“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” ― Abraham Lincoln Ever struggle with low self-esteem? If so, you are not alone. Most people struggle at some point in their lives with negative feelings about their worth, especially when under pressure in their daily … Read More

Love and Joy

“Let’s play the ball toss game! We can win fish!” I heard my 8 year old exclaim as my family and I strolled through the fairgrounds at the North Texas State Fair on a recent weekend. I pretended not to hear her. Alas, my other 2 daughters had, and a chorus of “Goldfish!” ensued. My husband and I looked at … Read More

Social Media Values

CRC Staff Counselor Satchel Stillwell M.A., LPC-i

Carl Jung once said “everything that irritates us about others leads to an understanding of ourselves.” I’ve been contemplating this quote lately, as it relates to dignity, respect and the power of social media in the digital age. I have started to notice a lot about others that really concerns me. Most of it probably bothers me because I am … Read More

Overcoming Fearful Thinking

“The sky is falling” Chicken Little declares in the famous folktale about a chicken that is hit in the head with an acorn and mistakenly assumes the world is coming to an end. Popular for centuries across many cultures, the story resonates with people because it speaks to the tendency many of us have at times to jump to conclusions … Read More

Life and His Design

I am on the home stretch of my very first pregnancy. I have only a couple more weeks (or less) until my sweet daughter enters the world. I’ve found that this stage of pregnancy is noticeably more difficult than previous months. On a recent morning, I had gone for a walk to begin my day and then got ready for … Read More


A friend said to me recently, “My life is ruined. There’s no way that my life will ever be as good as it was or as good as it could have been. Everything has changed and there’s no going back.”  Have you ever said that? Or thought it? Like my friend, many people struggle with moving forward after painful events … Read More


My husband James and I are expecting to have our first biological child to arrive in only a few short weeks (7 to be exact). This has brought on a plethora of thoughts and emotions, as one could imagine. I have been dwelling on the gravity (in a good way) of the role of motherhood and I was thinking about … Read More


Lately I have been seeing a lot of teenagers coming into the office with their parents. I absolutely love this age group, I think they are the most misunderstood, misrepresented age group, yet they are some of the most amazing individuals I have the opportunity of helping. I wanted to give you a few tips for effectively communicating with a … Read More


CRC Staff Counselor Satchel Stillwell M.A., LPC-i

This weekend I was afforded the opportunity to see my younger brother graduate high school. The moment signifies a huge shift in my family unit. First off, he the youngest in our family and has been treated accordingly. His youth always represented my continual aging and even more so now with him at the tender age of 18 and about … Read More

When You Want To Quit

One of my favorite childhood memories was watching my father compete in the Heart of America Marathon, described as one of the oldest and toughest marathon courses in the U.S. and held every year in my small town on Labor Day since 1960. My dad had trained and was well prepared for the 26.2 mile race. But Mile 13 was … Read More