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Step-By-Step Guide for Practicing Mindfulness Right Here, Right Now

On March 28, 2019, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

This is a guest post written by Taylor Bennett with Thriveworks Counseling. Does the past really stay in the past? It should, but sometimes it wreaks havoc on the present instead. I do my very best to shift my focus, to shake those negative thoughts about the past—yet I always…

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: Do counselors/therapists give advice?

On June 17, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist The good ones don’t! Advice is what everyone else in your life gives you when you’re having a problem or going through an issue, and as you might recall, your relationship with your therapist is unlike your relationship with anyone else in your life. Our place…

Ask a Therapist: How long should I see a therapist/counselor for?

On June 17, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By ,, , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist In most cases, for as long as you want to! The beauty of therapy is that the control is in your hands. If you think that, after working with a counselor or therapist for several sessions, you’ve achieved what you wanted out of therapy, then you’re…

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…

Ask a Therapist: How is counseling different from talking to my best friend?

On June 9, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling is much different from talking to your best friend. Whether you realize it or not, your best friends, as supportive as they may be, always have some sort of “angle”. Let’s face it – they’re biased! They may want the best for you, and may…

Ask a Therapist: Can counselors or therapists prescribe medications?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counselors and therapists usually cannot prescribe medications, unless they hold an additional degree as a prescriber (like an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or a psychiatrist). Counselors and therapists will work in conjunction with medication prescribers, but they have been trained in methods that primarily don’t involve…

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 said it and everyone else has altogether forgotten about it?…

In the World of Mainstream Sexuality, Bisexual People are Invisible

It seems that people may be finally starting to lose their grip on the model of “traditional” sexuality (read: heterosexuality). Same-sex marriage is receiving more and more support and legislation, which is wonderful for those who identify as lesbian or gay. Increased visibility for the LGBT+ community as a whole…