The Anxiety “Struggle Switch”

2022-08-22T13:09:39-06:00August 22nd, 2022|

Russ Harris, MD uses a metaphor to describe recovering from panic and anxiety struggles called the “struggle switch”. With mental health problems worsening, it is important to learn how to respond to fear more wisely in order to live with more vitality. When we struggle to rid ourselves unsuccessfully from [...]

Is Your Fear of the Future Taking Away Your Peace in the Present?

2022-03-21T19:25:26-06:00March 21st, 2022|

Have you ever been trying to fall asleep at night and are plagued by thoughts of all the things you have to do that week? Or worse, your mind starts to spiral as you think about how someday your dog will die, which then forces you to confront that everyone [...]

4 Tips to Build Better Relationships Without Burning Out

2022-02-11T21:21:59-07:00February 9th, 2022|

Growing up as the oldest child in my family, I was often asked to take care of my younger siblings. This request was made, in part, to help alleviate stress on my parents. While this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, this heightened responsibility and the added praise from my parents [...]

Making Online/Telehealth Therapy Sessions More Effective

2022-02-08T20:21:16-07:00February 8th, 2022|

If you have been wanting to try online therapy, but aren't sure how effective it will be compared to in-person therapy, we’re here to tell you that it can be every bit as helpful as traditional therapy. Here are a few tips to get the most from your online therapy [...]

How To Maximize Your Mental Health Day

2021-09-25T21:21:29-06:00September 25th, 2021|

Mental health is becoming a larger priority as our society experiences the collective impact of minimizing its importance. In the U.S., suicide, depression, and overdose rates have been trending in the wrong direction. This statistic is not only alarming but it is also a critical reminder to consider our own [...]

What is the Mind-Body Connection?

2023-03-07T13:46:02-07:00July 13th, 2021|

Mention the words, “mind-body connection,” and every self-styled life coach within ear shot will nod affirmingly as if you have just unveiled the secret to life. Aside from the trendiness, what does this really mean and how is it relevant to receiving therapy? This topic becomes especially confusing because the [...]

Mindfulness as the Antidote for Addiction

2022-02-17T15:30:48-07:00January 29th, 2021|

The power of mindfulness to treat addiction has become increasingly evident as my sober time increases and I practice meditation in the ways outlined below. Gaining this awareness required a glimpse into the mirror where I could see how badly I wanted to stop and how impossible that was [...]

How to Drop the Struggle with Anxiety – Part 3

2022-02-10T04:07:57-07:00August 22nd, 2019|

In Part 2, we learned that if our goal is to rid ourselves of anxiety, it will likely only increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of anxiety over time. How can this be? Expansion not subtraction Part of the answer lies in where Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has its [...]

How to Drop the Struggle with Anxiety – Part 2

2022-02-10T04:08:40-07:00April 29th, 2019|

In part 1, we learned how anxiety is like struggling in quicksand. The more we struggle with it, the more we are caught in its sinking trap. My own personal struggle with anxiety consistently intensified from 3rd grade, when my classmates noticed my sweaty armpits, all the way into [...]

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