One of my friends tells her story of growing up with a mother with “issues” rather matter-of-factly, but the details are pretty grim to listen to. “She would stop talking to me for no reason, for days at a time, and put a gift on my bed when she decided she was done being mad … Continue reading How to Care for Yourself When Dealing with Difficult People.
Happy day to all of us working to reduce the stigma of mental health diagnoses, and to all of us diagnosed. We are the dreamers, the storytellers, the artists, the empaths, the healers, the warriors, the advocates, and the visionaries of the world. Be bold, be loud, and remain open - there is still so … Continue reading Happy World Mental Health Day!
When individuals begin to see me for therapy, it is very often because they have gotten fed up with some part of themselves that they feel needs changing, fixing, or altogether eradicating. They’ll introduce this part of themselves to me as their “stupid anxiety” or “annoying depression” or “ridiculous obsession with eating,” etcetera. They judge … Continue reading Rethinking Shame As A Motivator For Change.
Last week was Weight Stigma Awareness week, initiated by the National Eating Disorder Association in 2011 as a means of bringing attention to the impact that weight stigma has on disordered eating, mental health, and healthcare for those with eating disorders or individuals living in larger bodies. It's an important week for the eating disorder … Continue reading What is weight stigma?
As clinicians, we are built from the ground up to disregard ourselves. This begins in our training process, when we are instructed on how to listen well to someone. It is made clear that we are ears, not mouths. We’re warned not to bring too much of ourselves into session with us, so as to … Continue reading The Very Best That We Can Offer To Clients Is Ourselves (A Post for Clinicians & Helpers).