Emotional Wellness Skills: An Interview with Judy Belmont, Therapist, Speaker and Author
December 30, 2016
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There are so many people struggling with mental health issues that don’t go to counseling. I have about forty years of experience as a therapist, and I wanted to focus on life skills that anybody... Read More...
Supporting a Loved One With PTSD
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a medical condition some people develop after experiencing or witnessing an emotionally disturbing or life-threatening event. The distressing combination of... Read More...
Unintentional Prejudice? Understanding (and Changing) Implicit Bias
November 3, 2016
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Think by Yudis AsnarPhoto Credit: Yudis Asnar
On the HBO show Insecure, the main character, Issa, is the only black employee at her workplace, a nonprofit organization that supports at-risk youth. When her coworkers want to know what a new slang... Read More...
Feeling Stressed? Awe Might Be What You Need
August 7, 2016
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Awe, Photo titled 'Seashell' by Moyan BrennPhoto Credit: Moyan Breen
I still remember feeling awestruck when I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time as a child. I remember how incredible it felt looking at the waves and realizing that they stretched so much farther... Read More...
Fear of Fear
Courage and Fear of FearPhoto Credit: quinn.anya
Fear of fear is the most destructive force within us and around us. It is understandable to not want to be afraid. It is uncomfortable at the least and terrifying at its worst. And yet, we human... Read More...
Entering the Liminal Space: An Interview with Expressive Arts Therapist Dr. Lisa Herman
Desert Curves by Shira Bezalel at Flickr, Interview with Lisa Herman, Expressive Arts TherapistPhoto Credit: Shira Bezalel
Expressive arts therapy (EXA) is a form of therapy incorporating multiple arts modalities, such as poetry, movement, painting, music, and storytelling. Process is valued on par with product, and... Read More...
Why Are Politics So Polarized? And, How Can We Be More Open-Minded?
May 12, 2016
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Partisan Politics - Republican Elephant and Democratic Donkey CartoonPhoto Credit: DonkeyHotey
After the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, many Americans were surprised to learn that Scalia was a close friend of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Despite the fact that the two had... Read More...
Can Writing Make You Healthier and Happier? 3 Easy Writing Activities To Try
April 19, 2016
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Diary Writing - Can Writing Make You Happier and Healthier?Photo Credit: Fredrik Rubensson
You’ve probably heard that keeping a journal is good for your mental health, but did you know that writing can benefit your physical health as well? In fact, psychologists studying the effects of... Read More...
“Soft Belly” Mindfulness Practice: 30 Seconds to Greater Ease
April 4, 2016
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There are many wonderful mindfulness practices that can help us cultivate greater ease in our day-to-day lives. One that I’ve been tapping into lately is something I stumbled upon, called... Read More...
Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul
February 26, 2016
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Navigating Dark Night of the SoulPhoto Credit: Jason Devaun
When someone is going through a particularly difficult time, we may say that he or she is having a “dark night of the soul.” During such a period, someone may be plunged into an emotional realm... Read More...