Keli Hinkemeyer earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Cloud State University, MN after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Dependency and Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University, MN. She has a history of working with individuals who have spent time in the criminal justice system and are on parole. She has worked with individuals who have had an alcohol, substance, and behavioral addiction. 

Mental Health and Families

Mental Health and Families

     When suffering with a mental illness it is important to have the support of one’s family. However, that can be hard as family can have both a positive and negative impact on some people’s mental health. But have people ever thought about how mental illness can have an impact on family members?

     Researchers say that stressors from a family member’s mental health can often lead other family members into experiencing their own trauma and mental distress. The increase of distress can be hard on the family as many people feel lost and stuck causing their relationships to look differently. Family members can experience emotional, social, and economic losses similar to those going through a death.  Spouse’s often feel as if their spouse is not the same person they married and may have an increase in responsibilities. This type of identity confusion can also impact the relationships of parents, children, siblings, and more.

     When family members feel struck counseling, services are often recommended. This is partially because counseling can help people voice their concerns and work towards accepting their new relationship. Another reason counseling services are helpful as they can assist families in completing the three needs researchers say families have when a member has a mental illness. 

These needs are:

  • information about the mental illness and it’s treatment
  • coping skills for the illness and the repercussions on the family
  • and support for the family

These needs are very important as it looks at the family as a whole. If you or a family member is experiencing a mental illness schedule an appointment with a mental health provider. At Lighthouse Counseling we want to help you and your family meet your needs and feel supported.

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Grounding Skills

Grounding: Reconnecting to The Moment

Grounding is a type of coping skill
designed to turn your attention away from your thoughts, memories, and worries and instead
“ground” yourself to the present moment by refocusing your thoughts.

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Stress and Coping

Stress and Coping

When things are causing us to feel stressed and overwhelmed, we often try or do something in order to feel better, these are our coping

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Giving Up Shame

Many people struggle with the feeling of shame.  Shame is an unpleasant emotion associated with a negative evaluation of oneself. Shame is different from guilt

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Self Love by Keli Hinkemeyer

Self Love

Self Love People often feel like there are certain standards they need to meet. For some people they are told this by family and friends,

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