How to Cope with the Anxiety, Fear, Panic, Frustration, Disruption, and Stress from the Coronavirus

How to Cope with the Anxiety, Fear, Panic, Frustration, Disruption, and Stress from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (And a Meditation Exercise) [Episode 41 of the Intentional Clinician] Paul Krauss MA LPC discusses the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in terms of its effects on our mental Health. Many […]

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On Anxiety, Control, Change, and the Unpredictability of the Future

[Episode 36 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast] Paul Krauss MA LPC shares some of his thoughts on topics relating to anxiety, control, change, and the unpredictability of the future. He discusses anxiety about outcomes that are looming, but not necessarily certain. When we worry about these circumstances, we are seeking […]

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Self-Care in the Gray Months

Harsh winter weather is no stranger to West Michigan. During this time, many individuals find themselves feeling more stressed and “down”. The lack of sunshine can interfere with the body’s circadian rhythms. You may find that your melatonin levels increase, making you more sleepy, and your serotonin levels decrease, making […]

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Video Game Addiction Help in Grand Rapids, MI

Video games are not new, but they are more addictive than ever. Compared to video games of the past, modern video games are extremely immersive, social, and addictive. About 5% of the American population of children is addicted to internet video games, and that is a problem for parents across […]

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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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