Crossroads Counselor Christina Westbrook uses a therapy called EMDR when she works with clients, which helps people heal from emotional distress due to disturbing life experiences. We often assume that particularly severe emotional pain must require a long time to heal. EMDR … [Read more...] about EMDR Offers Hope for Victims of Trauma
What is trauma? When most people think of trauma, they think of things like natural disasters, witnessing or experiencing violence, or the experiences of soldiers in combat, and they would certainly be right. However, trauma can also occur from less obvious experiences, such as … [Read more...] about 3 Signs of Unresolved Trauma: Is This You?
Where mental illness may be a science, I could argue that mental health is more art. We create our own mental health and we strive for it in as many ways as there are colors on a palette. For me, I am always looking for peace. Serenity speaks health to me. It could be a … [Read more...] about What is Mental Health Anyway?
Many people have preconceived notions about the treatment of depression. The media seems to reinforce the idea that psychiatry/psychology is a bunch of voodoo, whoo-whoo, touchy-feely nonsense. While there may be a few good resources and examples out there, the … [Read more...] about Am I Really Depressed And What Do I Do About It?
The raw, powerful Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has generated a fair bit of discussion and controversy. Based on a novel with the same title, the series tells the story of a girl, Hannah, who leaves behind tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she committed suicide. The … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Pay Attention to 13 Reasons Why
Self-care is not a new concept. I am aware that I need to take care of myself in order to take care of others. So, why is it that the things I need to do to accomplish this always get put on the back burner? Think about it, if you have a million things to do in a day, what … [Read more...] about We Cannot Pour from an Empty Pitcher: The Practice of Self-Care