Wellness Wednesday: Fear

You know, I was in such a bad state last week that I started drafting this post. I do think fear runs my life much more than I realize, but I felt particularly awful and fearful last week. It’s strange to revisit that because while I still deal with fear and anxiety daily, I am […]

High Functioning Anxiety 2

Honestly, I almost forgot that I committed myself to posting every Wednesday (at least). I didn’t really have a set topic in mind for today. My semester technically starts tomorrow and I am already overwhelmed. I have found myself waking up at night with my chest hurting, and I need to get my sleeping schedule […]

Heartwounds: The Impact of Unresolved Trama and Grief on Relationships – Tian Dayton

3/5 Stars As a mental health professional, this was an easy and quick read. I could see myself assignment sections of this book to clients as well as the exercises in the back because it breaks down trauma in an easy to understand way, using simple language. I also appreciated the brief sections about dissociation. […]

Almost a Psychopath – Ronald Schouten & James Silver

4/5 As a mental health professional, it was nice to read something useful but not jam-packed with jargon, as I am already used to that in my doctorate program. I can see myself referring to this book when assessing clients and/or interactions. I liked how the authors presented case studies of many different types of […]

The Schopenhauer Cure – Irvin D. Yalom

Book review, some spoilers … ish. This book chronicles how one therapist (Julius) near the end of his life seeks to ascertain whether he has been helpful to his clients. One client sticks out in his mind: Philip. So Julius contacts him and arranges a meeting. Philip is an unlikable character, pompous and unfeeling … […]

Family Based Services: A Solution-Focused Approach

A professor pointed out to me how different family based services are depending on where you live (and who does the training). For instance, in Pennsylvania it’s very structural (focuses on hierarchy, enmeshment, etc) and in Wisconsin it’s more solution-focused. While I think both have their strong points, I tend to lean more toward the […]