The Counseling Studio

Therapy for individuals, couples and teens. Specializing in narcissism, divorce, and teens.

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How to Overcome the Sense of Loss After a Narcissistic Relationship 01/04/2023

How to Overcome the Sense of Loss After a Narcissistic Relationship

If you know, you know. How do you overcome the loss associated with a narcissistic relationship? Check out my answers here:

How to Overcome the Sense of Loss After a Narcissistic Relationship In this short video Angela Avery, a licensed professional counselor specializing in narcissistic abuse recovery, gives her insight how to deal with the sense...


2023 goal…


Remember the way other people treat you is a statement about them, not you.

You are the only one who can decide what you will allow to be a part of your life.❤️

(Pay attention to whom your energy increases and decreases around because that’s the universe giving you a hint of who you should embrace or stray from.-unknown)


Please stop saying things like this...let's normalize normal emotions, not shame them with toxic positivity.

Healthy ways to handle life's stressors 06/06/2022

Healthy ways to handle life's stressors

We are all burned out and stressed out. What technique works for you when you try and de-stress? For me, it’s walking in nature….

Healthy ways to handle life's stressors

Jury Finds in Favor of Johnny Depp in Defamation Lawsuit Against Amber Heard 06/02/2022

Jury Finds in Favor of Johnny Depp in Defamation Lawsuit Against Amber Heard

Borderline Personality Disorder. Histrionic Personality Disorder. Intimate Partner Violence. These are the terms from the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial. I've kept quiet. But finally, justice was served. No gender is immune. Fame does not protect. Love is not enough - you need respect, honesty, personal responsibility and growth to make a relationship work. This trial was a prime example of what intimate partner violence looks like - from all angles. Please know, mental health issues are real and get exponentially bigger when in romantic relationships. Please be wise and expect better.

Jury Finds in Favor of Johnny Depp in Defamation Lawsuit Against Amber Heard Mr. Depp awarded $10.4 million in damages; Ms. Heard receives $2 million


We're here for you whenever you need someone to talk to 💚 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

🎨: Artwork by Stacie Swift


Whew, it's been a minute. I haven't been posting due to my introverted-ness, my distaste for social media, my worry over the world and trying to stay at peace.

How is everyone else handling things? Feeling like retreating? Numbing out? Or, is after pandemic life pretty good? I'd love to know!


Today, we can do hard things. Our hearts are with you, Oxford! Clarkston and surrounding communities are gently holding you up. Peace today.


Lol, for all those red flag experts….

Timeline photos 12/06/2021

This may be beneficial to those who need help ASAP!

Join us on Facebook Live on Monday, December 6 at 8:30pm as we discuss how to best lead our children and teens through tragedy, fear, and loss. Ryan Morrill, Kids & Family Director at Orion campus, will host a conversation with therapists, Rob and Karen Shive, and Robin Kim. We hope to encourage and equip parents as they help their students navigate this difficult time. Invite friends to join you online – this event is free and does not require registration.


It’s understandable that we all have an emotional hangover. Pandemic, life changes and now the devastating loss in a neighboring town creates chaos for our nervous system.

My therapeutic message is this:
“Control what you can. Understand that all else is not meant for you to control.”

If cancelling your plans is what you need, control your time. If more therapy is needed, take control of your mental health. If you feel better when you clean, control the outcome. If you need a hug, control your needs and speak out.

What you cannot control? Others - others behaviors, attitudes and emotions. You can INFLUENCE but not control. You cannot control what happens in the world, but you can control what you (and your family) listen to, watch and how you behave towards strangers.

Want to be the good in the world? Control that! Smile more, say hello, meet others as they are. Listen softly, allow for differences.

I am a big proponent of taking responsibility for your actions and accepting consequences. It is not in our control to hand out consequences for those who have committed evil acts, we control who we hire to do that, and who we support to do that.

So, I’m learning to control what I can along with you. We will get through this together.


You guys! I am so excited to announce my online class, Healing From Narcissistic Relationships - A Course For Women.

Why take this course?

Because you've cried enough.

Because you need to regain your power and your self-worth.

Because you are worthy.

You've probably been told you are "crazy" or "too emotional." But what if your partner is narcissistic and you find it harder and harder to make this relationship work?

Then you've come to the place of empowerment through knowledge, support and reflection.

I've done my own personal work through narcissistic abuse and I teach others how heal and thrive.

You will find solutions on how to stay in the relationship if you choose to, and/or how to leave the relationship.

You will identify patterns in both yourself and your partner that can be used to grow into a healthier human.

Let's not waste any more time. Choose to invest in yourself today.

Take This Class!

Mental health professionals are the ones taking care of us: Who’s taking care of them? 03/11/2021

Mental health professionals are the ones taking care of us: Who’s taking care of them?

I’ll be taking some time for self care next week. What are you doing for self care?

Mental health professionals are the ones taking care of us: Who’s taking care of them? USA TODAY spoke with half a dozen mental health workers who told us the pandemic has been the most challenging year of their professional lives.

February 26, 2021 02/28/2021

February 26, 2021

Friends, I urge you to watch this video. This is what we are up against in mental health treatment. When your child is suicidal, as a parent you are scared and desperate for help. Often, help doesn’t come. There’s no place to turn to. If you didn’t understand what all the fuss what about before with mental health - watch this video.

February 26, 2021

Timeline photos 01/23/2021

Hmmm, interesting. It keeps us distracted when we are always caretaking and working hard on other’s behalf. Problem is we lose ourselves and cannot even figure out what the heck WE need. Maybe check in with yourself today, focus on you. What are YOU feeling? What do YOU


This is us


I have a 4:00 pm open tomorrow! Just in case anyone is crying in the bathroom right now, driving alone and sobbing, or just full of great stories to tell me. 248-254-7880

Timeline photos 01/11/2021

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 01/09/2021

Stop overfunctioning for underfunctioners.
When you overfunction, you are in a likely in a co-dependent state - meaning you need to work harder than they do to ensure your relationship is working and control an outcome. Not only does it feel exhausting, it disregards boundaries and teaches the other person that they are incapable of healthy functionality. Call me if you need help on this....

Timeline photos 01/06/2021

Check in with yourself - what did you allow that you now resent? It’s never too late to set and keep clear boundaries.

Timeline photos 01/04/2021

When we are focused on ‘other’ instead of ourselves, we are likely in a codependent state. Checking in with ourselves and asking hard questions - Is this relationship working for me? Do I want him as is? - is the healthy path. Thank you for the reminder!


Merry Christmas and peace be with you today!


Maybe I’m an emotional support dog?

The Social Dilemma - A Netflix Original documentary 10/04/2020

The Social Dilemma - A Netflix Original documentary
This is a must see. The irony that I’m posting this on social media is not overlooked. Check it out and let start a conversation about anxiety, depression and su***de rates skyrocketing.

The Social Dilemma - A Netflix Original documentary We tweet, we like, and we share- but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? Discover what's hiding on the other side of your screen at


Watch your busy...

Online Affairs Skyrocket Amid COVID-19 Crisis; Up 71% 08/21/2020

Online Affairs Skyrocket Amid COVID-19 Crisis; Up 71%

Online affairs are up 71% according to elite private investigator, Brian Wellington, PhD. The assumption? A desire to regain control, fear, and the inability to deal with oneself all play a role.

Online Affairs Skyrocket Amid COVID-19 Crisis; Up 71% /PRNewswire/ -- Elite private investigator, and author of "How to Catch the Lying, Cheating Mother [email protected]#%~>." Brian Wellington, PhD, discusses in his new book...

Harvard researchers discover the easy behavioral trick to avoiding depression — Fast Company 08/20/2020

Harvard researchers discover the easy behavioral trick to avoiding depression — Fast Company

If you knew the behavioral trick to avoid depression, wouldn’t you do it? Read below, maybe you already are!

Harvard researchers discover the easy behavioral trick to avoiding depression — Fast Company A new large-scale study out of Harvard Medical School elucidates how to avoid depression: socialize, socialize, socialize. The simple act of chatting up other people protects against depression.


Therapists are not all alike! I am proud to have earned the Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional honor! Like, I have more letters after my name and I'm a smarty-pants. Make sure your therapist is doing their work, and is keeping up with educating themselves on important issues. Or better yet, call me.

CDC study sheds new light on mental health crisis linked to coronavirus pandemic 08/13/2020

CDC study sheds new light on mental health crisis linked to coronavirus pandemic

“The adults are not alright in America”.

CDC study sheds new light on mental health crisis linked to coronavirus pandemic The Covid-19 crisis has brought with it a mental health crisis in the United States, and new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show just how broad the pandemic's impact on mental health might be.


If you are a partner, you have one job...❤️

If your partner comes to you in a state of disrepair, you have one job. You’re at their service. You want them to move back into a state of repair with you.



Top Ten COVID-19 Anxiety Reduction Strategies 07/27/2020

Top Ten COVID-19 Anxiety Reduction Strategies

Hi Everybody! I am getting more and more requests to talk about COVID anxiety - and I get it, it's a thing. I found this great article to share with you...

Top Ten COVID-19 Anxiety Reduction Strategies During this time of national crisis, we must manage two things simultaneously: 1) Protect ourselves from the Coronavirus, and 2) Protect ourselves from anxiety. If your anxiety, fear, and worry has been overwhelming, put these ten strategies into practice.


Parents - check your judgment and lead by example. We are all having to do hard things. Need help navigating the pandemic? Call me...

Timeline photos 06/29/2020

Gosh, so true. How many times does something have to show up to finally get us to heal a childhood wound?


Hi Everyone! Next week begins a return to semi-normal! I will be meeting face to face with you again to laugh, learn, cry, vent and heal. If you were waiting to schedule your sessions in person, please contact me asap - summer fills up fast! 248.254.7880




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