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Watch Scary Movies For Your Mental Health

Ummmm... Really? I usually get some weird looks when I suggest that my clients watch scary movies for their mental health. And the benefits aren't limited to horror. Movies give us the chance to experience a range of emotions, both negative and positive, in a way that is time limited and personally safe. This is… Continue reading Watch Scary Movies For Your Mental Health

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Relational Mindfulness: Getting In Touch With Your Self

Relational mindfulness is a skill that helps us keep in touch with what we're feeling in the moment. When we tap into that self-awareness, we can notice our thoughts, emotions, and body sensations as we relate to others in the present. It's a challenge to get in touch with yourself and stay in touch with… Continue reading Relational Mindfulness: Getting In Touch With Your Self

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Text Based Therapy

Text based therapy is an alternative to real time in person or video sessions. It's also called asynchronous therapy. A UC Davis study shows that text based therapy can be just as effective as real time therapy for non-urgent mental health needs. Who Benefits From Text Based Therapy? People who like time to process their… Continue reading Text Based Therapy

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Fear of Abandonment

The Abandonment Cycle Looks Like: You meet someone new and tell yourself not to get attached. So you avoid getting close and opening up. You end up getting so close you're deeply attached and invested. Then you get scared they'll see through you, realize you're not worth their time, and leave you. So you push… Continue reading Fear of Abandonment

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Boundaries In “The Giving Tree”

Debates About The Book Most people who grew up in American schools read "The Giving Tree" as kids. If you're not familiar, it's about a tree who loves a boy so much that she gives him one of her apples when he's hungry and enjoys his play as he swings from her branches and climbs… Continue reading Boundaries In “The Giving Tree”

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I Gave Up Anxiety For Lent

The Purpose of Lent Lent is usually a season of giving up oppressive habits and taking on new patterns of living. We often think of Lent in terms of giving up chocolates or coffee for forty days, but when we think of Lent in the broader sense of observing and breaking the chains that lead… Continue reading I Gave Up Anxiety For Lent

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The Benefits of Failure

Nobody likes to fail, especially in front of others. But failure carries with it two implications- first that you were willing to try something, and second that you have a chance to learn. These are the benefits of failure. Failure Challenges Your Competence For some of us who have at least one area in life… Continue reading The Benefits of Failure

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Philosophy of Wellness

How to Know When You Are Well Your philosophy of wellness shapes your expectations of what you want to get out of your time in therapy. In the first few sessions, I try to get a picture of what my clients are looking for. Most give an answer like this:"I want things to go back… Continue reading Philosophy of Wellness

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Building Resilience

We all know we should build resilience, but how? Learn three ways to build resilience before things go wrong and three ways to enhance resilience in a crisis.

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Curiosity and Defensiveness

Defensiveness is a natural response to feeling threatened, but it can be hard on relationships. A posture of curiosity allows you to empathize with the other person.