Category Blog

6 Jun

The Response to Racial Injustice

Our counselors, staff, and board members have very heavy hearts regarding the death of George Floyd and the racial injustices in our nation.  Words don’t seem enough in the face of such injustice. Pinnacle stands against the racism that still exists in our country and community. We promise to listen to, understand, and learn from our BIPOC clients, friends, […]

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1 May

Coupling During Covid-19

I am a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with couples for years. We focus on relationship dynamics, communication, intimacy, and patterns of behavior regularly. Often couples discover much about themselves, their stories, and how their entire lives play a part in their marriage.   Coupling during Covid-19 is Simply Physics   During this […]

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24 Apr

Boost Your Sleep and Mental Health

Guest writer, Cheryl Conklin from Wellness Central (www.wellnesscentral.info), offers some practical, budget-friendly tips on sleep.  Our focus all of April has been on anxiety and depression, while also providing lots of COVID-19 content, and sleep can dramatically impact both of these maladies.   Sleep is intimately connected with mental health. For instance, the lack of […]

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10 Apr

Twelve Steps

I am an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, choosing to sacrifice my anonymity for the good of others. I am not ashamed of being an alcoholic due to my desperation opening up a way of life I could not have imagined possible through the twelve steps.   I used to numb my feelings with alcohol. […]

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6 Apr

Eating Disorder in a Global Pandemic

Eating Disorder and Stress   Over the past few weeks, my husband and I have often imagined how we might have experienced this pandemic in different seasons of life. We’ve envisioned how our middle school selves would have coped, high school selves, college selves, etc. We’ve thought about how COVID19 is creating nuanced and specific […]

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6 Apr

Children’s Books for Managing Anxiety

My anxiety is rising, and I’m sure yours is too. Wednesday night was the last time, for the immediate future, that I had dear friends over for dinner. My heart is heavy, wondering about my job and even heavier thinking about those who no longer have jobs and how they are going to make it […]

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30 Mar

Coronavirus and the “New Normal”

We are in the midst of a “new normal.” This “new normal” is different for all of us. I have spoken with clients who enjoy a slower pace and some who are struggling with isolation.   Right now when we have more time on our hands it may be a good practice to check in […]

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26 Mar

COVID-19: Five Ways to Cope With Anxiety and Uncertainty

*Cathy Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who leads a team of nine gifted professional counselors at Pinnacle Counseling Institute, shares practical ways to cope with the uncertainty and anxiety due to COVID-19.    Anxiety is a common part of dealing with unexpected and uncertain situations. It motivates us to listen to the news, follow advice […]

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