Pregnancy Loss: Starting the Conversation

Published on: October 9, 2017

It happens a lot, more often than most know because it is rarely talked about — miscarriage. The statistic is staggering: 1 in 4 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage, and some experts estimate as many as 40 percent of all conceptions end in a loss. It happened to Mary (*fictional client). It was a just a few weeks after conception, and she had commenced daydreaming about her beautiful baby and the size he/she had grown in her belly. She had fallen in love, and then the dreaded happened. She woke up and felt different and the doctor was unable to… Continue Reading This Article

The All-Important Family Dinner

Published on: September 21, 2017

Life is hectic. Between shuffling the kids from extracurricular activities, getting your work done, and taking care of life’s many chores it is easy to let family dinner time fall by the wayside — but that is exactly why it is so important.   In fact, research shows family dinners are among the most important things you can do as a family. Children who eat family dinners do better in school, eat healthier, and make better life choices; and parents who have family dinners report lower levels of stress, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and… Continue Reading This Article

Starting School Is Hard For Parents Too

Published on: August 28, 2017

Be it kindergarten or college, sending your child off to school can be a difficult thing for parents. There are a mix of emotions, it is bittersweet as they say. Starting a new chapter in life is exciting and school is such a wonderful thing for all children. It is where they grow and learn and find themselves. For mom and dad there are moments of pride — “thats my kid!” — accompanied by moments of grief — “when did he get so grown up? where did the time go?” As the kids gather their backpacks and lunch boxes, and… Continue Reading This Article

School Days Are Beginning, Start Healthy

Published on: August 2, 2017

It is almost time for back to school. Whether you are a college student going away for the first time or a middle schooler getting ready to enter high school — change can be hard. Really hard.   Lets be honest there are a lot of ways to look at back to school — you could look at the parents and the stress (or relief) they experience sending their children off, or you could look at the child/teen/young adult and some of the things that might be going through their always-moving brains. For the sake of this blog post we… Continue Reading This Article

The Struggle for Parents to Manage Teen’s Technology Usage

Published on: July 14, 2017

There is no question that teens are spending way too much time on social networks, and in turn— studies have shown — their mental health is suffering. Social media and constant text messaging from peers have become so integral to teens lives that in many cases it is leading to more anxiety, depression, and decreased self-esteem. No Escape With the use of social media, there is no escape from the stressors of adolescent peer-to-peer relationships. No escape from bullying and a constant exposure to a skewed and unrealistic view of others’ lives. Teens are spending more time glued to their… Continue Reading This Article

It’s Summer, Time to Focus on Your Child’s Mental Health

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Published on: June 15, 2017

    Summer is here and that means more time to focus on things other than school, such as mental health. If you noticed changes in your child/teens demeanor during the school year, or they appear to be struggling then it might be time to bring them into counseling especially while they have the time to focus on mental health. By giving them the tools to work through emotions, and helping them to get to the core of their distress they will be better prepared come September. How can you tell if your child is in need of therapy services?… Continue Reading This Article

Struggles with Infertility: How to Talk about It

Published on: May 25, 2017

You have been trying for years to get pregnant, and nothing is working. You feel defeated. You feel incomplete. You feel broken. Hurt. Embarrassed. Sad. Alone. Infertility is a real problem — one that over 7 million couples face — yet it is often kept a secret. Hard to Talk About It is hard to talk about, understandably so — it is extremely personal.  It feels like you did something wrong, something unspeakable. But why does it feel so shameful when it is really out of your control? You couldn’t have predicted this. You don’t know what is going on… Continue Reading This Article

Postpartum Depression: One Woman’s Story

Published on: May 9, 2017

Many times we expect a smooth transition after having a baby. After all, we do expect it to be the happiest time of our lives, right? Well, what happens when it doesn’t turn out to be the happiest time of our life? Let’s take a look at Grace’s story (fictionalized client). Grace is a new mom who had her first baby four months ago. She called Move Forward Counseling when she found herself crying uncontrollably, unable to get to work, and excessive and frequent thoughts of something happening to her baby or her spouse. “I don’t feel like myself” During… Continue Reading This Article

Debunking the Many Myths of Motherhood

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Published on: March 30, 2017

Being a mom is a big role all on its own– you are responsible for shaping this little person into a successful human, add to that the great expectations that society places on moms, and, well things can be just plain overwhelming. We all have that vision of the sitcom mom. You know – the one that always has a perfectly clean house, a beautifully cooked dinner on the table every night at 5:30 sharp, and children who never have peanut butter smeared across their face and always ALWAYS have both shoes on when they leave the house. Let’s Debunk… Continue Reading This Article

Move Forward Counseling Practice Updates

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Published on: February 16, 2017

New Staff We are excited to announce we have added another excellent clinician to our team! Jennifer Collins, PsyD, started working at our practice in January 2017. She has many years of experience working in the mental health field. She enjoys working with clients who are struggling with emotional/binge eating, adult ADHD, infertility and any physical health issues that affect mental health. Jennifer works with adult clients and accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Highmark Blue Shield insurances. You can read more about Jennifer on her page. Counseling for Pregnant and Postpartum Moms Melissa Sickles, LPC, has recently earned her maternal… Continue Reading This Article