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Tele…what_ Telehealth!

Tele…what? Telehealth!

In the wake of this global pandemic, most providers are switching to telehealth services, and therapists are no exception. But, it can be confusing to even know what telehealth is, let alone if it is worth your time and money.

What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is a term that has been thrown around quite a lot in recent days, but it actually involves what is already integrated into our culture today. Technology. We are familiar with making facetime calls and phone talks with our friends and family, and telehealth is just doing that exact same thing with a provider. Therapists are set up and ready to provide HIPPA compliant (private & Secure) video and phone sessions to you.

Are Telehealth services right for me? Yes.
In this age we are living in, telehealth seems to be one of the only options. To both therapists and the people that they work with, telehealth is not ideal, and it is new territory for both parties. However, at this time, we are lucky to have a way to connect with our people when we need support. All of my clients that have switched already have said they were unsure at first, but are excited to keep going.

Benefits of Telehealth:
It is clear that in the face of social distancing our world becomes much more isolated and lonely. This can wreak havoc on our mental health, and I’m here to tell you, living like this is REALLY HARD. Especially, if you live alone. It is super important to stay connected to a therapist in times of crisis, telehealth lets us do that.

In a time where there is so much unknown, it is vital to have someone to work through it all with. We can gain support, learn coping skills, have social interactions and more, all through our devices. Much of our time in the next days, weeks, and months will be physically isolated, but we do not have to be socially and emotionally isolated, and we have telehealth to help with that. Set up a telehealth appointment today by calling us at (503) – 446 -2500 or visit us here.

Life in the time of COVID-19

Life in the time of COVID-19

Everything is changing.

COVID-19 has only been circulating for a couple of months now, but it stands to change the way that people live all over the world.  We have arrived at life in the time of COVID-19. People are having to change the way they work, the way they socialize, often their whole life. Change is something that most people have difficulty with anyway, but how do you cope with SO much change in so little time. Here are 5 things you can do today and keep doing to make it through this tough time.

– Make a routine and stick with it.
In times where you spend the majority of your life in the same place, maybe even the same room (looking at you all those people in the tiny house community) the days can run together. So set a routine to help your mind and body get on track.

– Do new things.
As part of that routine, why don’t you try out meditation, if you are like me and have been wanting to for 6 months but haven’t had the time? As a bonus, meditation has been proven to be great for mental health. Or how about that watercolor painting kit you got for the holidays, but haven’t pulled out?

– Get Physical and Eat Well.
While everyone practicing social distancing is great for our community, a short walk around the block with your dog can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Or you can view an at-home workout from YouTube. Do your best to eat well during this time, along with washing your hands, eating lots of veggies and fruit are great for immune system function

– Create beauty
Do some spring cleaning, organize your bathroom! Now is a great time to create beauty in the space you live in. You can check out our Instagram post about creating beauty here.

– Go to therapy (online)!
One incredible thing about our world today is that we have the resources to connect virtually. This is a time where it highlights our mortality. We are all living in the unknown and that can be terrifying. While this fear is normal and ok, it can be harmful or difficult to deal with it on your own. See a therapist via video or phone today.

Life in the time of COVID-19 proves to be a new challenge for humans, but I believe it will make us stronger, as we can create change and life even in the unknown of this age.

Overcoming a Bad Therapy Experience

On Screen Bad Therapy Experiences

Have you ever noticed that every mental health professional in movies is the weirdest, most messed up character in the entire thing? The kind gentle therapist who suddenly starts screaming at his clients. The seemingly “normal” therapist who soon reveals that she believes every problem to be related to sex. The therapist who crosses all boundaries and ends up being more of a help-seeking friend than a help-giving therapist. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been watching something and thought, “yikes, that is a messed up therapist, and that is a very bad therapy experience.” Of course, these portrayals are primarily to add to the dramatic nature of the shows and movies they are part of, but I can’t help but think this has given the whole profession sort of a bad rap. If I wasn’t a therapist, and I had seen any one of these movies/shows, you could count on me to never share anything vulnerable with a counselor, let alone go anywhere near a therapist’s office. Read more

How Music Connects Us to Others

It was the summer of 1984. My older sister and I were 12 and 11, respectively. We awoke one morning and started making preparations for the afternoon. We secured every bit of makeup, hairspray, hair accessories, and trendy clothes and shoes that we had at our disposal. Our three neighborhood friends arrived in the early afternoon and we got started. We teased our hair, referencing magazine articles as needed, and got our clothes and makeup just right. We lined up our instruments – plastic tennis rackets for guitar and bass, a hairbrush microphone, a portable keyboard, and upside-down bowls for drums, with chopsticks for drumsticks. Soon, the moment arrived. We were ready. We took our places. And we became The Go-Go’s. Read more

Infertility: You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone

I always knew I’d have children. From an early age, I loved kids. I was the neighborhood babysitter as a teenager and I gladly helped with the caretaking of my little sister when I was 18 and she came along. Growing up, I was always vocal about wanting kids. I knew it would happen.

In my 30s, I was with someone who I thought would be my life partner, but we decided we weren’t ready for kids just yet. We got married when I was 37 and we still weren’t in a hurry. There were other things we wanted to do first, including establish our careers. I knew that others had trouble with infertility past their mid-30s, but I knew that wouldn’t be me. Finally, we started “trying” when I was almost 39 years old. After about six months and no success, my husband at the time let me in on a little secret: He didn’t actually want to have kids. He wasn’t sabotaging our efforts, but he didn’t want to keep trying to conceive. I was devastated as I tried to come to terms with a life without kids. Read more

Reaching Out Could Save a Life

Note: If you are suicidal and need immediate support, please contact the Multnomah County Crisis Line at (503) 988-4888, the Lines for Life Suicide Hotline at (800) 273-8255, or call 911.

On February 13, 2015, I received a text message from a friend while I was at work that directed me to a Facebook post. I saw the title of the post and my heart sank. As I continued to read the details of the post, I went into my office and shut the door behind me. I slumped down against the door and wept – for someone I don’t even know.

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Imposter Syndrome – A Different Approach

I hadn’t thought much about imposter syndrome until I was in grad school studying psychology and getting ready to start seeing clients in my internship. Grad school can only do so much to prepare a new therapist to sit with a client for the first time. As I walked into the room with my first client, I thought, “This poor person. They got me as a therapist. I don’t know what I’m doing! What if I cause some sort of irreparable damage!?! I shouldn’t be here.” While I made it through that session and many others after it, the feeling of being an imposter doesn’t go away easily. In fact, it may never go away completely.

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Laughter can lead us to connection

I’m funny. At least, I think I am. I remember being funny when I was a kid. My older sister and I used to lie down in the hallway in our house when we were young (and bored) and I could make her laugh until she was crying without even tickling her. We were gifted a tape recorder once when we were young, which resulted in an entire afternoon of howling laughter. I remember that we recorded ourselves telling each other knock-knock jokes. One of the jokes went like this:

            Knock knock.
            Who’s there?

            Burton.

            Burton who?

            Burton up your overcoat!

 

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When Loneliness Feels Overwhelming

Loneliness can feel so overwhelming. Even writing the word feels heavy and exhausting. It can feel heartbreaking when we need to reach out to others and find that there’s no one there. Or when we have something exciting happen and no one to share it with. When we feel this way, we often think that we’re the only one feeling this way. It may seem like everyone else has more friends or is better at romantic relationships. We may feel closed off and isolated from the rest of the world. And we may feel that our attempts to reach out to others will fail – so we don’t even try. Loneliness can feel debilitating.

 

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Under 30 and feeling lost? You’re not alone.

Things were easier in some ways for older generations than they are for today’s young adults. It used to be that if you were a man, you’d find a job right out of high school that you’d stay in for the next 35 years, or maybe you’d be lucky enough to go to college, or you’d join the military (either voluntarily or not). If you were a woman, after high school you married whomever you happened to be dating. You might go to secretarial college so that you could work for a powerful man. Or if you went to a 4-year college, you went just to find a husband. (Are you cringing? Me too.) (Side note: This is of course from a very heteronormative perspective. Back then, if you were anything other than heteronormative, you had to be invisible or pretend to be something that you’re not. Things were not easier for these folks.) When I say that things were easier back then, I don’t mean that they were better. People had very limited options back then, but they knew what those options were. That made things easier for them.

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Tele…what_ Telehealth!

Tele…what? Telehealth!

In the wake of this global pandemic, most providers are switching to telehealth services, and therapists are no exception. …

Life in the time of COVID-19

Life in the time of COVID-19

Everything is changing. COVID-19 has only been circulating for a couple of months now, but it stands to change the way that …

Overcoming a Bad Therapy Experience

On Screen Bad Therapy Experiences Have you ever noticed that every mental health professional in movies is the weirdest, …