When was the last time you did something that you felt truly passionate about? I asked my therapy clients this question last week and most answers I got were along the lines of, “Before I was depressed.” When struggling with depression, a very common side effect (and symptom of depression) is lack of interest in … Continue reading Finding Your Passions Through Your Depression
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.
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
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
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
I hated the person I used to be. I find the word 'hate' to be a bit extreme in most cases, but in regard to this, it seemed fitting. Now, take note that I used past tense. I do not currently hate who I used to be, because I've accepted that the old me got … Continue reading I Hated The Person I Used To Be
I've realized that searching for a therapist can seem like an overwhelming task, so I wanted to make a quick post about ways to find therapists near you. 🙂 The best way (in my opinion) is by searching for therapists on Psychologytoday.com. Psychology Today is a website that most mental health professionals have accounts for, … Continue reading How To Find A Therapist In Your Area
I feel I've been noticeably absent in many parts of my life recently. Half the time, I'm going through the motions and not feeling whole. Whenever my stress level increases or my schedule simply gets busier, that sense of dissociation tends to happen for me. But something has been different: I am crying at some … Continue reading Mental Illness Has Been Winning