Entries by Duane Osterlind


Child Abuse: Trauma and PTSD

Many children, adolescents, and adults were subjected to child abuse in some form during their formative years, which is heartbreaking. Child abuse is defined as “non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, kicking, beating, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child”. Some parents justify their violent behavior by saying that it is just discipline, […]

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What is Depression and Anxiety?

Depression and anxiety are two quite common mental health issues, and while they are often referred to together, there are important distinctions between them. They can often be present together and sometimes depression can cause anxiety or anxiety can cause depression. Symptoms of depression include: Depressed mood Lack of interest in enjoyable activities Increase or […]


Could Trauma Counseling help me?

Perhaps you have been impacted by childhood trauma or you are currently struggling with life’s difficulties. You wonder if what you are feeling is normal or if you should be able to handle it on your own, but sometimes it all just feels like too much. It has been 20 years since your traumatic childhood […]


Relationship Therapist

Healthy relationships are probably the most important factor that leads to a fulfilling life.  When we can feel loved and lovable and care deeply for others, our lives have more depth and meaning. Many people suffer greatly by maintaining unhealthy connections that only bring distress and keep them from their best selves, or by avoiding […]