“When you hear of Gay Pride, remember, it was not born out of a need to celebrate being gay. It evolved out of our need as human beings to break free of oppression and to exist without being criminalized, pathologized or persecuted. Depending on a number of factors, particularly religion, freeing ourselves from gay shame … Continue reading Why We Support PRIDE
We feel anxious, and then we avoid. It numbs us and distracts us from our discomfort. But inevitably, that anxious feeling creeps back up again. If you are like me or many of my clients, you find yourself avoiding things even when you tell yourself over and over that you are going to get it … Continue reading What a Trauma Therapist has to say About Avoidance
In my April 27th blog, I shared 5 keys to practicing mindfulness with your child. For the last key, I mentioned something called a “mindfulness excursion”. A mindfulness excursion is simply a fun trip that includes an element of mindfulness to it to reinforce the idea that mindfulness can and should be a part of … Continue reading Lions and Tiger (Lilies) and … Mindfulness? Oh My!
Have a million things on your mind that you should be doing but finding yourself staring into space instead? Want to do something about it but have not found the motivation yet? Our therapists at Heartland Therapy Connection have some tips that may help. 1. Take a moment to ground yourself. You know you are … Continue reading 5 Ways to Feel Motivated
No doubt about it, mindfulness is one of those concepts that is big in mental health circles these days! Almost any mental health provider you see nowadays will have a handful of mindfulness exercises they have a personal affinity for, and a quick Google search will pull up a plethora of resources for your perusal. … Continue reading 5 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness with your Child
All of us struggle with moments of distress. Suffering is part of what makes us human. While our bodies and minds are amazingly equipped to help us cope, it can be difficult to remember these innate resources during a moment of suffering. Luckily, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is here to lend a hand. Marsha Linehan, she … Continue reading DBT Skills: How to IMPROVE the Moment When You Are in Distress
My clients have often said it is helpful to have their therapist (me) guide them through a mindful breathing exercise, but since they see me once a week and ideally should be engaging in this grounding practice more often than that, I thought it might be helpful to have a guide here on our blog! … Continue reading Guided Mindfulness and Grounding
It can be a difficult decision to take your child to see a therapist. If you’ve been wondering whether your child or teen could benefit from therapy, then keep reading for some things to keep in mind when considering the mental health of your child. "Do children/teens REALLY need a therapist?" According to the CDC … Continue reading Children don’t need therapy… do they?
This morning I woke up feeling pretty depleted from a packed week. Without much thought, I knew I would be heading into the woods, using nature to replenish my energy and sense of well- being. Turns out, the instinctual pull to nature is actually a Japanese process called shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing,” or … Continue reading Feeling Low? Try a Forest Bath.
In March, we certainly think of the dynamic women who have fought for equal rights through everyday interactions, and literal marches! These women, like many women still do today, felt passionately about the changes they deserved in their work, home, and social lives. Dynamic refers to the process of constant change, progress, and action. When … Continue reading Dynamic Women Need to Rest Too