Blue Water Counseling

Blue Water Counseling serves individuals, families, groups and couples with accessible mental health care and adventure/wilderness based programming

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Rhianna Appel and Henry Matthew Begner would like to thank the Buena Vista community for four years of support and engagement. We have been truly honored to serve this community in the capacity of mental health counseling. We are thankful for all the fulfillment of serving you and we are very sad to say that we will be moving on to serve another community. We will be closing our Buena Vista office at the end of August and relocating to Asheville NC. This is a bittersweet goodbye as we have been so endeared for all this community has offered us. Thanks to our clients and community for the years of support and patronage. We are sad to say goodbye and incredibly excited for all the possibilities the future has to offer us!


Here, we will look at four common childhood reasons why a person grows up into an adult who feels or believes they are just not good enough.


Art Enthusiast.

What 'real' men cry like by Maud Fernhout.



Rules-based living may be orderly, but it can leave you empty. Therapy can help you clarify your values, allowing you to live with more meaning and purpose.



Embrace who you are, both in and out. 02/17/2018

You Don't Know What You Want

“The point is that we are deluded by our minds much more frequently than we notice or believe.” Research indicates humans are bad at predicting what will make them happy.



Many leading scientists believe the whole idea that depression is caused by a “chemically imbalanced” brain is wrong.


Great resources outlining the empirical research on the benefits of Mindfulness meditations!!!

If you're looking for lasting change, you'll have to go beyond being mindful while brushing your teeth. 12/08/2017

How Can Befriending Our 'Head Noise' Diminish Anxiety and Depression?

Invite all parts of yourself to tea!

This article has a great 3 minute mindfulness exercise at the end!! "Head noise," or critical or judgmental thoughts, may play a part in the development of anxiety and depression. How can we learn to manage these thoughts?



An overlooked reason behind the seeming disconnect between men and therapy. Via Tonic.


The New York Times

Good advice to consider before marriage!

There are certain intimate and awkward topics couples should discuss before the wedding — unless you prefer to be surprised years later. 11/10/2017

Healing Wounds of the Past

"We need conscious responses, not unconscious reactions." Many people begin their spiritual journey focusing on all that is whole and good in their life. Gratitude for the things we value is a key to having mindful living but equally important is continually excavating the long buried wounds you’ve hidden... 10/26/2017

12 powerful parenting phrases that make talking to kids easier

Teaching kids to be problem solvers ! 😊
"6. “What do you think you could do….”" 7. “How can I help…” 08/11/2017

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

Have you heard about this before? So much of mental health used to focus on the individual being flawed or having a disease. But research continues to show that a high number of adverse childhood experiences correlates with higher rates of addiction, mental health and life struggles. First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?


Internal Family Systems

Some more wise words from the wonderful Bessel Van Der Kolk. Humans are built for connection 07/27/2017

How to Feel Your Feelings: An Interview with Tara Brach - 1440 Multiversity

Fabulous and quick read!

"Then ask yourself, 'Can I be with this?' or 'Can I let this be?' " To begin to feel your feelings—especially if they are intense or difficult—you need to create a welcoming, kind environment. 07/04/2017

Chef Sean Brock Puts Down the Bourbon and Begins a New Quest

Courage is required on the path of healing. This champion of Southern food has emerged from rehab with a determination to take on a kitchen culture of stress and excess. 06/24/2017

Self-Compassion, Part II: Recognizing Your Limits

Compassion is good medicine!

"In order for you to have compassion towards your distress, you must recognize your distress as legitimate: worth noticing, worth caring about, worth turning towards, and worth alleviating. " By compassionately recognizing that you have personal limits, you can respect the legitimacy of the emotions you feel when you have been pushed beyond them. 06/22/2017

Does Death Awareness Heighten the Meaning of Life?

"These studies suggest that the value given to life is intricately connected to thoughts of death." Life Appreciation and Thoughts of Death


Charter for Compassion

Many of us experience suffering in our organizations, whatever kind of work we do. Whether it is health care, social work, corporate business, volunteering, or even family care, we are flooded with stories of burnout, overload, despair, and incivility. Whatever career we choose, we spend more than 100,000 hours working. All of this suffering in our work lives is diminishing our lives and robbing us of meaning and joy. But what can we do?

Join the Charter for Compassion and Monica Worline on Wednesday, June 28, at 8:00 am pacific time as we tackle this issue. Learn more, and register for the webinar "Awakening Compassion at Work (and Beyond!)" here:


Hand in Hand Parenting

A good one to remember when your child moves off-track.


Resolving Complex Trauma and PTSD 05/18/2017

Should I believe the thought that I want a divorce? - Lion's Roar

"When a thought occurs repetitively, it is asking to be explored. The specifics of the situation with your spouse merit your care and attention and perhaps the help of some good psychotherapy or counseling as well. The emotional component of this recurring thought needs to be greeted with interest and openheartedness." Three teachers answer the question: "How can I know whether or not I should believe the thought I wish I weren't married to my spouse?" 05/18/2017

How Addiction Impacts the Family: 6 Family Roles in a Dysfunctional or Alcoholic Family Why is addiction considered a family disease? Alcoholism or any type of addiction affects everyone in the family in some way. Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, a respected expect in the field of addictions and codependency, identified six primary roles in an...


Jack Kornfield

A great article about the differences between Eastern and Western perspectives on Shame and Health!

In 1989, at one of the first international Buddhist teacher meetings, we Western teachers brought up the enormous problem of unworthiness and self-criticism, shame and self-hatred, and how frequently they arose in Western students’ practice. The Asian teachers were shocked. They could not quite comprehend the word self-hatred. They asked how many of us experienced this problem in ourselves and our students. We all nodded affirmatively. They seemed genuinely surprised. Nevertheless, self-judgment and shame were there in many of those who came to Buddhist practice. I certainly knew it in myself.



Two years ago, life was good for Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook senior executive and her husband decided to take a vacation. But on that trip, he collapsed at the gym from heart failure and died. He was 47 years old. 04/24/2017

Causes of Psychosis | Psych Central

Very often psychosis carries stigma and misunderstandings, this article really explains the variety of struggles behind psychosis.
"First, it is important to understand that psychosis, in and of itself, is not an illness. It is a symptom. Just as coughing can be a symptom of anything from post-nasal drip to air pollution to lung cancer, psychosis is usually part of a bigger picture." When my son Dan was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, his psychiatrist informed me and my husband that Dan was “borderline psychotic.” In other words, our son was out of touch with reality. For most people, psychosis usually presents in one of two ways: Hallucinations – consist of... 04/19/2017

Healing the Heart - Jack Kornfield

"Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
And the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song." Just as we open and heal the body by sensing its rhythms and touching it with a deep and kind attention, so we can open and heal other dimensions of our being. The heart and the feelings go through a similar process of healing through the offering of our attention to their rhythms, nature, and needs...


Mental Health on The Mighty

What a well described account of panic attacks!

"Panic attacks aren’t always just a pounding heart." 03/29/2017

The Man Who Saw Too Much

What courage to share his personal story! As humans we are wired as tender beings and able to be affected by others. It's normal and ok to be affected by traumas big and small.
As we get ready to unveil upcoming groups and wilderness trips, keep an eye out for offerings directly geared toward first responders!! Aspen’s Michael Ferrara is bringing attention to a little-known problem: post-traumatic stress disorder among the people who save our lives. 03/05/2017

Waking Up Bipolar

Such a wonderful article by an individual navigating mental health challenges.

"Once I began exploring the wisdom aspect of neurosis, some logic emerged amid the chaos..." Many years after his first psychotic break, Chris Cole learned that recovery meant understanding his bipolar disorder through both medicine and spiritually. 02/26/2017

The Surprising Reason You Become Deeply Upset With Your Partner

"When two people are unconsciously playing out old wounds with each other, they create a situation fraught with blame and discord – the opposite of a harmonious relationship." Learn Crucial Skills To Create Whole-Hearted, Lasting Love


What a great graphic illustrating that what we see on the surface is not the whole story. When you find yourself triggered by someone in your life remember what may be going on beyond the surface. Build compassion. ❤️

Ever wonder why one of your students or colleagues is triggering you? Here’s a list of common behavior “on the surface” and what may be going on for that person “underneath the surface.” We used this in a lesson about decoding emotions to build empathy, and the students loved it! Let us know what you observe with yours. (Thanks @ for the inspiration.)


Attachment Parenting International


The New York Times

Any moment can be a moment to come back to the present.

How to be mindful with a cup of coffee:

Focus on the sensations coming from your coffee.
Notice the warmth, the rising steam.
How does the cup feel in your hand?
When you take a sip, pay attention to the taste, the aroma.
As you swallow, feel the warm liquid.

(via The New York Times - Well - Health)




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