Cultivating Mental Health

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC This was a guest blog post I wrote for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. I am excited to share this blog post with you as our world’s agricultural families are facing a mental health crisis amongst new stressors and demands. Even if youContinue reading “Cultivating Mental Health”

April: The Everything Month

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC With Spring here, there seems to be a resurgence in new things. New grass, new allergies, and new things to be stressed about. This post is going to go over all the new and crazy things that are happening in the month of April. Trust me, there is aContinue reading “April: The Everything Month”

Happy Birthday That Darn Amygdala!

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC As of today, That Darn Amygdala has been up and running for one full year! How crazy is that? I started blogging in 2021 with an idea, but no clue how to translate that idea. After some research (and some winging it), That Darn Amygdala was born. The IdeaContinue reading “Happy Birthday That Darn Amygdala!”

New Year’s Resolutions and how to make them work for you

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC It is that time of year again! The old year is ending and we have aspirations for the upcoming year. Many people decide to use this as a starting point to create change in their life. Even with good intentions, up to 90% of people of people who setContinue reading “New Year’s Resolutions and how to make them work for you”

The Healing Power of Crying

By Carissa Weber, MA, LCP, CSAC The last couple of posts I’ve done have been pretty heavy. We’ve talked about the role of grief in our mental health, how we are impacted by burnout, and even got down and personal about my own healing process. I’m going to continue on this train and talk aboutContinue reading “The Healing Power of Crying”

Grief and the Brain: Why it Hurts

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC I’m interrupting our normal blog posts to talk a bit about grief. For those readers who follow me on social media, you will know that this last few months have been filled with anxiety, fear, and loss since a rare (and aggressive) illness was diagnosed in my one horse,Continue reading “Grief and the Brain: Why it Hurts”

What the Heck is Self-Care?

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC The phrase, self-care, has been said pretty darn often lately. Every social media post seems to talk about “taking time for self-care.” Heck, even my posts talk about self-care (check out mindfulness: the art of becoming calm, cool, and collected) So I feel it is time to answer thatContinue reading “What the Heck is Self-Care?”

How to Say “No” and Feel Good About it

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC Have you ever noticed how hard it is to say “no?” Why is that? I know many of us (including myself) struggle with the idea that we are able to (and sometimes have to) say no. If you are one of those people who struggle with that famous 2-letterContinue reading “How to Say “No” and Feel Good About it”

FAST ways to Self- Respect Effectiveness

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC Welcome to the third installation of interpersonal effectiveness skills! I’m so happy you were able to join us and learn more about how these set of important skills can: Improve how we interact and communicate with the people (and the world) around us Identify and ask for our needsContinue reading “FAST ways to Self- Respect Effectiveness”

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

By Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSAC This post was originally written and published on Thrive Global on August 12, 2021. You can find it directly at : Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills ( We are now rounding the corner on the DBT pillars! In my previous posts, like DBT and Distress Tolerance Skills and Emotional Regulation: TheContinue reading “Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills”