• July Week 4 – How Parents Can Provide Effective Support for Anxious Teens
    Teens have it rough. As they’re growing up and taking on more “adult” responsibilities, they’re also experiencing a whirlwind of hormones and bodily changes. Navigating school, part-time jobs, college applications, extracurricular activities, and friends can be hard for some teens. These new pressures might give your teenager anxiety. Signs of anxiety in teens include ...
  • July Week 4 – Understanding CBT vs DBT: Key Differences and Similarities
    Navigating the therapy world can be overwhelming, especially with the range of approaches available to address different mental health concerns. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) stand out as two of the most widely used and effective approaches for treating mental health issues. While they share common roots and some similarities, ...
  • Managing ADHD: Tips for Coping During the Stimulant Shortage
    Maybe you’ve previously benefitted from taking medication to manage your ADHD. But now, you’re having trouble filling your prescription because of a stimulant shortage. This can be an extremely stressful situation for an individual with ADHD, especially if your symptoms were quite severe prior to taking medication. You might worry that you won’t ...
  • July Week 4 – How to Begin Recovering from Infidelity Trauma
    Betrayals are traumatic. If you’ve discovered your partner having an affair or learned of a parent’s infidelity, you might be feeling the effects of trauma. Intrusive thoughts about the affair details, numbness, a loss of self-esteem, depression or anxiety symptoms, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress are all common experiences after finding out about a ...
  • July Week 4 – What to Expect After EMDR Therapy
    EMDR aims to reprocess traumatic memories and experiences that contribute to conditions like PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It does this by directing your attention to external stimuli like eye movements while recalling distressing events.  After undergoing EMDR therapy, you may experience a variety of responses, both during treatment and after completing the full course. ...
  • July Week 4 – Where Do Parts Come From in Internal Family Systems Therapy?
    In this age of memes and GIFs, it’s common to joke about someone having more than one personality. Generally speaking, such observations are not meant to be complimentary. However, as Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy highlights, each of us is indeed made up of many sub-personalities. Just the fact that we can talk ...
  • July Week 4 – People-Pleasing: Understanding Its Role in Trauma Responses
    People-pleasing is when someone constantly seeks to satisfy others, often at their own expense. While it might seem like a harmless trait, it can be a significant trauma response. Let’s explore what people-pleasing is, why it happens, and how it relates to trauma. What Is People-Pleasing? People-pleasing involves going out of your way to make ...
  • The Unique Challenges that Come with Being an LGBTQIA+ Parent – Debra Thompson, 7-4
    If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, you might be interested in becoming a parent one day. Yet you’re not sure how to navigate the fertility journey with your partner, especially if you live in a smaller area. Perhaps you’ve recently welcomed your first child. Now, you’re wondering which challenges you ...
  • How Is CBT Used to Help Anxiety? – Martin Hsia, 7-4
    Everyone deals with a variety of different emotions each and every day. Joy, sadness, anger, disgust, and fear are some of the most common emotions shown in the Disney movie “Inside Out.” New emotions are thrown into the mix as a person grows older. In the new “Inside Out 2,” the main character welcomes ...
  • How to Grieve Your Childhood as an LGBTQ+ Adult – William Dempsey – 7-4
    As someone who not only works with the LGBTQ+ community but is also a member of it, I’ve witnessed firsthand how people in our community carry grief over their childhood. Growing up with uncertainty or shame related to one’s identity or sexuality can be an isolating experience. In many cases, members of the ...
  • EMDR Therapy: What Is It For?, Madeline Rice 7-4
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years, but it’s not a new concept. This type of therapy is science-backed and focuses on the process of bilateral stimulation to help people struggling with negative thoughts or memories.  EMDR was initially used to treat people struggling with the effects ...
  • July Week 4 – Unpacking Atypical Anorexia: Symptoms and Unique Challenges
    Atypical anorexia nervosa is a relatively new eating disorder diagnosis that shares similarities with anorexia nervosa, yet has distinct characteristics. Unlike those with anorexia nervosa who are significantly underweight, individuals with atypical anorexia may maintain a weight within or above the normal range. However, they still exhibit many of the psychological and behavioral ...
  • July Week 4 – How Do Couples Cope With Conflicting Parenting Styles?
    As you raise children with your partner, you may disagree about how to approach parenting. While having different perspectives can seem frustrating, it doesn’t have to damage your relationship. Working through conflicting parenting styles can strengthen your bond and lead to better outcomes for your kids. Raising children is a team effort, but ...
  • Autism in Adults: What to Know and How to Get Tested, Michelle Hession – PSU Post #1
    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects individuals throughout their lives. It is often associated with children, but many adults are only now discovering they may be on the spectrum. You may notice differences in social interaction, communication patterns, and specific interests or behaviors. These traits can manifest differently in ...
  • What Do You Do When You Fail? – Kamini Wood, 7-4
    Feelings of failure and underachievement are universal experiences, albeit not the kind many enjoy. They can deeply impact our self-esteem and self-worth, potentially affecting our overall well-being. Whether you didn’t meet a personal goal, lost out on a promotional opportunity at work, or feel like you don’t measure up to your peers’ accomplishments, ...
  • How Alcohol May Get in the Way of Trauma Healing – Lin Hu – 7-4
    While we often think of trauma as being purely psychological in nature, the truth is more nuanced. In fact, trauma can best be understood as a complex physiological process stemming from our fight-or-flight instinct. During emotionally or physically traumatic situations, our body responds by flooding our system with stress hormones like cortisol and ...
  • 4 Ways to Spot Food Anxiety in Children, and How to Help – Erica Cornelius – 7-4
    Food anxiety is a disorder that can affect a child’s relationship with food. It most often occurs in children between the ages of eight and ten but can impact as many as 35 percent of children under the age of 12. When a child experiences food anxiety, they perceive food or related situations as ...
  • Why Do Some Red Flags Look Appealing at First?, Susan Chanderbhan-Forde 7-4
    In the dating world, most people know to stay away from red flags. While no one is perfect, a red flag can be something especially negative that sticks out. Maybe the person you’re with has cycled through relationships quickly. Maybe they have a bunch of excuses for not having money or a job.  There ...
  • How to Search for a Job When You’re Depressed – David Shapiro, 7-4
    Searching for a job isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and energy to find jobs, curate your resume and cover letter, find references, fill out the application, and answer all the questions appropriately. It can feel like a full-time job. Struggling with depression while trying to search for a job can bring ...
  • Michelle Hession – Week 4 July – How Does Change Occur in Internal Family Systems?
    Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is based on the understanding that the mind is made up of multiple parts. This inner “family” of parts each has its own perspectives, feelings, and motivations. IFS views this as a fundamental aspect of human consciousness, and better understanding these parts will allow you to live a ...
  • July Week 4 – When the Tank is Empty: How to Cope with Emotional Exhaustion – Sarah Moore
    Maybe you’ve been feeling completely drained for a while. But you’re not physically exhausted. Instead, you can’t help but feel like you’re emotionally tired. It’s like your “tank” is empty. You just can’t muster up the energy to go on. You’re bone tired, even when you spend most of your day doing nothing. ...
  • July Week 4 – The Next Chapter: Understanding and Overcoming Empty Nest Grief – Helene Shute
    Parents spend years shepherding their children through adolescence and those rocky teenage years, preparing them to go out into the world on their own. When that day finally comes, however, it represents a titanic shift in the pattern of our lives. Our children take up a tremendous amount of space in their parents’ ...
  • July Week 4 – Conflict Missteps: Unhelpful Ways You Might Be Approaching Conflict, Elizabeth Pankey-Warren
    At first, it might seem strange to consider the fact that there is a “right” way to argue. But, the way you handle conflicts in your life can have a direct impact on your romantic relationships, friendships, familial relationships, and career.  You’re not going to agree with everyone. You’re going to experience conflict. Unfortunately, ...
  • Taylor Garff – July Week 4 – Finding Hope and Support in States Against Gender-Affirming Healthcare
    Transgender individuals face healthcare disparities across the country. Unfortunately, some states have actively taken measures against gender-affirming healthcare, making it nearly impossible for transgender or gender-fluid individuals to get the medical attention they need and deserve.  It’s easy to feel both helpless and hopeless when you live in one of these states. While it’s ...
  • 5 Myths About Love – Stephanie Manning, 7-4
    Ah, the mysteries of love. How can we even begin to understand it? For starters, let’s remember that love comes in many, many forms. So, for the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on romantic love — the stuff of love poems, fairy tales, rom-coms, and so much more. How do we separate ...
  • How Often Should Couples Have Sex?, Robert Menuet, 7-4
    You and your partner have been together for a while now. The relationship is going well — you enjoy each other’s company, make each other laugh, and feel supported. But when it comes to your sex life, things have slowed down. You couldn’t keep your hands off each other at the beginning of your ...
  • Teen Depression: How Common Is It & How Can You Help?, Rhett Reader, 7-4
    Depression affects a lot of teens — way more than you probably think. The tricky thing is that symptoms can appear differently in teens than in adults. So, how do you know if your moodiness is just a phase or something more serious? And if you think you might be depressed, what can ...
  • 4 Signs of Unhealed Attachment Trauma – Kathryn Bowen, 7-4
    Ideally, we’d all be raised in an environment that offers safety, nurturing, and reliable support. To grow up in a foundation like this enables a child to grow up with a secure attachment style. In other words, they develop positive social skills to feel confident as they navigate the inevitable ups and downs ...
  • What Does It Mean To Be An Ally?, Jennifer Warkentin 7-4
    Over the last few years, the term “ally” has become more common in conversations across the country. While that’s a good thing, it also needs to be understood. Any term or phrase that becomes popular quickly should be looked at to make sure everyone fully understands what it means, and what they can ...
  • 5 Ways to Cope with Anxiety About Your Child Going to College, Jean Huber, 7-4
    As your child prepares to leave home for college, you may feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. While this major life transition marks an important milestone, it also represents letting go and uncertainty. To help manage your worries about your child heading off to college, reflect on how you have prepared them ...
  • Nicole Mendizabal – Week 3 July – Healing Trauma: An Introduction to EMDR Therapy
    Living with the aftereffects of trauma can be unbearable. Whether your trauma stems from childhood abuse, accidents, war, grief, prolonged illness, or other threats, trauma can affect every aspect of your life. Fortunately, there are now highly effective therapeutic techniques to help you heal from these experiences. One of the most popular therapies ...
  • Rick Pomfret – July Week 4 – Unhelpful Ways You Might Be Handling Conflict
    Even though conflict is unavoidable, so many of us are unprepared. Sure, we’re prepared to get defensive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, or close-minded. But those are unhelpful ways to deal with strife and disagreement. A far more productive way to manage the inevitability of conflict is to assess one’s conflict resolution skills. Accept the realities ...
  • 4 Ways to Allow Yourself to be Intimate – Ashleigh Lamberti, 7-4
    Intimacy is a key part of all healthy relationships. It’s the trust that is created after getting to know one another and spending more time together. Intimacy means being able to share all of your various thoughts, emotions, and feelings with your partner, even if they may differ from their thoughts, emotions, and feelings. ...
  • 8 Important Social Skills for Children and How to Teach Them , Carrie Jackson 7-4
    We often tend to think of children as naturally social creatures. Many times, interacting with peers is second nature for them. However, basic interactions and developing strong social skills are two different things. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to foster social skills in your children from an early age. Doing so can ...
  • Part 2: What is Bipolar 2?, Aura Ardon 7-4
    We previously covered bipolar 1, including some of the common symptoms, how to spot it, and how to manage it on your own and with the help of a professional. But, as briefly mentioned in that piece, bipolar disorder is broken down into two parts.  Bipolar 2 is very similar to its counterpart. However, ...
  • How to Help Your Child with Testing Anxiety, Anna Hung 7-4
    It’s hard to think about children dealing with anxiety for any reason. Unfortunately, many things can trigger it. Your child might not typically be anxious, but when they have to take a test, they become overwhelmed.  Kids take tests seriously. Thinking about an upcoming test or quiz can cause fear, making your child think ...
  • What Is CBT? – Alexandra Vitale – PSU Post #3
    Have you ever found yourself stuck in a loop of negative thoughts, wondering why you can’t shake off those feelings of stress or sadness? If so, you might want to learn about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It’s a popular and effective form of psychotherapy that helps people understand and change their thought patterns and ...
  • Michelle Hession – July Week 3 – Being Part of a Couple With Different Political Viewpoints
    Politics today are more divided than ever. In this politically charged atmosphere, it’s common for couples to find themselves on opposite sides of the spectrum. These differences can often feel insurmountable. They may fuel arguments, create tension, and even threaten the foundation of your relationship. However, differing political views don’t have to spell ...
  • What is Somatic Therapy? – Jenny Smith, 7-4
    Many forms of therapy tend to focus on cognition. However, negative life events, stress, and trauma don’t just live in the mind. The mind and the body are inextricably linked, so what a person experiences in their brain is also felt throughout their whole being. A great example of this connection can be found ...
  • The Mental Health Challenges of Living with Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Amy Marshall, 7-4
    As you live each day with chronic pain and fatigue, it can feel like there is no escape. The constant discomfort and lack of energy may leave you frustrated and hopeless, chipping away at your mental health. While the physical symptoms are ever-present, remember that your mindset also plays a key role. This ...
  • August Week 1 – Thought Patterns and Anxiety: How to Identify and Disrupt Negative Thinking
    When it comes to anxiety, the term “thought patterns” often doesn’t express reality. It’s more like a cycle that can feel out of your control. Even just one intrusive thought is enough to start a spiral that feeds off itself. At first, this trend is cause for alarm. However, if left unaddressed, negative ...
  • Important Tips for Preparing for EMDR – Maria Diaz – 7-3
    Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals process distressing memories and overcome various forms of trauma. It is widely used to treat PTSD, but it is also beneficial for an array of conditions and disorders. If you have decided to explore EMDR for your therapy needs, you may ...
  • Replacement Post – What Therapy Methodology is Best For C-PTSD? – Michael Quirke
    As terrible as the circumstances can be, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can often be a straightforward cause-and-effect scenario. You know what happened and the outcomes it has created. Your therapist, therefore, will use this information to design a treatment plan. This is not at all to say it’s easy. But it ...
  • Replacement Post – C-PTSD and Emotional Neglect: What’s the Connection? – Michael Quirke
    When we ponder concepts like trauma or complex trauma, it usually involves something being done to a person. But this doesn’t define all trauma. For example, emotional neglect relates to something not being done. All children need specific types of care from parents and other caregivers. If and when this care does not ...
  • July Week 4 – EMDR Therapy for C-PTSD: Adapting Techniques for Complex Trauma – Michael Quirke
    The internet has been a bit of a mixed blessing when it comes to mental health. Yes, scrolling and clicking have brought greater awareness to such widespread issues as trauma. That said, memes and GIFs are not ideal sources for learning about complex conditions. Therefore, it makes sense to do deeper dives to ...
  • What’s the Link Between Childhood Trauma and Chronic Illness? – Nancy Young – 7-3
    The makeup of who a person becomes stems all the way back to childhood. Your upbringing and the people around you influence your views, beliefs, attitudes, and responses. Every choice you make adds another layer to who you are and who you’re going to be. Even decisions made by others or situations that happen ...
  • How to Build Effective Adaptive Stress Responses to Better Cope with Anxiety – Kamini Wood, 7-3
    Everyone experiences stress. As much as we’d all like to avoid stress throughout the day, sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Several factors are completely out of your control that could throw a wrench in your plans at any second. That’s why it’s so important to plan for stress, just as you try to ...
  • July Week 3 – Why is it Important to be an LGBTQIA+ Ally?
    Pride month happens every June. Companies replace their logos with rainbows instead of icons that meet their brand guidelines. Rainbow flags hang from houses. Even sections in clothing stores include rainbow apparel and accessories to rock the cause during this time. But as soon as July 1st hits, everything seems to revert again. Logos ...
  • July Week 3 – Thought Processes Associated With Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, formerly known as manic depression. It’s characterized by extreme mood swings from high to low that take place over weeks or months. Contrary to popular belief, a bipolar person doesn’t just “switch” from happy to sad in an instant. These mood swings can affect sleep, energy, behavior, ...
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and Why It May Help With Depression – Aimee Solis PSU Post #4
    Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world. While traditional treatments like antidepressants and talk therapy work for many, some people need alternative solutions. One such emerging treatment is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). What Is Ketamine? Ketamine is a medication that is often used as an anesthetic during ...