Leaving Stress Untreated Is Dangerous


Screaming kids, stupid bosses, insane in-laws, frozen traffic, dying laptop batteries: everybody has a few sources of stress in their life. The problem is that our brains and minds are just not very good at distinguishing, emotionally, between seeing a sabre-toothed tiger on the horizon and receiving a high phone bill. One is a threat to our family’s safety, the other is really just an unpleasant surprise, but they can both produce the same kinds of physical, fight or flight responses in our bodies – hormones are released, breathing becomes shallower, muscles tense up, heart rate and blood pressure rise.

A single experience of this type is not the end of the world – it is nearly impossible to die from fright. Some people even enjoy the sensation and go skydiving or see horror movies just for the thrill. When simple fear becomes chronic stress, though – when these experiences occur on a daily basis for an extended period of time – the mental and physical consequences can become severe. Everybody should know what the symptoms of unhealthy stress levels are, and recognize them early enough to pursue treatment in the form of medication, talk therapy or other options. Such therapy is becoming a popular option.


Stress and the Individual

It is obvious enough not to need mentioning that not everyone experiences stress and stressful situations in the same way. Someone who will cheerfully step into a boxing ring might be terrified of public speaking. Personalities also differ in how well they cope with stress. Some individuals seem capable of compartmentalizing the different parts of their life so that they can be highly stressed at one moment but totally relaxed the next. Others are able to breeze through life’s rough patches without missing a beat when most of us will want to give up or at least take a step back.

In fact, stress isn’t always bad. In small enough doses, it can heighten a person’s powers of concentration, boost creativity and provide motivation. It only becomes a problem when it produces anxiety or interferes with a person’s daily tasks, which usually happens when it persists over the long term.


Managing the Sources of Stress

The first step to managing the sources of a person’s stress is to identify which “triggers” affect them most, a task which requires a little introspection and self-honesty. Where these stressors can’t be entirely avoided, it is usually at least possible to control their frequency or intensity, or schedule them at times when they are easier to face.

If trying to bulldoze through rush hour is frequently leaving you out of breath by the time you arrive at work, it might be possible to change your schedule. If a family member is constantly laying their burdens on you, it might be time to discuss some boundaries with them. Of course, making such changes will usually require some effort or sacrifice, and you will occasionally have to say “no” for the sake of your own health.

In many cases, a person’s stress triggers will be internal, either in the form of a mental habit that leads to a state of anxiety, or an association with some traumatic event belonging to the past. In this case, managing stress might best be done by consulting a therapist in order to address these root causes.

What Chronic Stress May Bring with It

Long-term stress, such as that caused by conflicts in the family or a persistently unpleasant work situation, is unpleasant enough in and of itself. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, loss of focus and concentration, and insomnia.

Stress is not just a mental phenomenon but places a strain on the whole body, which means that a person’s immune system will become compromised. At work, the first sign that someone is suffering from excessive stress is often them taking an abnormal number of sick days for seemingly unrelated conditions, such as the flu and stomach upsets. If the problem is not addressed, a loss of judgment, avoidance of responsibility and eventual burnout are likely results.

At home, chronic stress may manifest as increased irritability, drawing away from family members and little to no sex drive. Such a person may have little energy and yet have difficulty sleeping or relaxing. It may also be very difficult for them to explain why they are acting the way they do.

If chronic stress is not managed or treated even after the above symptoms have become apparent, things become truly scary. Further mental health issues such as depression and anxiety disorders may develop, as well as any of a large variety of cardiovascular problems. Skin problems such as eczema may appear in persons who have never suffered from them before, and the digestive system also starts to break down.

Chronic stress can literally kill. If it is not recognized in its early stages, it becomes progressively more difficult to address as time goes on. When a person is beginning to feel overwhelmed, whether at work, at home or in any other context, something as simple as going for a quick run can work miracles.…

Volunteering As A Counselor


It seems that the desire to help others is something that’s innate to the human soul. “Smile and the world smiles with you,” as they say. When we’ve experienced good fortune, we want to share it with the rest of the world. Too often, though, these good intentions get lost in an untrusting world simply because we don’t know where to start. For someone who thinks of helping others only in terms of giving away money, for instance, there are few truly good options.

If a person is willing to donate his time and effort instead, a whole galaxy of choices opens up. One is called voluntourism and is enormously expensive and ethically questionable. Another is to make a commitment of time and energy (without spending a cent), learning about the different types of counseling that exist, and offering assistance to those in need as a volunteer counselor.


Who Might Want to Become a Volunteer Counselor?

Many people who suffered from mental health issues in the past feel a duty or inclination to help others currently in the same position. In fact, a high degree of empathy is a trait often found among those who have recovered from illnesses such as depression or anxiety disorders.

A number of others have a desire to improve the world we live in and realize that their life experiences – as parents, prison inmates, soldiers, trauma survivors, or whatever else – make them more qualified than most to provide help to people in a particular situation. Some retired psychologists and therapists no longer desire to work formally, but still enjoy applying their skills for the benefit of others. Psychology students at all levels, as well as those interested in entering the counseling profession, also frequently use volunteer work as a way to gain experience and references.

Whatever a person’s background, experience, and education, numerous organizations are eager for more volunteer counselors. Where needed, training is usually provided free of charge, and volunteers can count on the support network an existing system provides, including drawing on the experience of veteran counselors. The only real requirements are the willingness to help others, a non-judgmental attitude, some time to spare and the necessary emotional resilience.


What Does the Work Involve?

The actual nature of volunteer counseling depends heavily on the organization involved. Some charities devote their work exclusively to certain groups, such as abused children, victims of crime or the elderly. Others may operate help lines open to anyone experiencing a difficult day, week or year, while certain online discussion boards and chat rooms allow anyone to pose a question or post a reply.

In some cases, volunteers will be required to commit to working a certain number of hours per week or per month. This is simply to ensure that the cost of the training they receive is spent effectively, and to make it easier for the counseling organization to plan their staffing requirements. In the case of pastoral (faith-based) counseling, certain religious criteria might also have to be met.

In some cases, a volunteer will be required to physically travel to a call center or other location to work or for mandatory training, which may comprise several dozen hours. Other groups offer one on one, face to face counseling, in which case a basic background check is usually required for all volunteer counselors. Due to the difficulty of checking identities and credentials online, some websites allow virtually anyone to register as a volunteer, although abusive or unprofessional behavior will not be allowed and may result in real-world consequences.

Volunteering Online

A large proportion of people suffering from mental illness or facing difficult challenges have no one to talk to. This may be because they are isolated from their family for some reason, ashamed to speak to someone they know, unable to afford a professional therapist’s fees or for any of a dozen other reasons.

While unable to offer the same level of care as a psychologist with a master’s degree, a person who spends an hour or so per week answering questions on a website devoted to providing those suffering from depression, relationship issues or general mental strain can do a world of good to people they will never meet. Chances are, whatever life experience or formal counseling training you possess, someone, somewhere in the world is in need of help you can provide. The pay is poor, but the rewards are great.…

Confiding To A Complete Stranger: Does It Really Help?


I was going shopping with a friend of mine one day when she told me she had what she called an invisible friend online. Claire (not her real name) was going through a tough time. She just broke up with her fiancé – caught him cheating. She was devastated. She would call me up in the middle of the night because she couldn’t sleep. I would give her my time, of course. She was one of my best friends, and she was there for me during my lowest moments. I know how difficult it was.


It was a month since that fateful day and I noticed that Claire had been looking much better – she wore that nice smile of hers again. I told her I was happy that she was finally moving on. And she told me that it was also because of this anonymous chat service she saw in an online community. She had been confiding with some stranger online and she said it was really helping her a lot.


Don’t get me wrong. I was happy for her. The last thing I want is to see my friend sulking and crying over someone who doesn’t deserve her. But I just didn’t like the idea of her having online conversations with people she didn’t know. So I asked her to help me understand the mechanics of anonymous chats, and how it helped her and apparently hundreds of people around the world. This is what she had to say.


She was comfortable discussing what happened because she didn’t see who she was chatting with.

When you’re down and low, you just feel lighter when you ‘take it out’ on someone. And she found that she was more generous in her confessions because her ‘chat mate’ didn’t know who she was as well. She felt free to express how she really felt, and it felt good.


Nobody judges you.

Sometimes when we talk to friends or family, we tend to hold negative emotions that we feel, such as jealousy, grudges, or remorse, for fear that we will be judged. That’s how Claire felt. When she joined the online chat rooms, she eventually spilled everything out without having to be afraid if someone might condemn her or make her feel bad about herself.


She learned to be more creative and generous with her ideas.

According to Simon Rego, PsyD, “Many people mistakenly believe that if you can’t see it like you can a broken bone, it must be less significant and therefore can be overcome by simply using willpower. If not, they mistakenly believe that people who suffer from depression are weak. However, dispelling her depression to a stranger did not only help her move on but it also encouraged her to find more creative ways to help herself move forward. She became more open to sharing her insight on other issues.


Her secrets are safe in the chat room 

“A stressful change in life patterns can trigger a depressive episode. Such stressful events may include a serious loss, a difficult relationship, trauma, or financial problems.” Ben Martin, Psy.D.  says. Anything she divulged stayed there, in the chat room, with that stranger. She found it a little odd at first, sharing her secrets and expressing the hurt and depression that were weighing her down. However, she later realized that the anonymity itself was what kept her glued to regularly visiting the chat room because she trusted the place she was in.


She was free to chat when she wanted and free to leave when she wanted.

Unlike doctor’s appointments where you were obliged to get to the bottom of why you went there in the first place, you are not at all forced to finish what you started right then and there. If you feel like you can’t tell your chat mate what really happened, then you can always leave and come again another time.



Anonymous chat rooms are just a great option for people who are suffering from mental illness and who are scared of being judged. The stigma of going to therapy may not be that rampant but it still exists. My friend is only one of the many people who can benefit from these resources. Learning how to cope and move on with the help of a stranger just might be your answer.


Avoiding and Managing Anxiety Attacks

Most emergencies arise from somewhere outside ourselves: we suddenly realize that we should have looked both ways before crossing the street, we get a phone call from the hospital, or the water heater breaks down. In these cases, it’s usually clear that we have to do something and what that action should be.


For some people, however, a crisis can arise from inside themselves, often without warning and for no apparent reason. This is called a panic or anxiety attack and is by no means pleasant. Since those who have not experienced one have great difficulty in understanding these seizures, anxiety attack help is rarely taught in first aid courses. So how do you help a person in such cases?


“Anxiety is often used as a tool to help you push yourself to your limit of achievement. The downside is that there are often negative meanings attached, such as not being good enough or not valuing rest.” That is according to Kristine Tye, MA, LMFT. Still, an impending anxiety attack might cause someone to have to pull over if driving or hide out in the bathroom until it passes. If these episodes are frequent, they can prevent a person from doing certain kinds of work and may cause them to withdraw from society or refuse to visit crowded public places.


The Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack

“Some commonly held beliefs about anxiety disorders that are mostly or partially false, including why reducing stress, thinking positive thoughts, gaining insight about its origins, and lots of reassurance often do not really help much in reducing significant symptoms of anxiety.” – Sally Winston, PsyD

An anxiety attack is partly mental but is mostly a physical event. The way it expresses itself can also be very different depending on the individual. The duration may range from a minute or so up to an hour.

The most noticeable and characteristic symptom is the sudden or rapid onset of extreme fear or anxiety, without any clear cause to explain its severity. On a physical level, uncontrollable trembling, sweating, heart palpitations and dizziness are common. These are frequently accompanied by a shortness of breath, numbness in the limbs and nausea. Severe attacks may cause a person to lose consciousness.


What to Do When Having a Panic Attack

Robert Allison, MA, LPC used to say, “When anxiety is at it’s worst and reaches the level of panic it can be debilitating and feel paralyzing. Your mind gets a little too suspicious. Suspicious of what might happen, what could happen, suspicious of other people.” But the first thing to remember is that it’s of no use to start panicking about panicking: a person in the midst of an attack will often feel that they’re dying, but this is not the case. It may seem that you are unable to breathe or about to have a heart attack, but rest assured that this will not happen. It is important to realize that this event will certainly pass, probably in no more than a few minutes, and might leave you feeling somewhat silly but otherwise unharmed.


Sit or lie down if possible, especially if feeling lightheaded. The simplest, most effective technique to calm down is to control your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths that last ten seconds each. Direct your thoughts to something comforting, such as imagining a pet or your bedroom.


Ways to Avoid Anxiety Attacks

A body that isn’t functioning as it should can contribute greatly to all kinds of psychological issues, including anxiety disorders. Regular exercise, such as walking fast for half an hour each day, as well as a balanced diet, can often eliminate panic attacks, or at least reduce their frequency and severity. Chemicals such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol all contribute to anxiety, as can unstable blood sugar levels.


Anxiety attacks are often associated with some kind of psychological disorder, such as PTSD or social anxiety. It is, therefore, worth identifying what experiences and circumstances are associated with panic attacks, even to the point of keeping a log of each event. These triggers are not always obvious since our minds rely heavily on symbolic representations of memories and phenomena.


Once a trigger for anxiety attacks has been identified, it is time to address the issues at the root of the problem. This is not always easy, but it is the surest route to becoming free of unnatural anxiety. Avoiding stressful situations may be a good solution in the short term, but isolating yourself from the world means that you are restricting your happiness unnecessarily.


Meditation and yoga may help in this regard, but anyone with persistent or severe anxiety will do well to seek professional help. Money and time spent on therapy will rarely be wasted. No psychologist or counselor in the world will be able to do the necessary mental work for you, but they can at least point the way and give invaluable advice and support.…

Signs You’re Suppressing Too Much Rage And Need Anger Management Counseling

When we’re outside your home and with other people, it seems typical for everyone to try to show common courtesy. You do not decide on a restaurant or movie to watch on your own because the rest of the group may not like it. If the majority picks a different option, you may go with the flow and not worry much about it. You are with good folks you love; that’s why nothing can go wrong, correct?

“Hostility or aggression is a behavior, often the direct result of anger that goes unchecked. Most people believe that they have little to no control over their hostility or aggression, and even less control over anger.” That is according to Ben Martin, Psy.D. In dire occasions, e.g., you feel mistreated or angry, the last thing you should think of is common courtesy. Being polite and not wearing emotions on your sleeve may seem like the proper choice at that point, yes. However, remember too that repressing rage merely allows negative feelings to pile on top of each other. It won’t ever give them a chance to dissipate; thus, you may even need to get anger management counseling to live normally later.

Considering you have no idea of what suppressed fury looks like, below are the signs that you might have it.

  1. Your Time Gets Wasted While Thinking About Things You Should’ve Said

The first pointer that you’re repressing your emotions too much is that your day won’t pass without your head in the clouds for hours. “The challenge with anger is finding a way to express it in a way that doesn’t make others want to shut down or become defensive or scared.” John M. Grohol, Psy.D. said. You are not pondering about your next business venture or a new invention that can save lives in the future in particular. You may just be replaying the incident that made you mad recently and thinking of how your conversation should have gone if you spoke up.

Reflecting on irreversible matters over and over is not the work of a genuinely Zen person, to be honest. Not only are you wasting your time, but you surely are using much energy on something that’s already occurred. Thus, it may be essential for you to talk to a therapist who can help in readdressing your path.

  1. You Are Too Passive

Being overly receptive to the events going on around you is slightly suspicious as well.

The thing is, it is impossible for anyone to be okay with everything that others say or want. We all have diverse opinions about specific topics, and there may be instances wherein your point of view is different from the rest. In case you hate arguments and confrontations, though, you might decide to keep quiet and act like a blind follower.

The reason why a passive individual needs anger management counseling is that the characteristic may flip all of a sudden and turn you into an aggressive person once provoked. Your sense of logic may disappear then, and you’ll pose as a danger to many people. Luckily, you can prevent that by gaining assistance from a counselor.

  1. Your Depression Becomes Worse By The Minute

Experts also tend to link suppressed rage to this mental disorder, are you aware of that? It is because some patients come to counseling professionals on occasion, complaining about an unexplained depression. Honestly, “Depression is more than an emotion or a state of mind, it is really a process. It is a combination of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.” Robert Allison, MA, LPC said. In other words, they feel low and hopeless, but they don’t have the usual triggers, such as work-related stress, toxic relationship, loss of a loved one, et cetera.

Once the therapist confirms that none of those causative agents is the culprit, he or she may eventually look into the possibility that the client harbors deep-rooted anger and resentment. If proven, the necessary therapy, of course, has a relation to controlling rage.

See an anger management counseling expert if you notice yourself carrying any of the indications above.


Why Most People Are Hesitant To Seek Talk Therapy


With the complexity of life nowadays, it is not a surprise that many people are having a difficulty dealing with the challenges of life. We all have different tolerance levels when it comes to pressure and stress, and unfortunately, many Americans fail to cope, and what’s worse is that they don’t receive any treatment for their mental health issues. What could be the reasons why most people who have an apparent mental health condition refuse to seek help? Don’t they want to get better or do they even know they need help?

Reasons Why Most Americans Hesitate To Seek Professional Help:

They Think Their Condition Is Nothing Serious.

Most of us think that sadness, anger, frustration, grief are all parts of life. Indeed they are, but not every one of us can easily cope and manage these negative feelings. Some of us tend to let them linger, causing them to affect us emotionally and permanently. “If you find yourself avoiding parties, work gatherings, or even your own friends and family, there may be a fear of judgment or underlying feelings of inadequacy.” That is according to Dr. Marisa Alter, PsyD, a clinical psychologist. When this happens, several mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression arise which are both dangerous. They can ruin a person’s mind and eventually life if not given the proper attention and treatment.

Therapy Is Just For Crazy People.

Most of us have the connotation that seeking therapy is only for the insane. No, certainly not! “Therapy is intended to be a place to carefully and safely start to turn toward whatever it is you’ve got.” Molly Bowman, MS, LPC explains. Therapy is a way to help us manage the things that make us worry and think harder than we usually do. It is a helpful tool for us to deal with stress and pressure in our daily lives that sometimes could be overwhelming. We are aware that it is natural to experience stress and pressure, and there is a natural mechanism that our body is capable of also known as “fight or flight” reaction. But we could only take so much, and that’s where talk therapy is beneficial – to help us sort which one to handle first.

The Treatment Is Unaffordable.

Everything nowadays has a price. If we can afford to buy unnecessary things like a big flat screen, fancy watch, and expensive shoes, sure we can afford to get treatment for something that affects how we function in our jobs. Never think medical help is expensive just because you feel you don’t need it. The fact is we all need to look after our health. After all, who will go to work and earn money to pay for all the expenses except for our well and healthy self.

Therapy Is Like A Prison.

Some people think that if they start to seek therapy that they will be stuck forever. No, this isn’t true. Some clients only go to therapy twice or thrice a year, and it’s all right. People need to know that the outcome of the treatment is dependent on how much they want to get better. It is through cooperation and coordination that one can get the best result from talk therapy. Once a person has benefited from it, he then is free. But remember, “therapy is a lot of work and this is important to keep in mind before starting. It’s imperative to understand this so that you can set realistic expectations for yourself,” Nathaniel Cilley, LMHC explains.

Health is wealth” is beyond cliché. It is more than what it actually means and more. Health is everything, and that includes our mental wellness. Without it, a person could not function normally. He could not perform and fulfill his purpose, therefore, making him no more than just an empty vessel.

Check online portals for people who want to seek professional help concerning mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Find out the benefits of talk therapy and why it shouldn’t be avoided if the signs are noticeable.



Will Counseling Make A Difference?

The Benefits of Counseling

There are a number of things in life that can disrupt the state of your emotional wellbeing. These disruptions can give rise to feelings such as sadness, stress and anxiety. The state of your mental health influences your physical wellbeing. For example, stress and anxiety can cause insomnia. Not getting enough rest can then lead to other problems. One way or another, our emotions affect our physical wellbeing, sometimes in a small way, other times these emotions affect us more severely.


The same goes for your physical health which can also affect your mental health. It is not uncommon that people with serious chronic illnesses also have to deal with poor mental health, such as dealing with depression.


Simply put, your poor physical health can give rise to poor mental health, and poor mental health can also lead to poor physical health.



Types of Counseling Services Available

There are a number of counseling options available. This could include:


  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Groups Counseling


With the help of your counselor, you can decide which of the service options would suit your needs. At times, some individuals might require a combination of these services. But Sarah Rumpf, MA, LPCC reminds people that “Counseling is an investment that requires commitment. You will be spending time, money, and emotional energy to process and/or solve problems.”


There are also a number of different therapists available and each offers you a different treatment plan. It is therefore important that you consider the options of therapy and find what best suits your needs before making a decision. These include:


  • Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist



Good Mental Health =Good Physical Health

Maintaining good mental health will have a positive effect on your physical wellbeing. Speak to your healthcare providers and learn all you can about your cancer and the treatment. Knowledge is power. Knowing what to expect and learning how to deal and manage the obstacles your illness might present will help you feel less out of control. Never give up. Keep trying. Remember to “take a mental health day, take time off from work and refuel & recharge, whatever that looks like for you personally.” As Audra J Lee LMFT advice.



The Importance of Counseling

Counseling is not a quick fix but rather about self-discovery. With counseling, you will learn to arm yourself with the tools and knowledge to effectively deal with the emotions and challenges that can come with cancer. With support and guidance, you will learn to develop the skills you will need to deal with the emotions you could be feeling during this time.


Being able to deal with your emotions will also result in better relationships with friends and family. Speaking to family and friends is often not easy to do when you are dealing with your own emotions, but with the assistance of counseling you will have better control over how you feel.


With counseling, you will also learn to cope with what is still to come. Doctor appointments, testing and treatment can be challenging times, and also extremely emotional times. Knowing how to deal with what you will be feeling helps you manage the things you can control. Chris Oneth LMFT says that “Connecting with a therapist can help you get through the “groundhog day” of never-ending cycles where you feel continually defeated.”


“Many doctors encourage their patients to seek out a therapist after a diagnosis of cancer. In counseling, many people are able to explore ways to cope with their diagnosis, manage any emotional concerns—such as depression, anxiety, anger, and confusion—that may result after receiving news of their illness, and discuss ways to address and cope with any life changes that may occur during the treatment process. For example, many of those diagnosed with cancer may fear becoming unable to work and losing their income and health insurance. Those with families may experience distress over sharing the news with a partner or spouse and any children they may have.” Goodtherapy.org


Healing Minds


Healing Benefits of Counseling


There are a number of things in life that can have an effect on the state of your emotional wellbeing and mental health. These disruptions to your emotional wellbeing can give rise to feelings such as sadness, stress, and anxiety.

Finding ways to deal with these emotions is the first step to healing and improving the state of your mental health. There are many individuals or families that have discovered the healing value of therapy and the importance of finding ways to deal with the emotions that cause the distress. “Therapy can remind you how to take care of yourself and develop a plan so you know your sources of support,” says Carmen Gehrke, LMHC.



Who Needs Counseling?


According to Brittany N. Murphy, PHD, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, “Counseling is an empowering process in which people take responsibility for and control over their lives.” There are a number of reasons that an individual or family can seek out therapy or counseling. There are also a number of different types of counseling that one can choose from. Reasons to seek out counseling or therapy can include:


  • Major life events such as grief, divorce, illness, etc
  • Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, etc
  • Anger management
  • Family issues such as divorce, foster care, adoption, and more
  • Addiction
  • Life Changing Illness such as HIV, AIDS, etc
  • Grief and loss
  • Personality traits such as low self-esteem
  • Family counseling to deal with the effects of a loved one with mental disorder or life-changing illness



Types of Counseling


There are a number of different types of counselors and therapists, each with their own approach as to how they would aid the individual in dealing with the problem for which they seek out counseling.  The types of therapy and counselors can include:


  • Marriage Counselor
  • Child and Family Counseling.
  • Career and Guidance Counseling.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Mental health Therapists, counselors and group therapy
  • Substance Abuse Therapy or Group Counseling such as AA.
  • Educational Counseling
  • Social Workers


Counseling For the Unemployed, Homeless and Transients

Chris Oneth LMFT  says “Through simple and direct counsel and coaching you may discover great potentials that can move your job and career to a positive place you never thought possible.” Therefore, finding support or seeking out therapy can be difficult when you are faced with challenges such as unemployment or homelessness. However, it is not impossible. A person who wants to seek out support or therapy can:


  • Speak to a social worker and ask about free community projects
  • Speak to shelter coordinators
  • Chat with your local healthcare workers
  • Find instant support & online therapy if you have access to technology
  • Speak to your local ministries



Disease Management



Disease Management is another reason that one can seek out therapy or counseling. Managing health through counseling, group therapy, and one-on-one therapy aims to assist an individual in coping and learning to live with diseases such as HIV and AIDS.

The purpose of counseling is to provide the person with information and prepare them for the personal, medical and social implications of being diagnosed with a disease surrounded by stigmas such as HIV or AIDS. Being diagnosed with a disease such as HIV can be traumatic, and counseling or therapy will guide you in learning to manage and live with the outcome.


Behavioral Health Services Homeless 

This form of counseling and health service provides people who are homeless with support. Support can include counseling for substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. This is achieved through a number of outreach programs and crisis management teams. There are a number of these outreach programs available and also something that communities can come together to support.


Counseling to Prevent Homelessness

There are also a number of prevention programs that offer counseling and support that includes intervention, budget counseling, and assistance in accessing community and government resources in their communities.

“Because Everyone Deserves a Home-The Way Home”  is one such group that offers support, counseling, and guidance for prevention and rehabilitation for homelessness.…

Things To Tell Yourself If Seeing A Psychiatrist For The First Time



Have you never reached out to a psychiatrist even though you should’ve already done it?

A few things come to mind when a “yes” comes after that question.

One, the consultation hours may not fit with your hectic schedule. Two, your insurance won’t cover the bill, and you don’t have enough cash to pay for it. Or, three, you’re afraid that the trip to the psychiatric clinic will earn you bothersome nicknames like “loony” or “crazy.”

While the ideas above may sound legitimate in your head, they remain mere excuses. They prevent you from getting the mental help you truly need. So in case, you wish to change the course of your thoughts – and your life – find out the right things to tell yourself if seeing a psychiatrist for the first time.

  1. I’m Not Doing Anything Wrong

That, of course, is true. Psychiatry is a recognized field of medicine; the doctor isn’t some voodoo practitioner that will make you iller. Thus, seeking assistance in that aspect isn’t wrong. Sal Raichbach, PsyD said, “Sadly, only a small percentage of people actively seek professional help for their mental health problems.” Indeed, that is true.

As you enter the office, you’re taking the first step towards healing. You won’t do it, considering you don’t recognize that you have a problem. You may or may not know its specifics, but that’s what you’ll learn once you see a psychiatrist.



  1. I Will Listen To My Psychiatrist

Pay attention to what the doctor tells you as well because you need to take in every information available about your condition. Without that knowledge, how will you be able to remedy the issues?

In case the mental health professional recommends journaling to you, try not to think that they’re ridiculous. Don’t say stuff like, “What am I, a 12-year-old kid who needs a diary?”Instead, do as they suggest, and then figure out if the activity will help you or not.

Psychiatrists won’t push you to keep on doing something when it’s evident that it doesn’t suit you. As Brittany N. Murphy, PHD, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH used to say, “Every counseling session should be your choice, and a choice that you feel moves you towards wellness.” However, they won’t know that unless you comply with what they’re saying.

  1. I Should Be Patient

Know that you also have to maintain your patience throughout your recovery period. While scientists understand mental health now more than ever, there’s still no long-term remedy for all psychiatric disorders out there. Despite that, physicians try their best to lessen your pain and make the symptoms extra bearable.

In times when you want to give up or yell at your psychiatrist, count from one through ten in your head. You may learn some breathing techniques as well so that you’re often calm.

  1. I Have To Tell The Doctor Everything

Indeed, you have to face the truth: going to a psychiatric office entails all your secrets will come out. Perhaps it may not happen in the first session, but it eventually should in due time. After all, the psychiatrist will only be able to help you get better once they know the full extent of your problems. According to Robin D. Stone, LMHC, “Science shows that the mental benefits include improved memory and strengthened neural connections.”

If you feel uncertain about doing so, then look at the diplomas and accolades that your physician garnered in the past. The more psychiatry-related certifications there are, the more trustworthy your psychiatrist should be. You are free to ask friends and family members for recommendations too.



Can you say these things to yourself and believe that you can follow through with every word? In case you’re positive about it, that means you’re truly ready to see a psychiatrist for the first time. Good luck!…

How Your Teen Can Benefit From A Life Coach



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I am a happy mom of two handsome men, men who are currently living their dreams. But a few years back, I couldn’t say that I was happy. I was struggling with working and taking care of two terrible teens whom I didn’t understand and who didn’t understand me. I raised them on my own because their dad had a new family. I wondered if I would ever be enough for my children at that time. But lo and behold, a close friend of mine told me about life coaching and how her nephew made significant progress because of it. So, in my desperation, I sought the services of a life coach.

Now, three years after, I still see the positive impact of how the life coaching experience has changed my sons, and I feel blessed to have decided to make that move. What about you? Are you a mother like me who feels like nothing can make the world a happy place for you and your teens? Perhaps they, too, can benefit from having a coach in their life.

Let’s check out some of the most common reasons why your teen might need the help of a life coach.


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  • A Coach Can Be Your Teen’s Confidant. Teens go through a lot of changes, and one of those is finding other people to talk to instead of their parents. According to Chris Corbett, PsyD “There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression.” It could be because parents usually don’t easily get used to their teens’ new identities. A coach can be that friend and confidant to your teen, someone he can be honest with and share his innermost secrets with. Problems in school and heartbreaks with girls are some things that your teen might not want to tell you, but with a coach, he will have someone to vent out his emotions to without going into negative behavioral patterns such as rebellion.


  • A Coach Can Teach Your Teen Responsibility. You don’t see this in most teens, especially those who have just entered their first teen years. And sometimes, parents force their teens to be responsible without explaining why they need to be. It is the task of a life coach to have a talk with your teen about being responsible and what good it is for him to do what he says he will do. Learning this will open your teen’s mind to learning the importance of integrity and how much value it has when he goes out in the world. ” Eating healthfully, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep are all important elements in a mentally and physically healthy life.” Explained by Staci Lee Schnell, MS,CS,LMFT.


  • A Coach Helps Build Self-Esteem. Self-confidence is among the strongest traits a person can arm himself with. If he believes in himself, he is almost on his way to his goals in life. In the adolescent years, there is much that teens have to learn about confidence because it is in this stage that their confidence is tested. Teens who are bullied in school or abused in the home cannot build strong confidence and belief in themselves. This is where a coach comes in. He can work on your teen on teaching him to realize his strengths and to improve on his weaknesses. The more he value he puts on his positive traits, the more confident he will become. He will be able to build resilience and strength as well to successfully overcome the challenges he will face in the years to come.


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“I believe that human beings have an inherent longing and need for wholeness and balance, which is our natural state of being.” That is according to Jennifer Bradley, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist. Raising children, particularly teens, is not easy at all. Getting help from a life coach to better improve the relationship you have with your teens can be one of the wisest decisions you can make. Keep in touch with one now.