Mary Shumway

Stress Related Anxiety

Stress Related Anxiety

There is a fine line between stress and anxiety.  Both are emotional responses; however, stress is caused by external triggers.  Stress is the body’s reaction to a threat, whereas anxiety is the body’s reaction to the stress.  In psychological terms, stress represents...

Relationship Counseling

Relationship Counseling

Relationship counseling assists couples in joint sessions as well as individually in order to gain a better understanding of each other.  We provide a safe environment to explore how best to relate to each other in a mutually loving and respectful manner.  There are...

Couple Fighting

Couple Fighting

Conflict is inevitable in all relationships.  Communication covers every possible way we interact.  Effective communication is essential to a good relationship.  These skills alone may not solve or resolve issues, however, no problem can be resolved or managed without...

Your Mental Health & Menopause

Your Mental Health & Menopause

Some women welcome menopause as it marks the end of their monthly cycles. For others, especially those with an early onset of menopause, it comes as a loss and brings depression. The good news is that depression treatment in Birmingham, AL can help anyone having a...

Blended Family Counseling

Blended Family Counseling

Relationships of any kind aren’t easy. However, bringing children from two different families under the same roof brings a multitude of differences and can take some time to adjust. For some kids, this new blended family creates trauma in their lives. If you find your...

Learning Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Learning Healthy Coping Mechanisms

In our last blog, we defined what a coping mechanism is and discussed unhealthy ones. You can read the first blog here. Today we will share with you some healthy coping mechanisms your Birmingham therapist may teach you. Healthy Coping Strategies Coping in a healthy...

Counseling Services Help You Cope

Counseling Services Help You Cope

Life is full of stressful circumstances. Most people attribute depression, stress and anxiety with something bad like losing a job, going through divorce, or the death of a loved one. However, we must learn to cope with good and bad situations. For someone with...