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.
Tuning Into Authenticity
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They all gave birth, but instead of feeling like amazing, happy mommies, they felt withdrawn, overwhelmed, and distant.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
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.Read More
Kelly was a mother to two kids, ages six and five. Like most moms, her life was busy, but recently that busyness had turned into something more. She felt at times like she was suffocating just standing in her own kitchen or sitting in the car after dropping the kids off.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
ADHD is hard to diagnose. Most children are naturally very active and can have short attention spans, so when does that cross the line into actual ADHD? Where should you go for testing and what will that look like? These are some of the most common questions we hear from Seattle parents.Read More