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 have found that I get a better result with the young people I work with by taking a more balanced approach when discussing gaming addiction and its effects.  Take a look and see how you can incorporate the information below when setting limits with your kids or loved ones.  It looks to me like if you aspire to be an obese, moody person who is good at solving new problems, then violent video games are for...
New Therapist Joins the Cultivation Team!

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 degree in sports and community recreation. Tiffany went on to receive her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Henderson State. During this time she also worked for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, which reaffirmed to Tiffany that she wanted a career working with people. After receiving her master’s, Tiffany started an internship at Eliada Homes in North Carolina where she worked with adolescents in foster care within a residential treatment setting. After her internship, Tiffany began working at the residential treatment program, Innercept, in the Coeur d’Alene area.   Tiffany specializes in working with adolescents and young adults who have anxiety, depression, a history of self-harm, a history of substance abuse, or are bi-polar. In her therapeutic approach, Tiffany uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), client or person-centered therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Tiffany enjoys long distance running, camping, hiking, and playing with her two dogs. Cultivation Counseling is excited to have Tiffany as a member of our team! Tiffany is now accepting new clients in both our Coeur d’Alene and Moscow...
How to Drink Water!

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 drinking enough water. Then I will list a couple of strategies that have worked for me to become better at drinking water. The Benefits of Drinking Water: helps control calorie intake by using water as a healthy substitute for other higher calorie drinks prevents muscles from getting too tired by provided hydration to cells helps your kidneys do their job more effectively prevents constipation prevents headaches caused by dehydration can improve your complexion increases cognitive functioning Tips to Start Drinking More Water Get Your Own Bottle: To save money and the environment, invest in your own re-usable bottle for water. I picked out own that I thought was cute, and that had a straw. For some reason I have found that having a straw allows me to drink more during the day. Prepare: Thoroughly wash out your bottle before bed, refill it, and stick it in the fridge. This way you will have a fresh bottle in the morning that is easy to grab on your way out the door. Be Accountable: Something that has really helped me drink more water was making a pact with someone who I knew would hold me accountable, and check up with my water drinking. Ask someone in your life to hold you accountable to drinking water. Add Flavor: I have been putting lemon slices in my water, and it is...
Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

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 discriminate.  People from all walks of life, with a range of life circumstances and situations can be affected by these thoughts. There are a few common threads that would show up with these individuals.  Most of them suffered from depression, and had been dealing with it for a long time.  Another common theme was lack of support.  Many individuals had strained family relationships, had stopped going/never started counseling and felt pretty hopeless.  Often times as well these thoughts were circumstantial, meaning that they had just had a major life event, death of a loved one, broken relationship, among others. If you or a loved one suffer from depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts, it is time to reach out.  There are numerous resources available to help. Counseling can be a great way to move through these feelings and move toward happiness and fulfillment.  We can help, give us a call and set up an appointment today. Resources:  1(800)-273-TALK (National Suicide Prevention...
10 Reasons Animals and Pets are Awesome for Mental Health

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 can serve as examples of strong, healthy relationships offers opportunities to learn responsibility decreases lonlieness can teach respect for living...
Internet & Gaming Addiction: New Drug of Choice?

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 I loved the Star Wars game on that platform, it was nothing compared to Super Mario Brothers and their quest to save Princess Peach in all of its 16 bit glory!  I’m sure there are other thirty somethings out there who can identify.  I wanted to start this blog off with warm happy feelings in regard to gaming because it will likely not end that way.  Those same thirty somethings that remember gaming so fondly are the same people who are wondering why they can’t get their kids away from the console/internet.  The games of today are not the same, nor are the issues and difficulties faced by the most recent generation when it comes to gaming and Internet use.  I am hoping to shed some light on this problem, as well as offer support. The first real question that I get is “is gaming/internet addiction a real thing?”  My answer is an emphatic yes!  Companies that create games and gaming platforms depend on it.  The whole point behind producing a game today is to hook the player of the game so they become dependent on it and continue to play/purchase/rate/review/watch the game, thus effectively funding and advertising the game for the company.  The latest edition of the DSM (DSM-V) mentions gaming/internet addiction and will likely be including it...