Mental Health Disorders and Yoga

Mental Health Disorders and Yoga

This research is showing that the psychological benefits of yoga come from breath, mindfulness/meditation, relationships with self and connection with the body (Roth, 2014). Understanding this, along with who can benefit from this type of practice is important. As counselors, we need to make sure we are not only delivering the yoga in a therapeutic form but delivering it to those who will benefit from the practice.

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How to Raise a Mindful Child

How to Raise a Mindful Child

Just like adults, kids are drawn to mindfulness. Once they experience it, they know it feels good in their brains and bodies without reading the scientific evidence behind these practices. But when do they have the chance to experience it? To learn it? To practice it? Who will show them?

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What is Love? Defining hope, faith, love and belonging

What is Love? Defining hope, faith, love and belonging

Love roots can be damaged beyond repair even if the injury is rare. It just depends on the injury. I’ve learned through experience that I have boundaries, and if those are disrespected and crossed, I can only heal if I move away from the person who did it. If they apologize, I would of course accept but still not stay. Forgiving does not mean staying. And if they don’t apologize, I still work to forgive them and move away.  

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How Do I Find My Inner Peace?

How Do I Find My Inner Peace?

I call on my no-nonsense internal referee who blows the whistle and stops my thinking/solving game, making me step back and regroup. It’s a genderless figure in my head who calls the shots in this moment and no matter how much I want to pursue more thinking/solving, the “agreement” is that I only get a green card when I drop my attempts to think/solve and go do something self-caring, like making myself a yogurt parfait or playing with my cat. 

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What Does Mental Health Mean?

What Does Mental Health Mean?

I like to think of mental health as mental fitness. We have to work WITH our minds to build mental strength. Just like we have to do push-ups, sit-ups, squats and lunges to build our physical strength, we have to do the work to gain awareness of our thoughts, feelings and actions so we can be mentally stronger.

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Is This Therapist For Me?: Finding the Right Fit

Is This Therapist For Me?: Finding the Right Fit


While everyone’s experience of therapy is different, there are fundamental things that should be happening in your therapy room: you should feel heard, understood, safe, and respected. 

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