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Respect Your Progress

Respect Your Progress

By Helen Paulsen, LMSW An interesting phenomenon occurs when someone asks us about our goals or wishes for our future. As people, we are oriented to the vision of success at the end stage of that goal. We ponder completing a marathon, earning a degree, publishing a...

The long Covid problem might be bigger than we thought.

The long Covid problem might be bigger than we thought.

A large study has revealed that one in three Covid-19 survivors have suffered symptoms three to six months after getting infected, with breathing problems, abdominal symptoms such as abdominal pain, change of bowel habit and diarrhoea, fatigue, pain, anxiety and...

Here’s why planning a trip can help your mental health

Here’s why planning a trip can help your mental health

With the pandemic far from over, now may not be the right time for leisure travel. But that doesn’t mean trip planning is canceled too. There’s some good news for globe-trotters: According to researchers, looking ahead to your next adventure could benefit your mental...

Are You Aware of Your Inner Critic

Are You Aware of Your Inner Critic

Are you aware of the power of negative thoughts and the havoc they wreak? One enlightenment for me is how easy it is to dwell on the negative. "The research found that the average person has between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, and of the thousands of thoughts,...

See Me! When You Are Invisible to Yourself

See Me! When You Are Invisible to Yourself

There is a television commercial that features actual patients who have psoriasis. The patients share the emotional pain they feel at being minimized by their disease. They do not feel as if they are actually being seen by others. They believe that all others see is...

Good Mental Health and COVID-19 – Part II

Good Mental Health and COVID-19 – Part II

Greetings, I hope this information finds you to be in the best of health as we all find ourselves continually challenged by the COVID-19 virus.  Now one year into the pandemic, we had to make some major lifestyle adjustments to stay safe such as testing, wearing a...

Four Ways to Know You’re Ready to Begin Therapy

Four Ways to Know You’re Ready to Begin Therapy

By Helen Paulsen, LMSW Knowing your readiness for therapy is important for maximizing your experience and outcomes from therapy. In this blog article, we explore a few important subjective factors for helping inform your decision-making process. You’ve got your own...

What Has the Pandemic Done to Our Boundaries?

What Has the Pandemic Done to Our Boundaries?

Written by: Katie Heaney Read the original article here. The other day, a friend called me on the phone to complain about another friend — a cherished hobby for us both. In 2019, or any year before it, the inciting event would have been an inoffensive request: My...

When Doing Leads to Stress – Just Be!

When Doing Leads to Stress – Just Be!

Hello! My name is Steven. How would you like to begin your session today? Counseling with me is not necessarily a time when you come to go over an agenda or to learn a set format of steps to fix a problem. Yes, therapy can be about that and goal setting (and we will...

I’m A Psychiatrist Who Treats Health Workers

I’m A Psychiatrist Who Treats Health Workers

Written by: Jessi Gold Read the original article here.  A couple of Saturdays ago, I slept in until 11 a.m. I haven’t done that since college. As I peeled myself out of bed, I convinced myself it was just one of those days. I must’ve needed the sleep, and a lot of it....

How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you find yourself feeling a little sad, worried, and depressed every year at this time, you may have a cyclical disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Of course, this year’s cumulative effects of the pandemic and the accompanying isolation, illness and...

Are You Grieving?

Are You Grieving?

The Pandemic has sparked an enormous about of grief. We are living in a time of uncertainty. We have plunged into despair; many have suffered unexpected losses during this time. People are not only grieving but also dealing with guilt, regret, and shame. Many are...

Social Media Could End Marriage As We Know It

Social Media Could End Marriage As We Know It

Chioma is having troubles with her mother-in-law. I know because she made it headline news on her social media page. She does not share her concerns with the other party in the nuptial contract or with a trained counsellor, but with aliens on social media who are...

Growth Mindset in a Period of Stress

Growth Mindset in a Period of Stress

Welcome to the final weeks of 2020. Let’s ponder for a moment about our expectations for the year when it started, back in January. Perhaps we had some ideas, some to-do list items, or even some “resolutions”. Now we are approaching a new year on our calendar, when...

Breaking Tradition During the Holiday Season

Breaking Tradition During the Holiday Season

For many families, breaking tradition during the holiday season is inevitable – and a matter of necessity over time. Take the example of Debbie Bourgois of St. Clair County in Michigan. Her husband and two children spent holidays with her husband’s family for many...

Good Mental Health and COVID-19

Good Mental Health and COVID-19

Greetings and I hope this information finds you to be in the best of health as we all find ourselves continually challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are eight months in and all have had to make major lifestyle adjustments to stay safe such as testing, wearing a...