We talked about why therapy is important and thoughts and behavior cycles that may prevent us from going to therapy, but financial responsibilities may prevent us from getting the mental health services that we need. Let’s discuss some of the options that may be available to you to help you get the mental health treatment … Continue reading How to afford therapy
We all make numerous decisions every single day- from what to wear to what to eat for lunch. Early on, we become experts at decision-making such that, generally, small decisions are no longer mentally taxing. However, making a large life decision can be anxiety-inducing and cause tension in our relationships. Humans are incredibly complicated creatures. … Continue reading When decisions conflict
Does anyone else think that it is extremely unfair that naptime is not built into our day as adults? What if I told you that we would perform our duties better if we allow ourselves that standard 20-minute power nap sometime during the mid-day… would you believe me? Just when I start to underplay the … Continue reading Need for Sleep
Let’s start today with a pop quiz. What is Mental Health? a) Understanding what mental issues we struggle with. b) Understanding our overall well-being. c) A diagnosis so we can get help from insurance. d) Everyone is just crazy! If you answered B, you are correct! Mental health is so much more than just understanding … Continue reading What is Mental Health?
The month of celebrating love is not complete without recognizing the hard work of caregivers. It truly requires someone special to take on the physical and emotional challenge of caring for a loved one unconditionally. A caregiver can be a paid helper or a family member who looks after someone who is unable to care … Continue reading Caregiver Burnout: The Balancing Act
How was your week of practicing boundaries? Was it fairly easy or did you find yourself struggling with creating the needed distance? What was the hardest part for you? One of the most difficult things I noticed was to actually enforce those boundaries. I may be uncomfortable with certain action(s) but without reinforcement, things will … Continue reading Boundaries: Understanding the consequences and enforcing them
As I start writing this blog about boundaries, I can’t help but recall my high school geography class. A huge part of the class was actually coloring; I remember trying different coloring methods to figure out what felt natural and comfortable. Initially, I loved outlining with markers but after some time, I became more comfortable … Continue reading Boundaries: What are they and how do I set them?
I believe that an important part of counseling is discussing goals or what you would like to accomplish in counseling. After all, you are not coming to counseling because life is perfect; you are seeking counseling to overcome whatever it is holding you back. One of the most common goals my clients asked to work … Continue reading Improving Self-Esteem
I recently came across a graduation speech which made me evaluate some of my current daily habits and the motivations behind them. This speech was by Admiral William H. McRaven at The University of Texas graduation. The speech started with the idea of: "If you want to change the world, start off by making your … Continue reading How Making Your Bed Can Increase Emotional Intelligence
How do you feel about the weather today? Are you upset that it is ‘X’ degrees outside and you will suffer in this heat/cold or are you excited about it being ‘X’ degrees outside so you can go out and do what you love to do outdoors? Think about it...and now notice how your behavior … Continue reading Is CBT for me?