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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
10
May

A Brief History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In May, we recognize Mental Health Month and are looking deeper into one of the forms of therapy we use in our practice. A common form of therapy today is called cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a relatively new treatment, with modern techniques that were not available until just a few short decades ago....
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Postnatal Depression
03
May

Overcoming Pre and Postnatal Depression During a Pandemic

May is National Maternal Depression Awareness Month; Women’s Health Month The last year has been challenging because of the pandemic, but even more so for pregnant women and their loved ones. May is National Maternal Depression Awareness and Women’s Health Month. Trying to stay emotionally healthy is important during pregnancy and the postpartum period, but...
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12
Apr

How Parents Can Encourage Leaving the Nest

If you’re an adult with older children who are ready to start their careers, you might be anxiously awaiting the day your child decides to finally move out. But what if they don’t seem to be in a hurry? Or what if you are letting them live at home after a pandemic layoff, but they...
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02
Apr

Five Great Things About Having Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Awareness Month | April 2 – Autism Awareness Day Each April, we recognize Autism Awareness Month and Autism Awareness Day on April 2. While individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, previously categorized as Asperger’s syndrome) can face difficulties such as trying to fit in, relationship issues, or increased vulnerability, there are benefits to...
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World Bipolar Day
29
Mar

Bipolar Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder: What are the Differences?

March 30 – World Bipolar Day Diagnosing mental illnesses can be challenging as there is usually no way to physically measure or run lab tests that can help determine one diagnosis from another. Helping an individual find the best treatment options for their unique condition also poses a challenge. Mental health professionals depend on symptoms...
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Self harm addiction
09
Mar

Understanding Why People Self-Injure

In the month of March, we observe Self-harm Awareness month and observed Self-Injury Awareness Day on March 1st. Studies show that self-harm is much more common than you might think. Nearly one in five individuals will deliberately injure themselves during their lifetime.  On average, cutting typically begins during the teenage years, often between the ages...
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01
Mar

What the Research Tells Us about Diet and Depression

March: American National Nutrition Month Depression remains one of the largest health issues in the United States, affecting millions of Americans. The economic burden of depression has been estimated to reach nearly $200 billion annually, sometimes leading to disability in adults and children. Estimated to cause severe impairments in nearly 10 million Americans, depression rates...
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eating disorders
22
Feb

Fighting Eating Disorders During a Pandemic

From February 23 to March 1, we recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a triple threat to those suffering from eating disorders. Fear regarding health and food combined with social isolation can have a large impact on recovery. Stay-at-home orders, economic uncertainty, and stress relating to the pandemic only add...
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random acts of kindness
15
Feb

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness During a Pandemic

February 17th, 2021 marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Never before has random acts of kindness been so necessary due to the mental toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on all of us. During uncertain times, kindness helps us come together to create hope, support, and a sense of community. Kindness has the added...
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distrust, dishonesty
02
Feb

The 3 Most Toxic Dynamics in a Relationship

Several factors exist that conflict with a loving long-term relationship or marriage. Distrust, disrespect, and disinterest are relationship killers that slowly break the bond between two people. Over time, these three factors could potentially cause a break-up or divorce. Distrust Doubting the reliability or honesty of your partner is what it means to distrust them....
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new year new start
21
Jan

Setting New Year’s Resolutions During a Pandemic

After everything that has happened, it is difficult to envision where you’ll be in January 2021. From social distancing to working from home, asking ourselves where we envision ourselves in the New Year may seem like a hopeless endeavour. Yet with all the changes 2020 has brought us, it is still valuable to set aside...
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mental health toolkit
13
Jan

Creating Your Mental Health Toolkit

We all have those days where we wake up and want to throw the covers back over our head. Facing another overwhelming day seems like just too much. Maybe you shuffle to the kitchen and make a pot of coffee because you didn’t sleep well. You skip breakfast because you overslept and start work in...
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04
Jan

Using Therapeutic Writing for Your Mental Health

For many, writing helps them deal with their emotions in a safe, controlled space. Handling a global pandemic has been a stress-inducing experience, so it’s not surprising that many people are struggling with their mental health. A recent poll found that nearly half of Americans felt that their mental health was being affected negatively by...
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21
Dec

Holiday Stress and Depression During a Pandemic

Depression and stress can ruin the holidays and our health, even when there isn’t a global pandemic. By planning ahead, setting realistic expectations, and seeking support, you can minimize stress and depression this holiday season. The holidays bring an array of demands from shopping to cooking, to entertaining. While visitors may not be as big...
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11
Dec

How to Help Children Understand Serious Illness and Death

If a family member or other loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness or is dying, it can be challenging to come to terms with what is happening. It can be even more difficult when children are close to your loved one. Even during these hard times, being honest and open with children is...
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02
Dec

How to Manage Pandemic Fatigue

The globe has been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for months and the spread of the virus is still rising in many parts of the world. As the pandemic continues, many are getting tired of taking precautions to safeguard themselves and others. Prior to 2020, most cultures were not used to wearing face masks in...
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20
Nov

Celebrating the Holidays in the Midst of COVID-19

Holidays, special events, and celebrations have changed dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time many have been left with empty chairs at family gatherings because loved ones cannot or are not willing to attend family celebrations. With no end in sight, many traditions and religious events have been canceled...
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13
Nov

Luck, Superstitions, and Your Mental Health

Do you feel lucky or unlucky around St. Patrick’s Day? Typically connected with religious practices or pagan beliefs, superstitions are commonplace in our society. Rather than being rooted in facts or logic, superstitions coincide with cultural traditions or simple coincidences. Superstitions allow people to feel more in control of their lives, which is why even...
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09
Nov

Making Working from Home Work for Your Mental Health

If COVID-19 has caused you to transition to working from home, you’ve likely had to modify your traditional workday in many ways. When responsibilities from work and home collide, it can cause great amounts of stress, not to mention the pandemic itself! We’ve collected some advice on reducing stress, staying productive, and managing your mental...
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03
Nov

Caring for Caregivers

November is National Caregivers Awareness Month. It is no secret that caregivers of family members give a lot. They may spend countless hours talking on the phone to physicians, nurses, therapists, or health insurance agencies. Many spend so much time in classes or doing research they could be honorary-degree holders. They drive their loved ones...
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22
Oct

What to Do When Pandemic Anxiety Affects Your Behavior

If you’ve been more anxious than usual, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased anxiety and panic for many. To avoid the cascading effects, there are are few useful things you can try to help yourself lessen the symptoms.  Acknowledge that almost everyone is scared or uncertain The pandemic has most individuals worrying about...
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14
Oct

A Path for Healing from PTSD

Survivors of trauma experience a profound impact on their mind, body, and spirit. After suffering trauma, individuals can feel unsafe in a way that is beyond a way of thinking into a more complex, sensory level of discomfort throughout the body. Trauma can cause feelings of being disconnected, either from life before, people who didn’t...
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Acknowledging Our Grief During COVID-19
05
Oct

Acknowledging Our Grief During COVID-19

As we transition into Fall, we still find ourselves in times of uncertainty. Each week brings us close to the day our communities will fully reopen, but it’s hard to know what that will look like and when. If any theme exists within this public health crisis, it is most likely to be uncertainty. If...
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17
Sep

Minimizing Suicide Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September is Suicide Awareness month. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into the remainder of the year, the pandemic may begin to have more long-term effects on those who struggle with mental health conditions. Preventing suicide in vulnerable populations is important during this time. There is evidence that deaths attributed to suicide increased during the 1918-19...
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10
Sep

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery During COVID-19

September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought on a unique set of challenges. During the pandemic, it is normal to feel vulnerable and anxious about the unknowns. We look to each other to...
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healthy-habits
03
Sep

Improve Your Brain Health By Adjusting These Modern Habits

When we think about our health, usually we think about nourishing our bodies, not our brains. Our daily habits influence our cognitive health. As use of technology during our daily lives, particularly with changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing our technology habits at a rapid pace. Using technology during our day can...
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kids-masks
24
Aug

Tackling Face Mask Anxiety with Children

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many children have experienced anxiety, sadness, and stress. Playgrounds and parks have been closed, we’re staying distant from friends and family, and stores are closed. While these changes have affected us all, one of the most visible changes is people wearing masks or face shields. For children, the sight of someone...
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couples working from home
12
Aug

Managing Working from Home as a Couple

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges to most individuals. A new challenge for many is working at home with their partner. Millions of couples are now working from home together. It can be difficult to acclimate to spending the entire day with each other and getting adjusted to another person’s working style. If this...
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06
Aug

Navigating Back to School During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to our daily lives, especially for children. With last school year being cut short, a return to school this Fall either in-person, remote, or as a hybrid will be welcome and exciting for most students. However, with the drastic changes that are probable with any scenario, other children may...
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summer break 2020
14
Jul

School’s Out: Managing Your Kids at Home During the COVID-19 Summer Break

Schools across the nation closed early this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaving millions of children to complete their school year remotely. Parents learned quickly about structure, homeschooling, schedules, and how to talk about the pandemic to their children. Now we are well into summer break and most kids are home with no school...
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OB-GYN during Covid-19
06
Jul

Managing a Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s okay not to be okay. Remaining calm, positive, and hopeful during the past few months might’ve been incredibly challenging. While you can’t change what is going on in the world, you can choose to focus on your mindset, mood, and anxiety levels. While it is important...
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02
Jul

Lisa Zubal-Falinsk offers a grounding technique to manage anxiety.

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
01
Jul

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In July, we acknowledge Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, we’ve seen discussions of experiences of racism and the detrimental impact it has on equitable access to resources such as housing, healthcare, and education. However, we don’t often see the impact racism has on mental health. Experiences of racism have negative effects on the...
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Covid-19 apps
26
Jun

Apps to Help You Cope with COVID-19

As we navigate our new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology can be a tremendous blessing for keeping us connected, entertained, and even allowing some of us to work remotely. During the past few months, many apps have made adjustments to their prices or offering to help us cope with the pandemic and practice safe...
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cabin fever
22
Jun

What to Do if You Have Cabin Fever

If you’ve ever been stuck inside due to rain or a blizzard, you have an idea about experiencing cabin fever. However, anytime we feel isolated from the outside world ‘cabin fever’ can occur. COVID-19 social distancing and quarantine practices have many experiencing cabin fever due to confinement for a longer period of time. If you’re...
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first responder
11
Jun

Coping with COVID-19 Long-Term

Traumatic events ranging from personal ones to a global pandemic like COVID-19 can cause traumatic stress and take an emotional toll on your life. Experiencing traumatic stress after a distressing event such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a motor vehicle accident, natural disaster, or violent crime is completely normal. May individuals report feeling intense shock, fear,...
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03
Jun

Carla Washington-Faye Explains Art Therapy

Carla Washington, MA, LPC, ATRR is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Wayne State University and a licensed counselor with our practice, Beverly Hills Therapy Group. I asked Carla about her work, how she started, and how art therapy has evolved for her. Can you tell me a little bit about how you came...
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Improve your Stress Levels with a Pet
29
May

Improve your Stress Levels with a Pet

Animal-lovers know that pets are powerful mood boosters. Having a pet has numerous mental health benefits and can help many cope with their stress, anxiety, or depression. Our pets are incredibly attuned to our emotions. Dogs can interpret body language, gestures, and more. Numerous studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to suffer...
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stress master
27
May

How to Master Your Stress

Stress has a large impact on our lives and affects our physical and mental health, relationships, and performance at work. Stress has such a powerful impact on our physical health that it can even make many health conditions worse.  Stress can exacerbate or cause many serious health problems. Cardiovascular disease has been linked to stress....
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Work from Home
26
May

Maintaining Your Mental Health If You’re Working From Home

Have you recently found yourself working from home? Or maybe you’ve been working from home for years. Individuals who work from home often face increased anxiety, depression and loneliness due to their remote situation. If you’ve just started working from home, do you find that you’re feeling more stressed, or perhaps fighting feelings of isolation?...
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Helping Seniors Cope During COVID-19
19
May

Helping Seniors Cope During COVID-19

Spring for high school and college Seniors usually means experiencing the delight of “senioritis”, experiencing the remaining time you have with your friends for the last few weeks before graduation. It’s also a time of many major life events such as prom, graduation parties and ceremonies, and other local traditions. However, due to the COVID-19...
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29
Mar

Taking Care of Yourself During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The world is being told to stay put in our homes and practice “social distancing” by limiting our trips outside the home and social contact during the COVID-19, or “coronavirus”, pandemic. While we’re all concerned with our physical health as it relates to avoiding the virus, many are also concerned about their mental well-being. The...
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coronavirus
27
Mar

Helping Children Process Stress & Anxiety During the Coronavirus

After an emergency, children may feel upset or anxious no matter their age. Some children may not show obvious signs of difficulty until later while some may have strong reactions immediately. A child’s reaction will depend on their previous experiences, how they typically deal with stressors, and their age. Typically, children react based on how...
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online therapy
20
Mar

How to Transition to Seeing Your Therapist Online

Continue the work of therapy even from a distance. Seeing a therapist used to imply being in the same room with them, but not any longer. Teleconferencing has made it possible to see a mental health professional from a distance. With recent requirements for social distancing, many therapists and clients have had to either pause...
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09
Mar

End Stigmas During Self-Injury Awareness Month

March is Self-Injury Awareness Month. When an individual is in severe emotional distress, they may turn to physical self-harm. Self-injury is intentional and a way for the person to mirror their emotional pain through physical pain. For some, a self-inflicted injury has a calming effect and helps them “feel something”. Self-injury is much more common...
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acts of kindness
25
Feb

Improve your Mental Health with Acts of Kindness

When we’re young, we’re often told to share and to be kind to others. Kindness is beneficial to us all whether we’re on the giving or receiving end, but it can also improve our mental well-being. As the medical community has seen mental health conditions rise over the years, kindness can help us all connect...
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Cyber-bullying
18
Feb

Rethinking Online Safety for Our Children

It’s no secret that we live in the age of technology. However, many of today’s parents did not grow up with technology or grew up at a time when technology might’ve been a basic cellphone and a home computer. Because of this, this generation of parent’s is writing the rules of technology for its children....
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05
Feb

How to Help a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

If you believe your loved one is in danger, call 911 immediately. It’s challenging to help friends or family members who are struggling with an eating disorder and not receiving the help they need. February is Eating Disorder Awareness month and if you need some guidance, there are several ways you can safely assist your...
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physical health
29
Jan

Lace Up Your Shoes! Exercise is Great for Mental Health.

This time of year, many people are hyper-focused on keeping their New Year resolution fitness goals. Exercise is great for our physical health. It helps us control our weight, lower blood pressure, reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes, gives us an energy boost, and more. But exercise is more than just beneficial for...
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beverly hills mental health
27
Jan

Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace

The workplace is often the last place that we expect to discuss our mental health, but it is one of the most vital places that our mental health comes into play in our daily lives. There are still stigmas surrounding our mental health. Employees may fear judgement from their boss or co-workers if they disclose...
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