapids. In this post I intend to share a little about myself and how I ended up in the field of Counseling! Before my career in Counseling was certain, I was a dedicated […]

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How to End Self-Criticism with Dr. Karthik Ramanan

How to End Self-Criticism with Dr. Karthik Ramanan (plus more on EMDR Therapy)

How to End Self-Criticism with Dr. Karthik Ramanan (plus more on EMDR Therapy) [Episode 28] The Intentional Clinician Paul Krauss MA LPC and Dr. Karthik Ramanan talk about Dr.K’s passion for working with people and working to help them end self-criticism. Dr. Karthik Ramanan discusses many techniques he utilizes with […]

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Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion with Sivie Suckerman, LMHC

Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion

Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion with Sivie Suckerman, LMHC Episode 27 In episode 27 of The Intentional Clinician, Paul Krauss MA LPC talks with Sivie Suckerman LMHC about Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion. Sivie discusses how to gain the ability to observe one’s experiences with both kindness and curiosity. Sivie and Paul talk about […]

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I Don't Go to Counseling

“I Don’t Go to Counseling!”

“I Don’t Go to Counseling!” Part One By The Manly Counselor I remember one time talking to a male friend of mine about counseling and he informed me that “I think going to counseling and talking about your feelings is weird and not something men should do”. I found this to be […]

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Rock vs. Clay

Rock vs. Clay

Rock vs. Clay By Bridget Nash MA LLPC Anxiety is one of the most common issues I see in teens and young adults. I had a ten-year-old in my office recently who was struggling with some pretty severe anxiety—especially around school. I wanted to help her conceptualize her anxiety in a […]

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Fighting the Media’s Attempt to Dysregulate Us

Fighting the Media’s Attempt to Dysregulate Us

Fighting the Media’s Attempt to Dysregulate Us By The Manly Counselor Part Three of Media Consumption and Body Dysregulation One day I remember I was driving down the highway with a friend of mine and we were discussing what makes a billboard so effective at getting people to pull off the […]

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