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Benefits of Seeing a Male Therapist

Benefits of Seeing a Male Therapist

Therapy is a transformative experience that requires the right personality fit between client and clinician. Beyond that, trust and rapport are what drive a successful therapeutic relationship. Notice that I didn’t say therapy was always a comfortable experience. To...

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Warning Signs of a Dysfunctional Family

Warning Signs of a Dysfunctional Family

Let’s talk about family.   Family roles may be a phrase that feels very light as it is commonly used. We’re here to talk about the negative side of family roles and the impact they can have on a family.   Family roles can be a sign or symptom of a...

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4 Areas You Could Be Improving Your Self Care

4 Areas You Could Be Improving Your Self Care

Sometimes the term Self Care can be a little intimidating. Because not everyone likes the face masks, bubble baths, or essential oils that typically come to mind when this term is mentioned. These things might actually turn some people away. We wanted to break self...

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Simple Tips for Sleeping Productively

Simple Tips for Sleeping Productively

Perhaps one of the most basic parts of life that often doesn’t get the credit or attention it deserves is sleep. It’s essential, and we spend about a third of our lives doing it, so maybe we should consider giving it a little bit more love. There are things you can...

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Moms: Get Started with Self Care… Or Else

Moms: Get Started with Self Care… Or Else

Standing in line at the grocery store you’re privy to a lot of conversations - whether you like it or not. You’re stuck there because you don’t dare move or you’ll lose your place in line and checking out will take even longer. So, you try not to listen to what people...

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Becoming Culturally Aware

Becoming Culturally Aware

In this time, it feels more important than ever to know our surroundings and be aware of our voices as well as the voices of those around us, who may not have the same opportunities to speak and be heard. As white individuals during the time of Black Lives Matter, it...

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What Men Need to Hear About Therapy

What Men Need to Hear About Therapy

Once upon a time, I took a trip for private practice owners to Colorado. This was a conference to help therapists who own their own private practice grow and network.  I was lucky enough to meet TONS of rad therapists/owners but a small group of us created a special...

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Manage Your Anxiety During Quarantine

Manage Your Anxiety During Quarantine

  Melissa Kemlage and Kayla Reilly, two licensed therapists in Wilmington, NC come together to send you some strategies on managing your anxiety.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT90QSByid8&t=9s Be Creative with Self Care Find ways to make yourself feel...

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Parenting in Quarantine (You’re Doing Great)

Parenting in Quarantine (You’re Doing Great)

Parenting is THE hardest job on the face of the planet. Hands down. Now throw on a global pandemic that causes 6+ weeks of quarantine. So many parents are struggling with judging themselves, being exhausted, feeling guilty… It makes therapists sad because you are...

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3 Toxic Myths about Marriage

3 Toxic Myths about Marriage

Today, we'll cover the 3 toxic myths about marriage that all beginners MUST break away from in order to achieve a healthy long term relationship. Getting your mindset right is the #1 thing you have to conquer if you want to succeed in marriage. As the popular saying...

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Self-Care During Coronavirus

Self-Care During Coronavirus

Are you having a difficult time taking care of yourself during this pandemic? Are you tired of being trapped in the same routine every day? Have you started to forget which day it is? Are you going absolutely stir-crazy because you can’t think of other things to do?...

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Re-Evaluating Your Balance During Quarantine

Re-Evaluating Your Balance During Quarantine

There is a concept in Al Anon and ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) programs that I love: “detach with love.” The idea is, we have to peel away our identity and wellbeing and emotional state away from people in our lives so that we can see where we end and they...

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Telehealth Sessions Q&A

Telehealth Sessions Q&A

COVID-19 (AKA the Coronavirus) is rampant in our country, businesses and schools are closing, and many states have moved to a mandatory “Shelter in Place” order. The economy is taking a major hit, people are being laid off from their jobs, and those who still are...

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Adjusting to Social Distancing

Adjusting to Social Distancing

During a time of crisis, there often comes a reverberation of circumstances that are a result of the actual emergency.  In many cases, these circumstances evoke stressors that can often be more serious than the problem itself. Take, for example, a hurricane.  ...

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Mental Health During COVID-19

Mental Health During COVID-19

It’s March! The sun is shining, the weather is warm, aaaaaand COVID-19 is impacting our country in a serious way. The economy is taking a major hit, people are being laid off from their jobs, and those who still are working are at risk for COVID-19 infection. Most of...

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Coping Methods For Anxiety

Coping Methods For Anxiety

Anxiety can be difficult to handle. Given that anxiety is essentially an unintentional misuse of your body’s natural fight-or-flight response to imminent threats, it can be quite challenging for those who live with severe anxiety or who experience serious anxiety in...

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Family Roles

Family Roles

In all family’s there are roles that each person takes on.  Especially in families with many siblings, it is easier to detect the dysfunctional roles that each person embodies.  Each dysfunctional family may have addiction present, personality disorders like OCD, or...

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Be Vulnerable

Be Vulnerable

In our society today, we have been conditioned to believe that being vulnerable is a bad thing.  That if we are out of our comfort zone we are anxious and fearful. One of our favorite speakers and authors, Brené Brown, discusses how vulnerability can change your life...

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Why You Need Intimacy in Your Marriage

Why You Need Intimacy in Your Marriage

Intimacy: A quality of interpersonal connectedness and familiarity, emotional and empathetic, between individuals.  Characterized by – Fear of Intimacy: resistance to self-disclosure, short-term relationships, distancing techniques, defense mechanisms, emotional...

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4 Things to STOP Doing in Your Relationships

4 Things to STOP Doing in Your Relationships

  The Four Horseman of The Apocalypse (In Relationships) John and Julie Gottman have been studying relationships for over 40 years and they have nailed down the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse of a relationship. If you let these horseman run wild through your...

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Why You Should Practice Self-Care

Why You Should Practice Self-Care

Self care can range from bubble baths, to meditation, to spending more time with family and friends.  Everyone’s self care will look different because we all have individual needs to tailor to. In our busy day to day lives, self care can be hard to make time for -...

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Self Love For Single Parents

Self Love For Single Parents

Let’s talk about something that isn’t discussed frequently enough: being a single parent.  So much love is given towards two parents raising their children, but where is all the love for the parents who are doing it all on their own?  What about the dad who lost his...

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The Importance of Setting Boundaries

The Importance of Setting Boundaries

As human beings we have the tendency to over work ourselves until our batteries run low. We try and multitask so many areas of our lives, that our relationships and mental health often get neglected. One of the areas a therapist will focus on their client with is...

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3 Signs Your Teen Needs Counseling

3 Signs Your Teen Needs Counseling

Teenagers are notorious for bottling up their feelings, mainly because their feelings are all so new they just don’t know what to do about them or how to express them. This is what can lead to depression quickly. Evolution Wellness offers teen counseling services in...

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3 Ways Online Therapy is Easy

3 Ways Online Therapy is Easy

While many rail against the internet, the internet has opened up many possibilities that otherwise would not be possible, such as online therapy. Evolution Wellness offers online therapy services from our Wilmington, NC, office. Below, we’ll list the benefits of...

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3 Tips to Talk about Therapy

3 Tips to Talk about Therapy

There is a stigma attached to therapy that stems from the early days of counseling services where those who needed therapy were portrayed as people with something wrong with them. However, nowadays we all know counseling is for everyone to deal with the stresses of...

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3 Hacks to Stretch Your Time

3 Hacks to Stretch Your Time

Time forever marches on. As you get older, time seems to march faster. Between career, family, kids, hobbies, and pursuing dreams, you barely have time to clean your house, wash your clothes, and do the dishes. Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, NC, offers counseling...

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3 Tips to Cope as an Empty Nester

3 Tips to Cope as an Empty Nester

As a good parent, your children come first, from feeding them in the morning to helping them brush their teeth at night. However, as they age, your children need you less and less until finally one day, they leave. This can be devastating to you when someone whom...

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3 Ways to Feel Fabulous After 50

3 Ways to Feel Fabulous After 50

Aging is not exactly something most of us look forward to. When your hair starts to turn gray, parts of your body start to sag, and your bones creek when you bend over, you don’t exactly feel good about yourself. Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, NC, helps people who...

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What is Depression?

What is Depression?

What is depression? The most common mental disorder in the world, one in five Americans will experience depression in their lifetime. Depression should not be defined as just being very sad, because it is so much more than that. Think of sadness that is overwhelming...

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How to Reduce Fighting Over Money & Budgets

How to Reduce Fighting Over Money & Budgets

If you and your partner argue about money, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 27% of Americans said that disagreements about finances tend to erupt into full-blown arguments. This means couples fight more about money than they do about work, chores or the...

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7 Self-Care Strategies for the Workplace

7 Self-Care Strategies for the Workplace

Many of us think of “the workday” as starting the moment we set foot in our place of work, but it actually begins the moment we open our eyes. Beginning our day mindfully and extending that sense of being present into our workday can make a significant difference in...

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3 Ways to Manage Anger

3 Ways to Manage Anger

Anger is commonly referred to as a surface or secondary emotion. On the surface we present as angry, but underneath there can be a gang of other emotions driving the rage truck. Anger is so extremely functional for us as humans; it allows us to defend ourselves from...

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

One of the first things I like to explore with new clients is the balancing the roles of their life. We all have things: partners, kids, jobs, etc. and it’s easy to let our lives become defined by one thing. What roles do you serve in your life? Sally is: mother,...

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Take Responsibility for How You Feel

Take Responsibility for How You Feel

There is one sentence I preach to all my clients: “You are responsible for how you feel.” Part of the break down in today’s culture is everyone is finding something to blame for their own emotional state. “He cheated on me, so I’m crushed.” “She irritates me.” “If I...

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The Sum of Depression

The Sum of Depression

Someone once explained their experience with depression to me in the following way: “It feels like being underwater in a swimming pool… and I can see people on the pool deck, but they’re blurry and just out of reach, and I can hear them, but what they’re saying is...

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Anxiety & Your Brain

Anxiety & Your Brain

Over 21 percent of American adults between the ages of 18-64 will experience diagnosable Anxiety Disorders in a given year (over 42.5 Million people). To give you some perspective, that is more than the number of people who subscribed to Netflix™ in 2015. What is...

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Summer Recipe: Kale Pesto

Summer Recipe: Kale Pesto

Looking for a light, easy to make, summer snack that’s also super nutritious?  Check out this delicious twist - Kale Pesto!  A refreshing taste, perhaps served on apple slices, sliced tomatoes, crackers or even as a spread or dressing on salads, vegetables or...

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Boundaries

Boundaries

“Boundaries are, in simple terms, the recognition of personal space.” ― Asa Don Brown, The effects of childhood trauma on adult perception and worldview Have you ever heard the saying, “Good fences make good neighbors”? It’s the idea that a tangible boundary between...

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What’s the Buzz about Essential Oils?

What’s the Buzz about Essential Oils?

Essential Oils have recently been featured on many newscasts and online reports as a “trend” in alternative healthcare.  In reality, essential oils aren’t as much “alternative” as they are “natural”. Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds extracted from plants...

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What is Trauma?

What is Trauma?

With growing research in the field of trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we are seeing more clearly now than ever before that trauma does not just occur for the war-time veteran. In order to understand how broadly it impacts society at large, we first...

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Spice up Your Life

Spice up Your Life

Health is the Spice of Life, but could Spice be the Life of Health? What you add to the spice rack in your kitchen could actually provide you with a cornerstone for health and healing. Spices come from seeds, fruits, roots and the bark of plants and are used in dried...

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Avenues to Recovery

Avenues to Recovery

Author: Natalie Gomes MA, LPCS, LCAS I read once that recovery is like a huge, beautiful, elaborately wrapped gift that when you open, contains thousands of other, smaller, beautifully wrapped gifts. Over the course of my career as a mental health and substance use...

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Misdiagnosed Trauma

Misdiagnosed Trauma

Author: Buffy Andrews MSW, LCSW  Trauma is a tricky animal, and it rears its ugly head in many different ways. More often than not, individuals who’ve dealt with trauma in their past, commonly get misdiagnosed with other mental health disorders or illnesses. According...

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3 Steps to Overcome Anxiety

3 Steps to Overcome Anxiety

Author: Buffy Andrews MSW, LCSW We’ve all been plagued with it at some point. Anxiety sometimes wreaks havoc like a cancer in our lives. Maybe you, or someone you know struggles with feelings of anxiety at times. I myself feel caught in throws of anxiety in moments...

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Listening to Your Body

Listening to Your Body

Author: Buffy Andrews MSW, LCSW Listening to our bodies can be really hard when we have the voices of society telling us all sorts of untruths. Things like: be vegan and you'll live longer, don't eat gluten it's the enemy of everything, don't be so sensitive, look...

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Self Care vs. Selfish

Self Care vs. Selfish

Author: Jennifer Witkowski MA, LPC I overheard a really disturbing thing the other day in the checkout line at the grocery store. Now I’m not usually one that ease drops on conversations, but this woman was so loud, one could not help but hear her. “Oh my god, what a...

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