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Garrett is the co-founder of Overcomers Counseling alongside his wife of 14 years, Jennifer Luttman, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Garrett is a Christian minister of the Gospel at a local Colorado Springs church, The Master's House.  He is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping people achieve their goals spiritually and mentally.  Garrett works with amazing counselors at Overcomers Counseling including; Jennifer Luttman LPC, Margot Bean LCSWKate Hunt LCSW and David Corbitt LBC.

What's the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack, and how can you tell the difference?Contrary to popular belief, anxiety attacks and panic attacks are not quite the same thing. Each differs somewhat in causes, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis, and understanding the difference between the two is important to anyone who may be fi...
Anxiety attacks can be frightening, overwhelming experiences for people who experience them, but what does an anxiety attack feel like exactly? Anxiety attacks often present with a variety of physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest pain. Because of this, many people experiencing an anxiety attack for the first time may seek emergen...
If you struggle with social anxiety disorder, small activities may overwhelm you and drain you of your energy.  While seeking treatment is a crucial part of overcoming social anxiety disorder, it can sometimes take weeks or even months to begin to show improvements.  Fortunately, however, there is a lot you can do in the meantime in ...
Have you ever questioned if there was any truth to social anxiety therapy and does it work?Social anxiety therapy typically falls into one of two camps: talk therapy and medication. Both have been shown to be effective in the treatment of social anxiety disorder, and in some cases, patients may undergo both forms of treatment simultaneous...
If you struggle with social anxiety, regular social interaction can seem overwhelming and terrifying. These feelings can greatly inhibit an individual's ability to succeed and thrive in life. Luckily, however, social anxiety disorder is an extremely treatable condition. The vast majority of those who struggle with social anxiety disorder are able t...
Proper socialization is a vital part of the healthy mental development of children, and any interruption or issue with such socialization may have lasting health impacts on a child. While social anxiety disorder typically develops in older children and adolescents, it is possible to see the condition develop in younger children as well. Given the c...
The teenage years are often fraught with anxiety. The new demands placed upon children entering puberty and the hormonal changes they will experience can create a maelstrom of symptoms that can make adaptation to the adult world difficult. While most teenagers are able to successfully transition from childhood to adolescence with minimal turbulence...
While social anxiety disorder typically starts and is seen in adolescents, there are many millions of adults who struggle with the condition as well. When social anxiety persists into adulthood, it can affect an individual's ability to form healthy, lasting relationships, and may negatively impact their professional life as well. While the sym...
Social anxiety disorder is a complex mental health condition with a variety of causes, both genetic and environmental.  As with most anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder involves excessive or inappropriate fear of certain situations, in this case those pertaining to social interaction. Those with social anxiety disorder have excessi...
Find out what is social anxiety is and what it means to you?Social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by an excessive fear of social situations. Individuals who suffer from social anxiety disorder may find themselves afraid of common social situations that occur at school, work, and leisure time. They may find it ...
Bullying, defined as unwanted, aggressive actions taken to intimidate, threaten, or demean a target, is one of the most harmful experiences a child can endure. A sense of safety and security is crucial to the healthy development of children, and when this feeling of safety is undermined by bullying of any kind, the effects can be disastrous an...
If you're depressed, even making the smallest changes can feel overwhelming. When negative thoughts reign supreme, feeling better can seem like an impossible goal-- and taking the necessary steps to do so can feel like a pointless task. Depression is a complex disease, and recovery, while absolutely possible, requires a great deal of effort and pro...
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues reported, and unfortunately, are widely prevalent among children as well as adults. While anxiety issues are difficult for adults to handle, anxiety disorders in children may create unique challenges that often leave parents at a loss. As a child's brain is still in the process of grow...
Divorce isn't easy on anyone. This is especially true for the most vulnerable members of the family unit: children. In fact, divorce of their parents is one of the most stressful events a child can endure. The breakdown of a normal family structure, even if it's for the best in the long-term, can leave a child with significant psychological wo...
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders out there. While some disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are relatively uncommon amongst the general population, anxiety and depression are more the rule rather than the exception, with an estimated 15-20% of the general population experiencing one or the ...
Finding an addiction counselor can be hard and sometimes tedious.   The constant searching and phone tag are annoying in and of itself, which alone, is enough of a reason to stop us in our tracks.   Therapy relationships are built on our first interaction and so it's often hard to gauge your compatibility onl...
Finding the "right" therapists can sometimes be more difficult than it should be.  "Will they be emphatic with my problem?""Will they be judgment-free?""Can I trust them with my story?"           Research is clear that the #1 determining factor in whether or not a client gets better from therapy is based on h...