Counseling and Therapy Notebook

Here you’ll find information on a great variety of topics related to mental health, helpful resources, and important causes or events related to my work.

 

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EMDR Side Effects: the Science, the Truth, the Myths

EMDR therapy works with the whole person, not just the clinical symptoms. It is based on an understanding of the way our brains process information …

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Therapy for Depression: Is Depression Treatable?

Depression is a mental illness that can be debilitating and impact one’s quality of life. It’s characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. Depression …

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How to Manage Social Anxiety as an LGBTQ+ Person

Anxiety disorders disrupt the lives of approximately 40 million Americans. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 15 million American adults struggle …

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Posttraumatic stress disorder
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Is EMDR Therapy an Effective Treatment for PTSD?

PTSD can be a debilitating disorder, but various types of psychological treatments can help people manage their symptoms. EMDR has proven to be an effective …

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Why Gender-Affirming Care Is Life-Saving Care

The World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and many other medical organizations and mental health associations acknowledge the importance of …

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How Does EMDR Work

Trauma is an event or experience that leaves an individual feeling powerless and unsafe. For some people, a traumatic experience can be the source of …

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Self-Care for Mental Health
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Self-Care Activities for Better Mental Health

Self-care is vitally important for everyone, but especially for people who work in high-stress jobs. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, people …

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What is EMDR therapy and What Is It Good For?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, also known as EMDR therapy, is a relatively recent psychotherapy technique. The technique bypasses the traditional talk therapy and …

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Genderqueer
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What Is Genderqueer and Is It Different from Nonbinary?

There is a wide array of gender identities, and it can be difficult to understand the nuances and differences between them. Everyone wants to be …

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The Importance of Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful self-compassion is a very popular concept among psychologists and people interested in psychological well-being. Mindfulness is, in many circles, considered to be a major …

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Stress Management
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5 Stress Management Tips for a Healthier Life

Feeling stressed is a common part of everyday life for most people. Everyone feels stress from time to time, but that doesn’t mean it’s good …

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Why Gender Pronouns Matter
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Why Gender Pronouns Matter

You might hear a lot of people talking about gender pronouns but not everyone is familiar with the concept. Gender pronouns are words (often gendered …

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Exercise for Mental Health
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Can Exercise Improve Mental Health?

How Exercise Impacts the Brain There are a lot of beneficial effects of exercise on mental health. On top of keeping your body in prime …

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A Guide to Understanding Gender Dysphoria

People with gender dysphoria feel a strong disconnect between the sex they were assigned at birth and their gender identity. While some individuals with gender …

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anxiety
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Types of Anxiety and Treatments – Explained

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the U.S., with 19% of U.S. adults and 31% of adolescents battling anxiety disorders each year. …

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Gender Fluid
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What Does It Mean to Be Gender Fluid?

While a wide variety of gender identities have always existed, western society is only recently becoming more aware. Of course, there is a great deal …

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What Does Non-Binary Mean?

Gender and sexuality are diverse and complex phenomena that go beyond the binary gender system. While non-binary individuals have been around since the beginning of …

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Self-Esteem
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Self-Esteem Activities and Tools to Feel More Confident

It happens to the best of us, someone gives us a genuine compliment, and we then deflect it. Someone else helped you succeed, so you …

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Maintaining Mental Health During the Holiday Season

According to a Healthline survey, over 60 percent of the respondents declared they experience some level of stress during the holidays. The most wonderful time …

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Self-Care
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How to Create a Self-Care Plan

We have been taught to associate the word “self” with a negative connotation. “Self-absorbed”, “self-obsessed”, “self-centered” are all words that indicate a narcissistic personality blamed …

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