November 2, 2019

Stop Emotional Eating



We have all used food to deal with our emotions. If I have a bad day at work, I might come home and eat some ice cream or chocolate. I have clients who stop at the drive thru on the way home from work and get large meals and binge eat them in their car before heading home. They do this in hopes of push down some of the pain or anxiety they are feeling. 

I love food as much as anyone, but I know that when I use food to stop the pain, or distract myself, or keep myself from getting bored, it never works for long. After eating a tub of ice cream, I still feel lonely. I feel lonely and uncomfortably full, and ashamed. 

You can experience freedom from this kind of emotional eating and learn to meet your real needs. In this video we explore how to do that. It is a good first step. If you want more help, please contact one of our Houston therapists at Wilson Counseling. We can be reached by phone at 713-591-3612 or via email at www. wilsoncounseling. org. 



The advice on this blog is not a substitute for professional counseling. Please contact a therapist if you need help. 

October 17, 2019

New Associate at Wilson Counseling Offers Weekend Hours




Wilson Counseling is excited to welcome Sarah Bradshaw. Sarah is employed as a school counselor, in addition to working in private practice, so she has a lot of experience working with adolescents, including all educational issues, as well as college and career planning. She also has a heart for working with individuals who are going through infertility issues.

Sarah is working at Wilson Counseling on Saturdays. We know that sometimes it can be hard to make an appointment during the weekday, so we are thrilled to make Saturday appointments an option for clients.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment with Sarah, please contact Wilson Counseling at nancy@wilsoncounseling.org, or you can fill out a contact request here

September 10, 2019

Change How You Talk About Yourself To Boost Your Self Esteem




Change your critical self talk and you will change how you feel about yourself. Learn to notice negative self talk, stop it, and replace it with more affirming language. Don't be your own worst enemy. 

If you are struggling with feelings of despair, sadness, or anxiety, we have Houston Therapists who can help you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Wilson Counseling at 713 - 591 - 3612 or email us at Nancy@wilsoncounseling. org.

August 26, 2019

How To Successfully Communicate With Your Partner + Switching To Youtube

I have been blogging for a while now. It started from a place of wanting to share information that could be helpful to people who may never walk into my office, as well as people I work with who need resources even when they are not in the therapy room. I love writing and wish I could do it more regularly, but I honestly can't keep up with it, so I decided to make some changes and try vlogging instead. It's much quicker for me to shoot a video than it is to write a blog. When things are not working in your life, it's important to be honest about it and switch course to doing something that works. I hope to be putting out video content more regularly than I have been able to blog. 

This first video is about improving communication. 

You love your partner. You don't want to fight, but your find yourself miscommuncating and arguing anyways. In this short video, I cover two easy steps you can take to start communicating better with your partner, or really with anyone in your life. 

Enjoy! 

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If you have any topics you would be interested in hearing about in a video, comment them down below or send it to me via email (nancy@wilsoncounseling.org). 

April 14, 2019

Reasons why crying is good for your health.

When you bury your emotions, they have a way of coming out anyways


I always keep tissues in my counseling office. For a lot of people, once they start to open up, the emotions just find their way to the surface. Those emotions have been buried and pushed down long enough and the body knows. It needs an outlet. It needs to cry.

It's interesting that people often apologize when they start to cry in my office. I always reassure them that tears are a perfectly normal and healthy part of getting better. I point them in the direction of the tissue box. I like to think of the box as a reminder that they are not alone in feeling overwhelmed. Lots of people cry in my office.



You don't need to apologize for your tears; they are a sign of your humanity


I have one client who jokes with me abut how I like to make him cry. He's a stocky, muscular guy who played football in college. It's not exactly true that I like to make him cry, but I am grateful that he feels comfortable enough to let his feelings out. I am thankful, too,  that someone who appears so tough on the outside now has a place where he doesn't have to keep it all together. The counseling office is a safe place for him.

I had another client, Oscar, who came in this week to talk about the sense of depression that had overcome him. Depression is not a common experience for him. He has been through it a few times in his life, but those times were few and far between and they had not lasted long. Oscar is a high-powered businessman. He's logical, confident, driven, and not highly emotional. If anything, anxiety is his go-to emotion. So I was a bit surprised when he started crying almost uncontrollably in our session.

We all need places in our lives where we feel safe enough to cry


Society does not encourage crying. We're embarrassed to cry in front of other people. I have had clients who had a parent die and did not feel they had the right to cry at the funeral. They got the message that they had to be strong and keep it together. That sucks. And it gives the clear signal that crying is weakness, crying is for the weak, crying is bad.

Our bodies need to cry to get our needs met


That is just plain WRONG. Our bodies were made to cry as a natural and healthy way to get our needs met. If you hold back the tears, you are missing out on a lot of benefits. This article in Medical News discusses 8 benefits of crying. So cry away when you need to do so. It can be regenerating.


According to the Medical News article, there are eight primary benefits of crying. The following list below is quoted directly:

1. Has a soothing effect

Self-soothing is when people:
  • regulate their own emotions
  • calm themselves
  • reduce their own distress
2014 study found that crying may have a direct, self-soothing effect on people. The study explained how crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which helps people relax. 

2. Gets support from others

As well as helping people self-soothe, crying can help people get support from others around them. 
As this 2016 study explains, crying is primarily an attachment behavior, as it rallies support from the people around us. This is known as an interpersonal or social benefit.

3. Helps to relieve pain

Research has found that in addition to being self-soothing, shedding emotional tears releases oxytocin and endorphins. 
These chemicals make people feel good and may also ease both physical and emotional pain. In this way, crying can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being. 

4. Enhances mood

Crying may help lift people's spirits and make them feel better. As well as relieving pain, oxytocin and endorphins can help improve mood. This is why they are often known as "feel good" chemicals. 

5. Releases toxins and relieves stress

When humans cry in response to stress, their tears contain a number of stress hormones and other chemicals. 
Researchers believe that crying could reduce the levels of these chemicals in the body, which could, in turn, reduce stress. More research is needed into this area, however, to confirm this.   

6. Aids sleep 

small study in 2015 found that crying can help babies sleep better. Whether crying has the same sleep-enhancing effect on adults is yet to be researched. 
However, it follows that the calming, mood-enhancing, and pain-relieving effects of crying above may help a person fall asleep more easily. 

7. Fights bacteria

Crying helps to kill bacteria and keep the eyes clean as tears contain a fluid called lysozyme. 2011 study found that lysozyme had such powerful antimicrobial properties that it could even help to reduce risks presented by bioterror agents, such as anthrax. 

8. Improves vision 

Basal tears, which are released every time a person blinks, help to keep the eyes moist and prevent mucous membranes from drying out.As the National Eye Institute explains, the lubricating effect of basal tears helps people to see more clearly. When the membranes dry out, vision can become blurry.
Crying from time to time is very normal, however, if you find you are crying everyday for long periods of time, you may experiencing depression, and should contact a professional counselor. At Wilson Counseling, we have Houston based counselors who can help you start to feel relief from your depression. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule and appointment, please contact us at (713) 591- 3612 or via email at Nancy @ wilsoncounseling .org.