• Afton's Blog

May 14, 2020

Are you looking for some ideas to help prevent emotional burn out? If you could use some encouragement for yourself or your loved ones during quarantine then take a break and read this article I contributed to for Genomind.

March 27, 2020

If you are finding yourself at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic then look at these ideas I offered to Medium to make the most of your time. Let's all be well. 

February 17, 2019

Most pet owners feel their pet's are like members of their family.  Take a moment to learn more about how to adapt to the loss of your pet with my advice featured on Brit+Co.

February 7, 2019

Maintaining long-distance friendships can be quite difficult with busy schedules. Take a look at four tips on helping your friendships go the distance in this Bravo article-my tip is #3~

February 3, 2019

Getting the sleep that you need to feel refreshed before big events can pose quite a challenge, especially if it's the night before your wedding.  Take a look at these sleep tips I suggested to LovePop about how to create an ideal sleep routine.

January 28, 2019

Whether you're a newlywed or have been married for years, check out these marriage tips to enhance your relationship today.

January 22, 2019

Check out these quick tips on how to manage your emotional stress from the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow. 

Managing life stressors is about taking advantage of small moments in your day to emotionally fill up.  Every step toward your emotional health counts!

January 14, 2019

We could always use a relationship tune up!  Take a look at this article I contributed to about simple tips to improve your relationship.

September 1, 2018

If you have experienced the loss of a pet please take a moment to read this article from American Kennel Club. I gave some advice on ways to memorialize your pet too.

To process your pet loss call me at 816-585-3673.

February 12, 2018

It’s 7am and you’ve been up for hours taking care of your little's and you’re already counting down the hours until bedtime.  If you feel like you need some quick tips to emotionally re-calibrate your day-here’s a quick reference guide for you (because who are we kidding-you probably don’t have much time to sit down and read this before someone needs you!).

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  • Recommended Readings

    • Personal Growth

      • The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

      • I thought it was just me (but it isn't) -Brene Brown

      • Daring Greatly-Brene Brown

      • Boundaries – by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

      • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh 

      • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation –Daniel J. Siegel  

    • Couples

      • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – John Gottman

      • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – Susan Johnson

      • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman  

    • Grief: Pet Loss

      • Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet-Gary Kowalski

      • I Will See You in Heaven-Jack Wintz

      • Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet-Gary Kurz  

      • Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish-Mark R. Levin

    • Grief: Pregnancy and Infant Loss

      • Empty Arms: Emotional Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy – by Pam Vredevelt

      • Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love –Anna Whiston-Donaldson

      • Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain into Your Greatest Strength-Christa Black Gifford

      • I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy- Angie Smith  

    • Trauma

      • The Body Remembers-Babette Rothschild 

      • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

      • Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy -Francine Shapiro

  • Suggested Videos

Brene Brown:

The Power of Vulnerability 

Listening to Shame 



Kristin Neff:

The Space Between Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

Dan Siegel:

How to Change the Brain 

  • Crisis & Support Hotlines

Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Reporting Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of Child or Adult: 1-800-922-5330

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“Afton's passion for her work is reflected in her detailed therapy processes. In a time where there is pressure to "speed" things up, Afton's intentional warmth and kindness creates an environment that "paces down" the clients' anxiety and allows them to truly attend to the "healing" process.  Afton has developed a therapeutic style that allows her, within the process, to reflect her compassion for her clients and strengthen the therapeutic relationship. My work with Afton enhanced my personal and professional life.”