The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of year, while simultaneously bringing on extra stressors for many of us. Perfectionistic tendencies, comparison, depression and anxiety can all make an appearance as the stress increases. Here are a few tips to manage stress this season: Recognize and acknowledge your stress and emotions – Take […]

With holiday season quickly approaching, this frequently means increased time with family members. For many of us, our familial relationships can be complicated and complex, and the holiday season can bring an increase in anxiety. Going into this time of year with a good understanding of what boundaries you are needing to set to support […]

We all extend bids of connection in our relationships – this is how we connect, relate and engage with one another during small moments each day. What are bids of connection and how can we recognize when we or our partner are extending a bid? A bid of connection is simply one person extending an […]

Perspective taking is an important skill for couples. We feel heard, seen and understood when someone is able to see things from our point of view. What is perspective taking? Perspective taking is the ability to seek out understanding to see the world through another’s eyes. This skill uses our working memory, cognitive flexibility and […]

We all know that listening is a component of communicating, but we can easily underestimate the importance of this skill.  We tend to underestimate its importance when we assume this is a skill that we have already mastered. The reality is that most of us are listening to respond, instead of listening to seek understanding. […]

We have all heard how important boundaries are to have, but it is a continued topic that seems to be challenging for so many of us. Let’s start with breaking down that the different types of boundaries are. Look for future blog posts for more information on tips for boundary setting. Terri Cole is a […]

If you haven’t already, first check out our post: The Importance of Genuine Apologies Now that you have the basics of what makes an apology, time to dive in a little deeper. Did you know that we each have a preferred apology style? Dr. Gary Chapman (founder of the 5 love languages) has categorized apology […]

What is an apology? This question may seem obvious, but when we take a closer look at apologies, we can recognize that most of us could use a little work in this area. The reality is, most of us did not have genuine apologies modeled to us, and so now it is our job to […]

Convey a “No” with a “Yes, AND” answer. Our kids are smart. And they’re little energy readers. They know exactly what’s going on, even if they don’t have the language to articulate it. They’re good at asserting their needs and sticking to them. Maybe some of us adults could learn a thing or two from […]

Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. We’re Kelle and Leah, licensed mental health therapists in Stillwater, MN. We saw a huge need in our community for quality, modern mental health services for the WHOLE family – not just adults, or teens or couples, but for the children and itty bittys in our lives too (we […]

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