Minority Mental Health Awareness

July is: Minority Mental Health Month Also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month. As language continues to evolve, many people and groups are choosing to use BIPOC: Black, Indigenous people, and People of Color to acknowledge the unique mental health differences and needs of members of each population. It has been emotionally challenging and drainingContinue reading “Minority Mental Health Awareness”

How To Sit With Your Feelings

In therapy, we often encourage our clients to sit with their feelings. We therapist sort of throw this term around like it’s common knowledge. But the truth is, to sit with one’s feelings is a bold act of practice and trust for oneself. It’s actually no small practice. To sit with one’s feelings is toContinue reading “How To Sit With Your Feelings”

Working Through Resistance: New Wine Goes Into New Wineskin

You can’t put new wine into old wine skin. Matthew 9:17 says “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” This verse came to mind as I was reflectingContinue reading “Working Through Resistance: New Wine Goes Into New Wineskin”

Grace, Grace

There are many definitions for the word grace. In therapy, we often talk about the concept of giving oneself grace. This type of grace is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency.” To show oneself grace is to simply be kind, courteous, and lenient onContinue reading “Grace, Grace”

Faith in Times of Trouble (Coronavirus)

I am normally not given into fears and hype about adverse weather, disasters, politics, or viruses. Because I am a highly sensitive person, I tend to keep my eye gate and ear gate pretty fortified. I can’t even watch a suspenseful (fictional) movie without feeling real stress in my body. I spent a season readingContinue reading “Faith in Times of Trouble (Coronavirus)”

Black Mental Health Matters

Many people call the widespread prevalence of Mental Health issues in America an epidemic, a crisis, and a state of emergency.  I agree.  Everyone feels the gravity of either struggling with mental health issues personally or having close relatives and friends who struggle with mental health issues.  Moreover, the statistics about African American Mental Health,Continue reading “Black Mental Health Matters”

Visualization

Visualization is a powerful practice that can be used in meditation. Visualization is seeing a picture in your mind’s eye and focusing on it. Like retraining your thinking and your self-talk, intentional visualization helps you rebuild your belief system. For those of us who get stuck in maladaptive thinking patterns and sabotaging self-talk, intentional visualizationContinue reading “Visualization”

Anatomy of an Affirmation

I often encourage my clients to create affirmations. As stated in the previous post Meditation and Affirmations, by using an affirmation, you are speaking of what you want for yourself and what you choose to believe about yourself.  As a therapist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy, we work to create a lot of reframes thatContinue reading “Anatomy of an Affirmation”

Meditation and Affirmations

So, what’s all of the hype about meditation and affirmations? Both are powerful tools to help you on your mental wellness journey! The founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck, identified streams of negative cognitions or automatic thoughts as a source of depression. He helped patients identify and evaluate these automatic thoughts. After workingContinue reading “Meditation and Affirmations”

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