14 Nov 2017
marijuana panic attack

Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused illicit substances. Many people use it recreationally without problem, but some people experience problems. Some people become addicted, while others have adverse reactions. The marijuana panic attack is a common side effect of smoking pot that many people experience. With over…

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14 Nov 2017
what is wilderness therapy

Wilderness therapy, or wilderness treatment, is a form of therapy often focused on adolescents. It was popular in the past few decades, although recent trends have been away from wilderness programs and more toward residential treatment options. I myself went to wilderness when I was young, and had an…

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22 Oct 2017
Holding Space for Others

Holding Space for Others

Holding space for somebody else is a powerful way to offer healing, understanding, and compassion. We sometimes want to help people fix things or solve a problem, when what they really need is simply to be seen and heard. This post comes from Elizabeth Sockolov, a therapist in Petaluma,…

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26 Aug 2017
Tips for Relieving Anxiety

How to Get Rid of Morning Anxiety Morning anxiety is something many people experience. You wake up, and you feel anxious from the start. Maybe it comes before you even get out of bed, or maybe it’s while you’re eating breakfast. There isn’t one single way we can tell…

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31 Jul 2017
helping someone with mental illness

Helping someone, a loved one, friend or stranger with mental illness can be challenging. Often the world turns their back and there is no one left to turn to, but how sad. The time they NEED someone most, you can step in and be that lifeline. Expect nothing in…

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17 Jul 2017
Letting Go of Worry and Fear

Worry is one of those things we all face, often on a regular basis. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, just over 18* of American adults experience an anxiety disorder in a given year. It arises in many forms. We worry about work, what other people are…

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07 Jun 2017
Mental Wellbeing and Physical Health

Since I was a young boy I’ve been on and off different psychiatric medications, in and out of therapy as well as many inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for mental health and substance abuse. In my mid twenties prior to getting my act together I was overweight with terrible…

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06 Jun 2017
Initializing a Kinder Voice

Over my time meeting clients in treatment centers meditation groups, and schools, I have noticed that many have become accustomed to the unkind voice in their mind. Sometimes this internal voice is not just unkind but truly mean, harsh, and critical. I think many of us, myself included, have…

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05 Jun 2017
Exercise and Mental Health

You probably already know that exercise is beneficial. Perhaps it’s one of those things that you know you “should” do more, but don’t seem to get it done. Exercise of course has many physical benefits such as keeping the heart healthy, increasing energy, and building muscle. However, most people…

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05 Jun 2017
Balancing Effort and Relaxation

We have the benefit of working with people who are seeking to grow and move forward. As we help people take steps toward their goals, we see many people struggling to balance their lives. It’s a continual dance for many of us. Are we working too hard? Should we…

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