© 2017 by Justin Givan-Gonzales
Austin, TX

 

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Last week I was introduced to a song by the group Stars. I’ll be the first to admit that the genre and style of music isn’t one that I would have typically sought out, but I was transfixed right from the opening line. A strong baritone voice starts off the song with sp...

Have you noticed that you’ve been doing a lot of deep sighing lately? Are your eye muscles tired from all of the eye rolling that you’ve been doing unconsciously? Has your excitement slowly devolved into apathy? Maybe the “I don’t care’s” have shifted to “I can’t care’...

September 16, 2018

Over the last few months, I’ve been having a lot of discussions surrounding relationships – should I stay? Should I leave? Why do I feel so bad about myself? Is this ever really going to work? So on and so on. Since this seems to be a theme in my office, I figured I go...

So you’ve had a fight with your other half, been turned down for a promotion at work, felt like you’ve been given the shaft by a friend…and now you’re feeling icky.  This yuck feeling quickly morphs into frustration, anger, and worst of all – resentment.  Although frus...

Getting into arguments with others, especially with those that you love, are awful.  They leave you feeling upset, angry, disappointment, and amped up – none of which are good feelings.  Yet we all do it.  How many times have you started a conversation with s...

We all remember that phrase from childhood, “stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  First of all, I’d love to meet the person that coined this phrase and find out what kind of armor he or she is wearing because words definitely hurt me.  Ev...

Sometimes the hardest words for us to release from our lips are “I’m sorry”.  Why is this though?  With these two simple words, hearts can be mended, hurt repaired, and yucky feelings dissolved.  We all know this, yet it somehow seems easier to hold onto that resentmen...

Time – that never ending beast that we seem to fight against each and every day.  Between work, grocery shopping, walking the dog, and getting that overdue oil change done, we seem to find ourselves in this strange game of time manipulation.  As tough is the game can b...

Many of the folks that come into counseling, tell me that they’re feeling sad, depressed, anxious, defeated, or have lost their self-confidence and want to know why.  “Am I crazy?  Have I lost it? Am I too broken to be fixed?”  No, no, and NO!  There has been a theft a...

August 22, 2017

Hey everyone!  I thought I’d use my first blog to let you peek into my story a bit and let you see who the man is under the hat.

I’m a small-town Iowa guy who’s dug up his roots and replanted them here in central Texas and, after six years, I’m starting to feel like a l...

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