Emotional Agility

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and LifeAuthor: Susan David“This book is a clear guide to stopping the “hook” that leads to bad thinking” After reading this book, I have tried to pay more attention to what hooks my thoughts, that influences my day. I am realizing that it is much easier […]

Welkom to Holland!

We are excited to say we have made it to the lake shore!  I (Dan) have always loved the big lake, especially after attending Hope, where I fell in love with the city of Holland. After graduate school took me to various cities it had been a dream of mine to live and work in […]

ACG Summer Reading List

 What better time to dive into a new book than during Michigan’s beautiful summer months? As you head to the beach, the cottage, the pool, or the campfire this summer think about adding one of these books to your list and reading along with the therapists here at Alliance!  Family / Parenting –No-Drama Discipline: The […]

Cyberbullying and Self-Harm: What you need to know

unsplash-logofreestocks.org By Julie Schillim, LLP, LPCAdolescence, a time in life where exploring independence and social identity are often confronted.  It’s a time when teens are confronted with the challenges of a world that is continually increasing in online social access and platforms.  Terms such as “cyberbullying” have become more common in homes, schools, and counseling offices […]

Join the Conversation

By Heather Miller-Edwardson, LPC, LLMFTIt is oftentimes in the wake of tragedy that we begin to create space for the tough conversations. With recent tragedies in our communities nationwide, we are beginning to discuss our approach to mental health care. Too often individuals face significant barriers to receiving mental health care. Helping Professionals have continued […]

Attached

Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find- and Keep- LoveAuthor: Amir Levine, and Rachel Heller“Do you want to know why your spouse doesn’t pay attention to you?  Attached is the science of love.”Attached is an easy to read summary of Attachment theory.  Attachment theory is a helpful model […]

Girls and Sex

Book Review: GIRLS and SEX: Navigating the complicated new landscape by Peggy Orenstein TOPIC: Parenting, Teenagers, Sex/SexualityBy David Burke“This is what your daughter is facing!”The older generation often worries and doesn’t understand the younger generations.  This book is a helpful compilation of young women’s attitudes and reflections about sex.  It’s scary and eye opening.  It’s […]

Untangled

  Book Review: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, PhD TOPIC: Parenting, teenagersBy: David BurkeA must read for parents of teenage girls:As a father of two teenage girls I was strongly encouraged to read this book.  At best, teenage girls are loving, caring and tons of fun, at […]

Behind the Chaos

Vance OsterhoutBy Chad Boehm, LMSWADHD, Autism, oppositional defiant disorder, depression and anxiety are some of the most common diagnosable childhood disorders. However, knowing what your child or teen is experiencing may be difficult to decipher as symptoms of these may overlap. Kids, teenagers, parents, guardians and primary care takers are often left with more questions […]

Jedi, Birds, and Hope

As a young boy growing up in the 80s, one of my favorite things to do was to sit down with my Dad, pop in the old VHS recording of Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope and sit and watch Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance valiantly wage their battle against The Dark Side.I […]