7 Signs of Emotionally Abusive Behavior

1. Degrading language. One may use sarcasm to hurt or invalidate your feelings in a degrading manner. Then, they may dismiss you when you address the offensive behavior. 2. Dominating or Controlling Behaviors: Acting superior to you by belittling you or treating you like a child. According to the video,

The Importance of Dancing Like an Idiot

Lately, I’m noticing some really fun trends on the internet that are having a positive impact on mental health. Specifically, dance challenges on Instagram, Facebook, and Ticktok. Entertainers like J-Lo, Jessica Alba, Wiz Khalifa, and so many more have joined the playful movement during quarantine. I’m writing this as someone

Self Motivation: You’re Never Going To Initially “Feel” Like it

You’re Never Going To Initially “Feel” Like it. Have you ever made a pledge to change a habit? Making it to an early gym class. Communicating better during a heated conversation with your partner. Having the hard conversation. We have the knowledge in our brains that tells us what to

Healthy Relationship Skills That We Love (Featuring Will + Jada Smith)

1. Prioritizing healthy individuality amongst commitment. 2. Jada and Will describe the unconditional love they feel for one another as unconditional acceptance, mutual respect, and commitment. 3. Set specific boundaries around arguing and conflict. (No profanities towards one another in conflict, watching their tone, no violence, no disrespect in public)

Why Start Therapy Now?

A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 45% of adults say the pandemic has affected their mental health. As a therapist, this is something that’s come up in my work life and my personal life. I hear many friends and family members express their struggles, but report

I Tried Light Therapy For the First Time & Here’s What Happened

Since self care is so important, I figured I’d share a way that I’m paying attention to my body and making sure I’m staying on top of my own health and wellbeing during quarantine! With the increase of time inside, I started noticing very real shifts in my body (feeling

You’re Not Selfish For Having Limits on Your Energy and Time

Signs You’re Overextending Yourself Frequent Guilt Resentment Feeling burnt out or emotionally drained Feeling like you have little or no time for yourself Not participating in hobbies and activities that you genuinely enjoy Difficultly saying no Showing up to certain situations, relationships, or activities out of obligation even though it

Innovation Meets Therapy with Airapy: Interview with Founder, Rachel Cox

I love learning about creative new concepts in the therapy field. When I learned about Airapy, I was instantly intrigued. The idea of a mobile private practice with the platform to serve more clients without worrying about overhead is sure to perk a few ears. The service offers “walk and

“Free” Therapy as Insurance Companies Nationwide Waive Copays For Support During COVID-19

Since this coronavirus pandemic has started, insurance companies have been cooperative in waiving co-pays for mental health and related services. This is great news, considering the sharp increase in mental distress, economic hardship, and uncertainty within our country. Click here to see if your insurance is covered under this act.

Does smell impact my relationship?

The short answer, yes. We have more olfactory receptors in our bodies than any other protein. Our body has the ability to chemically detect pheromones and sniff out complementary immune system‘s to our own. In fact, a woman’s sense of smell is heightened at the peak of fertility, at the

The Importance of “Parenting” Yourself as an Adult.

I was inspired to write this blog post for many reasons, but specifically for the people who struggle with prioritizing self-care and accountability in relationships (with others or yourself.) When I say people who don’t prioritize self-care, I’m not talking about getting their nails done or using a bath bomb

Mindfulness For People Who Don’t Like Meditation

Some people can sit silently in the midst of anxious or stressed times and find solitude in the practice of silent meditation. Some people prefer guided meditations. And some people realize neither are for them. This is totally normal and okay! There are a ton of mindfulness practices that have

How to cope as a family when your family member is a first responder during COVID19

As a daughter of an emergency room nurse, I write this with an empathic heart to all families and individuals dealing with the current COVID-19 epidemic. It’s especially stressful for those who have family members who are first responders; medical personnel, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, personnel, military officials, and other

Foods to Feed Your Neurotransmitters

I just received my certificate in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health and I’ve learned so much about the relationship between mental health and our food choices. I took this excerpt to specifically point out the foods that have a positive impact on balancing neurotransmitters. However, this is not

How to Establish Mindfulness into a Busy Routine

There’s power in mindfulness; it presents clarity. In this society and generation, our minds are constantly busy. We’re on our phones for work or we’re scrolling through our newsfeed, switching from app to app. If you’re a student, your mind wonders about class, assignments, and internships. If you’re a parent,

Mindfulness For Beginners

Harnessing the power of mindfulness practices. This is bringing your awareness to the present moment without judgement. Mindfulness is the practice of focused attention; and can be achieved in a variety of ways. Meditation Practices:  “Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness

How Do Essential Oils Work and How Do I Use Them?

Essential oils have always somewhat been a mystery to me. After talking to a many avid essential oil users, I was pointed to some very helpful information and here’s what I discovered: Do essential oils work? Yes—if you’re using them correctly. Essential oils offer a variety of uses and benefits; but

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

This title has been on my mind for a while. It’s a play on the title of the novel Love in the Time of Cholera. I admit that I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the movie; but I really just love the title. It makes me think of what love is