Jennifer Seip, MA Individual, Couples & Sex Therapy
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Self Doubt? I’m Here.

Self Doubt? I’m Here.

I’ve been thinking a lot about self doubt and vulnerability lately.  As counselors we are taught that self disclosure is good, only when it aids in the clients growth, (of course we can’t disclose too much because it would take away from our ability to analyze things fairly.) With some people it comes easier and… Continue Reading

GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AFTER A BREAK-UP

GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AFTER A BREAK-UP

When a partner of mine broke-up with me some years ago, I wasn’t ready. It came as a shock. I thought that we were doing fine. In my head, I had planned what we would do together during the holidays. I thought about where we would go, and the shows I wanted to watch together,… Continue Reading

FOUR COMMUNICATION STYLES THAT LEAD TO DIVORCE ACCORDING TO JOHN GOTTMAN

FOUR COMMUNICATION STYLES THAT LEAD TO DIVORCE ACCORDING TO JOHN GOTTMAN

Dr. John Gottman, the founder of The Gottman Institute in Seattle, has proven that there are four communication styles which are extremely destructive to relationships. These patterns of interaction are Criticism, Defensiveness, Stonewalling, and Contempt. If these styles persist in partnerships, it could mean divorce or separation. Knowing what they are and being able to… Continue Reading

WINTER IS COMING: HOW TO BEAT THE END-OF-SUMMER BLUES

WINTER IS COMING: HOW TO BEAT THE END-OF-SUMMER BLUES

I just finished watching last night’s season 7 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones and man, it was a good one. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here. For those of you who like it, you know it’s pretty much about dysfunctional families who are fighting to survive, (too bad there were no systemic therapists… Continue Reading

WHAT IS COMPASSION FATIGUE?

WHAT IS COMPASSION FATIGUE?

Every summer my entire family gets together for a July BBQ party. My cousins, aunt and uncle, my brother, his wife, and growing, all go to my parents house. This post reminds me of a conversation I had with one of these people at last year’s party. Now, I wont say who I spoke to… Continue Reading

MY FAVORITE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION APPS

MY FAVORITE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION APPS

One of the greatest ways to reduce stress and improve mental health is by implementing mindfulness meditation into your normal routine. It is evidence-based and used in many different models of therapy. I’m always using mindfulness in my practice, and teaching clients how to pay attention to their body’s and mind. Being present with yourself… Continue Reading

HOW PTSD EFFECTS THE BRAIN

HOW PTSD EFFECTS THE BRAIN

So last week, I was driving into work listening to my regular radio station, and guess who came on? …Dave Matthews Band, Crash. I love that song. Every time I listen to it, instantly I’m brought back to those high school years when it felt like I had my life ahead of me. My only… Continue Reading