Early mornings, school bus routes, school supply runs… August means back to school! Whether you’re jumping for joy to have the kids out of the house or crying in your car after dropping them off for the first day – back to school always means transition and change.
If you didn’t know already, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! Its time to think about ways we can prevent suicide and how we can fight the stigma surrounding depression and suicide. We can create the cultural change needed to improve conversations about mental health and suicide prevention – simply by changing the language we use in discussing these matters. Words are powerful.
No, I’m not talking about skinny jeans. I’m talking about your therapist. Although finding the “right” therapist can be just as frustrating as finding that perfect pair of pants. No “sucking it in” should be necessary when finding someone to courageously share your shadow moments with. Feeling safe, accepted by, and challenged by your therapist are all essential to overcoming whatever ails you.
You’ve hit the wall. A tragedy has occurred. Nothing is going right.
Therapy is the first line of treatment in getting un-stuck. Whether you are going through a major life transition, feeling down, having relationship trouble, experiencing anxiety, or problematic usage of substances – therapy can help.
Websites offering in-depth information and advice related to medical conditions are not a new concept. Where there is a medical condition, there is a website with information that can be a great resource as people seek to learn more about for what ails them. Websites dedicated to mental health are no exception. In recent years sites offering online therapy sessions have evolved quite a bit.
These advances in technology and the increased availability of information present many advantages, even when it comes to our mental health. If you or someone you know are one of the millions of people battling depression, here are several reasons to consider seeking depression therapy online.
I think one of the most difficult challenges for me as a helper (and maybe for others of you as well) is being present when I am sitting with someone to whom I’m providing help or with whom I’m completing an assessment. I often find that my mind is on a million different things like: “Did I get all the paperwork signed?”, “Am I late for my next appointment?”
Here at Georgia HOPE, we have really adopted the integrated care approach to providing mental health services because we believe that addressing the needs of the whole person is the best way to provide quality care.
Usually “non-compliance” has more to do with what I think my client’s unmet needs are than with what my client thinks their unmet needs are. At the risk of giving Twisted Sister more credit than they might deserve for brilliant therapeutic insights, think about these lines in the context of the clients you work with who you think of as “non-compliant.”
When I graduated from graduate school a friend of mine gave me the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Some of you may be familiar with this book. The book is about a character who is at the beginning of a journey and it emphasizes the destinations on that journey he will reach and the experiences he will have along the way.