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  • Cognitive Distortions, those remaining November 10, 2022
    I’ve been discussing Cognitive Distortions over the past month, so I wanted to wrap up and not drag this out too long for fear of overload :). Mental filtering: The thinking that we do when we filter out certain aspects of life. It is not always bad but when it is distorting your thinking is […]
  • Will you add a Ukrainian orphan to your Christmas list? November 8, 2022
    I know it may seem early to start preparing for the holidays, BUT my youngest son and I must start now. I’m not referring to putting up decorations and watching Christmas vacation, although I love those things! This year, we have a chance to help orphans and their caregivers who had to flee their homes […]
  • Cognitive Distortion #1: Black or White/Polarized thinking October 26, 2022
    I love the song by the late Michael Jackson, “Black or White” and it truly shouldn’t matter when it comes to the color of your skin but we are not talking about skin today. We are discussing our black-or-white thoughts also known as polarized thinking. First of all, I acknowledge that polarized thinking can be […]
  • New blog series: Cognitive Distortions October 12, 2022
    Your thought life is arguably the most powerful part of your life. How and what you think impacts your choices and behaviors and in turn impacts everyone around you. So for the next several months, I am going to discuss a term used in the therapy world called, Cognitive Distortions.  Have you ever heard the term […]
  • Transitioned! September 27, 2022
    Have you or someone you know settled into a new season in life? Over the past month or so I’ve thought a lot about and written about transitions. Naturally, the next phase to consider is reflecting on the transition. Oftentimes, we do not reflect back on phases or seasons of life whether good or bad. […]
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New blog series: Cognitive Distortions-What are they

By Natalie Atwell | October 12, 2022

Your thought life is arguably the most powerful part of your life. How and what you think impacts your choices and behaviors and in turn impacts everyone around you. So for the next several months, I am going to discuss a term used in the therapy world called, Cognitive Distortions. Have you ever heard the…

Transitioned!

By Natalie Atwell | September 27, 2022

How do you know when you’ve settled in or when someone you love has settled into a new season in life? Over the past month or so I’ve thought a lot about and written about transitions. Naturally, the next phase to consider is reflecting on the transition. Oftentimes, we do not reflect back on phases…

Transitioning…

By Natalie Atwell | September 27, 2022

This is a hot topic and also a controversial one, but for now, I’m not going to talk about what most think this term refers to in certain settings today. I’m simply going to talk about some of the transitioning we all need to do at times. Maybe you need to transition from skinny jeans…

Changing seasons: Preparing for and embracing change

By Natalie Atwell | September 27, 2022

Recently where I live, we’ve had a “cold” front come through (it was 68 degrees earlier this morning compared to 98 a week ago…). As the seasons change, I love to focus on the positives such as wearing boots in fall/winter! There are some places in the world where the seasons don’t change, which always…

Concerns about the Enneagram…

By Natalie Atwell | February 17, 2022

As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and university professor, I’ve been aware of the enneagram for many years, likely longer than most. However, over the past several years, I have been amazed at how the popularity of this test has increased dramatically especially within Christian circles. I’m often asked what my thoughts are about…

The dangers of assumptions

By Natalie Atwell | February 8, 2022

Recently, if you’ve read the news anywhere on the East Coast of the USA, you likely heard about Miss USA 2019, Chelsie Kryst, dying by suicide. After the story, I heard many people asking, “Why would someone who has it all jump from a window to her death?” This question assumes Chelsie had it all…One…

Understanding Transitions

By Natalie Atwell | October 5, 2021

Change is inevitable. We will all go through multiple transitions in life. During the fall season, the leaves in many places change colors on the trees. Some have children going off to college. Some are the ones going off to college and parents of new teens are freaking out of bodily changes… Others are beginning…

The joy on a college campus

By Natalie Atwell | August 23, 2021

Last week I had the amazing privilege to go with my sister and brother-in-law to take my niece (and only girl niece I have…) to college at Liberty University. I LOVE Liberty! Yes, I am biased because I teach there but I also went there for my graduate degrees. It is a very special place.…

Find joy in meeting new people

By Natalie Atwell | August 9, 2021

No doubt, I am a social person and meeting others comes natural to me, but it is something anyone can do even if it requires allowing oneself to be uncomfortable for a minute or longer. This past weekend, I was with a friend exploring the beautiful town of Tryon, NC. We both love to hear…

From this moment…

By Natalie Atwell | June 22, 2021

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