Helping Seniors Through Loneliness

By Pat Matuszak The image of an elderly widow or widower dining alone in a silent house may be one that comes to mind about the subject of loneliness among seniors. If a spouse has passed away, children have left home, neighbors have moved and retirement has cut off past associations, it would be natural…

CBT: Proven Treatment for Your Child With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Kathryn Millán Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a diagnosis that describes a pattern of extreme anxiety and obsessive thoughts in an individual that result in repetitive actions to manage distressing emotions. Unfortunately, when a person has OCD, these compulsive actions do not directly address underlying anxiety. Compulsions only make life more difficult over time, and…

What to Do When Addiction and Mental Health Disorders Collide

By Wesley Gallagher Drug abuse and addiction are complicated issues hotly debated by today’s politicians, policymakers and mental health professionals. Often, the debate depicts those with addictions as debased criminals instead of people experiencing a disease over which they have no control. In order to understand and help those struggling, we must work to understand…

How to Find The Right Therapist for You

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP So, you’ve decided to look for a therapist, counselor or psychologist. Congratulations! The fact that you’re considering this possibility means you have taken a first step toward self-care that will help both you and your loved ones. Therapy is not what it was many years ago. Modern treatment offers a…

How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Helps Teens Manage Their Emotions

By Martha McLaughlin Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a psychotherapy approach developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. When Dr. Linehan was a teen, she went through a period where she was was suicidal and engaged in self-harming behaviors. She struggled through various forms of therapy which were unsuccessful in healing her, until she finally had a sort…

The Healing Benefits of Art Therapy

By Cindy Coloma Jeanie stared at the blank piece of paper and grimaced. Others in the room were already hard at work on their drawings. Gwen, the group leader, had asked them to draw an image that represented how they were feeling. Jeanie’s heart pounded as she thought about trying to explain everything she had…

Cyberbullying and Suicide

Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs through digital technology, such as social media, text messaging, or e-mail. Like other forms of bullying, it is distinguished by three elements: There is intent to harm another person. The hurtful and aggressive behavior is repeated. There is a real or perceived imbalance of power – socially or physically –…

Mental Health Professionals: Which One Should I Choose?

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Mental health issues impact everyone. Even the healthiest people experience difficult times or relationship issues that call for the help of a psychology or relationship professional. Many people still struggle to find the right mental health care, and it’s often difficult to know what — or who — to turn to…

Is Your Friend Suicidal? How to Talk to Someone You’re Worried About

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Few things are quite as alarming as learning that a loved one has considered suicide. Most people experience a range of emotions when they learn that someone they care about has been in such a dark place. Fear, anxiety, panic, avoidance and even anger may all enter your mind while you…

5 Myths About Bipolar Disorder

By Becca Owens Living with a bipolar diagnosis can complicate your everyday life — as can watching a loved one struggle through their bipolar journey. For too long, stigma has been associated with mental health and is often the result of a lack of understanding. In the bipolar community, educating yourself is a great way…