Depression is often seen as only a mental illness that affects your moods and behaviors, but it can often be much more than that. Depression can affect your physical well-being, causing weight gain or loss, trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping, and even a decrease in libido.Read More
Tuning Into Authenticity
Many people struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. Cold sweat, shaking, tightness in your chest. Feeling like your heart is going to stop any minute as you pace from room to room peeking out of the windows, or curled up in a ball trying desperately to ignore what is happening.
This sense of impending doom that something horrible is going to happen because YOU forgot something important.
People deal with stress every day, but when it goes beyond just stress to something you're having trouble managing, it’s time to get help. Some people find that medication can help (though that’s not necessarily the first step) and some people find just talking to a therapist to deal with the root cause can help.Read More
In 2011, the number of dogs in the city of Seattle was greater than the number of children: 153,000 dogs to 107,000 children. That’s about 1.4 dogs for every child. With more and more people waiting to have children, this doesn’t come as a particular shock. The shock lies within the health benefits many people are gaining from their four-legged friends.Read More
Are you getting that antsy feeling to clean up that seems so common in the early spring?
The trend is sweeping the nation since Marie Kondo’s show began airing on Netflix.
All of this is leading to not just tons of new donations being made to secondhand stores and piles of sorted belongings rising, but also conversations about the mental health effects of sorting your home and lessening your number of belongings.
Learn more in this month’s blog.
These are very valid questions that, we as parents, ask. Aliisa Breisch, a Psy. D. or Doctor of Psychology for Mindful Therapy also reminds us...
“Sometimes, behavioral issues are a symptom of a cognitive and/or language deficit. For example, a child might have slow processing speed or delayed language skills that result in frustration and behavioral outbursts when they try to respond to a request from a caregiver, teacher, or authority figure. Psych assessment can help ascertain if this is the case.”
If it is a worry, taking your child in for a psychological assessment is a great first start to getting answers to your questions and possibly working toward a solution.Read More
Telemedicine has been around for years, but with all of the technology at hand, it has opened up even more doors for online assistance. The best part is that all you need to participate is access to a cell phone or an internet connection! With new telemedicine services erupting every day, we wanted to answer all of your questions about it here.Read More
Seattle is a vibrant city with so many breathtaking views and a unique culture for urban living, but one thing that makes it really great is how it embraces mental health and fitness through meditation.Read More
We’ve noticed a lot of concern since the recent heated debates from the Kavanaugh investigation with Christine Blasey-Ford. Based on these events, a lot of women have come to us with a renewed sense of anxiety and fears about the future.Read More
With the school year coming up just around the corner, we are often confronted by new emotions and behaviors in our children. Sometimes these can reveal themselves to us in the form of separation anxiety.
What are the Signs?Read More
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 you choose to walk in.Read More
What is ‘trauma,’ anyway? How do I know if what I experienced was trauma? Or maybe I know for sure, but how the hell am I ever gonna get over this thing?
No matter what your relationship to, or your understanding of trauma - here’s the thing - if it was a shock to your mind and body - and you’re still feeling effects from it… then I don’t care if it “wasn’t as bad” as your sister’s or your friend’s, it was real, and it matters.
You matter.Read More
How many times have you judged yourself harshly for failing to live up to your expectations? If you’re like most people, the number is probably too high to count. Self-criticism, self-judgment, self-shaming – these are among the common tools in most people’s self-improvement toolbox. Trouble is, they don’t work. In fact, studies have shown that self-criticism makes us less able to cope with failure, less likely to learn from our mistakes, and more insecure and stressed.Read More
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…Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More