Why Modern Technology Comes With A Cost

2021-06-08 Maggie Roney, Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
In today’s world,  we are moving faster than ever. It always seems to be, “go go go” and, “do do do.”  This past year, in a pandemic, all of us were certainly thankful for the technology that allowed people to connect, continue their employment and keep kids within the realm of education.  But, with all the technology and electronic conveniences of a modern world, comes with a cost to our health.  Each day, we are bombarded with innumerable electromagnetic fields or EMFs. What Exactly Are EMFs? EMFs are invisible fields of energy,  which we know as radiation.  They are found in a number of things we all come in contact with on a day - to - day basis. They are found in anything with... Read The Rest

Harmful Chemicals Found In Common Products

2021-05-24 Maggie Roney, Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
It’s that time of year again! The temperatures are getting warmer, activities are moved to the outdoors and pools are getting ready to open up.  As we put on the shorts, swimsuits and grab our sunglasses, we all know the importance of lathering in sunscreen.   Since the late 1970s to 1980s research showed that UV rays can increase cancer rates and signs of aging.  As more and more sunscreens hit the market, the amount of toxic ingredients in them increased as well.   So what are these toxins in the sunscreen you’re putting on your skin? Here are some of the most common toxic ingredients found in widely used sunscreens today. Oxybenzone and Octinoxate: these are synthetic chemicals listed as “active ingredients.”  These are easily absorbed which... Read The Rest

A Nutrient That The Body Needs To Stay Healthy

2021-04-26 Maggie Roney, Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Such a small mineral yet it has so much power in our bodies. Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral for our bodies. Magnesium not only has many benefits that we can see and feel, but is responsible for over 300 chemical processes in the human body. Most importantly for the brain, muscles, bones and to make energy. Over 50% of the population is deficient in Magnesium. How can you tell if you are deficient? Any part of you that is crampy, irritable, stiff or tight. Some symptoms of a deficiency include addiction, ADD, anxiety, asthma, blood clots, bowel diseases, constipation, depression, detoxification, fatigue, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hypertension, insomnia, insulin resistance, irritable bowels syndrome, migraines or headaches, nerve problems, PMS or other gynecological... Read The Rest

By The Numbers

2020-04-01 Maggie Roney, Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
In our last post, we talked about mental health disorders in youth. It probably doesn’t surprise you that there is a significant difference between men and women and their mental health. While women seem to have an easier time talking about their feelings and what they are experiencing, men tend to not want to talk about such things. This fear could stem from society telling men that they need to be strong and not show any weakness. As we approach Father’s Day, let’s take a look at how mental health affects men vs. women. Did You Know? Steps to TakeWhat to do if you or a friend or loved one seems to experience some sort of distress: Talk with your primary care physician Get referrals... Read The Rest

Mental Health Awareness Month

2020-02-06 Maggie Roney, Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
As we close out the month of May, we have enjoyed the weather getting warmer and even more the anticipation of summer break right around the corner! But May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.  How much do you know about mental illness in youth? It is important to not only know the facts about our mental health but also resources available. Though the stigma of mental illness has lessened in recent years, there still seems to be a hesitation to discuss it, or sadly, even learn about it, even though it’s a chronic disease that needs management. Did You Know? Steps to Take What to do if you suspect a mood disorder: Talk with your pediatrician or family doctor Get a referral to a... Read The Rest

An Introduction

2020-01-22 Maggie Roney, Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
As a licensed counselor who focuses on treating childhood trauma, I meet with kids and adults every day who want to work through their pain.  I receive calls from many people seeking counseling who aren’t necessarily victims of childhood trauma, who I refer to other providers.  How do I know who I can help, and who can receive help elsewhere?  To answer that, I need to start by explaining trauma. We’re all affected by trauma at some point in our lives. In fact, trauma is the Greek word for “injury” or “wound.” Today, we think of trauma as anything that negatively impacts the psyche or causes injury.  And there are different levels of trauma, just like there are different types of injuries or wounds. Nearly... Read The Rest