Most people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also experience sleep problems, including insomnia. PTSD can lead to insomnia for a variety of reasons, including nightmares, an over-active “fight or flight” response that leads to hyper-vigilance, increased worrying, and distressing thoughts. In addition, although sleep problems are typically considered a symptom of PTSD, over time [...]
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When we think about the term “health” many of us associate that term with the idea of being physically active and healthy eating. During Men’s Health Month I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the effects of mental health on the body, and how participating in physical activities can help maintain your [...]
Traditionally, there has been a stigma surrounding men’s mental health. A man outwardly discussing his thoughts and feelings can be uncomfortable in the workplace, socially, and even at home. Culturally, we generally require our men to “suck it up” or “man up”. These phrases send the message that we are looking at behavior more and [...]
Raising a child with autism can be overwhelming and as caregivers, it can sometimes feel as if no one understands what you and your family experience on a daily basis. Given my experience working with children diagnosed with Autism the following are tips for parents who may identify as feeling “overwhelmed” in their daily lives. [...]
Depression is experienced by a lot of people and is a common reason why people seek counseling. Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness and hopelessness, diminished interest in activities one use to find pleasurable, significant weight loss or weight gain or decrease or increase in appetite, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, insomnia or hypersomnia, feelings of [...]
Each April is Awareness month for two big issues: Autism and Child Abuse. As a provider who has encountered both of these big issues in practice, I have seen how life-impacting they are for both clients and for their families. Here’s a few things you might not have known about them, and some useful information [...]
April is Child Abuse Awareness month. What does it mean to be aware of child abuse? How do we recognize the signs of a child being abused? How can we break the cycle in our families? What does open communication look like with our children? According to the American Society for the Positive Care of [...]
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” –Friedrich Nietzsche As a body psychotherapist, I encourage clients to honor their mind and body where they currently are, in their journey to healing; however, if a client is engaged in an ongoing struggle with an eating disorder, they are not able [...]
Communication is an essential part of making any relationship work. Whether this is with a partner, family, friends, or co-workers, healthy communication can promote successful relationships. Here are some tips to have healthy communication with your partner. Find the right timing. Try to choose a time where there are limited distractions. Avoid times when someone [...]
Veterans and Active Duty: Many active duty military members and Veterans show signs of a mental health condition. There are some very important questions that military personnel often ask: what are the treatment options other than the VA, are there resources for family members and how to make the transition from military life to civilian [...]