Category: Depression

04

Jun2019
Help for the Helpers The struggling caregiver. The depressed new mom. The overwhelmed minister. The burned out physician. Helpers can give, give, give, but then realize that they need help too! I work with the "helpers" - those of us who have a calling to give back, but often need reminding that our ... Read More

22

Apr2019
Invalidation is denying or ignoring a person’s emotional experience and communicating that their thoughts or feelings are not valid or wrong. Invalidation hurts the most when you feel like people are not listening to you, misunderstanding or minimizing what you are saying, or you feel that you are being ignored. Invalidation ... Read More

13

Mar2019
Welcome To My First Video/Vlog! The purpose of this video is for you, the client, to get to know me a little better. This video is also aimed for you to see how your experience would be in session, to discuss some of my viewpoints of therapy, and also to discuss ... Read More

18

Feb2019
The holidays are over, family and friends are once again miles away, suitcases are still not fully unpacked, work has just started up again, and it is still cold— except now the snow is no longer associated with nostalgia and Christmas tunes but rather it’s just another obstacle on the ... Read More

18

Feb2019
When I began doing online therapy (therapy using video calling) I wasn’t sure what it would be like, for the client or myself. Would the client benefit? How much can the client really get out of online therapy? Is in person, office therapy better? Let’s talk about some of these ... Read More

23

Jan2019

Let the Dirt do the Work

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January 23, 2019
Have you ever been so low that you aren't at rock bottom but you are below rock bottom. You are in the dirt. You feel like there is no way up. I'm here to tell you, it's ok. Beautiful things grow from dirt. Allow yourself to sit in the dirt. My ... Read More

16

Oct2018

The Journey Begins

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October 16, 2018
Thanks for joining me! Who is Darcie Kelly? Well, I am a woman, a mother, and a Social Worker. For some of us, mostly in the helping fields, a big part of our identity is our occupation. When it comes to helping others, it’s a need you have, a passion. I ... Read More

24

Sep2018
In this video, clinical psychologist Dr. Martine Jones shows you how to do diaphragmatic or "belly breathing" to calm your anxiety and panic symptoms. For more helpful videos and information on Dr. Martine's online counseling services, you can find her at hazeltreeonlinecounseling.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=p8Jl30aErfw Original Post September 8, 2018 - Diaphragmatic Breathing ... Read More

18

Sep2018

Am I suffering from PPD?

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September 18, 2018
“How can I be feeling sad?! I just had a beautiful, healthy baby?” Having a baby is a life changing event. Many women do not consider feeling anything but sheer joy when they bring their baby home. The truth is, women and men can be overwhelmed with anxiety ... Read More

12

Sep2018

The Value of the Moment

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September 12, 2018
Life is like a jeweled necklace. There are different sizes and types of jewels that are strung together to make a necklace. Each gem representing different moments of time and the string representing our lifeline. Each moment, each experience we have offers us the opportunity to either grow or stay the ... Read More

06

Jun2018
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write about how mindfulness can be used to assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit. Mindfulness helps people focus more on the present moment and really take it all in. Some benefits of this practice, ... Read More

24

May2018

WOOP! Your Life

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May 24, 2018
Visit: WoopMyLife WOOP! This is such an awesome concept! I have used it with a lot of clients and I use it myself every day since I learned it, and I will constantly talk about it in blogs. I’m hopefully going to break it down into something simple for ... Read More

24

May2018
Have you ever come home from a frustrating day and all you want to do is just vent? Me too. The problem with this is that the people we vent to may also have had a frustrating day. Combine those two energies together, and ... Read More

24

May2018
These bean jars have been so helpful in understanding thoughts and emotions. I challenge you to use them yourself. Make a jar full of beans representing all colors of beans. And remember, there aren’t simply three kinds of thoughts (positive, negative, and neutral)… I have just simplified them into those ... Read More

27

Feb2018
Freedom from Depression Essential Practices for Lasting Freedom from Depression The true source of healing from depression comes from within—not from medications. Yet when depression drains away your hope, vitality, confidence, and power, how can you find the energy to help yourself? Advanced clinical research in ... Read More

27

Feb2018
What It Feels Like to Be Depressed What is the worst thing about being depressed? You feel Broken, Hopeless, and Alone. Even if you have people in your life who would support you, you feel like you can’t open up to them. They ... Read More

23

Feb2018

Sober And Still Unhappy

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February 23, 2018
Sober And Still Unhappy You admitted that you have a problem, that you were powerless and all that jazz. You survived the physical detox process that, by the way, was not a mere "7 to 10 days." You're feeling like a ... Read More

15

Jan2018

RESILIENT YOU

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January 15, 2018
Every day and every moment gives you an opportunity to start over and be resilient. You are resilient and are capable to withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions. You may not think so, but ... Read More

12

Jan2018
Things Mentally-Emotionally Powerful Do Mentally-Emotionally Powerful Tribe recognize that any acute crisis and life challenges always precede or coincide with an opportunity to up gain consciousness and are opportunities for badass growth. All life forms need obstacles/challenges/crises in order to evolve. For ... Read More

14

Dec2017
It’s that time of year where every other blog post is about gratitude. ‘Tis the season, right? According to David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk, author and scholar, who has inspired generations with his inspirational message about finding gratitude in every moment ... Read More

05

Dec2017
‘Tis The Season To Be…Stressed! 5 Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress If buying the perfect gift that’s likely out of your budget, baking an exquisite dessert that can could compete with those made by Martha Stewart, attending drunk Uncle’s holiday party, decorating your ... Read More

01

Dec2017

What is Psychotherapy?

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December 1, 2017
What is Psychotherapy? Good news! You don’t have to lie on a couch and blame your mother for all life’s problems. Psychotherapy is the process of meeting with a therapist, if it’s with me – a psychologist, to resolve ... Read More

17

Nov2017
The Messy Truth I don’t think we use it causally in my line of work– it’s also something I’ve had a tendency to minimize time and time again in my life. Trauma can occur ... Read More

31

Oct2017
The “Teacher” called “Emotional Suffering” How you receive this Truth is the level of your current openness and receptivity. Emotional Suffering is the psychological resistance/ the psychological layer that is created through non-acceptance by the Mind. ... Read More

19

Oct2017
Neuroscientists discover neuronal link between generosity and happiness There have been reports that people who are generous in giving time (e.g. volunteering) or giving money to others or any random acts of loving kindness or other forms of generosity report greater happiness. Until recently, ... Read More

17

Oct2017
How do you transform the relationship you have with your emotions? I recommend several different techniques and the rationale behind them. I will be succinct and straight forward in my recommendations, all of which fall into the category of “Mind Training” or ... Read More

16

Oct2017
If you are stressed out, experience symptoms of trauma or have PTSD, you may try to deal with your problems through avoidance and other negative ways of coping that cause more harm than good. This is called negative coping. Negative coping means you ... Read More

13

Oct2017
When trauma survivors take direct action to cope with their stress reactions, they put themselves in a position of  awesome power. Positive active coping with trauma makes you begin to feel less helpless, not a victim, and like a Warrior. • Active coping ... Read More

04

Oct2017
Mental health reactions after disaster, like the recent hurricanes and earthquakes look very much like trauma reactions. Disasters can cause a full range of mental, emotional, and physical reactions. You may also react to problems that occur after the event, as well as ... Read More

04

Oct2017
  Most people have some kind of stress reaction after a trauma. Having such a reaction has nothing to do with personal weakness. Stress reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks. For most people, if symptoms occur, they will ... Read More

25

Sep2017
  The neurobiological mechanisms in response to stress, anxiety, fear, panic, and trauma can have extremely harmful effects on your physical health and is very very serious matter.  If you are experiencing repeated acute ... Read More

25

Sep2017
Mind, Emotion, Body and Sport: Physical injury can affect psychological health. Psychological health influences the recovery of physical injury. Minor physical injuries can be managed with little to no disruption in activities of daily living (e.g. working, self-care) ... Read More

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Sep2017

23

Aug2017
ॐ MEDITATION GUIDELINES ॐ   Step 1 Meditation:  Become aware of the contact of your sit bones with whatever surface they are touching. Notice whether your pelvis is easily upright, or rolled under, or arched with the top tipped forward. Allow any tension around ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Trauma and PTSD: After a traumatic event, it is normal to think, act, and feel differently than usual. Most individuals will start to feel better after a few weeks or months. However, If your symptoms last ... Read More

23

Aug2017

UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS

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August 23, 2017
Anger, Depression, and Anxiety are identified as “The Big Three, but Not The Big Easy” emotions. These three emotions are the most prevalent in our culture.  A tremendous amount of suffering is experienced with these three emotions.  All emotions are predominantly linked to ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Good Science & Good Practice: Let us first understand something about breathing ॐ. Breathing keeps us alive, but we rarely appreciate it, and the majority of people are not even consciously aware of their breathing.  We are breathing continuously from the moment ... Read More

23

Aug2017
DID YOU EAT YOUR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING? Good Science & Good Practice Medical Minute Update on Depression: Depressive symptoms and breakfast intake. Recently published (April, 2017) scientific study finds a strong relationship between frequency of eating breakfast and symptoms of depression. Lack of ... Read More

23

Aug2017
  Good Science: The Latest Research on Depression. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Depression does not discriminate. It affects all ages, all walks of life, in all countries. According to the latest estimates published (April, 2017) from the ... Read More

23

Aug2017
Here is a list of symptoms/signs: If you have one or more, then you may be depressed. These symptoms/signs are the alert signals as an immediate “call to action” to seek treatment from a qualified mental health practitioner. Do you ... Read More

13

Dec2016
“Sitting with the pain and joy of being a human being while refusing to run for any exits…is the only way to become a real human being…” Glennon Doyle Melton

13

Dec2016
Finding your home means being safe from the random hurricanes of outcome, be it success or failure.  What is your home.

13

Dec2016
I think that some people hear the word meditation and what they hear is “New Agey Psychobabble”.  I did too. For a long time. Then Science started speaking up. Persistent and innumerable anecdotal claims about meditation’s effectiveness forced researchers to take a closer look.  The results are in.  Meditation, and especially mindfulness ... Read More

13

Dec2016
You say you are going to work out before work. When the alarm goes off that brilliant plan seems absolutely ludicrous.  The idea of getting up, getting dressed, driving, working out, showering, changing for work, and driving some more…it’s just too daunting.  You hit ... Read More

13

Dec2016
Do you want to sleep better? Feel happier? Appreciate more? Decrease feelings of anxiety and depression?  Integrate this new habit into your night-time routine.  

26

Nov2016
Many studies support the positive impact the practice of gratitude has on mental health.  I’ve made a short video of a fun gratitude exercise to improve your sleep, mood, and mindfulness. Enjoy! Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is a leading researcher in gratitude.  In multiple studies, he has confirmed that ... Read More

09

Aug2014
  Are you struggling to find a balance between protecting your parents while not infringing on their need for an independent life?  If so, you are not alone. Countless adults become caregivers or guardians for their aging parents, often finding it necessary to ... Read More

09

Apr2014
Does my insurance cover this?   Whether I meet a client online or in my office, this is one of the first questions clients ask me, usually after "are you licensed?" The answer is the same, and that is “I am not sure, but I know ... Read More

29

Mar2014
Are you struggling to find a balance between protecting your parents while not infringing on their need for an independent life?  If so, you are not alone. This may be one of the toughest decisions we ever have to make. Even if you know it is the right thing to do, ... Read More

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