1018 N. Bethlehem Pike, Suite 201 A, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 | 720 S. Colorado Blvd, South Tower PH #1356, Glendale, CO 80246

Blog

We believe that our clients learn the skills they need to live more
fulfilling lives working alongside their therapists.

contact us

Read the Lime Tree Counseling Blog

Keep Learning & Growing Outside of Sessions

We believe that our clients learn the skills they need to live more fulfilling lives working alongside their therapists, but continuing to learn and grow means taking that knowledge out into the real world and applying it to your day-to-day life. Whether you’re still in counseling with us and want to find some new ways to think about the work you’re doing in sessions or you just want to learn more about how therapy can help, our blog topics offer information that will benefit you through your journey to live a more joyful and satisfying life.

Group Counseling: 3 Things You Can Get Out of It

Group Counseling: 3 Things You Can Get Out of It

By Hannah Mosser, MA, LPC In my work as a Therapist, when I discuss group counseling with a client, their eyes widen. Like, a big “no thanks” is the immediate thought that passes through their mind. And honestly, I get it. I think people hear “group counseling” and...

read more
4 Ways a Grief Therapy Group Can Help You

4 Ways a Grief Therapy Group Can Help You

By Alana Gregg, MA When you lose someone you love, life changes in an instant. It’s like the rug has been pulled out from under you and you can’t quite get your footing again. Suddenly, you have to figure out how to live in a world without them. Where do you begin?...

read more
Holiday Anxiety and How to Maximize Your Joy

Holiday Anxiety and How to Maximize Your Joy

by Maddie Lukens, MA Much of 2020 has been filled with surprises, un-planned experiences and unmet expectations. We all have been impacted in various ways by a significant change or loss of some type. No matter where you or your family find yourselves as 2020 comes to...

read more
Got ADHD on the Mind? 4 Tips to Help.

Got ADHD on the Mind? 4 Tips to Help.

by Maddie Lukens, MA There are certainly times when we all feel off task. Sometimes there are days where it feels like nothing gets done because we are stressed, we can’t stay focused, we are tired, or we’re in pain. But for some people, they might have a daily...

read more
How to Keep Your Mood From Ruling Your Life

How to Keep Your Mood From Ruling Your Life

by Alana Gregg, MS We all have highs and lows. We have good days and bad days. Some days start out great and then end up going badly. Some days start out bad and get worse from there. Sometimes our mood is due to real life events and sometimes we inexplicably just...

read more
Balance Doesn’t Have to Be a Curse Word

Balance Doesn’t Have to Be a Curse Word

by Alana Gregg, MS Balance is such an annoying word, isn’t it? I have a physical reaction when I hear it. It’s this illusive concept that seems impossible to achieve. Whether it’s the work/home life balance, or the emotional/physical health balance, or taking care of...

read more
How to Challenge Negative, Automatic Thoughts

How to Challenge Negative, Automatic Thoughts

by Maddie Lukens, MA Automatic thoughts are thoughts that occur immediately in response to something we experience. Sometimes automatic thoughts happen out of our conscious awareness, other times an automatic thought is that small voice in your head saying: “you’re...

read more
Are You on the Road to Relapse?

Are You on the Road to Relapse?

by Alana Gregg, MS Picture yourself swimming in the ocean on a hot summer's day. You’ve started out in front of the lifeguard stand, in between the two green flags that tell you where it is safe to swim. But you’re facing out to the ocean where there are no flags or...

read more
How to Get “Unstuck” From Difficult Emotions

How to Get “Unstuck” From Difficult Emotions

by Maddie Lukens, MA Have you ever found yourself just feeling down? Or maybe you’ve been feeling sad or discouraged all day and you can’t seem to shake the feeling. Perhaps you wake up one morning and just feel “off?” Many people experience this, some more frequently...

read more
How to Love Someone With Anxiety

How to Love Someone With Anxiety

by Alana Gregg, MS While anxiety is a normal part of life and something we all deal with, some of us struggle more than others. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why this is, but there are many factors. Our genetics play a big role in our anxiety. If we have family...

read more
4 Ways to Improve Your Anxiety

4 Ways to Improve Your Anxiety

by Alana Gregg, MS Anxiety is something we all struggle with. As human beings, it is normal to feel fear and anxiety. Our anxiety tells us we need to be assured that everything will be fine or that we or our loved ones will never get sick. We need a cure or a vaccine...

read more
How to Survive the Summer in Recovery

How to Survive the Summer in Recovery

by Alana Gregg, MS Have you ever walked down a dark street alone? What was that like? Did you walk a little faster? Were you a little more alert? Did your ears perk up to the noises around you? I had a very over-protective dad. When I first learned how to drive he...

read more
4 Reasons Teens Can Benefit From Counseling

4 Reasons Teens Can Benefit From Counseling

by Maddie Lukens, MA Think back to when you were a teenager: maybe middle school, high school, or college. Remember what your home looked like, the hallways of your school, where you ate lunch. Perhaps you participated in your school’s orchestra or you ran cross...

read more
Parenting: How to be a Calm in Their Storm

Parenting: How to be a Calm in Their Storm

by Alana Gregg, MS The past few months have been a test of parenting, haven’t they? There has been no shortage of stress in these unprecedented times. And the stressors continue to pile up. How in the world do we help our kids deal with their emotions when we are...

read more
7 Ways to Combat Negative Thoughts

7 Ways to Combat Negative Thoughts

by Maddie Lukens, MA Negative thoughts are the phrases we hear in our head like: “I’m not good enough;” “I will only fail if I try again;” “I hate ____ about myself.” These thoughts do nothing but tear down our self-esteem and leave us feeling discouraged, hurt, and...

read more
How to Help Someone Who is Grieving

How to Help Someone Who is Grieving

by Maddie Lukens, MA We are living in a time of immense grief and death. There are so many of you who know someone who has lost a loved one. It can be hard to know what to say or do. Most of the time we are terrified we are going to say or do the wrong thing and make...

read more
How to Walk Through Grief in a Healthy Way

How to Walk Through Grief in a Healthy Way

by Maddie Lukens, MA Grief has come in all shapes and sizes during this pandemic. We have lost many things in the last few months, including people that we love. For those of you who have lost a loved one, I am truly sorry for your loss. There are no words to express...

read more
8 Signs You Need to Stop Drinking

8 Signs You Need to Stop Drinking

by Nate Bailey, MA, LPC Drinking alcohol can be a straightforward, unremarkable part of many people’s life. For others, drinking alcohol creates problems and causes conflict. Because we are often surrounded by so-called “normal” drinkers, it may be hard to admit to...

read more
Has Social Distancing Left You Feeling Lonely?

Has Social Distancing Left You Feeling Lonely?

by Maddie Lukens, MA It’s wild how much changed in the world seemingly overnight. I’m sure you are sitting on the other side of the screen thinking: “Yeah, I know, it’s unbelievable.” Every decision being made by our local and national leadership continues to impact...

read more
How to Reframe and Rethink Anxiety

How to Reframe and Rethink Anxiety

by Aaron K. Potratz, LPC Most people who have anxiety are focused on the future. “What if this happens?” “What if that happens?” These are common fears or worries about things that may take place, causing anxiety because of the lack of certainty or control. They also...

read more
Why You Need to Be Vulnerable

Why You Need to Be Vulnerable

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Did clicking on this post raise some angst for you because of the word “vulnerable”? Good job on taking the risk to click through and read it! The idea of vulnerability scares most people. Dictionary.com says vulnerability actually means...

read more
No Pressure Valentine’s Day

No Pressure Valentine’s Day

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Valentine’s Day is upon us. For some of us, that’s great, we enjoy a fun night out with our special someone. For others of us, it’s just plain awful. Valentine’s Day and social media together is a bad combo – we are inundated with photos of...

read more
Relationship Check Up for The New Year

Relationship Check Up for The New Year

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC It’s that time – New Year’s Resolution time! If we are honest, most of us don’t make them, and if we do, we rarely last past the middle of January. We all know of people (or maybe ourselves!) who resolve to lose weight, exercise more, eat...

read more
5 Ways to Boost Your Empathy

5 Ways to Boost Your Empathy

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Empathy is the ability to understand and share in another person’s emotions. We all need healthy connections to other people – and empathy is an essential element of a healthy relationship. Empathy helps us respond well in various situations...

read more
How to Say No & Know Yourself Better

How to Say No & Know Yourself Better

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC You say “yes” all the time. No matter how busy you are, you can’t turn down anyone who asks for your help, even if it hurts you or your family. Why can’t you say no? Many people believe saying no to other’s requests is selfish or uncaring....

read more
5 Tips to Thrive at the Holidays

5 Tips to Thrive at the Holidays

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Do you remember the classic holiday song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? Check out this verse from the song: It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much mistltoeing And hearts will be glowing When loved ones are near...

read more
Hope for The Child of a Narcissist

Hope for The Child of a Narcissist

by Katie Bailey, MA, LPC A narcissist is not merely a selfish, arrogant individual. If we are honest, we all struggle with selfishness sometimes. No, a narcissist is much more than selfish. Not all narcissists look exactly the same, and the traits are on a continuum –...

read more
Why Do I Want to Have Control?

Why Do I Want to Have Control?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Here is one of life’s most important lessons: You are not in control. Did that make you break out in a sweat? As humans, we all want to be in control to a certain extent. I spend a lot of time teaching clients about boundaries, and part of...

read more
5 Things Not Helping Your Anxiety

5 Things Not Helping Your Anxiety

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Our world is stressful. No one gets to escape heartaches and challenges. We all have to learn to deal with stress. However, some of us tend to get more anxious. Check out my other blog post on the difference between everyday worry and anxiety...

read more
Do I Really Have to Forgive?

Do I Really Have to Forgive?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC None of us can avoid it. In our broken world, things aren’t as they are supposed to be, and without a doubt, we will hurt each other. You will hurt others, and they will hurt you. Most of the time, these wounds are fairly shallow, and we can...

read more
What Are Traits of a Strong Relationship?

What Are Traits of a Strong Relationship?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC As counselors, we spend a lot of time teaching people the “red flags” of unhealthy relationships. This is a very important skill to help you make smart choices about with whom you spend your time. However, what if you haven’t had good examples...

read more
10 Truths Narcissists Want to Hide from You

10 Truths Narcissists Want to Hide from You

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Working with clients in any kind of narcissistic relationship (marriage, parent, friend, co-worker) is one of my most favorite things. And it seems there are a lot of you out there, because I’ve been getting a lot more questions about this...

read more
8 Keys to Breaking Free from A Toxic Relationship

8 Keys to Breaking Free from A Toxic Relationship

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Admitting a relationship in your life isn’t working can be difficult. Often, we like to pretend things are fine or tell ourselves “it’s really not that bad”, or even blame ourselves for the problems. We often talk about this in marriage, which...

read more
Is My Experience Really A Trauma?

Is My Experience Really A Trauma?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Usually when we think of trauma, we think of big events, like a sexual assault, mass shooting or plane crash. These events are of course very traumatic; however, seemingly smaller events can also cause a trauma response. Many people minimize...

read more
Help! My Spouse Is Always on The Phone!

Help! My Spouse Is Always on The Phone!

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Technology is great, and our phones make life easier in many ways. Remember having to ask an actual human for directions? Or pull your credit card out of your wallet to pay? What about having a wallet of CDs in your car for music? Yes,...

read more
3 Lies Most Sexually Abused People Believe

3 Lies Most Sexually Abused People Believe

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC One of the greatest honors of my job is to say the words “It’s not your fault” to a person hurting from sexual abuse. One of the many tragic consequences of experiencing sexual abuse are the lies that get entrenched in your mind. Over and over...

read more
How To Recognize The Narcissist In Your Life

How To Recognize The Narcissist In Your Life

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Is there a person in your life that hurts you repeatedly and just doesn’t seem to care? Does that person make life all about them and seem to ignore your needs? Are they constantly putting you down? Quite possibly, you are dealing with a...

read more
5 Ways to Get More Sleep When You Have PTSD

5 Ways to Get More Sleep When You Have PTSD

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Sleep & PTSD One of the most common symptoms of PTSD is insomnia. Insomnia can mean difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up earlier than you want to. Trouble sleeping is one of the symptoms of “alterations in arousal and...

read more
10 Signs Anxiety Counseling Is For You

10 Signs Anxiety Counseling Is For You

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Some stress and anxiety are a part of life. In my last blog post, I talked about ways you can work to lower your anxiety on your own. For many people, working with a therapist who specializes in anxiety is necessary to bring lasting...

read more
5 Methods to Help Reduce Your Anxiety Today

5 Methods to Help Reduce Your Anxiety Today

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC About 40 million American adults, 18% of the population, struggle with anxiety disorders. We all struggle with anxiety and stress; however, when fear and worry start to impact your daily life, it might be time to get some help. What Are Signs...

read more
Will Couples Counseling Stop Emotional Abuse

Will Couples Counseling Stop Emotional Abuse

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Emotional abuse is hard to identify. Some people even think since it doesn’t leave bruises, it’s not really that bad. Let me assure you: it is that bad, and even worse many times. Here are some signs you might be in an emotionally abusive...

read more
Childhood Abuse: How To Change Your Story

Childhood Abuse: How To Change Your Story

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC We live in a broken world where, sadly, many people suffer all different kinds of abuse as children. Sexual, physical, emotional abuse – or maybe a combination – happen to more people than you realize. Most often, people choose to ignore their...

read more
3 Ways EMDR Helps You Triumph Over Trauma

3 Ways EMDR Helps You Triumph Over Trauma

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC We all know how hard life is sometimes. No one escapes struggles and heartaches. Sometimes those experiences are big “T” traumas, like sexual assaults, plane crashes, or public shootings. More often, people have to deal with little “t”...

read more
Why Should I Tell My Sexual Abuse Story?

Why Should I Tell My Sexual Abuse Story?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Finding the words to say you were sexually abused can be extremely difficult. Describing the events that happened to you can be painful and heartbreaking. However, I truly believe you should tell your story and that sharing your story will...

read more
7 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight!

7 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight!

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Our bodies need sleep. However, when we are dealing with anxiety or trauma (think abuse, grief, something very overwhelming) our bodies have a hard time falling and staying asleep. Unfortunately, when we don’t sleep well it affects us in many...

read more
Don’t Fear Conflict

Don’t Fear Conflict

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Over the years I’ve seen first hand that the most popular response to conflict is to simply avoid it. Most people avoid conflict because they fear damaging their relationships or hurting others. Some people say they simply don’t know how to...

read more
10 Signs of Depression

10 Signs of Depression

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC If you are experiencing any of these signs, please seek help.  You are not alone, everyone needs a little help sometimes.  Consider getting counseling for your sadness or grief counseling if you've experienced considerable loss. You can find...

read more
Why people say “I’m sorry” too much

Why people say “I’m sorry” too much

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Do you say “I’m sorry” constantly?  Are you apologizing things for things that aren’t your responsibility? At the root of over apologizing is a false belief that your thoughts, opinions, feelings, really your existence, do not matter. People...

read more
A Mom’s Guide to Summer Sanity

A Mom’s Guide to Summer Sanity

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC The most important point to remember about being a mom with your kids home all summer – it’s okay to need a break. It’s okay to not get everything done all the time. You do not need a Pinterest worthy activity scheduled for your kids at all...

read more
Common obstacles to starting therapy

Common obstacles to starting therapy

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Everyone needs help sometimes. I know that picking up the phone, or even sending an email, to a therapist can be intimidating. The truth is, taking that step and seeking help could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Here are some of...

read more
The Lie of “Having it all together”

The Lie of “Having it all together”

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Meet Sarah. She has three perfectly behaved children. Her husband adores her and they have a stellar marriage. She runs her own business and takes care of the children full time. She also runs every morning, never ever eats a bite of sugar,...

read more
Living lonely: We are not made to be islands

Living lonely: We are not made to be islands

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Remember the old Simon and Garfunkel song, “I Am a Rock”? Even if the song is older than you, you’ve likely heard it. Check out just some of the lyrics: I've built walls A fortress deep and mighty That none may penetrate I have no need of...

read more
Am I in an emotionally abusive relationship?

Am I in an emotionally abusive relationship?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC This is a topic about which I am very passionate. I have helped many women through the painful work of healing from an abusive relationship. Men can be the focus of emotional abuse as well, but we find it is most often women. Physical and...

read more
How to Fight with Your Spouse

How to Fight with Your Spouse

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC All couples argue sometimes. In fact, if a couple in my office tells me they never fight, that’s a red flag to me. Learning to fight fair and work together through the conflict is essential to marriage. It not only helps you solve problems,...

read more
Big T and Little t trauma

Big T and Little t trauma

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC For the most part we can all recognize big T traumas: sexual assaults, plane crashes, public shootings, etc. The little t traumas in life are sometimes harder to recognize. These could include: Losing a job Ongoing conflict with significant...

read more
What are Boundaries?

What are Boundaries?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC What is a boundary? We all understand physical boundaries. Some of us have fences around our yards. We have locks on our doors. We know we can’t just walk into someone else’s house unannounced because it does not belong to us. We need...

read more
How to Deal with Anxiety

How to Deal with Anxiety

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC How do you feel before a big presentation at work? Probably a little nervous, most people do. Some anxiety in life is normal, even good at times. However, about 18% of American adults struggle with more severe anxiety. They feel anxious more...

read more
Why Should I Go to Therapy?

Why Should I Go to Therapy?

By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC Some think going to therapy is for "crazy" people, or "weak" people.  The truth is, people that go to therapy are brave, mature people looking to improve their lives.  Therapy is hard work, and all truly good things come from hard work. Do you...

read more

Get Started with Therapy Today!

We want to hear from you!

Please contact Lime Tree Counseling to schedule an appointment or a free consultation. We will get back to you as soon as possible and get you scheduled. In our Ambler, PA office, we serve all of Montgomery County, and our therapists are happy to offer online counseling sessions for residents of Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Colorado

Get Started With Therapy Today!

Please contact Lime Tree Counseling to schedule an appointment or a free consultation. We will get back to you as soon as possible and get you scheduled. In our Ambler, PA office, we serve all of Montgomery County, and our therapists are happy to offer online counseling sessions for residents of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado.