Yurk Counseling Services LLC https://yurkcounseling.com Serving You in Sheboygan County, the State of Wisconsin . . . and Beyond Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:39:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://yurkcounseling.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-yurkicon-32x32.png Yurk Counseling Services LLC https://yurkcounseling.com 32 32 Telehealth Continues at YCS https://yurkcounseling.com/telehealth-continues-at-ycs/ Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:18:24 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=2112 Our therapists are still offering telehealth options during the current pandemic. (Some therapists also offer face to face sessions under certain circumstances.) For those of you using our telehealth services already, or who have scheduled your first appointment, here are some tips for your teletherapy experience at YCS: Privacy—Make sure that you’re in a private ... Read more

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Our therapists are still offering telehealth options during the current pandemic. (Some therapists also offer face to face sessions under certain circumstances.)

For those of you using our telehealth services already, or who have scheduled your first appointment, here are some tips for your teletherapy experience at YCS:

  • Privacy—Make sure that you’re in a private place. Remember that others are not allowed to be present or listening.
  • Quiet—Eliminate or minimize background noise, interruptions, and distractions.
  • Device—A computer/laptop is preferred, though a mobile phone or tablet will also work.
  • Connection—Be sure to have a strong internet connection. Close out all other programs, apps, and installations on your device for the best connection. It is also best if others sharing your network are not online using audio or video.
  • Browser—For the doxy.me video chat platform used by YCS, the recommended browser is ChromeFirefox, or Safari. Whichever you use, make sure it is the most up-to-date version.
  • Audio—Turn on your microphone. Using headphones or earbuds (wired are better) provides better sound (and more privacy). Those with a background noise-cancelling feature are the best option.
  • Video—Turn on your camera. Drag your platform window close to your camera, and center it so it doesn’t appear you are looking elsewhere. Adjust lighting to minimize glare and enhance visibility.

Be well,

Wendy Yurk
Wendy Yurk, MS, LPC

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From Student To Intern https://yurkcounseling.com/from-student-to-intern/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:00:25 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=2109 The field of counseling is one that appealed to me based on my desire to aid individuals in coping with life’s challenges. In school, you are presented with a variety of case studies, methods, processes, and given the tools that are supposed to prepare you for the job. However, it is at the beginning of ... Read more

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The field of counseling is one that appealed to me based on my desire to aid individuals in coping with life’s challenges. In school, you are presented with a variety of case studies, methods, processes, and given the tools that are supposed to prepare you for the job. However, it is at the beginning of your internship when you realize that counseling is not a job; it is a vocation. The reality of this being a life’s work and not just a job hits you the moment someone allows you to bear witness to their struggle. Prior to that moment, you were prepared to listen, analyze, and prescribe based on textbooks and coursework, but nothing short of experience can truly prepare you for the realities of counseling.

Until you start an internship, you have no true grasp of what it takes to maintain a balance between sympathy and professional objectivity, or how important it is to listen to every single word uttered by the client, ask the right questions, and derive the appropriate treatment plan. However, very quickly into the internship process, the importance of these aspects is reinforced, as well as is the deep appreciation and gratitude for the trust and faith our clients have placed upon us.

Internship forces counselors in training to face a major hurdle in the long process associated with becoming a counselor by making us answer one vital question: “Do I have what it takes to follow this vocation?” Happily for me, the answer is in the affirmative. My time as an Intern has already assured me that I have made the correct vocational choice, that my passion for the work is real, and that my calling to make a difference is genuine. My mentors at Yurk Counseling Services LLC are accomplished professionals with years of experience, and from them, I have already learned so much and been given ample opportunities to contribute. Years of training are now down to months remaining, but with the training I have received from Capella University, combined with real-world experiences and mentoring during my internship, I truly believe I will be prepared for a lifetime of service.

 

Ariana Anderson, Student Intern

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A New Face https://yurkcounseling.com/a-new-face/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:00:39 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=2087 I am happy to share that we have a new counseling intern at Yurk Counseling Services. Ariana started her internship last week and I can already see she is in the right profession!   Introducing Ariana Anderson The decision to seek counseling services is one that takes great strength, courage, and dedication. Although to many ... Read more

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I am happy to share that we have a new counseling intern at Yurk Counseling Services. Ariana started her internship last week and I can already see she is in the right profession!

 

Introducing Ariana Anderson

Ariana Anderson, Student Intern

The decision to seek counseling services is one that takes great strength, courage, and dedication. Although to many it can seem to be a daunting process, it is a process that promotes the fostering of beneficial change and can lead to an overall enhancement in the quality and functioning of one’s life. I believe in a collaborative counseling approach. This approach allows for problems to be addressed holistically; examining the problem and taking into account influences that life experiences play in the assessment and treatment process. I strive to create a judgment free, welcoming, respectful, honest, and safe environment where clients can feel free to be themselves without fear of judgment or condemnation.

I operate from a strength-based/solution-focused mindset and believe that clients are the experts in their own lives; are healthy, competent, resourceful; and have the ability and fortitude to foster the awareness and change they desire. Through a collaborative effort, my goal is to aid in the process of self-awareness; striving to promote strength-identification and goal achievement. In addition to this, I support the incorporation of mindfulness, psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) modalities.

I hold an Associates of Arts degree from College of DuPage in Illinois, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a graduate certificate in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services from Capella University. Currently, I am conducting both my mental health counseling practicum and internship at Yurk Counseling Services LLC in order to obtain my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Honors and Memberships: Presidents List, Capella University; member – Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling academic and professional honor society international; member – American Counseling Association (ACA).

Welcome Ariana!

 

Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC

 

 

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Live with Purpose https://yurkcounseling.com/life-on-purpose/ Fri, 12 Jun 2020 19:32:03 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=2066 Conversations in my office are often about anxiety and depression, but lately I have had more people wanting to talk about their purpose. Feeling unhappy or unfulfilled, they want to know how to figure out this big and difficulty question: what is my purpose in life? Identifying your strengths can point you in the right ... Read more

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Conversations in my office are often about anxiety and depression, but lately I have had more people wanting to talk about their purpose. Feeling unhappy or unfulfilled, they want to know how to figure out this big and difficulty question: what is my purpose in life?

Identifying your strengths can point you in the right direction to finding your passion and purpose. Creating a vision board can help you get clarity on your dreams. What would your vision board look like?

Pull out some paper and a pen- this requires some writing on your part. Take some time for self reflection/exploration to answer these questions:

  • If you could do anything without worrying about money, or fearing what people would think, what would you do?
  • What did you enjoy doing as a child?
  • What career paths did you consider taking, but chose not for whatever reason?
  • What are your strengths? Make a list
  • How can you use these strengths to improve the world around you/help others?
  • What have people told you that you’re good at?
  • What comes easy to you?
  • What do you feel naturally good at?
  • What makes you happy in life? Make a list
  • What could you talk about for hours on end, and not even notice how much time has passed by?
  • How have you helped others around you?
  • What do you desire most in life?
  • What do you find yourself focusing on during journaling/meditating/praying/etc.?
  • If you had one wish in life, what would you wish for?
  • What inspires/motivates you?
  • What sets your soul on fire?
  • What would you do with your life if you knew you would be successful?
  • Who do you admire? What about their life do you admire? How can you make that a reality in your own life?
  • What does your perfect “day in the life” look like? How would you want to spend your time
  • What’s one topic that you’d love to learn more about?
  • What’s one hobby/activity that you’ve been wanting to try?
  • How can you utilize either one of the above to make money/make an impact?

Remember, finding your purpose is a process and these questions aren’t going to give you an answer the minute you are done answering the questions. Continue to think about them. Be curious, creative, and follow inspiration.

 

Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC,

 

 

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Kids Can Show Kindness Too https://yurkcounseling.com/kids-can-show-kindness-too/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:54:23 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=2041 Dont forget to involve your children in showing kindness- this is a fun way to get them started…  KindnessActivity Because kindness matters.

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Dont forget to involve your children in showing kindness- this is a fun way to get them started…  KindnessActivity

Because kindness matters.

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC

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Quarantini Anyone? When Everyday Drinking Becomes a Problem https://yurkcounseling.com/quarantini-anyone-when-everyday-drinking-becomes-a-problem/ Fri, 15 May 2020 16:58:36 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=1944 ‘“Days are now divided by coffee hours and alcohol hours,” the comedy writer Emily Murnane tweeted on March 31, nearly two weeks after states and cities around the United States began to issue stay-at-home orders. “There is no other law.” Zoom happy hours served as a break from isolation and a consolation prize for canceled ... Read more

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‘“Days are now divided by coffee hours and alcohol hours,” the comedy writer Emily Murnane tweeted on March 31, nearly two weeks after states and cities around the United States began to issue stay-at-home orders. “There is no other law.”

Zoom happy hours served as a break from isolation and a consolation prize for canceled plans. Alcohol sales nationwide were up 55 percent the week ending March 21 compared with the year before, according to Nielsen market research.’

Read the full April 30, 2020 NY Times article here

If your coping skills are becoming unhealthy, contact us! We offer teletherapy and limited in- office hours.

 

Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC

 

 

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What’s Your Coronavirus Routine? https://yurkcounseling.com/whats-your-coronavirus-routine/ Fri, 08 May 2020 14:03:49 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=1938 Life has become so unpredictable in the face of coronavirus . . . or is it just too predictable, day after day? Establishing some routine helps you and your family find balance, gives you some structure, but can allow for flexibility. In the face of disruption and chaos, routine keeps you maintain some control. It ... Read more

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Life has become so unpredictable in the face of coronavirus . . . or is it just too predictable, day after day? Establishing some routine helps you and your family find balance, gives you some structure, but can allow for flexibility. In the face of disruption and chaos, routine keeps you maintain some control. It helps you know what’s coming next, so you don’t have to constantly think about what to do. Routine helps you prioritize the things that are good for you, and can veer you away from bad habits that are tempting in moments of anxiety.

Tips for your routine:

  • Get up in the morning at about the same time each day. Skip the alarm if you can, and let your body guide you.
  • Have a little morning ritual to start you off on the right track: a cup of tea or coffee, watching the sun rise, catching up on the news or social media, a chapter or two in a good book, yoga, a few chores, conversation with your partner, etc.
  • Establish consistent times meals. Take the time to prepare healthy and delicious foods.
  • If you’re working (school work counts), keep work hours fairly consistent, allowing time for restorative breaks.
  • Make physical activity a part of each day. It’s proven to relieve stress.
  • Get outdoors to experience nature. Another proven stress reducer.
  • Read a good book. Time will fly.
  • Try something new. Experiment with cooking, take up hiking, or pick up some art supplies.
  • Practice self care, including time to yourself. Like they say on the airplane (remember those?), put your own oxygen mask on first.
  • Stay in touch with other people. You can maintain social distance to chat with your neighbors or be friendly to people you see running errands. Use the technology that’s available, even if it’s new and feels a little weird.
  • Have some fun! Enough said.
  • Go to bed at about the same time each night after a little ritual to help you wind down. It sets the stage for sound sleep and good mental health.
  • Use extra time in your day to pace yourself and practice mindfulness. Be present, pay attention. This instills calm.
  • Include the family in the daily routine. For many, this is a time when families can enjoy more time together. Allow for some separation though, so you don’t get on each other’s nerves!

I hope these tips offer you guidance in this difficult time. Call Yurk Counseling Services today if you need help and support. YCS is offering teletherapy options during this time of social distancing.

Be healthy and safe,

Wendy Yurk
Wendy Yurk, MS, LPC

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Stop Obsessive Thinking https://yurkcounseling.com/stop-obsessive-thinking/ Fri, 01 May 2020 17:14:01 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=1934 Everyone at one time or another finds themselves obsessing about a situation that bothers them. Not only do we live a negative experience but we beat ourselves up about it afterwards. This is called rumination- the repetition of the same thought over and over- and it can keep us in a mental rut. Rumination is ... Read more

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Everyone at one time or another finds themselves obsessing about a situation that bothers them. Not only do we live a negative experience but we beat ourselves up about it afterwards. This is called rumination- the repetition of the same thought over and over- and it can keep us in a mental rut.

Rumination is associated with anxiety and depression and can have different forms. One type of worrying is catastrophic thinking. This starts with a thought such as “This traffic is going to make me late for work”, then to “I am a terrible employee, I can’t even get to work on time” and spirals to “I am going to be fired.”

A problem with rumination is there is rarely new thoughts or insights on the problem, instead it hijacks our emotions leading to more intense negative thoughts about ourselves.

Here are four ways to put rumination at bay:

  • Mindfulness. Be fully present in the moment instead of the past or future.
  • Examine your thoughts- are they based in reality or are they distorted?
  • Answer ‘what if’s’.  If the thought is realistic, what is the worst case scenario? How can you get through that?
  • Schedule a few minutes of worry time.  When you start ruminating, tell yourself it can wait until that worry time (after all, its unlikely there are new thoughts that you might forget to worry about!)

If ruminating is affecting your quality of life, schedule an appointment with me. I offer teletherapy by phone or videochat. Most insurance companies cover this and it offers more flexibility in appointment times!

 

Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC, NCC

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Mission: Accomplished https://yurkcounseling.com/mission-accomplished/ Sun, 12 Apr 2020 22:00:52 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=1924 When is the last time you thought about what you wanted to accomplish with your life? Have you been doing it?  Have you gotten off track? How do you know? Take advantage of this disruption in our lives; perhaps it is a good time to reevaluate things and create a mission statement for yourself. What ... Read more

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When is the last time you thought about what you wanted to accomplish with your life? Have you been doing it?  Have you gotten off track? How do you know? Take advantage of this disruption in our lives; perhaps it is a good time to reevaluate things and create a mission statement for yourself.

What is a mission statement?

A mission statement is a short paragraph stating a clear summary of all you want to do and achieve in life both long and short term. This helps you get clarity of your purpose. Mission statements answer the following questions:

  • What do I do?
  • How do I it?
  • Who do I do it for?
  • What makes me different?
  • What is the benefit?

Why write a mission statement?

There are benefits to doing this activity. Here are some of them:

  • Put into words your purpose
  • Provides focus
  • Simplifies decision making
  • Can turn down what doesn’t resonate with you, without having doubts about it
  • Holds you accountable for your life
  • Makes you self confident
  • Keeps you motivated

How do I write my mission statement?

Start asking yourself questions, lots of questions. These are some to start with:

  • How would I describe my best self?
  • What do I value?
  • What brings me happiness in my life?
  • What do I want to be known for?
  • What is important?
  • How do I want to act?
  • What is my dream?
  • What are my short and long term goals?

Suggested Guidelines

You can write this any way you want, but a few guidelines might make it easier for you:

  • Keep it short- you want this to be something you can sum up in a single sentence. A good mission statement is concise and inspirational.
  • It is easy to memorize and repeat. Or write it on a card and look at it often.
  • It should be clear, engaging, and realistic, and describes the future you want.
  • It should state your intentions, summarize your values, and demonstrate your commitment to living up to these values.
  • Its okay to make changes. As you grow and continue learning, your mission statement might evolve.

 

Doing it family style

Write a mission statement for your family! The idea is the same, the questions are a little different.

  • What words best describe our family?
  • We are at our best when…
  • We are at our worst when…
  • What are our strengths as a family?
  • What do we like to do together?
  • As a family, how can we help one another?
  • As a family, what can we give to others and how can we help people outside of our family?
  • What do we want others to say about our family?
  • What can we change as a family?
  • What are the core values we want our family to be based on?
  • What does each of us want to be in the future?

Remember a mission statement is a summary of what matters to you, what you value; it has to be realistic and achievable. Revisit the questions and answers. Walk away, come back, dream more. Have your mission statement highlight was matters most to you, what you stand for and who you are committed to becoming.

Now offering teletherapy by phone or videochat. I have evenings available- contact me now to schedule your appointment.

Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC, NCC

 

 

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Track It! https://yurkcounseling.com/track-it/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:04:18 +0000 https://yurkcounseling.com/?p=1917 By now many of you have set a routine for our new ‘normal’ but if you haven’t I encourage you to do so. This will help reduce the anxiety of the uncertainty while increasing your control over the situation. Create your schedule on my weekly tracker. If you are like me, you are getting cabin ... Read more

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By now many of you have set a routine for our new ‘normal’ but if you haven’t I encourage you to do so. This will help reduce the anxiety of the uncertainty while increasing your control over the situation. Create your schedule on my weekly tracker.

If you are like me, you are getting cabin fever. What is a new skill you can learn? Can you do some spring cleaning? How can you change your routine? Make it more fun? Schedule time on my weekly tracker for these activities.

I have many of the people I work with track their mood and/or sleep. This helps us identify a pattern or triggers that are distressing. You can track these as well on my weekly tracker. That being said, if you are struggling with anxiety, depressed mood or sleep issues, please contact me to schedule an appointment. I offer teletherapy by phone or videochat.

I hope you find the tracker useful. Feel free to share with others who may find it helpful. Weekly Tracker

In the meantime, be safe.

Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC, NCC

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