Category: Causes

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Who Are You?

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 19, 2020

Part Two of a Six-part Series on Relationship Communication The darkness of the sky felt as if it might swallow the whole of her as she stared out the window that cold winter’s night. Tears streamed down Jena’s face as she replayed the evening’s events in her mind. The same...

Fear Versus Anxiety

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 1, 2019

Do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? If you look in the dictionary or ask most people, these words are often used interchangeably. However, there is an important distinction between them. To understand, let’s consider Janet and Marc. The sun was just beginning to peek through the blinds...

Are You Minimizing or Maximizing Your Addiction?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 22, 2018

I encourage you to consider your truth. Are you able to recognize it? Has it become obscured by denial, shrouded in secrecy, deflated by minimization,or inflated by maximization?

Healthy Relationships Mean Becoming Emotionally Healthy Yourself

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 27, 2018

Healthy people are growing people, and people do not grow healthy in isolation.

Let Go of Anxiety and Practice Contentment

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 20, 2017

Have you ever seen the guards at Buckingham Palace in London? They are the ones who stand ramrod straight, eyes focused ahead, for hours and hours. Of course, there are tourists who attempt to distract them from their duty, but these soldiers remain rigidly vigil. Similarly, anxiety remains rigidly vigil...

What is Your Anxiety Script?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 23, 2017

Anxiety has written a script where you play the part of a frazzled, anxious, suspicious, irritable, short-tempered, and easily frustrated person. How do you want to be perceived by the other players on stage? When you take control of your own script, you determine the part you are going to play and then you act accordingly.

Living with PTSD

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 9, 2016

Imagine being involved in a terrifying incident where you were physically harmed or threatened. Then imagine reliving that awful memory over and over again, each time as fresh and horrific as when it happened. This is the essence of PTSD.

Finding Emotional Balance During Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 20, 2016

What's wrong with me?  When his coworkers found out about Mark's promotion -- something he hadn't even applied for -- they slapped his back, shook his hand, and gave him high fives.  Mark couldn't figure out why he didn't feel that happy.  When told about the new job, he'd agreed...

Letting Go of the Reins

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 29, 2016

I believe one reason women turn acorns into catastrophes is because you have so many responsibilities. Because you are responsible, you believe you should be in control. The question you need to ask yourself is whether or not you really have control over any given situation and then act accordingly.As...

The Pressure Women Feel to Perform

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 24, 2016

Women today are under stress. Stress is defined as when a force presses on, pulls on, pushes against, compresses, or twists something else. Many women can completely relate. It seems like life itself is pressing in on them, pulling them one way, pushing against them another, compressing them and twisting...

Recognizing the Put-Down Artist in Emotional Abuse

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 6, 2016

“So you really think you can get that job, huh? What a joke! Why in the world would anyone want to hire you?” Jeff’s older brother sneered at him with disgust.“Well, I guess because I’m a hard worker and I’m willing to learn,” Jeff responded angrily, feeling that familiar knot...

Accepting Truths in Life

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 31, 2015

Accepting the truth in your life means you must come to accept the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. First, there comes an acceptance of the truth in your life that is causing you pain and is the source of your anger. This is the first step...

The Power of Altering Your Perceptions

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 19, 2015

Your life patterns are the result of your perception or view of life, and what you believed would happen. These are often forged in childhood. Once you understand your personal life patterns, you will be better able to discover certain perceptions and expectations that led you to either negative or...

Common Physical Ailments that Cause Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 16, 2015

The human body is intricately interconnected. Our physical bodies can influence our mental health, and vice versa. One example of this symbiotic relationship is depression. Physical ailments can often have mental repercussions, including depression. Below is a list of common physical problems that have a proven correlation with depression. Heart...

Overlooked Emotional Abuse

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 8, 2015

As a professional counselor treating eating disorders for over twenty-five years, I am very concerned about the often over-looked issue of emotional abuse. For many years I have noticed that the focus of abuse, even the concept of abuse, has centered around the physical beatings, outward neglect, and sexual invasion...

Addressing the Depression Epidemic

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 23, 2015

We live in a society where the opportunities for a vibrant, fulfilling life have never been greater. We have more, we understand more, and we control more than ever before. Our choices are staggering. It would seem our reasons for optimism are vast. Yet research indicates that almost 20 percent...

What Does Healthy Self-Esteem Look Like?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 23, 2015

“Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” -Jack Canfield Self-esteem is more than just how we feel about ourselves. Self-esteem directly impacts how we show up in our relationships, our jobs, and our day-to-day lives. It is important, however, to differentiate between healthy self-esteem...

Overcoming Depression Caused by Busyness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 28, 2014

In today’s hectic, action-packed society, we often pride ourselves on our productivity and busyness. We fill each day with work, technology, errands, and activities that leave little room for much else. However, over time it’s possible for your productive and busy days to become unhinged from their original intent. You...

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