Therapy and Its Many Colors

Therapy and Its Many Colors

When I mention the word therapy, what goes through your mind?  For many, a person laying on a couch (which tends to be leather for some reason) talking, while another person with glasses is writing vigorously, nodding their head, and asking “How does that make you feel?” every 5 minutes tends to be the most popular expectation of therapy and one of the biggest misconceptions.

What if I told you, therapy is way more than that?

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How to Make Your Child’s ADHD Their Superpower

How to Make Your Child’s ADHD Their Superpower

What if ADHD isn’t a problem? What if the attributes of a person with ADHD - the hyperactivity, the risk-taking, the penchant for multitasking – were actually a superpower?

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines has ADHD. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems has ADHD. So does Ellen DeGeneres, Charles Schwab, and the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad.

In fact, there seems to be a very strong tie between creative, versatile, entrepreneurial mindsets and individuals with ADHD.

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Should I Share My Story? - The #MeToo Movement

Should I Share My Story? - The #MeToo Movement

Recent social media movements have been generating more and more conversations around sexual harassment, sexual assault, trauma, and rape culture. Most prominent among these is the trending hashtag, #MeToo. #MeToo has created a space in which women’s voices and their silences hold equal importance, while honoring the many different ways in which women heal.

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Depression Symptoms and Its Consequences For Women

Depression Symptoms and Its Consequences For Women

Going through hard times is a constant thing in life, but having consistent bad days and difficult times can lead to depression. Depression affects your way of life, and it also hampers your daily activities like your career, sleeping, eating, thinking and so on.

Sometimes seen as a taboo, something not discussed in public, depression is an unlikely topic to be brought up at a dinner party but it is hugely prevalent in society today. In fact, 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health issue with over 56% of those with a mental illness not seeking treatment.

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3 Steps to Shift Your Lens Towards Connection

3 Steps to Shift Your Lens Towards Connection

Connection with others through authenticity of feeling and compassion is often a goal of therapy. In life outside therapy, creating moments to shift your lens to the connection setting can be challenging, particularly when social media and the 24-hour news cycle say otherwise. Practicing the shift involves reflecting on your perspective and taking accountability of your experience, which can seem daunting. Here’s a few ways to begin this intentional shift.

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Failure To Launch

Failure To Launch

Was she doing something wrong? Her son, Evan, was almost 30 and still living at home, well he moved back home after graduating college. Vanessa loved having him around and didn’t feel burdened by doing his laundry, cooking for him, or even picking up after him.

That’s what mom’s do, right? And with today’s economy it can be hard for young people to find good jobs that pay enough to afford an apartment, let alone pay bills and student loan debts.

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Depression. An Everyday Struggle.

Depression. An Everyday Struggle.

“I’m not really depressed, Or am I just sad?”

Our mental health can sometimes feel like a complex maze we are weaving in and out of.  It is normal to feel sad, lonely and yes, even, depressed at times. It’s a human condition, everybody does. Feeling depressed can be a reaction to personal or professional loss, bruised self-ego, bad week at work or just general life struggles.

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Women and the Stigma of Mental Health Issues.

Women and the Stigma of Mental Health Issues.

The issue of women’s mental health problems and the stigma that comes with it has raised concerns in the recent years.

Mental health issues impact both men and women. However, according to the American Psycology Association, “Women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial disorders.”

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Animal-assisted Therapy: An Undeniable Bond

Animal-assisted Therapy: An Undeniable Bond

Pet Therapy, or Animal-assisted Therapy, is a unique, but growing trend within therapy and mental health counseling that we here at Mindful Therapy Group are proud to be a part of. We have undeniable bonds with many of the animals in our lives and these bonds can be used to help facilitate therapeutic outcomes as well.

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Mindfulness, Meditation, and Taking Control of Your ADHD

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Taking Control of Your ADHD

 

Back in 2008, a research study created quite a stir among therapists and those suffering from ADHD. The study, titled Mindfulness Meditation Training in Adults and Adolescents with ADHD: A Feasibility Study, indicated a reduction of up to 30% of symptoms for participants in the program.

What was even more surprising was that this reduction happened without the addition of any therapy or medications. Now, 30% is a pretty serious improvement for a meditative practice that can take only 30 minutes a day.

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10 Ways to Deal with Post-election Stress

10 Ways to Deal with Post-election Stress

Were you feeling the stress and just drained emotionally during the election campaign? Many of us thought everything would get better once the election was over, but things only seem to have gotten worse.

No matter what side you are on, the recent election has been incredibly stressful on everyone. Just a brief look at your Facebook newsfeed is enough to tell you that people are deeply divided and upset for a whole variety of reasons.

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How do you track progress in your life?

How do you track progress in your life?

This begs the next question- how do you track progress in your life? Do you use similar measures?  Is it necessary to track progress?  How do you determine what goes on this list? Are there categories to consider- home, work, relationships, travel, family, self, faith? Which come first?  Do you feel guilty if you don't meet your goals or engage in negative self talk if you don't meet your own expectations?

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The Value of Doing Nothing

We are led to believe that every action requires some sort of a reaction. We knee jerk, we impulsively respond to every request offered our direction. Winnie the Pooh is a master of observation.  He listens carefully, states what he sees, and without judgment.  Next time you're faced with something painful, challenging or requiring a response, try to make the choice to not respond. Sit on it for a day, or say "Can I get back to you on this?" and listen to what you can't hear. Pooh would approve. 

Resources: The Tao of Pooh, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k

Assertive Communication: 6 Techniques for Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say

Assertive Communication: 6 Techniques for Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say

Some mistake assertiveness for aggressiveness- in fact it is quite the opposite. To be assertive is to demonstrate self-compassion, to value yourself and your ideas. Assertive communication is a core communication skill, which can help to improve self-esteem and communicate more directly and effectively with others. It is based on the ideas of mutual respect and accountability....

...Even if you don’t have the confidence to stand up for yourself (yet), here are some ways and techniques you can employ in order to “fake it ‘til you make it”.  You might just find it feels really good. 

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10 Ways to Help your Kids With Back to School Depression or Anxiety

10 Ways to Help your Kids With Back to School Depression or Anxiety

We often think about the beginning of the school year as a “fresh start,” a “clean beginning” or a time to learn new things. It holds the promise of endless possibility, growth and exploration. The beginning of the academic year signals a time to renew friendships, see teachers from the past and learn from new teachers. And yet, the start of school can also lead to anxiety and depression for children and teens.

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