International Women’s Day (and Every Day) Practice: One Breath for Me

Happy International Women’s Day! To all the women, female-identifying, and gender non-conforming folks out there, I wish you peace and power today and every day. This is a quick practice that can help solidify these notions: all you have to do is simply take one breath in, really savor it,…

Ask a Therapist: How much does therapy/counseling cost?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling and therapy can vary in price, sometimes dramatically. Therapy can range from completely free (as when therapists offer up pro bono slots), to what is known as “sliding scale” or “reduced rate” (where your financial considerations are taken into account), to full fee (whatever a…

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 and begin to tackle the issues you’ve been struggling with,…

“I’m Sorry” for Apologizing

I’ll admit it – I’m an over-apologizer. At least, I used to be. I’m working on it. Recently I’ve begun to notice just how often I say sorry about things… which usually aren’t even my fault in the first place. Stupid things, silly things that I have no place to…

Unique Considerations in Counseling Black Men who Have Sex with Men

In many ethnic minority communities, particularly within the black/African-American community, the term “gay” is viewed as pertaining solely to the white male experience; for all intents and purposes, gay equals white. This word has no important personal meaning or significance for many boys and men of color. This can be…

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, something catches our eye – an ambiguous post by a…

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 with depression, culminating on his 42nd birthday. Talking about depression,…

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 months than during any other season of the year. If…

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 have schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations, but that is as far…