I Am Not Interested

Often times we use affirmations and mantras to affirm what we do want in our lives. When helping clients create them, one of my encouragements is to take out any negatives (no, don’t, not, won’t, can’t). But I have also witnessed the power what I will call rebuke decrees. I just made this name up,Continue reading “I Am Not Interested”

National Hygiene Week: Where Mental and Physical Health Collide

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer July 5th–11th, was National Hygiene week! This might feel like an oddly specific week to have a national designation for, and for some, maybe it even feels superficial. But there’s a difference between selling beauty products and caring about hygiene.  First of all, hygiene and access to hygienic productsContinue reading “National Hygiene Week: Where Mental and Physical Health Collide”

July 3rd, Bereavement for Parents Day

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer July 3rd was Bereavement for Parents Day. Unfortunately, the experience of losing a child is more common than one might think and can manifest in different ways at different ages. About 50,000 children die every year (Rogers).  Psychologically, parents who lose children at middle age experience a maximum levelContinue reading “July 3rd, Bereavement for Parents Day”

June 27th, PTSD Awareness Day

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer June 27th was PTSD awareness day, and June was PTSD awareness month! PTSD is complicated. Often, we solely associate being traumatized from war, battle, or massive, explosive violence. And it is certainly linked with those things. But it’s easy to forget that one in eleven people will develop PTSDContinue reading “June 27th, PTSD Awareness Day”

Purgatory, The Twilight Zone, or Grey Areas: Human Aversion to Transitional Periods

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Transitional periods are exciting! They mean change, new things, and potential. So why do we hate them so much? Growing pains are simply not something most of us look forward to. Transitions occur at various points in our lives: coming to college, graduating, entering a marriage or long-term relationship,Continue reading “Purgatory, The Twilight Zone, or Grey Areas: Human Aversion to Transitional Periods”

I’m changing my thinking; I’m changing my life

In graduate school I solidified my preferred modality of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).   Yes indeedy, it was logical, it was empirically sound.  It fit me.  I liked it.  Over the years I had a supervisor and some other therapists question it’s efficacy to work with most clients, and I could not for the lifeContinue reading “I’m changing my thinking; I’m changing my life”

Feeling vs Looking Beautiful: Fashion, Perception, and Self-Esteem

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Beauty as an industry can be a double-edged sword. As it turns out, feeling beautiful or being perceived as beautiful is connected to things like job satisfaction and overall happiness. When we feel beautiful and confident, and others perceive us as beautiful and confident, we are judged as “qualitativelyContinue reading “Feeling vs Looking Beautiful: Fashion, Perception, and Self-Esteem”

Greater Forces at Work: Financial Stress on a Macro Level

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Considering the economic struggles we faced as a nation this past year, for many, finances became an increased source of stress. For many who have had a long-held dream of owning a home, considering or attempting to buy a house was exceedingly stressful. Housing prices have been on aContinue reading “Greater Forces at Work: Financial Stress on a Macro Level”

Severe Mental Health Disorders: Recognizing the Signs

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer ‘Teen angst’ starts to subside in our early twenties, and we can emotionally regulate more effectively. Or, at least, that’s a general trend. In the growing national conversation and awareness of mental health, I’ve been exposed to conversations about depression and anxiety throughout my education. Many of my peersContinue reading “Severe Mental Health Disorders: Recognizing the Signs”

Post Pandemic Anxiety: To Do Or Not To Do, That Is The Question

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer It’s summer, the world feels like it’s opened up again, and many people are feeling back and better than ever! Not to make our long-awaited return to normalcy into a downer, but the transition back might feel like a bit of a bumpy ride for many. Depending on yourContinue reading “Post Pandemic Anxiety: To Do Or Not To Do, That Is The Question”

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