5 Ideas for Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Enjoy a Meaningful Holiday Season

As we head toward the holiday season, many of us find ourselves managing a high level of unease and anxiety for ourselves and our children. If our world were a snow globe, the pandemic itself, along with its consequences and the accompanying uncertainty for the future, has really shaken things up. Our world has been turned upside-down, and the snow...[ read more ]

4 Things To Expect In A Therapy Session

“Healing isn’t about changing who you are; it’s about changing your relationship with who you are. A fundamental part of that is honoring how you feel.” - Suzanne Heyne I like this quote because it encompasses what therapy is at its heart. Therapy isn’t only for people who have suffered untold abuse or trauma. It’s not only for people who...[ read more ]

Children Are Experiencing Real Loss, and We Need to Acknowledge That

As we inch ever closer to the upcoming school year, already begun for many, our back-to-school list looks different than usual. The social and emotional needs of our children (and ourselves) will be among the most important to be addressed. Questions about safety, changes in schedules, social distancing, lack of contact, and remote and online learning abound. And even with...[ read more ]

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? I get the tremendous privilege of shedding some light on the name Illume today. (See what I did there?) Names are so important. First impressions, last impressions, identity, roots, foundation. Names hold weight, carry and up-lift. I love names. So when Amber asked me to write about the name of her business, I jumped on it....[ read more ]