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Practice these self-care techniqes

Essential Self-Care Techniques this Fall

With the temperatures and weather changing, your mental health might be affected. It’s a time of change that can affect your mood, actions, and even how you think about yourself. This means it becomes even more important to consciously prioritize your well-being so you don’t fall into the trap of the changing seasons. Self-care techniques …Read the rest…

Learn ways to help mitigate sleep disorders

Sleep Disorders, What Causes Them, and How to Mitigat...

Sleep disorders — a blanket term referring to conditions that prevent people from sleeping well on a regular basis — are common. In fact, by some estimates, as many as three-quarters of adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can have a significant effect on our general health and well-being. Issues with …Read the rest…

Use these strategies to help change limiting beliefs

Stifled by Negativity? Change Limiting Beliefs With 4...

Take a scroll through your news feed and you’ll see no shortage of posts about “positive mental attitude.” This can be a good trend but it rarely delves into the nuances of how our minds work. We don’t have a positive/negative switch that can be flipped at will. In fact, if we want to maintain …Read the rest…

Learn the ways you might be exhibiting imposter syndrome

Signs You Have Imposter Syndrome & How to Overco...

Fake it till you make it. We all know the cliché and the “fake it” part almost comes naturally now. “Make it” is an entirely different story. In fact, for many folks, it may feel like an impossibility. No matter how much they accomplish, they perpetually feel like a fake. This is often a sign …Read the rest…

Use these ways to set boundaries to get what you need from life.

9 Ways to Set Boundaries with People, Food & Tim...

There are many ways to set boundaries. Often, the tricky part is enforcing them. The boundaries we choose to set and how we implement them say a lot about who we are. What Are Boundaries and How Do We Set Them? While “boundaries” has become trendy as a word, especially in big cities such as …Read the rest…

Use these to tips to help stop overthinking

5 Tips to Stop Overthinking Everything

Firstly, let’s not overthink a post about how to stop overthinking. That’s a good start. Well, it’s a nice goal at least. Overthinking has become the norm for more people than ever. We are bombarded 24/7 with news, good news, bad news, and even “fake news.” Our devices now lure us into entirely new realms …Read the rest…

Use these tips to help you when you're not feeling "good enough"

What to Do if You Never Feel “Good Enough”...

What happens when “good enough” is no longer good enough? In a smartphone/social media universe, even the most mundane, everyday activities become a tacit competition. As a result, we may start believing that no matter what we do, we can’t measure up. Who Decides What is “Good Enough”? On some level, we all realize how …Read the rest…

Learn how to communicate effectively with DBT interpersonal effectiveness skills

DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning Effective C...

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. Research has shown that DBT is effective in treating a wide range of disorders and issues, including depression, substance use, eating disorders, and PTSD. DBT includes skills in four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal …Read the rest…

Distress Tolerance Skills: Using TIPP During an Emotional Crisis

Distress Tolerance Skills: Using TIPP During an Emoti...

Have you ever felt as though your emotions are at a breaking point? Have you ever been in an emotional crisis and did not know how to handle the situation? Do you ever think “I wish I had some way to help manage my emotions”? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills can enhance your mental, emotional, …Read the rest…

DBT emotion regulation

DBT Emotion Regulation: How to Manage Emotional React...

I’m Alexandra Marshall, a DBT trained Therapist in Houston. I help people develop skills to manage emotional reactions better and to start building healthy and connected relationships. I find that frequently, people come to me saying they want to stop overreacting when they get emotional. Or they want to start feeling heard and feeling more …Read the rest…

Pet, Emotional Support and Service Dogs Explained

Companion Animals: Pet, Emotional Support and Service...

Written by freelance writer: Brandon Butler There is a reason you call dogs man’s best friend. Their companionship can help us become calmer, happier people. Some research (and plenty of anecdotal evidence) suggests that companion animals greatly improve our mental and physical health.  Formally trained therapy dogs, registered emotional service animals, personal pets, and even other …Read the rest…

Finding the right multicultural counseling therapist

Multicultural Counseling: Finding the Right Counselor...

People from minority cultures experience mental health problems that often get overlooked due to several factors. Misunderstanding the culture, preconceived notions, stereotyping, and lack of education and information are all factors that can harm a counselor’s multicultural competency. It might seem simple to find a multicultural counselor in a city as diverse as Houston but the …Read the rest…

Flowers Reach toward the Sun

Embrace a Fresh Start: 5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Li...

Now that spring has arrived in Houston, a deep cleaning is a great way to embrace a fresh start in life. A good sweep-out is not only good for your physical space, but it’s healthy for your mental space too. If you’re like most people then your life can feel cluttered or bogged down at times. …Read the rest…


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