May 13, 2018 9:25 AM
Nicki Ditch LMHC - Counseling and Mental Health is hosting this film on Tuesday, May 29th at Webster AMC Theaters in Webster, NY. It is a "Theater on Demand" film which means that it will only show ("tip") if enough seats are filled by 5/20. LETS FILL THIS THEATER! Cost is only $12!!
I heard Kevin Hines speak when I worked for Unity Hospital's Outpatient Behavioral Health clinic. This man is nothing short of remarkable and his message to the public is genuine, so vulnerable, and healing. This film is only currently available via Theater on Demand! If you are interested in attending this event, click on this link: https://gathr.us/screening/23383 If this trailor moves you in the even the smallest way, order a ticket now! What else do you have that is more important to do on a Tuesday evening?
May 5, 2018 4:24 PM
We often struggle with recognizing our own anxiety. Sometimes we think we are experiencing fear when we are actually anxious. We often believe that anxiety is helpful and we worry about what life would be like without anxiety. Even worse, we believe that there is no such thing as life without constant worry. We think things like, "I am an anxious person. Anxiety has been part of my life for as long as I can remember! If I don't have anxiety, what would I have? If I'm not anxious, who am I?" In this video, I hope to help you identify when you are anxious vs when you are fearful and why it matters to manage anxiety. I also hope to help you see that anxiety is an anxious liar and while Anxiety may have played an important role in your life for a long time, it is okay to break up with anxiety, even if it is not easy to do so.
Feb 22, 2018 2:28 PM
My brief take on using avoidance in therapy. Avoidance is not always a problem in therapy and even when using it becomes problematic for the client, the client's efforts to protect him/herself should be honored and respected. And sometimes, avoidance is exactly what healing entails!
Jan 3, 2018 12:08 AM
"Fragile" is an adjective that not many of us like to use to describe ourselves. We like to think of ourselves a strong and durable and we are! We have withstood the pressures and injuries in life to be here today so of course we are strong and durable! But aren't we also delicate at times and meant to be handled with tenderness even when we are strong and durable? What if you were only durable and as a result, you were only handled with carelessness? I mean, it's fine! You won't break! What would it be like to honor your fragility and invite the opportunity to be handled with tenderness?
Jan 2, 2018 11:54 PM
Most of the time the new year brings new hope. Can you enjoy that experience while also honoring some of the disappointments and grief in 2017?
Oct 25, 2017 7:39 AM
There are many articles on the internet with the heading that Jim Carrey has Bipolar Disorder. When I read them, they only point out his depression but I have not read about any mania which is THE factor that makes a diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder instead of depression. All that being said, if he does have Bipolar Disorder, he has found an amazing way to channel that energy. I tell my clients with the diagnosis to protect themselves and their loved ones while in a manic episode by giving the car keys and credit cards to someone they trust, enlist loved ones to help stay away from drugs and alcohol, maintain their therapy and psychiatry appts, remember that they can't fly even if mania tries to convince them otherwise, and get the help of their psychiatrist for sleep. When that is all in place, use the mania as a tool to have safe fun and accomplish great things!!! One reason why the depression that follows the mania is so bad is because of the guilt about the dangerous, expensive, and hurtful things the person does while manic. By preplanning for safety and using mania as a tool to accomplish great things, you give yourself the opportunity to have a more mild case of depression following mania. If Jim Carrey does have bipolar disorder, this may be how he creates the amazing art in this video. I've read that he is completely off meds now and relies on his faith and his art that includes his comedy to help him cope. I am always truly amazed at people's abilities despite their inner demons. Sometimes IN spite of them. I wish more people knew just how strong and courageous they really are!!!!
Oct 21, 2017 5:16 PM
Did you ever insist that you were not jealous even though you did feel jealous? Jealousy gets a bad rap but it has its utility in relationships! Watch to see how.
Oct 8, 2017 1:56 PM
In this video, I briefly share how you can eliminate the thoughts in your head that contribute to confusion in your life. Be well.
Oct 4, 2017 3:14 PM
Two common immediate reactions following a tragedy are feeling as if a prior loss or traumatic experience is happening again and re-evaluation of priorities. While the first immediate reaction is generally very emotionally and sometimes even physically painful, the second reaction can be helpful. It is so easy to get lost in the overwhelm of the current crisis and despair has a way of taking over if we are not intentionally fending it off. It is during the immediate aftermath of tragedy when we should find ways to be self-caring, determine our own values, and identify at least one behavior we can do now that align with our values. In doing so, we allow ourselves to continue to heal our older wounds and begin to heal the newest wounds. So, how can you be self-caring right now? What do you promise yourself to do today to take care of you? What do you value TODAY and HOW COME? Is it because you’ve been told you should value it while wondering if you truly do? Is it because you had a life experience that either instilled or reinforced that value? Is it because it’s just been a habit to value it; something you’ve always done without really giving it much thought? Can you imagine cleaning the closet out? Can you dump all the values, opinions, shoulds, shouldn’ts into a pile and sort through them, deciding what you want to toss, what you want to give back to its rightful owner, and what you want to hold onto and place neatly back in the closet? After you’ve done that, can you take it one step forward and do one thing today that aligns with the values that you have decided are yours to keep?
Sep 29, 2017 3:21 PM
I tell clients to honor their grief and that confuses them.
“Why should I honor my anger, hurt, and my sadness? I want it to go away! I want to stop hurting!”
When you honor your grief, you are honoring the importance of your lost loved one. You are saying, “You matter! Our relationship matters! That you existed matters! That you are physically gone from my life matters!”
Your tears, sobs, and even your laughs in the context of your grief are honorable.