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Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC

Counseling for Individuals and Couples

Trauma

Are you struggling to recover from a recent or past trauma?

Trauma

Grief

Grieving any significant loss is one of life’s most difficult challenges.

Grief

Women's Issues

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through the process is the greatest thing we will ever do.” Brené Brown

Women's Issues

Shannon McLain Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

Self-Care Houston, Episode 1: Shannon McLain joins Jennifer in a conversation about the practice of Self-Compassion. Shannon is a  mind-body medicine practitioner and certified health and wellness coach at The Center for Intentional Healing. Subscribe in iTunes. Loving Kindness Meditation with Shannon McLain Bibliography Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic…
Kindness in marriage

Kindness in Our Marriage

I am excited to introduce everyone to Waymon and his wife Charla. Waymon is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, a researcher, and an advocate in matters related to social justice. I recently asked Waymon to contribute some thoughts about how kindness impacts the marriage relationship from the perspective of a marriage…
self-compassion

3rd Annual Houston Compassion Week

The city of Houston is celebrating it's 3rd Annual Compassion Week April 22-29th. For more information on festivities, workshops, and service projects, click at Compassionate Houston Website. As a part of the celebration, Shannon McClain and I are teaching our workshop on Self-Compassion at the Healing Space. We would love for…
The Gift of Uncertainty

The Gift of Uncertainty

I am thrilled to have another contribution as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined, from Diana Walla, a seasoned marriage and family therapist, recently relocated in Austin, Texas. She discusses the opportunity for us to look for the potential gifts in disorienting experiences. She…
Healthy Debate

The New Dinner Table

I am thrilled to have another contribution as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined, from Dr. Jeff M. Christian about how we can all grow a healthier discourse in our online communities. His thoughts offer some creative ways to cultivate a kinder experience that makes space for a healthier, healing…
Kindness heart

Self-Compassion Fuels Kindness

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, graciously contributed a guest post as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined. Her…
A Word Imagined

A Word Imagined

by Jennifer Christian, LPC and Dr. Jeff M. Christian Words of hate tear at the fabric of our society; words of kindness mend. Imagine. Imagine life without unkind words. Imagine comments sections on your favorite website that only allow constructive criticism, words meant to further the conversation rather than out-shout those…
Upside of Stress

The Upside of Stress

In Kelly McGonigal's latest book,"The Upside of Stress," she explores how things that create meaning and happiness in our lives also create stress. When we learn to change our relationship with stress, we build in possibilities for meaning and happiness. In the following video, McGonigal recommends practical ways to shift our perspective on stress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axYicNRo8j4 Take some time to journal,…
Gratitude

Gratitude Is Healing

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be a nice time to focus on the healing benefits of a gratitude practice. I experienced an impact when my husband and I decided to start an active gratitude practice about five years ago. Over time we noticed subtle changes in…
Stressed

Creating Balance to Deal with Stress

[caption id="attachment_1118" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Photo by Mike Wilson[/caption] I hear more and more people talking about stress. Increased feelings of stress. I hear it on Facebook, emails from friends and family, even in everyday conversations. I spoke recently on the topic of self-compassion and stress-management at a major corporation in…