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Ask a Therapist: Is counseling/therapy just for people with severe mental illness?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling and therapy has long been assumed to only be appropriate for people with severe mental health issues, but that isn’t the whole truth; therapy can help anyone who is looking for a different perspective, self-awareness,…

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Micro-what?: An Introduction to Microaggressions

Have you ever been in a situation where your other-ness was, intentionally or unintentionally, blatantly pointed out? Have you ever experienced someone else’s stupid joke or dismissive comment take up way too much space in your mind, long after they’ve…

This Relaxation Exercise May Be The Easiest Way To Relieve Stress Or Anxiety

On April 7, 2015, Posted by , In Anxiety,Depression,Relaxation,Stress, By ,, , With No Comments

For many of us, relaxation is a state of mind that can’t be accessed much of the time. It’s more of a dream than a reality, especially when it comes to the times when we need it the most –…

How to Find the Right Counselor or Therapist

So you’ve decided you could probably benefit from talking to a counselor or therapist. Congratulations! That’s a brave first step. But that’s when things may start to feel overwhelming for you. Before you even set foot into a psychotherapist’s office…

What Do Facebook & Suicide Prevention Have to Do with Each Other? A Lot

This should’ve happened years ago. Luckily, it is happening now. Facebook, the social networking giant, will be beginning to take steps to help users who may be dealing with suicidal ideation. We’ve all been there: scrolling through Facebook’s News Feed,…

Comedian Wayne Brady Shows that Depression is No Laughing Matter

On November 4, 2014, Posted by , In Counseling,Depression,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

Practically on the heels of Robin Williams’ death, a fellow comedian shares what it’s like to live with depression – Wayne Brady, of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” fame. Wayne Brady recently opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his struggles…

Feeling Sad this Time of Year? It Might be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you might be starting to feel a bit different than your usual self. Maybe you can’t pinpoint it specifically, but you know you tend to feel worse in the winter…

A New Eye- (and Ear-) Opening Perspective on Schizophrenia

As someone who hasn’t ever had schizophrenia, I honestly don’t know what it is like to hear voices. (Just to clarify, not every person who has schizophrenia hears voices, but it is a common symptom.) I’ve worked with clients who…

Body-Shaming and Fat-Shaming: The Cultural Climate

Beauty standards are getting increasingly higher and higher (or should I say, thinner and thinner?). Attractiveness, by societal standards, has always relied on aesthetically pleasing features such as facial symmetry. However, what is deemed an attractive body type has changed…