Dessert Truffles and Stress Relief

A 2019 interdisciplinary research study looked at baking as a potential form of art therapy and measured its impacts on stress and anxiety in adults. Anxiety was measured via the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and the study showed that self-reported anxiety levels substantially reduced after baking. Baking allows a person to connect with both creativity... Continue Reading →

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a psychological theory that believes all of us are inhabited by different mental parts of ourselves. For instance—we may not act or feel the same at work as we do when we are at home. While we don’t change who we are, different parts of ourselves come out at different... Continue Reading →

Gender Affirming Care

Providing gender-affirming care is so important to the transgender community. This may include a different journey for each person, but any health-care professional must be engaged in the work to make true allyship possible. Being an ally to the transgender community involves being a consistent, trusted, and accountable presence to the trans clients we serve,... Continue Reading →

Gaslighting: What is it really?

As mental health care becomes more accepted and accessible, discussions about topics such as abuse, mental illness, or anger management seem to increase as well. This is a good sign culturally, as it shows stigma is breaking down. However, we need to be clear on some terminology used in everyday life. Otherwise, we may label... Continue Reading →

What Makes You Feel Worthy?

We have all heard of and seen a cow- whether we saw it in a photo or at the zoo. However, many of us have not discussed cows in the context of mental health. Carl Rogers, a psychologist who used a humanistic approach to therapy, developed the concept of conditions of worth, also abbreviated as... Continue Reading →

Hot Cocoa is Good For Your Brain

Could eating chocolate be beneficial for you? Say no more; right? There have been various studies indicating the benefits of specifically, dark chocolate consumption. Flavanols, which are found in dark chocolate and cocoa, may promote human brain function on a longer-term scale. Flavanols are a form of flavonoids, which are plant-based substances that have both... Continue Reading →

Showing Support for Chronic Illness

According to the CDC, six in ten adults in the U.S. have a chronic illness. Chronic illnesses are conditions that require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living. Examples may include cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and lupus. A chronic diagnosis may create fear and uncertainty, as chronic illnesses are not curable. A person... Continue Reading →

Engaging Mindfulness on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is traditionally a day to eat delicious comfort food, watch football, and spend time with family. However, sometimes this day produces uncomfortable feelings or situations. Perhaps you have a complicated relationship with food, or perhaps your extended family makes you feel angry. Maybe you are hosting and want to make sure everything is perfect,... Continue Reading →

Spirituality and Religious Coping

Religious beliefs, in some way or another, have touched most of our lives, whether we are deeply involved in a religious institution or have simply referred to God during the pledge of allegiance. Spirituality and religious practices can be big parts of our lives and mostly offer a safe, secure place to land when we... Continue Reading →

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