The Graduation Blues

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Published on: May 14, 2018

So, you have graduated—Congrats! You have spent your life, so far, working up to this moment. It is an exciting time full of possibilities…and stress. Much of the way your life used to function is going to change, and while that is not a bad thing it is definitely a hard transition. It is ok to feel the graduation blues. I remember that moment of walking across the stage full of excitement, smiling from ear-to-ear, and then walking into my bedroom, looking around, and it hit me—a crushing sense of loss. Yes, this is what I had been working towards… Continue Reading This Article

The Spring Time Blues

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Published on: April 23, 2018

The sun is finally starting to show its face, flowers are beginning to pop out of the ground, temperatures are warming and you are feeling—depressed. It may seem odd, but it is actually more common than you would think to suffer from feelings of depression as spring is beginning to bloom. But, why would nice weather bring about such feelings? 1.) First of all, change. Spring is a time for change. Any change can bring feelings of dread and anxiousness to the surface. Maybe you are dreading pulling out your warmer clothes. Maybe you have started to get comfortable in… Continue Reading This Article

How Can I Help My Teen Feel Less Stressed?

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Published on: April 10, 2018

There is no doubt teens are feeling stressed. The pressure is on to excel on every level: academics, extracurriculars, socially. Throw in social media, which literally gives them no break from social demands. Teens don’t have time to rest, let alone be kids. Kids—that is what they still are for a few more years, yet they are so quickly thrown into adulthood these days. While a little stress can be a good thing, motivating students to put in the extra effort, the amount some are feeling is at an unhealthy level. The pressures teens are facing are harmful to their… Continue Reading This Article

The Weight of the Mental Load: How to feel less stressed out

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Published on: March 29, 2018

We all feel it. Overwhelmed at all the things on your mental to-do list. All the things that without you would likely not get done. You know what I am talking about—the mental load that is bringing women down. Whether you work full-time, part-time, or stay at home with your children, the amount of things on a woman’s plate each day can be just plain too much. Let me set the stage for you: Your alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m., you pull yourself out of bed to go walk the dog, feed the cats, get breakfast on the table… Continue Reading This Article

New Counselor Added to Move Forward Counseling

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Published on: March 8, 2018

We are excited to announce we have added a new counselor to our practice! Laura Morse, LPC is now accepting new clients and will be in the office on Fridays. She specializes in couples therapy and sex/intimacy issues. We are pleased to be able to offer this specialty as couples therapy is an often requested service. Laura has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field and has helped hundreds of couples. She is a professional member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the American Counseling Association. Laura received her Masters of Counselor… Continue Reading This Article

Setting Healthy Boundaries Means Better Relationships

Published on: January 16, 2018

Setting boundaries is important in any relationship, and contrary to popular belief—boundaries actually improve relationships. Why, you might ask? When both people feel respected and cared for everyone is better off, and complying with appropriate boundaries fosters a feeling of mutual consideration and empathy. While the solution sounds simple, it can feel quite daunting. Frequently people are concerned if they voice their needs they will create conflict, but by holding those feelings in you are building resentment that could eventually explode into major arguments or push a wedge between you both. If you can address those feelings head on before… Continue Reading This Article

New Years Resolutions for Your Mental Health

Published on: January 2, 2018

It is almost the start of the new year and time to start thinking about what improvements you might want to make in your life. Before you make the same — lose 10 pounds, eat healthier, get organized — resolution, maybe you should think about focusing on your mental health. A happy you is a healthier you, and it will help everything else fall into place.   The Year of You If you need some help coming up with a good resolution for your mental health, here are a few you might consider: 1.) Take action for your mental health… Continue Reading This Article

Tips to Avoid the Holiday Blues

Published on: December 14, 2017

The holidays are upon us. Chances are you are knee deep in wrapping paper, lists, bills, cards, party invitations…and sugar. Your head is spinning from all the things you have to get done – get done NOW, and get done well. Let’s stop for a minute. Look around. Take a deep breath. Put things into perspective. The holidays are not all about the goodies, or the gifts. It is about being together, and doing good for others. Maintain Perspective It is also the time of the year when depression is on the rise — people are missing loved ones, or… Continue Reading This Article

Move Forward Counseling Announces New Location and Counselor

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Published on: November 24, 2017

Big changes are happening over here! Move Forward Counseling, LLC is excited to announce some new additions to our practice. New Office To help with demand and further accommodate clients, we have decided to open a second location at the State & Main building in East Petersburg. The office will still have the same warmth and boutique-feel of our Salunga office. The new office is located at: 1987 State Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520. Many people know this as the old “Hadyn Zugs” building, which was renovated in 2016 and turned into office space. The building has been updated, but… Continue Reading This Article

Don’t Let the Food Win: Tips to kick emotional eating during the holidays

Published on: November 12, 2017

The holiday season can be great—it can be full of happy moments, celebrating, love, and cherished family time. But, it can also bring rise to unpleasant feelings of loss, regret, depression, or being overwhelmed. If you are an emotional eater the holiday season can be a big trigger especially with the abundance of savory and sweet options. Emotional eaters turn to food to numb their feelings—and many times without even realizing it they find themselves mindlessly nibbling during moments of stress. The problem tends to be exaggerated during this season when food is plentiful, and options might be different from… Continue Reading This Article