One View of Spirituality and Mental Health

People are more than the sum of their parts. Various aspects of oneself might contribute to a sense of wholeness. These include, but are not limited to: physical, emotional, vocational, intellectual, relational, and spiritual. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my role is to come alongside people in their journey to assist them in exploring and integrating aspects of their life, increasing their sense of wellness. Discussion and understanding of mental health issues has [...]

Reducing the Stigma of Going to See a Mental Health Therapist – What are the Facts?

Many people remain confused about very basic facts and information regarding mental health concerns.  One important fact about mental illness is that it is not rare. Nearly every one of us is affected by mental health issues directly or indirectly. Another fact is that the majority of people who have mental health issues respond effectively to intervention, leading productive and satisfying lives. Many people assume that people with mental illness will never get [...]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Men

Both males and females can develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with exposure to traumatic events.  This article is about PTSD and men, in particular.  PTSD affects up to 4% of all men in the United States. It is a very debilitating medical condition that negatively impacts men who experienced traumatic experiences. Rates of PTSD are higher among war veterans and first responders (such as police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel). Men who experience [...]

Navigating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Insurance

Finding out weeks, even months after your Mental Health (MH) or Substance Use Disorder (SUD) appointment, that you have an outstanding balance because your insurance company is not in-network with your provider or that you have a deductible, can be a financial hardship. Knowing what your particular insurance plan covers ahead of time can alleviate the unknown, claim denials, and balances that leave you, the policy holder, responsible for the payment. To know [...]

Mental Health for Men

One out of every five adults each year will have a mental health illness. Effects of mental health problems are devastating for the person affected and their families. The impact can be especially troubling for men, who often do not seek treatment because it is seen as a sign of weakness. It is a national epidemic that can be averted.  How serious is the problem? Over 6 million American men will suffer from [...]

Contemporary Family Structures Are Continually Changing

Interestingly, society has an “ideal” notion of the “typical” or “normal” family system while, at the same time, ongoing societal changes have created altered ways in which families are structured.  We think about family functioning and family dynamics in broader contexts and there is likely no longer a true “normal or typical” family structure. Various family structures have strengths and challenges, and as in any family, life and family functioning can be very [...]

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