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I’m praying for the Texas families who do not get to wake up with their children this morning. I’m praying for all the teachers who are in shock at the losses they can’t tally.
For those of you that might not know David Kessler, he is a writer and counselor who is very well known for grief work- and a survivor of a mass shooting. His words helped me this morning, I hope it will help you as well.
Take care~
Parents often ask me how to help their children with______.
The answer is almost always in what we as parents are modeling for our children. Here’s a good article to help with some specifics. Take care ~

https://fal.cn/3oHiH?fbclid=IwAR06hKzz8rooPfrBNI_9CHiawEYgN2nTcnYxPAIRWF7Zl47_GQIQ4kS6VtU 
A good read. I remember sleep issues being so difficult for me when my children were brand-new to the world. This article explains the importance of your continued presence.
Be patient and kind to yourself as well as to them. It may feel like the stage last forever and it simply won’t.
Take care~L
This is the hardest time in history to be a parent. Social media, bullying and a worldwide pandemic have only made that task even more insurmountable! This is a great article. The most important thing to think about is “listening intently without judgment”. I hear over and over again from my adolescent clients that this is something they are not receiving from their parents.  https://www.parents.com/health/mental/teens-are-in-a-mental-health-crisis-heres-how-parents-can-help/?fbclid=IwAR1XU-Vt6hFefV7Et9BV99_oqRzRRkeHSwhC-fpzRqr4-PJ7hJ0hUcH0fSk
This is a perfect example of reframing. Take a possible negative and choose to see it from a different angle.
"Fragile" by Nic Askew

We are fragile. You and me.

Though we act strong,
our lives are
held together with
thoughts of where
we might be tomorrow.
And of disappointed
yesterdays.

At any moment we might shatter.
We might fall to our knees
weighed down by the terror
of being so far from
our own control.

Dare we look up, we’d not know
where to go or what to do.

We are fragile. You and me.

If we were to turn to each other,
we might see the whole world
on their knees.
Hurting, and seemingly
alone.

But none of us are.

We are fragile together.
Available 24/7.
The next two weeks of holiday parties and family get togethers may bring up some worries for many people. Before you head out with your wrapped packages, think through your plan of action. Here are a few good pointers.
Take care~
In this holiday season, people are more likely to experience crisis. Here are a few wise words that may come in handy. (Please remember even if you don’t know the right thing to say your physical presence is always appreciated and highly valued.)
Take care
I personally made this mistake an awful lot with my children…. As parents it’s important for us to remember that it is human nature to have multiple concerns going on at any given moment. 
For your worries
For your grief
For your parenting concerns
For your difficult marriage
But mostly for yourself! 
Today is World Su***de Prevention Day.

Please reach out if you are feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope, acting in ways that are inconsistent with your character or thinking of ending your life.

THERE S NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP-
SHAME ONLY CONTINUES WHEN WE SUFFER IN SILENCE!
A wonderful organization and a wonderful reminder to care for one another!
☀️Look for the signs and changes in behavior and self-care. Notice and reach out when you yourself or others around you feel in danger.
⭐️Colorado crisis line is 1-844-893-8255. They can also be reached at www.coloradocrisisservices.org. 
Take care of yourself and others!!

WaterShed Counseling provides mental health counseling for individuals, families and couples. Counseling for individuals, couples and adolescents.

Specializing in trauma, chronic pain and family issues.

Operating as usual

10/06/2022

Take a Mental Health Test

10/05/2022
Timeline photos 09/16/2022

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“Do not discount your mental health… It is so important that you take care of what is in your head and your heart.”

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves, Lady Gaga. 💙🧡

08/29/2022

Just a reminder to all the moms out there in the struggle. I see you.

Mommy never has time.

I just wanted to take a shower the other morning. That’s it.

I woke up with my two-year-old on top of me, sweaty and smelling of her p*e.

My husband was in the shower getting ready for work. I pulled my youngest out of bed, and baby wiped her,
got her dressed,
woke the other two up,
got them ready.

By the time everyone else was ready, and my husband came downstairs, we were eating breakfast, and it was 8:20 AM, and we needed to be out of the house by 8:30 AM.

And there I was: pajamas and knotty hair.

I had ten minutes.

Ten minutes to shower, brush my teeth and get dressed.

Ten minutes to shave half of a leg and become somewhat presentable.

I ran upstairs, the sweat settling upon my skin.

I started to gently move the toothbrush back and forth across my teeth when my middle daughter came barging into my room in tears.

“What happened, baby?” A slight furrow forming between my brows because, ugh, come on!

“I wanted mommy," she said, hugging my legs so tight I could hardly move.

She let me p*el her off to hop into the shower and laughed at my rushed shower, which I had to dance through to entertain her.

Four minutes left.

I towel dried myself off,
threw clothing on,
and scrunched gel into sopping wet hair.

I took my daughter's hand, and we ran down the stairs together.

But what bothers me at times is that no one seems to care about the time I need, so I can feel okay and refreshed to start the day.

I only ever get ten minutes. If that.

And young kids don’t get the need to be alone, not even for those ten minutes.
One day it will be different, and I know I’ll miss this, but for now, it feels like mommy never has time.

And sometimes
some days like the other day,
it gets to me.

Shared with permission from FULL
Photo: Mama Doodles

Lifeline Chat 07/16/2022

Lifeline Chat

As of today- Help is 3 buttons away- nation wide! Please share
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Lifeline Chat Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Su***de Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.

Helpful tips for grief after shootings 05/25/2022

Helpful tips for grief after shootings

I’m praying for the Texas families who do not get to wake up with their children this morning. I’m praying for all the teachers who are in shock at the losses they can’t tally.
For those of you that might not know David Kessler, he is a writer and counselor who is very well known for grief work- and a survivor of a mass shooting. His words helped me this morning, I hope it will help you as well.
Take care~

Helpful tips for grief after shootings As a survivor of a mass shooting myself and having worked with those from many of the current shootings, I wanted to offer tips to help deal with these tragedies.

10 ways to raise kind and compassionate children 05/20/2022

10 ways to raise kind and compassionate children

Parents often ask me how to help their children with______.
The answer is almost always in what we as parents are modeling for our children. Here’s a good article to help with some specifics. Take care ~

https://fal.cn/3oHiH?fbclid=IwAR06hKzz8rooPfrBNI_9CHiawEYgN2nTcnYxPAIRWF7Zl47_GQIQ4kS6VtU 

10 ways to raise kind and compassionate children We share 10 tips from several child development experts on how parents can go about raising kind and compassionate children.

What really happens when babies are left to cry it out? 03/31/2022

What really happens when babies are left to cry it out?

A good read. I remember sleep issues being so difficult for me when my children were brand-new to the world. This article explains the importance of your continued presence.
Be patient and kind to yourself as well as to them. It may feel like the stage last forever and it simply won’t.
Take care~L

What really happens when babies are left to cry it out? Some parents see "sleep training" as the key to a good night's rest. Others argue that it's distressing for babies. What do scientists say about its risks and benefits?

03/20/2022

This is the hardest time in history to be a parent. Social media, bullying and a worldwide pandemic have only made that task even more insurmountable! This is a great article. The most important thing to think about is “listening intently without judgment”. I hear over and over again from my adolescent clients that this is something they are not receiving from their parents.  https://www.parents.com/health/mental/teens-are-in-a-mental-health-crisis-heres-how-parents-can-help/?fbclid=IwAR1XU-Vt6hFefV7Et9BV99_oqRzRRkeHSwhC-fpzRqr4-PJ7hJ0hUcH0fSk

02/16/2022

This is a perfect example of reframing. Take a possible negative and choose to see it from a different angle.

02/03/2022
01/09/2022

"Fragile" by Nic Askew

We are fragile. You and me.

Though we act strong,
our lives are
held together with
thoughts of where
we might be tomorrow.
And of disappointed
yesterdays.

At any moment we might shatter.
We might fall to our knees
weighed down by the terror
of being so far from
our own control.

Dare we look up, we’d not know
where to go or what to do.

We are fragile. You and me.

If we were to turn to each other,
we might see the whole world
on their knees.
Hurting, and seemingly
alone.

But none of us are.

We are fragile together.

Walk in for help 12/28/2021

Walk in for help

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Walk in for help In-person, professional support

Timeline photos 12/19/2021

The next two weeks of holiday parties and family get togethers may bring up some worries for many people. Before you head out with your wrapped packages, think through your plan of action. Here are a few good pointers.
Take care~

Many families have that one toxic member (or maybe there are a few of them) who can turn a seemingly fine conversation into a family feud - especially during the holiday season. There is no shame in removing yourself from the situation—leave the room or step outside until cooler heads prevail.

If your dread is more centered around being grilled by friends and family about things like your relationship status, body changes, or a tough life event you’ve faced recently, you have a few options:

1️⃣ Rehearse any replies to anticipated questions in advance of gatherings, so you don’t find yourself struggling to figure out what to say.
2️⃣ Change the subject of the conversation if you don’t feel like having a particular discussion, but try not to do so in a provocative or defensive way. For example, don’t respond to, “How are you doing since the breakup?” with “How are you doing since you got passed over for that promotion at work?”
3️⃣ Inform someone that the topic they are bringing up is a sensitive one that you would rather not discuss.

If you're struggling this holiday season, visit mhanational.org/holidays for resources, tools, and tips for getting through the winter.

12/05/2021

In this holiday season, people are more likely to experience crisis. Here are a few wise words that may come in handy. (Please remember even if you don’t know the right thing to say your physical presence is always appreciated and highly valued.)
Take care

11/14/2021

I personally made this mistake an awful lot with my children…. As parents it’s important for us to remember that it is human nature to have multiple concerns going on at any given moment. 

media4.giphy.com 11/10/2021

media4.giphy.com

For your worries
For your grief
For your parenting concerns
For your difficult marriage
But mostly for yourself! 

media4.giphy.com

Timeline photos 10/24/2021

Timeline photos

You might be surprised at the people around you who secretly hate themselves—often it’s people you look up to and love. Hating yourself doesn’t make you a bad person or unworthy of love.

Still, people do tend to become happier as they learn to feel better about themselves. It’s a process and it takes time, but here are a few steps you can take to improve your self-image.

🔗 Learn more about practicing positive self-talk: https://bit.ly/3lBP6Bu

Photos from Mental Health America's post 10/04/2021

Photos from Mental Health America's post

09/10/2021

Today is World Su***de Prevention Day.

Please reach out if you are feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope, acting in ways that are inconsistent with your character or thinking of ending your life.

THERE S NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP-
SHAME ONLY CONTINUES WHEN WE SUFFER IN SILENCE!

World Su***de Prevention Day 2021 08/30/2021

World Su***de Prevention Day 2021

A wonderful organization and a wonderful reminder to care for one another!
☀️Look for the signs and changes in behavior and self-care. Notice and reach out when you yourself or others around you feel in danger.
⭐️Colorado crisis line is 1-844-893-8255. They can also be reached at www.coloradocrisisservices.org. 
Take care of yourself and others!!

World Su***de Prevention Day 2021 In honor of World Su***de Prevention Day (Sept. 10), I’m helping To Write Love on Her Arms raise $250,000, which will sponsor 3,500+ counseling sessions and connect people to local mental health resources. You can help by making a donation that will give people a chance to find healing and recover...

08/17/2021

Thinking about all the kids going back to school this week. Praying for a healthy and happy year of great learning and fun!

08/01/2021
Physical touch during early life appears to play a key role in moral development, according to new psychology research 07/20/2021

Physical touch during early life appears to play a key role in moral development, according to new psychology research

I recently ran across this article that discusses the nature of touch and early childhood development.
How does this make you feel about your childhood?
How does this make you feel about your child rearing skills?

Physical touch during early life appears to play a key role in moral development, according to new psychology research Research published in Psychology: Research and Review points to the importance of early maternal touch for a child’s development of morality. Across three ...

06/08/2021

Parents. This is an important truth. Our words and our behaviors both matter to our children. Our behaviors speak much louder than our words.

Twelve Things Most EMDR Trauma Therapists Understand Deeply 05/03/2021

Twelve Things Most EMDR Trauma Therapists Understand Deeply

Trauma - it’s not just surviving 911 or war torn Afghanistan. Traumas are any events that we experience that change the way we see ourselves and the world. EMDR is the gold standard in healing from these difficulties. This article is a good two minute read about why the training is important and the healing can be significant! Please consider giving it a read. If it sparks an interest, give me a call.
Take care ~
https://gowiththat.wordpress.com/2021/05/01/twelve-things-most-emdr-trauma-therapists-understand-deeply/?fbclid=IwAR1h73AX7CrVLG8DoIXgV0O3HyIXalJkOwBZE8Liu4WbB5a9TN9UgD38Tso

Twelve Things Most EMDR Trauma Therapists Understand Deeply You do not need to tell the story of your trauma to someone to heal. You don’t ever have to find the right words in the right order. Much of trauma is nonsensible and unspeakable and learning to …

ELIFE Spring/Summer 2021 04/08/2021

ELIFE Spring/Summer 2021

A pleasure to be a contributor to this local gem!

ELIFE Spring/Summer 2021 Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: ELIFE Spring/Summer 2021, Author: Ventker Media Group, Name: ELIFE Spr...

03/19/2021

The dehumanization of women.
The dehumanization of Asians.
The dehumanization of s*x workers.
The dehumanization around class.
The dehumanization of immigrants.

Dehumanizing language is a radicalizing tool of white supremacy and white evangelical extremism (which are inextricably connected).

Combine a long history of discrimination and bias with leaders who talk about the “Kung Flu” and “grabbing them by the pussy” and you can see the very short distance between our language, our thoughts, and our actions including everything from violence and diminishing that violence with “just having a bad day” to "Well, look what kind of work they did."

This is why shame, humiliation, and dehumanizing make the world a more dangerous place for all of us.

We shouldn’t tolerate anyone being shamed, humiliated or dehumanized - even the people who bring out our rage. It’s easier than accountability, it’s a quick way to discharge our anger, and it can even get some “likes” and fist bumps. But, there is no question that dehumanizing makes the world a more dangerous and vicious place for all of us.

For a list of resources to - see my Instagram Stories. We've also made a permanent Story Highlight Circle called on my Instagram profile so they stay available.
https://www.instagram.com/brenebrown/

Why Kids Need Mental Health Days, Too — Especially Right Now 03/06/2021

Why Kids Need Mental Health Days, Too — Especially Right Now

 There is great wisdom in taking breaks, vacations and time away from all of the difficulty this past year has brought us!!!
Our children are in need of these brakes as much as we are, if not more.
(In case it might be helpful to hear, I give my children three days per semester do use at their discretion for a mental break. In order to say yes I needed to be able to verify that they were not missing an exam or an important event at school. Surprisingly, my children never abused or asked for more of these days! )

Why Kids Need Mental Health Days, Too — Especially Right Now The pandemic has created added anxiety and pressures on children. Here's what parents can do to help.

01/26/2021

I received this poem last night from a friend and wanted to share it with you as a sign of HOPE.

The Miracle of Morning

I thought I’d awaken to a world in mourning.
Heavy clouds crowding, a society storming.
But there’s something different on this golden morning.
Something magical in the sunlight, wide and warming.
I see a dad with a stroller taking a jog.
Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog.
A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries.
She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries.

While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.

So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend.

As one, we will defeat both despair and disease.
We stand with healthcare heroes and all employees;
With families, libraries, schools, waiters, artists;
Businesses, restaurants, and hospitals hit hardest.

We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof,
For it is in loss that we truly learn to love.
In this chaos, we will discover clarity.
In suffering, we must find solidarity.

For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude,
Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it.
So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain:
Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.

Read children’s books, dance alone to DJ music.
Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder.
From a wave of woes our world will emerge stronger.

We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind
Are also the moments that make us humans kind;
Let every dawn find us courageous, brought closer;

Heeding the light before the fight is over.
When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing
In testing times, we became the best of beings.

By Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman

01/18/2021

Love one another.

nbcnews.com 12/18/2020

An overwhelming toll: What America’s children have lost during the pandemic

Mental health professionals and educators have been talking about this since March. I think this is a good summery of the very REAL concern we are facing. I see these issues daily in my practice. Please consider reading the whole article.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/covid-having-devastating-impact-children-vaccine-won-t-fix-everything-n1251172?fbclid=IwAR0C54OZdndvxbc7UX85YuLXfH6wL_aKf2d0GFRVEDz9Q4KxQZDOp_Kw_28

nbcnews.com “We’re going to almost need a New Deal for an entire generation of kids to give them the opportunity to catch up,” one advocate said.

popsci.com 10/16/2020

What mental health professionals have learned six months into pandemic care

popsci.com Just like the rest of us, mental health professionals have had to figure out how to cope with 2020.

themighty.com 10/13/2020

When It’s an Abusive Relationship, but It’s Not Like He Ever Hit You

Be aware of your value.
Be focused on how others make you feel.
Notice how their words change how you feel about you.
Ask for help

themighty.com "It's not that bad... right?"

healthline.com 09/23/2020

The Grief Kids Are Feeling Right Now Is Valid

Validating and supporting our adolescents is so important right now.

healthline.com Telling kids they are not grieving unless they've lost a loved one during the pandemic sends an unhealthy message. Instead, listen and empathize.

nami.org 09/10/2020

Su***de Prevention: Saving Lives Now and Beyond

nami.org Su***de prevention should focus on protective factors to have a longer lasting impact on those vulnerable to su***de.

issuu.com 08/22/2020

ELIFE Fall 2020

I’m so honored to contribute to our town magazine again!
Check it out- a lot of great local businesses to suppprt are inside.

issuu.com Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: ELIFE Fall 2020, Author: Ventker Media Group, Name: ELIFE Fall 2020, L...

phys.org 08/14/2020

Head back to school with '4 Be's' for mental health

Hi Parents- here is some good advise for the school year. Please please please remember, your child’s mental health is more important than their GPA.
Take Care ~

phys.org The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much stress and uncertainty for students, parents, teachers and staff. "For students and the adults who care for them, the desire is so strong to have our lives return to normal, which also involves schooling," says Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic psychologist. "...

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