Why Don’t We Take a Shot?

Why don’t we take a shot? We miss opportunities in life when we pass on them. This can be at work, like if we decide to stay quiet in a meeting because you question whether or not what you have to say is valuable information. What if what you have to say is more valuable … Continue reading Why Don’t We Take a Shot?

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective – Affordable mental health services

Are you looking for affordable mental health care? About Open Path THERAPY WITHIN REACH means affordable and empathetic care for people and families in need. If you cannot afford current market rates for therapy or if you lack adequate healthinsurance coverage, Open Path is there for you. Their sliding scale rates—$30-60 per session—allow clients access … Continue reading Open Path Psychotherapy Collective – Affordable mental health services

9 Habits that Boost Your Mood

Have you been feeling depressed or lost? By developing some healthy habits you can alter your mood for the better. The 9 habits in this video are small steps that you can take, plus little research tidbits. 1. Practice gratitude2. Give compliments3. Experience and go with the flow4. Savor the little moments5. Exercise6. Get enough … Continue reading 9 Habits that Boost Your Mood

12 Types of Cognitive Distortions

Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that can trigger our emotions. Everyone experiences cognitive distortions, but after a certain degree of experiencing them, they can become harmful. You might have heard the phrase, “you are what you think,” or the quote by Henry Ford, “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Our … Continue reading 12 Types of Cognitive Distortions

Why I Became a Christian Counselor (and Not an Engineer)

I became a professional Christian counselor because God has created me with the characteristics and talents that it takes to be a great counselor. I recognized these characteristics when I was a teenager, as friends would often come to me for support or advice. My friends felt that I was a good listener and a … Continue reading Why I Became a Christian Counselor (and Not an Engineer)

Gardening Improves Mental Health

Some people love gardening, they love getting in the dirt, being outside, the cultivating, and the rewards. Our ancestors' ancestors' succeeded through working the land. That positive behavior and impact on our reward systems is there and ready to be used. Even for novice gardeners, gardening improves mental health. Research reflects that there's a possible … Continue reading Gardening Improves Mental Health

Body Image Journal Prompt for Athletes

JOURNAL PROMPT Write about your story with body image. Include how you have worked through and continue to work through challenges related to it. You may write about this however you'd like. As a female athlete, I did this prompt myself, I found it easy to do it in a timeline, beginning with when I … Continue reading Body Image Journal Prompt for Athletes

Do your research if you’re deciding to use a mental health tech company, your privacy and wellbeing could be at risk

Big tech companies using apps and other platforms Being transparent, while I'm writing this article... I'm using a vague description, and not naming any companies, to protect myself. There are a few companies that come to mind. These companies are not owned by mental health professionals. The companies act more as a therapist directory or … Continue reading Do your research if you’re deciding to use a mental health tech company, your privacy and wellbeing could be at risk

Managing Anxiety and Deciding with Uncertainty

Manage anxiety by deciding with uncertainty. When you're making a tough decision, all you can do is make the best choice for what you know right then and there. Our brains like certainty, we are creatures of habit. We rely on pre-existing patterns that are familiar, which is safe and effortless. Many of our behaviors … Continue reading Managing Anxiety and Deciding with Uncertainty

Painted Rocks for Inspiration and Positivity

Moraine State Park Bike Path Have you ever noticed painted rocks with nice messages on your walk, hike or at the park? The idea behind painting rocks and leaving them about in nature is for people to find them and to feel inspired or to receive a positive reminder. The person who finds a rock … Continue reading Painted Rocks for Inspiration and Positivity