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
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
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
I’ve been dropping ideas about self-care every weekend, but what about a plan? Do you have a list of “go to” self-care practices? If not, what should you do to build one?
While stimulation play has been recognized to help with ADD/ADHD and even with those who are on the autism spectrum, it’s also a great help in reducing stress and anxiety in neuro-typicals (those of us without those particular problems). The reason it works for anxiety is, in the simplest terms, it gives the brain something… Read More Top Skills Thursday: “Stimming”
You’ve worked with your therapist to isolate the thoughts and emotions that are kicking you around in your life. You’ve probably spent a few sessions discussing how you feel, what brings on certain thoughts, and beginning to understand how those drive your actions. Stress about paying bills? Let’s just stack those bills off to the… Read More Therapy Tuesday: CBT – Choosing an action
How many times have you done your best, poured your heart and soul into something, and received no recognition? No one recognized how hard it was. No one saw how you struggled to learn things so you could do well. No one realized you did this on top of all your other work. No one… Read More Motivational Monday: Do Your Best Anyway
Sometimes, when I look around at my life and my current state of mind I get frustrated, but also encouraged. That sense of encouragement is really important right now, as I fight the depression. It’s all about knowing that while I feel like a ship left behind on a dried up lake… I know that… Read More Freeform Friday: Looking at reality