Interview with Dr. Deborah Serani, Psychologist and Author

I connected with Dr. Deborah Serani on Twitter, and she was kind enough to answer some questions about her clinical work and her writing. She has some great books about depression as well as books for kids, and you can find her books on Amazon! To start off, tell me a bit about your professionalContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Deborah Serani, Psychologist and Author”

Thinking Outside the Box for Therapy

Karen Caldwell is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and International Psychometric Evaluator who provides mental health services as well as resources on her website, mentalbliss.org. She was kind enough to offer to share her writing with me. KC is raising money to provide free therapy sessions, and you can donate here! This postContinue reading “Thinking Outside the Box for Therapy”

Why Do Suicide Rates Go Up In March?

Content note: this post talks about suicide in general terms. There is a common misconception that suicide behaviors spike around the holiday season in December. Although people who experience suicidal ideation might need support at any time during the year, in the northern hemisphere of the world, we actually see this surge happen around March.Continue reading “Why Do Suicide Rates Go Up In March?”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Source?

I spoke last week about referral questions, or what you are hoping to learn from a psychological evaluation. This week, I want to talk about referral sources, or who recommends that you get a psychological evaluation. Working with kids, most of my referrals come from pediatricians, and a lot of adults get referred by theirContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Source?”

Self-Care in Lockdown: A Checklist

This is something I shared on my Facebook page months ago, but I thought it deserved a re-share since many states have gone back into lockdown. I wrote it with kids in mind, but the concepts apply to adults too. When you never leave the house, the days can blur together. It’s tempting to parkContinue reading “Self-Care in Lockdown: A Checklist”

Giftedness: Anxiety With Better Branding

Today I would like to share a personal story. When I was a kid, I loved to read. I mean, I loved to read. I brought books out to recess, I stayed up late with a flashlight under my covers, I watched almost no television. I think it was the fifth grade when my schoolContinue reading “Giftedness: Anxiety With Better Branding”

How Do We Talk About Suicide?

Obvious content warning: this blog post talks about suicide in a non-descriptive way. Mental health is hard to talk about. Although we’ve gotten better over the years as a society, there is still a huge stigma, especially around suicide. Suicide is a symptom, just like heart failure is a symptom, but suicide gets talked aboutContinue reading “How Do We Talk About Suicide?”

Thoughts On Self-Diagnosing

Many people struggle to acknowledge when they are having trouble with their mental health, and this happens for a few reasons. First, stigma about what it means to have mental illness can put people in denial about their symptoms. They don’t want to be labeled “crazy” or “unstable.” Second, mental health is health that relatesContinue reading “Thoughts On Self-Diagnosing”

The Chicken or the Egg: Depression and Withdrawal

One thing many people already know about depression is that people who are depressed often withdraw socially. While it’s true that social support is an important component of alleviating depression, this sometimes gets misconstrued as, “If I want to help my loved one, I need to force them to be in social situations.” You mightContinue reading “The Chicken or the Egg: Depression and Withdrawal”

The Case for Primary Care Therapists

Stigma continues to be a serious problem in mental health, and anxiety about what it means to have a therapist can be a huge barrier to someone seeking services. Although we all have different life experiences and many people do not experience mental illness as defined by the DSM-5, every single person alive has anContinue reading “The Case for Primary Care Therapists”