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Why is Seattle Afraid of Group Therapy?

Why is Seattle Afraid of Group Therapy?

It’s the big day, your first day of group therapy. This kind of therapy is unfamiliar to you. As you stand outside of the clinic in downtown Seattle, your throat tightens while sweat begins to collect in your palms. You begin to doubt your decision, but...

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Breaking The Silence On Postpartum Depression

Breaking The Silence On Postpartum Depression

What do Chrissy Teigen, Brook Shields, Hayden Panettiere, and thousands of other women have in common?

They all gave birth, but instead of feeling like amazing, happy mommies, they felt withdrawn, overwhelmed, and distant.

They all had Postpartum Depression (or PPD.)

Since this month is all about women and the important accomplishments we have added to history, and amidst the #MeToo movement that has us women coming together in support of one another, I felt there was no better time to speak about something many women fight silently…

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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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Tailoring Your Mental Health Treatment

Tailoring Your Mental Health Treatment

I was never content to accept the first diagnosis and the first treatment that I was offered, or the second, or the third… and so on. I’m glad I never settled – by pushing harder for treatment that worked for me, and questioning my diagnosis, I’ve learned so much about how to manage my illness.

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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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The Mental Toll of Being a SuperMom

The Mental Toll of Being a SuperMom

Where would we be without mom? For many of us, we would be lost without mom. They do so much for their children that it often goes unnoticed or unappreciated. That coupled with trying to live up to unrealistic expectations can lead to serious mental health issues.

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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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