Seasonal Affective Disorder: When Everything Feels Dark

Dec 22, 2022

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Also referred to as SAD, seasonal affective disorder is classified by the DSM-5 (essentially the therapy bible of all disorders) as “major depression with a seasonal pattern.” Typically this means a depressive period that usually occurs in the winter and is resolved by the spring. While there can be summertime episodes, this isn’t often...

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Introducing Dedra as our newest IOME counselor!

Dec 15, 2022

Our team has had a lot of growth this year and we are very pleased to introduce the newest counselor to the IOME team! We are so grateful that Dedra is here to help us promote self care and support our members! She will be providing support to our members on the evenings and weekends.

To help us get to know her a little better, she has answered a few questions below. Check them out and please...

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The Benefits of an Infrared Sauna

Nov 22, 2022

The Benefits of an Infrared Sauna
as told by Dr. Caroline Leaf and Connie Zack

As some of you may know, IOME’s A Mental Wellness Place has an infrared sauna! We are so excited to offer this service to our members, the Eaton community, and well, anyone else who has ever been interested in trying one out! To help you better understand how an infrared sauna works and its benefits, our...

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Join us in welcoming Sydnie to the IOME Team!

Oct 24, 2022

We have a fantastic new counselor joining our team!! Please join us in welcoming Sydnie to our IOME Community! She has made an awesome addition to our growing team and is excited about supporting our members. She answered a few questions below to help us to better get to know her, check it out!


Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and moved to Northern...

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Introducing Yoga with Ashley

Aug 22, 2022
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi all! My name is Ashley and I’m a counselor and yoga instructor at IOME. I grew up on a ranch in Western Nebraska and went to college in Nebraska and Kansas before making the move to Northern Colorado a few years ago.

Growing up, my family would go on day trips to Fort Collins at least once a month to go thrift shopping and see the mountains, which...

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Trauma Responses: What is happening in the brain and the body?

Jan 25, 2022

There are a lot of things can invoke a trauma response. A specific smell, a memory, or an image can overtake you. Trauma can show up in humans in many ways. It can take the form of avoidance of a particular event, disassociation, and feelings of helplessness. Trauma can also take the form of a bodily reaction, including constriction of muscles, a “freeze response”, or the need or...

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Thriving through the Holidays

Dec 16, 2021

The holidays tend to be a stressful time of year for people on multiple fronts. You might struggle with the change in the weather, be missing a family member that passed away, or just feel stressed with all the planning and events coming up. Many different emotions can come up all at once during the holiday season including anger, guilt, sadness, frustration. Trauma triggers might come up for...

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The 5 Second Rule

Dec 08, 2021

Kelly Otterson, LPC, is IOME's newest trained supporter and full time employee!! We are so excited for her to join the IOME team!

Kelly is originally from Savannah, GA but moved to Colorado in 2015. She has been in the mental health field for 9 years and has a variety of experience. Kelly specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem/body image. Kelly has a particular passion in...

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Autumn and Winter Seasonal Changes: The Body and Mind

Oct 26, 2021

The air begins to get cooler in the mornings, it gets darker in the evenings just past dinner time, and before you know it daylight savings time is here and gone and we enter the darkness of winter. Along with the leaves changing, flowers and grass becoming dormant and our bodies undergo multiple changes with the seasons, some are more noticeable than others. As for the body, your...

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Are You Getting Quality Rest?

Sep 23, 2021

What comes to mind when you think of the word “Rest”?  Refreshed, restart, new.... guilt, a waste of time?  Those are some of the words that Claudia Hammond’s research participants came up with in a study which was done across 135 different countries with 18,000 participants.  Claudia found that though many people define rest differently there were some things...

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