Have you ever heard that saying, “You become who you surround yourself with?” To some extent, I agree, but I’d like to preface that with the idea that we become who we surround ourselves with if we have poorly established boundaries with them. Having unhealthy boundaries with someone may look like... • Taking on their … Continue reading Unhealthy Boundaries: Pouring From An Empty Cup?
Sometimes, I'm reminded of how stuck I was and a part of me misses that feeling. I've never fully understood why I've (at times) missed when I was depressed. I think when I first recognized this feeling, I confused it with missing being depressed. But that's not it. At times, I miss when I was … Continue reading At times, I miss when I was depressed. Let me explain.
Today, I was reviewing the 5 love languages with my therapy group that I lead and it helped me reflect on my own love language, as well as that of my loved ones. I'd like to share in this blog post what I did with my therapy group today and ask that you give it … Continue reading 5 Love Languages: How Well Do You Know Yourself?
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit pessimistic when it comes to my life. I often tell people that I'm neither happy or unhappy, but simply content. Right down the middle. Life is alright. I was having a family therapy session with a client of mine and her father, discussing the struggle … Continue reading Perspective: The Meaning Behind The Healthy Mindset Project
It is officially 2020! Honestly, a small part of me (many years ago) never pictured making it to 2020, but here we are. With it being the start of a brand new year, I found myself reflecting on the 2010s; the good, the bad, the humiliating, the heartbreaking. If you had to summarize each year … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to 2010s: The Ups and Downs of My Mental Health
You know the standard January 1 question: "What's your New Year's resolution?" I've always found resolutions to feel forced, cheesy, and odd. I can't recall the last time I even had a New Year's resolution because of this mentality, but I've been thinking about it lately... they are the hope for something new, something different, … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions: Healthy or Hurtful?
I feel lost. I've been trying to find myself for the past couple months and haven't really had much success. I've been feeling very separate from my life, as if I'm not really in control of it. I'm hoping that writing down how I'm feeling will help light a pathway... I used to fantasize about … Continue reading The Power Of One Day For Mental Health
I finally left. I left a toxic work environment that had felt quite suffocating for over seven years. I had always talked about leaving, but never felt like it was the "right time." I don't know what made it finally feel "right", but I did it. I feel like I am starting over. My final … Continue reading Starting Over
My previous post addressed the need to call out unhealthy, misleading, and at times, entirely inaccurate, stereotypes of common mental disorders. For this post, I wanted to focus entirely on personality disorders; Specifically, Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Let's jump right in! Mental Disorder: Borderline Personality Disorder Stereotype(s): Those with BPD are mean, … Continue reading Breaking Down Common Stereotypes of Personality Disorders
Stereotyping mental disorders continues the overall stigma of mental illness. I just wanted to address some common stereotypes that I've seen put on clients from family, friends, co-workers, teachers, etc, that may be limiting a client's progress in therapy. Some of these stereotypes may seem extreme, while others a bit more tame, but nevertheless potentially … Continue reading Breaking Down Common Mental Disorder Stereotypes