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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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Relationships

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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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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Recovery

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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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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Parenting

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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COVID19

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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COVID19

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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COVID19

TeleHealth: What Is It and How Does It Work?

TeleHealth has become a hot topic right now due to the influx of those needing medical care, the burden our medical system is already experiencing, and the social distancing recommendations. What do I do if I have a D0ct0r’s appointment, am feeling ill, or have an upcoming counseling session?   How TeleHealth Fits TeleHealth is […]

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Parenting

3 Activities To Help Kids Identify and Express Their Feelings

Feelings and emotions during transition and uncertainty can be very difficult for children.  With the Coronavirus on the news, at the forefront of our minds, and affecting some of our most basic routines, our kids know what’s up and maybe particularly anxious and uncertain just like you and me.  Often kids express these emotions of […]

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A Message From Cathy Gibson, CEO/President, at Pinnacle Counseling Institute

To our Clients, Colleagues and the surrounding Community   Pinnacle Counseling Institute wants to assure our clients that we are staying informed and being proactive to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at our offices and among our team. We are making sure to sanitize doorknobs and areas that you contact. There is also hand sanitizer […]

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Self-Awareness as Path to Healing

We are taking  time in our blogs to reflect on self awareness. Self awareness is the most important part of your path toward healing. We cannot heal something we are not aware of! We cannot address emotions or behaviors we are not conscious of.  One of the strategies I offer my clients is learning how […]

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How Relationships Work – Communication (Pt2)

We are in the second part of a 2 part series on Relationships with a focus on communication.  Part one of the series is here.  We left off talking about the Red posture many of us end up in, often without even knowing why.  This stance makes it difficult to communicate with the other person. Instead, […]

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Parenting

Waiting Expectantly

We pulled over to the side of the road to get a closer look. Before I could even roll down the window, Sarah jumped out to experience it more personally. We were at least five days into one of the more incredible weeks of my life. Our plan was Sedona, The Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, […]

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Relationships

How Relationships Work – Communication (Pt1)

I work with many couples and individuals in relationships. I get asked some of the same questions, often about relationships and how to improve them. Similar patterns of relating in relationships emerge, especially in how people communicate.  Here are some of my observations about how relationships work, with a focus on communication.   WHO AM […]

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Relationships

Why Forgiveness is Worth Spreading?

In January, we focused on “Transformation and Change” across all of our social media platforms and in our blogs.  As we close out the month and move into February, we wanted to post a different kind of blog that hits on January’s focus and sets up February’s attention, which is Relationships.  Below is a TEDx […]

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Changes at Pinnacle…2 New Fully Licensed Therapists

We are focusing on “CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION” this month across all of our Pinnacle Counseling Institute Social Media and Website platforms and there has been a great change for us and our team that we wanted to share:   Maggie Jobson & Jeremy Jobson have both received their State of FL Licensed Mental Health Counselors […]

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Dear Fellow Sufferer

So many people with depression struggle to find words to paint a picture for how it feels. I humbly submit my interpretation of what it’s like to feel depressed.   At this time of year when resolutions fade into the background, the New Year-New You promises seem to lose their luster, and depression may settle […]

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The Waiting

I awoke this morning with all of the duties of the day on my mind. The baking, cooking, wrapping. Excitement was there as was the feeling of wanting to fully enter the joy of this day. In a moment I pondered the meaning of Christmas Eve. The Eve of The Coming. The Coming of a […]

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Eating Disorder

Intuitive Eating: The Holidays Edition

Advent season is my favorite. Every year I cajole my husband into getting a Christmas tree as early as possible. Preferably before Thanksgiving.  There’s nothing more magical than waking up to a quiet house, a rich cup of coffee, and a glowing tree. Each December I know these mornings are numbered and I do my […]

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Eating Disorder

Intuitive Eating (series 11 of 12): Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition

**NOTE: Everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both. This series will not be as thorough and informative as the principle books. Each month we will focus on one at a time. Allow […]

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Parenting Ourselves and Our Children: Connecting To Tame Big Emotions

As I share a story of connecting to tame big emotions, please note: This post is largely based on Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson’s book The Whole-Brained Child. If you are looking for a more in-depth discussion of this topic or other parenting issues, please read The Whole Brained Child and No […]

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True to yourself?

“This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” -Polonius (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet)   Counseling, in many ways, is a path toward being true to thy own self. How? If I know my story, my wounds, my […]

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Layers of an Onion: Personal Growth

You have probably heard the analogy of our personal growth and healing being like the layers of an onion. When we encounter and engage the struggles of life, it is like peeling an onion, back layer by layer. This can be frustrating or discouraging. Because if you are like me, I would love for the […]

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Eating Disorder

Intuitive Eating (series 10 of 12): Exercise-Feel the Difference

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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Parenting

Hope Deferred

  “Well, the results are back. Sarah, your ovaries are those of a woman 10 years your junior. You are a spring chicken! Alex, your sperm counts, are well within the normal range with average motility.”   Tears.   Whoa. Okay. I guess all these years of running unpronounceable medications through my body have not […]

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New Role, Same Passions

Pinnacle Counseling Institute, Inc, is excited to announce the promotion of Jeremy M. Jobson to Vice President of Marketing, Development and Communication after leaving his role as a Pastor for Northland Church for over 12 years.  Jeremy brings to Pinnacle Counseling Institute’s mission a breadth of experience in marketing, development and communications from his career […]

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Reacting and Responding

“…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 Walls   I had a penchant for putting my fists through walls. Overwhelmed by emotions so intense and jumbled I would go into overdrive, see red and hit something really hard. As a teenager I really had no clue on how to […]

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Intuitive Eating (series 9 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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Of Hurricanes and Such

Here in Florida we have been awaiting a hurricane. Hurricane Dorian to be exact. The waiting has been the most difficult part. Today is the day. The day we will face wind and rain. Not a hurricane thankfully, for it’s path has led away from us. Leading up to today many may have wrestled with […]

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One Day written by Landmark

Verse The people, the moments, The words that I spoke with Were taken as tokens of time The checkmarks in boxes, these things are dealt with I just needed a right frame of mind   Chorus Where do we fall? When does it end? When did my sins become friends?   Chorus Every once in […]

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Intuitive Eating (series 8 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (7 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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From Protest to Praise

How do you praise when you’re in pain? How do you deal with disappointed desire? How do we find God when you’ve been longing for something that never seems to come through? The Psalms teach us to “pour out our hearts before Him” (Psalm 62:8). They are a collection of prayers that give utterance to […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (6 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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Parenting Ourselves and Our Children: Behind the Behavior

This post is largely based on Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson’s book No Drama Discipline.  If you are looking for a more in-depth discussion of  of behind the behavior or other parenting issues, please read No Drama Discipline and The Whole Brained Child.  You can also find Dr. Siegel’s and Dr. Bryson’s […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (5 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the intuitive eating workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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A Way Toward Healing

Our team works closely together, ever desiring to sharpen and challenge ourselves as therapists. One of the ways we do this is by sharing and listening to Podcasts. Adam Young’s Podcast, The Place We Find Ourselves, is one we all particularly enjoy. In one of the episodes Adam talks about the path to healing and […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (4 of 12)

Take NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a […]

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Courage!

  I love what this quote from Mary Anne Radmacher about courage. It is a reminder to me that courage has to do with showing up. Can I wake up tomorrow and face the situation that hasn’t changed? Could I live with the pain that does not have a quick fix, or face disappointment? Can […]

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This is Madness

Not long ago I became certified in Anger Resolution Therapy. Several conversations with fellow “Peacemakers” led to an increased curiosity about my own relationship and history with anger. I was fairly disrupted to find I am more familiar than I had would have admitted. The more I leaned into my story, the more I understood […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (3 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eatingand the intuitive eating workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. Allow […]

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Need

Need. How does that word strike you? Do you recoil from it? Lean into it? Maybe it brings you relief, an exhale… Maybe it brings a tightening, tension in your body.   On Sunday I was overwhelmed with a sense of my need. Need for help, need to be known, need for support, need for […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (2 of 12)

NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and The Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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Intuitive Eating: Diet Culture in the New Year (1 of 12)

Intuitive eating wasn’t the start of my journey. Intuitive Eating didn’t start right away. In fact, I started dieting in the eighth grade. By the end of my ninth grade year I was clinically diagnosable for anorexia. In those days I could have made a career out of avoiding food.   I was an expert […]

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My Clenched Fist

I’ve heard it said that each life lived is like a plot of land granted to a gardener. I’ll buy into that for a moment. We are assigned a task to produce a fruit unique from all others, then provided with constraints of an uncertain amount of time, unpredictable seasons of weather, with one piece […]

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Mary’s Song of Trust

Mary is a paradigm of faithfulness. She is a remarkable woman because her trust is in a remarkable God.   The God who is the lover of the lowly.   The One who notices the unnoticeable.   The One who draws near to revive broken and humble hearts.   Sermon by Benjamin Kandt   https://www.buzzsprout.com/67377/878027-songs-of-the-messiah-mary-s-song-of-trust-advent

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Partnering Towards Improving Mental Health

The Vision   One of the most attractive parts of Pinnacle Counseling Institute is the vision of  our founder and CEO, Cathy Gibson.  She believes that the people most in need of mental health counseling, often times can not afford it.  This directly correlates to another reality of counseling: the best therapists quickly learn the […]

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Unexpected Lessons

I love yard work.   Being outside, feeling the sunshine, getting into the dirt…so healing to me. Tuesdays I work in the yard and this week I found myself lost in thought as I weeded our beds. As I let my mind ponder, I began to see how weeding is much like counseling. Weeding is […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Cure Stigma

Mental Health Awareness Week – Cure Stigma   This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. If you or someone you know is struggling, this week is for you.   NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), a great resource for those experiencing mental health struggles as well as for those who know and love people who […]

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What Our Bodies Hold

Several years ago I went through a season of having daily stomach pain. I went to a Gastroenterologist but test results showed I was as healthy as could be. I tried noticing every food I put in my body to see if there was a food “culprit” for the pain but nothing I eliminated made […]

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Always. There.

Always. There.   I recently flew to Portland, Oregon. What a beautiful place. So utterly different from Florida. Christmas Trees everywhere! Wineries dotting along the drive to the Coast. Humongous rocks jutting out of the Pacific. There is just something majestic about the West.   What does my trip have to do with mental illness […]

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Authenticity

Life is pretty tough sometimes. There are so many variables that we can’t control, and sometimes it feels like we screw up the ones we can. People know about the addiction, the job losses, the diagnosis, the anger. They don’t know about the internal world. They haven’t heard about the fear, the hurt, the greed, […]

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Growth

It is happening again. Those words in anger and frustration that tumble out of my mouth before I realize it, leaving those around me with jaws dropped .   I immediately feel shame.   I recognize I am in shame because of how my body responds; tight stomach, chest tight, wanting to run, lowered head, […]

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The Power of Story

Have you ever found yourself captivated by a good story?   I recently began watching the TV series Lost (years behind I know… better late than never right?). Immediately, I sensed, “this is going to be a good story.” It peaked my interest. Made me curious. Wondering and imagining how each person’s unique presence on […]

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The Power of Transition

About a year ago our counseling practice moved offices. Nothing major, just a few doors down from where our office used to be. I got to decorate my new office; paint the walls white, fill the room with plants, and pick out trendy new furniture. It was an upgrade for sure. I should have felt […]

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Consciousness

I exist as I am, that is enough. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself. -Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass   Consciousness-the state of being awake […]

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Why Counseling?

Life. No one escapes without some kind of pain. Some seem to skirt by unscathed but this is only the appearance of things. You are not alone.   In my own life there was a time where life was just too much. I didn’t know how to keep going with the way things were. It […]

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When Mental Illness Barges In

I remember when mental illness invaded our happy home. It was like an unwanted, obnoxious guest moved in, uninvited and unannounced. That was in 2004, when our last child was entering his senior year in high school. Over the years, it’s been a tumultuous journey with some very low lows, but also significant times of […]

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