therapy

Thinking, Feeling, and Behaving: Free CBT Worksheet

I have always felt drawn to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a psychotherapist because it involves changing perceptions. So in other words, for me that meant many people could benefit from CBT techniques. During my work with community mental health, I quickly learned about the lack of resources plaguing our communities. Sometimes events are completely… Continue reading Thinking, Feeling, and Behaving: Free CBT Worksheet

Self-Esteem, Self-Identity

Self-Acceptance: Are you denying yourself?

Self-acceptance is about accepting yourself for who you are and the way you are. It's easy to love and appreciate what you perceive as "good" about yourself. However, self-acceptance includes accepting your past, your mistakes, your failures, and all else that you might feel ashamed or disappointed. Self-acceptance is giving yourself love unconditional love regardless… Continue reading Self-Acceptance: Are you denying yourself?

Depression, Self-Care

Depressed For No Reason

I've heard clients say, "I don't really have a reason to be depressed" or "my family doesn't think I have anything to be depressed about". I've heard family utter "they can't be depressed, they have everything they need" or "they can't be depressed about that, that was so long ago". I have even heard "they… Continue reading Depressed For No Reason

Depression, Routine, Self-Care

Fearing Night Depression

Sometimes people who experience depression feel more depressed at night; so much so, they fear nights and dread the night coming. But why? Think about it. At night we are normally alone, tired, and engaging in less activity. There are not as many distractions, so it easy for the mind to ruminate. Rumination is when… Continue reading Fearing Night Depression

Depression, Transformation

Change in Scenery for Mental Health

I think a change in scenery can develop into a change in thinking or at the least, a distraction from negative thinking. It’s like going to a new place and realizing that the world is much bigger than your problems. Or discovering that you do not have to be limited to living the way that… Continue reading Change in Scenery for Mental Health

Self-Esteem

I Don’t Feel Good Enough Because of Social Media

I witness someone talking about how they didn't feel good enough after looking at social media. Once I had a good friend and we were having this same conversation. I asked my friend, “how can I not get frustrated when I see people so far ahead of me in life while I feel like I… Continue reading I Don’t Feel Good Enough Because of Social Media

Depression, Life Balance, Self-Care

How can you live a happy life if you think you don’t deserve one?

Short answer “you can’t”. If you want to live a happy life, you have to change the way you think about yourself, your circumstances, and your outlook on life. In the counseling field, we have something called “changing your narrative”. It’s basically you changing your story. Not into something that is fake or a lie,… Continue reading How can you live a happy life if you think you don’t deserve one?

Depression

Do you believe you deserve depression?

I seen a question online that stated "why do people like me deserve depression"? My heart caved wondering how someone could think they deserve to suffer with depression. Then someone with their meaning-well yet, insensitive response stated "it is a disease". Just saying disorder could have been okay if we have to go there. Words… Continue reading Do you believe you deserve depression?