Counseling & Therapy Newsletter February 2021

Counseling & Therapy Newsletter February 2021

Feb 24, 2021

Hello and welcome to FamilyMeans Counseling & Therapy’s Monthly Newsletter!

New content for 2021! Our Counseling & Therapy team has re-worked our newsletter to focus on mental health support tips and tricks! In each issue we will address a different topic surrounding mental health and showcase a few of our own clinicians. Our hope is that this newsletter helps to raise awareness, begins conversations around tough topics, and instills hope.


As a result of COVID-19, FamilyMeans Counseling & Therapy sessions are being done using tele-health video calls. To set-up an appointment please call 651-439-4840 or visit Click here to see COVID-19 updates.


February is Boost Self-Esteem Month! 

February is associated with love, often by showing admiration to others. Yet, we challenge you to focus on showing yourself some love this month! Self-esteem is the “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities.” Self-esteem is felt on a continuum which can rise and fall throughout a lifetime. Many different aspects can affect one’s self-esteem—family upbringing, friend dynamics, education, daily situations, work, societal norms, social media, and one’s own inner dialogue.  As humans, we tend to focus on the bad moments and de-value the good ones. This emphasis on the bad, can lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Before we go further, let us take a moment, right now, to stop and focus on yourself. For the next minute, tune out the world and all the noise. Breathe in and out. Perhaps close your eyes, if you feel comfortable. Ask yourself these questions: “How do feel about me?”…“How is my self-esteem today?”…“How is my self-esteem overall?” Again, breathe in and out. As this minute comes to an end know that this is a self-check to gauge where you are at in the present moment. If you found it helpful, do this practice on a regular basis.

If you have moments of feeling lower self-esteem, you are not alone. Many of us experience low self-esteem at points throughout our lifetime. If you begin to notice feeling lower self-esteem most, or all of the time, counseling may help you increase positive feelings towards yourself. FamilyMeans clinicians are available to help.

Here are a few great tips for improving self-esteem or maintaining positive self-esteem. Give them a try today! Remember, we have to love ourselves first!


Self Esteem

FamilyMeans Clinician Spotlight

Jake Tone

Jake Tone, LMFT
Stillwater Clinic and School-Based Therapist

Fun Fact: I really enjoy woodworking and have loved learning the skill from my dad since I was young. I have made furniture, and was able to make the decorations for our wedding, which was really fun!

Self-Care Idea: Finding ways to stay active. I like to stay active and love getting outside with friends. I grew up playing hockey and baseball, and staying active helps me relax and recharges my battery.

My Favorite App/Resource: Music is a great outlet for me, so one of my go to apps is Spotify or Pandora for listening to calming music or pre-set calming playlists. Psychology today can also be a good resource for articles regarding a variety of psychological topics and resources.


Toni Price



Toni Price, MA
Stillwater Clinic and School-Based Therapist


Fun Fact: I love to travel! Whether it's day trips, jaunts across the country, or going to other countries - I'm in!

Self-Care Idea: Spending time with people, even if it's virtual right now! I love connecting with family and friends through FaceTime, Zoom, talk, or text, and have been especially enjoying virtual games, trivia nights, and dance parties!

My Favorite App/Resource: The Gottman Card Decks app is a fun one to use when you're wanting to get to know someone better or improve your relationships! It was made for couples but it has tools that are helpful to use in a variety of relationships.