Tuning Into Authenticity

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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 you choose to walk in. As soon as you open the door, your anxiety kicks in and you wonder if these people will like you. You don’t want to
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Sad Mom
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 They all gave birth, but instead of feeling like amazing, happy mommies, they felt withdrawn, overwhelmed, and distant.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
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Woman on Bed
Sex as Icky Where do we learn that sex is an icky thing? Something we shouldn’t talk about, think about, or even dream about without shame creeping into every cell of our bodies.  Well, as little girls we get this message just about everywhere we go. Tell me you can’t relate to sex talk being shunned at school, or forbidden at your place of worship, or scandalized in circles of your young girlfriends as “naughty,
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Woman Depression Story
Maybe you know how I feel. “How could someone live two different lives?” You see, I have this crappy thing called depression. By day, I use to put on a fake smile, pretending I was perfectly fine and normal when really I would count the minutes until I could be back into the comfort of my home alone. By night, I let my depression hang out in the open. My laundry piled all over the
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Therapist
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
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Super Power
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
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Meetoo
Recent social media movements have been generating more and more conversations around sexual harassment, sexual assault, trauma, and rape culture. Here at Mindful Therapy Group, this has been a hot topic issue for both staff and patients here in Seattle. 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. Where It
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Stressed Mom
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. Her husband, Matt, worked in downtown Seattle and usually was out of the house by 7 am or earlier depending on the day. Kelly
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We would like to say a special thank you to Nick, the author of this post, for writing this guest blog and telling his story. Nick is a wonderful, influential person and a great blogger. If you are interested in his journey, you can follow him on Twitter at ManicGrant. Finding The Right Diagnosis  I was never content to accept the first diagnosis and the first treatment that I was offered, or the second, or
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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 to be discussed in public, depression is an unlikely topic to be brought up at a dinner party. However, it is hugely prevalent in society
Mental Illness
Event flyer template
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. Practice Reflection When you feel,
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ftl couch
Was she doing something wrong? Her son, Evan, was almost 30 and still living at home. He’d 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 moms 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
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“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. However, when this feeling doesn’t go away and
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Mother and daughter love sunset
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. There are have been multiple studies that show that mom, if it were a profession, should be earning a lot more money for what they do. In an
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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.” Mental health issues amongst women do not come about because of a single factor but usually as a result
Mental Illness
ADHD test for kids
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. Getting easily distracted, not paying attention, or having trouble sitting still are all potential signs of ADHD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, in children.
Mental Wellness
Wendy and Zorro
Today, we’re speaking with Wendy Nystrom, one of our Licensed Mental Health Counselors with a degree in Expressive Art and Counseling Psychology. Wendy is a special member of our team as she also has a very special friend, her dog Zorro. Zorro is not just a companion to Wendy, but also a companion to many of those who come to Wendy seeking counseling. Pet Therapy, or Animal-assisted Therapy, is a unique, but growing trend within
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Meditation
What the Research Says 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
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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
Mental Wellness
Goal without a plan
As humans, we are consistently looking at how we measure our progress. Are we where we thought we’d be at this time? At work or in business- how are productivity and profit measuring up? What’s next- a new job, growth in your business, further exploration of your career? Perhaps you are accustomed to setting and meeting goals at work on a project or at specific times in the form of a performance reviews. We’ve been
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