Let’s start the new week off with a #mindful Monday. If you can learn one way to calm your anxieties and put your mind at ease, #mindfulness may be the best bang for your buck. Swipe left to find many ways to practice. Consider it your homework for the week 😊
The world feels heavy right now — fires in California, refugees, and mass shootings. Always mass shootings.
Our latest blog post shares 5 ways to cope with mass shootings and how to engage children. •
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I hope everyone's had the opportunity to thank a veteran for their service today and everyday. If you are a veteran following along... thank you for your service! With veterans in mind let's all take the opportunity to remember, for many veterans, the battle does not end for them when they get on the plane to head back home to their loved ones. •
Be aware of the battle they face when they get back home. #ptsd#veteransday#goodtherapy
Most people don’t know how their past negative experiences could be TRAUMA. What is trauma? How could it affect you today? 💛🌅
Most people experienced a trauma in their childhood. Some experienced multiple trauma. Some continue to experience trauma. 💛🌅 Some Potential Traumas of Childhood:
1. Physical abuse
2. Sexual abuse
3. Psychological/emotional abuse
5. Witness domestic violence
6. Witness physical assault
7. Experienced sudden death of loved ones
8. Witness death or other violence
10. Parents with Addiction
11. Parents with Mental Health Issues
12. Removed from parents/foster care
13. Childhood medical issues
NOTE- Praying for my fellow Californians experiencing the TRAUMA of wildfires. 🙏🏾
People have major mental health conditions and have to go to work and school, everyday. Let that sink in. Baristas, servers, customer service representatives that you snap at, your coworkers or peers that you mistreat, may have to clock in with an illness. Be kind. Be intentional in your day to day interactions. Aim to be the sunshine in someone else’s day 🌥⛅️🌤☀️
Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about.
There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s brought out into the open.
Pain travels through families until somebody is ready to feel it. Pain is not just an abstract concept- it is physiological. It is material. It is a weight that lives in our nerves, in our bones. It is a deep knowledge our organism carries that we have been wronged. And if we do not allow ourselves to release this pain- or we are not given a viable opportunity to- it will not just go away when we die. It will simply get passed down. From nervous system to nervous system. The imprint of pain is mirrored in the cells of each subsequent generation. Our bodies are so intelligent: the mix of stress hormones our baby bodies are bathed in while we grow can tell us what to expect outside the womb. They may tell us: Beware! something is wrong out here. There is some reason your lineage is in pain. And so we grow up, primed to feel it too. Our anxiety is not just our anxiety: it is an accumulation of our family’s history. It is a legacy of so many bodies for generations knowing that something is wrong and needs to be changed- or that we need to be prepared to survive it too if we can’t. And so in this way the unresolved trauma of every generation before us is passed down until it can be addressed. Until someone is ready to acknowledge it. Until someone is ready to be feel it. Until someone finds a way to have a new experience of the world. #familytrauma#familylegacy#neurobiology#neurobiologyoftrauma#neuroscience#neuroscienceoftrauma#trauma#attachmenttheory#ptsd#intergenerationaltrauma#traumarecovery#mentalhealththerapist#mentalhealththerapy
🗣Say it louder for the people in the back! Developing a deeper connection within yourself is the most important thing you could ever do. Invest in the inside and you will reap the rewards you’re soul is craving. ✨
When I think of all the things I’ve been through in life, I realize they all needed to happen in order for me to be where I am at right now. If your life feels messy or difficult just remember it is all apart of the process and it will get better.
Own your brilliance and shine your Light. Live to your highest potential ladies ✨
How can you boost yourself up today?
Thankful to get to hit and putt some golf balls for a change with a stellar group of people at a NAAAP LA event this past Saturday. With some tips from the instructors, I’ll hopefully be able to find my golf swing back that has been missing for the past several years!! ⛳️ #drivingrange#golf#puttputt#fore#mentalhealththerapy
Counselor Tyler Secor is merging his love for video games with his passion for mental health counseling. Find out how he’s using gaming consoles as tools for therapy in the latest feature story by #DesperateHousegeek Magazine.
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Is there a better way to wrap up a Sunday then to talk about #SelfCare ? Working with children can be a mentally draining job, but it doesn't have to be. #selfcaresunday#believephq
👀👀 Look after your Mental Wellbeing!
Whether you are a teacher, a counselor, a children's mental health therapist, a parent, a coach.... ANYONE.... YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH! Start Today!
A little flashback on this Sunday morning to a former chalkboard quote in our space... •
Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.
- Alice Walker •
One of the exercises we work on with clients is the ability to empower themselves; how empowerment can help a person overcome their challenges and that taking even small actions can lead to much bigger results. •
Many clients have talked about the triggers they’ve encountered with the state of things in the US. Voting is a mechanism of empowerment. Portland Mental Wellness encourages you to vote, to make your voice heard. If you’re in Oregon you can no longer mail in your ballot but you can drop off your ballot by 8pm on 11/6 to have your voice counted. •
Check out theoregonvoterguide.org to find a drop box near you!
As we put our clocks 🕑 an hour back and deal with the changes in the amount of daylight we receive, we should take some time to put into place things that increase a positive mood. Take advantage of sunlight when it is available and implement some self care. But most of all just be gentle with yourself during the changes. Happy Sunday! ✨
In its entirety, “Beneath the surface of the protective parts of trauma survivors there exists an undamaged essence, a self that is confident, curious, and calm, a self that has been sheltered from destruction by the various protectors that have emerged in their efforts to ensure survival. Once those protectors trust that it is safe to separate, the self will spontaneously emerge, and the parts can be enlisted in the healing process.” -Bessel van der Kolk
Guilty! 😅😫 ✋🏾We need to stop creating more unnecessary stress to our already overflowing plates. ***
This happens when we get stuck on one thing and end up thinking about every possible scenario or the what if’s that can occur. ***
Contrary to belief or (what your anxiety makes you believe)..THIS DOES NOT HELP. 🙅🏾♀️ ***
When we read📖 into things too much or take things personally it can cause us to freeze and ruminate excessively on things. Doing so fuels anxiety, self doubt, worry and many other things.
Let’s stop overthinking in its tracks and shift this energy into something more positive that can help you feel better and have more joy. ✨ 📸: @alexarosecarlin