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: 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, or a little bit of extra help or support going…

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…

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…

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…