We are currently offering a group opportunity where we can come to you. If you are looking for a Lunch and Learn topic for your office staff, consider our educational and experiential Meditation Session. We will discuss the benefits of utilizing meditation and self-care in everyday life while sharing resources. The group will then engage in a guided meditation followed by an opportunity to process the experience. Please contact us for more information about pricing and scheduling.
New Meditation Group
Mondays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Monday, April 23rd – Monday, May 21st
Introductory Rate $20/session
Experience the gift of guided meditation led by LMSW, Charlotte Nash, alongside a small group of others who are also interested in learning the benefits of this practice.
We will discuss the benefits, engage in a guided meditation, and discuss how this practice can be integrated into your lifestyle. You also experience the benefit of a supportive group while connecting with others and learning a new skill.
We invite you to join us, and you are welcome to bring a friend to share in the experience.
Please e-mail Charlotte to sign up at email@example.com.
Spaces are limited so sign up soon!
Often, we live life in absolutes. We find ourselves using words like, “always” and “never,” which puts limits on how we view our circumstances. If you find yourself using these words often, ask yourself, “But is it always like this?” “Do I really never get to?” When we live in absolutes, we are claiming that there is no exception. This mindset can sometimes limit our perspective which may cause fear, anxiety, upset, or failure. If we were to change our phrasing and add words such as “sometimes” or “it’s possible,” we create hope or potential for ourselves.
Living in the “grey” areas of our lives can offer an opportunity to see life from a different perspective. The definition of the grey area is, “an area or part of something existing between two extremes and having mixed characteristics of both” (www.dictionary.com). When we allow our thoughts to exist in the grey areas, we remove limits which help to promote positivity and to allow us to “be okay” and accept the situation.
Our words shape our perspective. One of my favorite bands in High School, Live, had a song titled the “Beauty of Grey.” I would sing these words at the top of my lungs, with the windows down: “This is not a black and white world To be alive I say the colors must swirl And I believe That maybe today We will all get to appreciate The beauty of gray” – LIVE. If you don’t know this song, I strongly encourage you to listen to it. And afterwards, pause to remember that life is full of uncertainty. However, it is through our own limits that we make it challenging. Give yourself the gift of possibility and embrace the beauty of grey.
Please join us for our first community event on Friday, November 3rd as we meet and greet our neighbors at the Jekyll Square on “First Friday” in downtown Brunswick. We will have giveaways, drawings, and bright smiles to share. We look forward to seeing you there!
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll
We are bombarded by ads for products, practices, and publications that promise us how to “fix” what ails us. One of the first and most important steps we can take toward meeting our personal goals is to just begin enhancing our awareness. Such an action may sound easy and effortless and although it isn’t complicated, it takes practice, daily practice. Start by taking notice of when you engage in a certain behavior or emotion you would like to change. Just notice it; become aware of it; recognize it, and acknowledge it. The next step is to engage in awareness without judgment or negativity. One of the most difficult aspects of the practice of gaining awareness is not to assign a value judgment to the recognition. For example: “I am tired…I shouldn’t be tired I have been lazy all week.” The practice of awareness asks us to leave any judgments aside and just be. Therefore, I am tired. Period. Once we get into the habit of becoming more aware of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, we are in a great position to begin to analyze them, modify them, and even change them if we choose. What part of you do you choose to become more aware of this week?
Recently, I had an “AHA! moment”. At Radiant Counseling we believe that therapy is not just for mental health treatment due to difficult times in our lives. Although it is common practice for people to ask, “What kind of client’s do you see” and expect us to list of the diagnoses that we treat, the answer is always, we see EVERYBODY. Therapy can be a refresher, a check-in, a once in a while need to talk about your concerns. Think of it in terms of the things we do daily to calibrate ourselves. You eat a huge burger and fries for lunch; the next day you might need a salad. You stay up too late on the phone or reading a book; the following night you may want to get to bed early. It’s important to do the same for our thoughts and feelings. Too often we get “stuck” in our thought processes and need a little boost to change our perspective. One of the greatest stress relievers in this life is having the opportunity to unburden ourselves. Counseling is a gift we can give ourselves, a spa day for our hearts and minds. Let’s redefine common misconceptions about seeing a counselor to include monitoring our thoughts and emotions the same way we might our weight.
In the midst of all the uncertainty that comes with the hurricane evacuation and return, we know this can be an emotional and difficult time. Please keep us in mind if you need someone to talk to or if you know anyone else who might. The first session if free and we work with some insurances and offer a sliding scale. Give us a call or visit our website to make an appointment.
As Hurricane Irma approaches with uncertain results and, necessary preparations being reviewed, we wanted to take a quick minute to reach out. Should this weather system result in a voluntary or mandatory evacuation there are a few things we would like to make all of our clients aware of. Should you voluntarily evacuate and cannot make your regularly scheduled appointment just let us know and we will take you off the calendar (no charge). In the event of a mandatory evacuation, Radiant Counseling will close until is deemed safe by the proper authorities to return and reopen. Both Charlotte and I have decided to make ourselves available by phone should any evacuations become necessary during the time of your REGULARLY SCHEDULED session time. We are happy to reach out during that session time to check-in and touch base. As always, take good care of yourselves and be safe!
Carrie & Charlotte
Radiant Counseling LLC