Monthly Archives: April 2021

How Emotional Landscaping Can Help You


If you could picture your emotion as a landscape, what would you draw? Where would you be? If you could place yourself in the image, where would you place yourself? Mapping out your feelings can be a helpful exercise to sit with discomfort and embrace the message your emotion is trying to send. This is an […]

The Relationship Between Therapist and Client


The relationship between the therapist and the client is a working relationship that depends on how the client wants to direct conversations. In this relationship, there are varying degrees of transference and countertransference. The relationship evolves over time, and in a healthy, working relationship, the client will disclose some of the most intimate aspects of […]

Understanding Different Types of Attachment Styles


In childhood, we form different attachment styles in our relationships with people. There are three categories of attachment styles under Child Developmental Psychologist John Bowlby. These include secure attachment, avoidant attachment, and resistant attachment (also known as an anxious or ambivalent attachment). Most people are securely attached, and a small minority of people are resistantly […]

Relish in Your Accomplishments


Never be afraid to pat yourself on the back. With having lived the amount of life that you have, you have garnered a lot of cumulative knowledge. You apply that knowledge to assist your lived experience best. To effectively relish in your accomplishments, you can remember the people who assisted you, give yourself the credit […]

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month — a time to take stock in accomplishments with sobriety and acknowledge those still struggling with substance use disorder. Started in the late 1980s by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, this month pays respect to everyone struggling with the effects of alcohol and its aftermath. Drinking alcohol is […]

What is Solution-Focused Therapy?

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Solution-focused therapy is an evidence-based practice to assist people of all age ranges in dealing with a wide variety of complex challenges. To date, there are over 150 randomized controlled trials supporting the benefits of this practice. It is often a brief intervention to help manage complex situations in a short time frame. This technique focuses on […]

The Healing Power of Exploring the Outdoors


Have you ever felt stressed and then decided to take a walk outside to calm down? Did it work? Most likely, you returned to the setting you came from in a better headspace. Many reasons explain the healing power of exploring the outdoors. Some of these include a breath of fresh air, the color green, […]

The Basics of Problem-Solving Therapy (PST)


Problem-solving therapy (PST) is an evidence-based practice to help people work through problems. It involves seven steps. These steps include: Identifying the problem Setting the goal Brainstorming options Weighing the pros and cons Selection of the best option(s) Creating an action plan Evaluating the outcome What to Expect in a Session You will meet with […]

Curating Your Social Media to Promote Mental Health

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If you are living and breathing in the 21st century, then you’re also probably on social media. Kudos to those of you who have avoided the trends, posts, and likes, but most people are engaging with social media in one way or another. The recent Netflix documentary Social Dilemma highlighted some of the harmful effects of […]