Screen-Free Week Challenge

Screen-Free Week Challenge

One Year Anniversary of COVID-19: Reflections of a Therapist

One Year Anniversary of COVID-19: Reflections of a Therapist

Coping Over The Last Year… How Did We Do It?

Coping Over The Last Year… How Did We Do It?

How to Maintain Friendships When Feeling Depressed, Anxious, Etc…

How to Maintain Friendships When Feeling Depressed, Anxious, Etc…

Adjusting to a New Norm

adjusting to a new norm


As we are approaching six months since adjusting to a new norm with the onset of COVID-19, it could be argued that many, if not most people in the United States are experiencing a combination of emotional and/ or physical symptoms precipitated by stressful life events in 2020.
Who do you know who has experienced one or more of the following events within the last 3-6 months?
  • Unemployment, financial pressure, or job insecurity
  • Conflict/ arguing or marital problems, including separation and divorce
  • Parenting challenges
  • Racial trauma and its effects
  • Illness or death of a friend or family member
  • Difficulties with a loved one who struggles with mental health or substance use
If so, are you experiencing a stronger than expected emotional or physical reaction to stressors? 
This may include feeling sad or hopeless, anxious and afraid, or physically exhausted.
You may find yourself worrying, crying, or engaging in unhelpful ways to cope with stress.
Perhaps you are seeking comfort from food or sex or trying to control through restriction and compulsions.
Maybe your tendency is to withdraw from others, and escape the realities of the world.
While indulgences may have provided temporary relief, you may now be concerned about an unhealthy addiction.
You may be experiencing physical health concerns such as stomachache, headache, fatigue, heart palpitations, or panic.
If you have responded yes, you may be struggling with an adjustment disorder.
Adjustment disorders can impact both children and adults, with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe. Since this is a very common mental health experience, take care of your mental health! Psychotherapy is a great choice for treatment which can be supported with other resources. CARE Counseling offers same-week telehealth appointments and is in network with all major insurances.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists some great resources to learn more about coping managing-stress-anxiety

Get immediate help in a crisis

Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health

Written By: Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC


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Baby Steps


It takes courage to take first steps.
Oftentimes we are reluctant to be the one to go first but it is that by taking the first step that we can learn to walk and build up momentum to run. Most babies start taking their initial steps by the first year of life, typically around 9 to 12 months to where they are walking by roughly six months later. Before a baby even takes that first step, they will show signs of readiness. Examples include crawling, pulling up to stand, and getting around by holding onto furniture. While some steps might feel like instinct, for others even the most simple steps such as getting out of bed, doing household tasks, or making a phone call may take a significant amount of effort. Seeking help for mental health concerns can be especially hard. It takes courage to reach out for help and hard work to build up strength to move forward.
“Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised at where you might get to” –Chris Gardner
Depression can impact the motivation to initiate reaching out for help and anxiety can create anxious apprehension. Misinformation, fear, and stigma are common factors that prevent us from seeking help. I am encouraged by stories from first time clients who took the initiative to care for their mental health. I am a strong advocate for preventative care, taking a proactive approach to overall health and wellness. Providing information about mental health through education and community outreach is one way that CARE Counseling is working to reduce stigma. The power of personal testimony to family and friends who may benefit from mental health treatment is so powerful that it may save a life. Suggesting therapy is a practical way in which we can help support out loved ones.
Prior to COVID19, Americans were reporting levels of stress, anger and worry that were at their highest levels in decades, according to a survey in 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/us/americans-stressful.html  Of those polled, 55% of adults were reporting stress a lot of the day while 45% were reporting a lot of worry. Overall baselines of stress, anger, and worry have only been exacerbated. Did you know that 4 in 5 Americans’ mental health has been impacted by COVID-19? That is 80% of the population! Since there is a strong connection to physical and mental health, it is important to take care of both. Now is a great time to take charge of your mental health.
Listen to your body’s signals that indicate readiness that it is time for change such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels. Also pay attention to changes in thinking that contribute to feeling overwhelmed, irritable, lonely, or unfocused such as racing thoughts, negative or suicidal thinking, and constant worry. Help is just a phone call or a click away.


We’re Here to help


Our wellness experts will be happy to take care of you. You can CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment now or call (612)223-8898.




Meet Clinicians


We’re united by our commitment to providing effective, relevant, and innovative mental health support at all stages of your journey. Click Here to find out more about who we are, where we come from, and how we live out CARE’s mission every day.





The professionals at CARE are actively collecting and creating resources to help with what you need. We’re Here for You.