What Happens on the First Visit?

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~Horace Everything has a beginning. The beginning of therapy is the first session. The first session provides the client an opportunity to express what has brought them to therapy. The first session also provides the client an...

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What is therapy?

“We may define therapy as a search for value” ~ Abraham Maslow Therapy can be defined many different ways and it is not as simple a definition as you might imagine. A variety of words may be utilized interchangeably with therapy for example counseling and therapy tend...

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“CREATE YOURSELF” WOMEN’S GROUP

Times: Tuesdays 6-7:30 Starting: March 3rd Ages: 18+ Price: $20 per group Phone: 208-699-6817 Location: Cultivation Counseling 211 E. CDA Ave Ste 102 Facilitated by: Darlene Pessein LCSW & Randi Devine LMSW   Yearning For Change? Needing More Clear Direction for Your...

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A More Balanced Look at How Gaming Affects the Brain

I recently ran across a great article about the effects gaming has on the brain.  The best part of the article by far is this info-graphic.  This takes a less biased look at what we know so far about how gaming is affecting the brains of those prone to over use.  I...

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New Therapist Joins the Cultivation Team!

Cultivation Counseling is excited to welcome the newest addition to their team- Tiffany Farrar. Tiffany is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Originally from Texas, Tiffany attended college at Henderson State University in Arkansas where she received a bachelor's...

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How to Drink Water!

Drinking water is super important, and has great health benefits. Some people find that staying hydrated is pretty easy, but to others (like myself) drinking enough water doesn't come naturally. This blog first lists some of the wonderful benefits that come with...

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LIMITING SCREEN TIME HAS BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN

A new study finds that limiting screen time has a "ripple effect" for kids: "Douglas Gentile, lead author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, says the effect is not immediate and that makes it difficult for parents to recognize. As a...

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Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

I ran across a great web site today and wanted to share it as a resource.  Many people suffer from suicidal thoughts.  After working for over a year in a local emergency department performing psychological evaluations I found that these types of thoughts don't...

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10 Reasons Animals and Pets are Awesome for Mental Health

Increases opportunity for socialization provides comfort offers non-judgmental companionship produces opportunity for healthy exercise routines forms opportunities to express empathy creates examples of behavioral cues that can help build social skills intelligence...

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Internet & Gaming Addiction: New Drug of Choice?

I think back to the first time I held the original Nintendo controller in my hands.  It was 1987, I was just 7 years old when Nintendo introduced their first console on the market.  I couldn't have been more excited.  I had played a little Atari before this, and while...

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The Big 4

There is often a common theme that continually comes up in the counseling office when working with individuals struggling with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, or any number of diagnosis.  This theme is almost always brought up by the therapist, and if you have ever...

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How to Be Happy in the Middle of Winter!

I don't know about where you live, but where I am there is about a foot of snow on the ground! As we near the end of February, it feels like spring should be right around the corner. However, if you live in the northern hemisphere as I do, then you probably know that...

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Take Five!

Recently I attended a professional seminar on emotional literacy. In the seminar, the idea of a “meta-moment” was introduced. A meta-moment is when you take around 5 minutes out of what you are involved in, and take a step back. Use a meta-moment when you feel like...

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Do You Suffer from Anxiety?

Not all Online tests are created equal. Some are research based and have actual applicability. Note that all tests should be considered informative only. they are not an actual diagnosis. Here is one of our favorite online tests for anxiety. From Psych Central: Do You...

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What is Therapy?

  “We may define therapy as a search for value” ~ Abraham Maslow   Therapy can be defined many different ways and it is not as simple a definition as you might imagine. A variety of words may be utilized interchangeably with therapy for example counseling and therapy...

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What Are You Looking For?

Every day we wake up. Every day we think thoughts. Every day we engage in behavior or specific actions. Sometimes waking up feels meaningful and exciting. Other times waking leaves us with a feeling of purposelessness. Some days we wake up and accomplish great things,...

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Acceptance is Powerful. Acceptance is Hard!

  So lets break this down a little.  What is acceptance?  At first glance I assumed that it was being OK with whatever is going on.  This is how I convinced myself I didn't need to work on acceptance in the first place.  I have this ability to convince myself that I...

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Save the Males: The Coeur d ‘Alene Men’s Group

Men in the 21st century are facing unique challenges that their fathers and grandfathers did not. Consequently we see men who appear lost, bored, or drifting through life without goals or direction. Fewer men are attending college, choosing to get married, and raise...

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Stop Shoulding on Yourself!

  Have you ever heard the term "Stop Shoulding on Yourself"? It's a psychological term coined by Albert Ellis. The concept insists that humans stop attempting to utilize the word SHOULD to get themselves motivated. As the new year begins have you been trying to...

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Tips for Starting Off Spring Semester 2014!

Clean and Recycle! Go through your book bag and empty it out of all the garbage, old papers, and random junk. Do the same for your desk, drawers, and all around your dorm. If there is old papers or homework you want to keep, find a place to store them. The best system...

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16 Health Benefits of Yoga

What is Yoga? yo·ga ˈyōgə/ noun noun: yoga 
a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.   16 Benefits of Practicing...

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