In addition to the major types of therapy I’ve been writing about, there’s offshoots that combine therapy with other mediums. Many people may be familiar with the use of play therapy with children. Children and adults benefit from art therapy in a variety of ways. It’s helpful when traditional therapies are failing as art becomes… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Art Therapy – Part 1
While I was having my “vacation” I had a terrifying few days. My daughter-in-law went in for a routine surgery, was sent home, and then was taken by life-flight to the hospital that night. She almost died. She’s out of immediate danger for the moment, though still in the hospital while they make sure she’s… Read More Motivational Monday: Be thankful for the day
I’m not actually traveling anywhere, and I’m not taking time off from the day job, but, I’m taking a social media vacation for the next 2 weeks. That means no blog posts, and nothing on twitter. It’s just a little self-care break while I focus on some things that need me away from the computer… Read More Summer Vacation!
We are human. We have emotions. Most of us in the US don’t allow enough time to process those emotions in a healthy way because we’re taught to bottle things up and never let it out. When something truly world-shifting happens, especially when it’s something painful, we suddenly find ourselves with a broken bottle and… Read More Soothing Sunday: Set a Timer
Among the many things that influence our moods, weather is something we’re not prone to think of quickly. Yet, it’s something outside of our control and it can have an enormous impact on our state of mind!
No matter how open-minded and understanding we want to be, there are always times when we see the world in black and white. Failure, being in need, not producing things, not working on yourself every single day… all are “bad.” Success, having more than enough of what you need, having a hustle… all are “good.”… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Add some grey
I see comments from different authors, some asking “How do you know what your character would do?” and others saying, “It’s your character, you tell them what to do.” I admit to having a good chuckle at those who believe they control every aspect of their story. I don’t know many who’re published who don’t… Read More Writing Wednesday: Coffee with Characters
Through this series we’ve touched on the basics of how CBT works and what to expect if you seek help from a therapist who uses it. The question I always ask when I start working with a therapist is, “How will I know when it’s helping?” With CBT the answer is pretty obvious. You’ll know… Read More Therapy Tuesday: CBT – Seeing Improvements
On a rough day, it’s easy to get lost in the rush and stress and forget all the good you’ve experienced. There’s power at your disposal. It’s stored in your memories. Our past provides us with building material for our future, but we sometimes forget it’s there. Take a quick dive through your previous experiences.… Read More Motivational Monday: Remember When
Isn’t this the happiest tiger in the world? Look how good that stretch feels! As the days drag along, we carry so much stress in our bodies. It becomes almost a default posture to sit at a desk and hunch over. Then, we get home and find everything from our shoulders up is hard as… Read More Soothing Sunday: Stretch!