Managing Stress Creatively

April is National Stress Awareness Month and in honor of the stressors we experience in our daily lives, today’s blog post discusses one specific method to help manage this stress while also expressing one’s self. Our lives are increasingly fast-paced and full of stress and anxiety. Often, we do not make time for ourselves during … Continue reading Managing Stress Creatively

Impact of social media in our lives

Is social media really the reason we are not as connected to each other anymore? Is it the reason we have poor postures? Is media the reason we believe what we believe or is it lack of communication and our fear of rejection that is really creating this disconnect? How often have you found yourself … Continue reading Impact of social media in our lives

Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Working in the mental health field allows me to learn about human interaction, reaction, and brain activities in ways I never imagined. It never ceases to amaze me how our brain stores and shares details of information based on our safety and needs. There are hundreds of studies to evaluate a variety of mental health … Continue reading Body Integrity Identity Disorder

The issue of Transference

It started with Sigmund Freud. He initially conceptualized the idea of transference - that people can place their feelings regarding a person or situation on to another due to unresolved issues. Solve the issue . . . POOF! -transference issues are gone! But . . . Is it really though? I do believe that there … Continue reading The issue of Transference

Toxic Work Environment

We probably spend most of our time awake at work. Work becomes our new family. We have various dynamics at play and it becomes our identity. We take pride in our career and our passion- we find our purpose in our work. So, what happens when work becomes a place to avoid? We all have … Continue reading Toxic Work Environment

Does my therapist really need to know that?

Humans are social creatures. I am not talking about introverts vs extroverts; instead, I’m talking about our need for support from each other. We have a need to connect to others- to understand where we belong. Because we are multifaceted, our treatment needs to be a holistic approach. In order to fully understand the developmental … Continue reading Does my therapist really need to know that?

Improving Self-Esteem

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

Understanding Adjustment Disorder

Reading the name “Adjustment Disorder” makes ‘it’ sound so simple- having a hard time “adjusting.” Anyone who has experienced it will tell you that minimizing the impact of Adjustment Disorder can have a lasting impact on your mental health.   Adjustment disorder is sometimes called “situational depression” because it mirrors many symptoms of depression such … Continue reading Understanding Adjustment Disorder

5 Practical Steps Can Help Manage Your Depression Symptoms

Simple definition of Depression presented by the American Psychiatric Association describes the impact of depression in our daily lives. Many are good at hiding the symptoms only to struggle on their own and some find it difficult to hide the way depression has integrated itself into their lives. Because each individual situation varies, it is difficult … Continue reading 5 Practical Steps Can Help Manage Your Depression Symptoms

Is CBT for me?

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?