Posts by Emily Beck

Delta Disappointment

Just a few short months ago, COVID 19 seemed to be all but a thing of the past. Mask mandates were being lifted for those who were fully vaccinated, get togethers were resuming in safe ways, hospitals weren’t overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients, and overall COVID 19 numbers were dropping. Then came the Delta Disappointment.…

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Assembling Your Coping Toolkit

Let’s start with what the coping toolkit is: Therapists and other mental health professionals often talk about the “toolkit” or “toolbox”.  The purpose of this coping toolkit is to help with anxiety or depression symptoms. This is a wonderful metaphor if you know what it means and how to use it appropriately.  A coping toolkit…

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Tips to Manage a Mental Health Crisis

What can you do to help someone else in crisis? A crisis can be anything that we define as more than we can handle in that moment, requiring backup or additional help. A mental health crisis is an event or episode that causes someone to feel as though their mental health is out of control.…

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Managing Re-Entry Anxiety

Since March of 2020, most peoples’ lives have been completely turned upside down. Everything that we considered normal and safe, we had to reevaluate. Masks have become a normal part of day-to-day life, and hand sanitizer is ubiquitous in every business and household. We, as a society, have adjusted to life with COVID 19. Many…

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Sleep and Mental Health

Rest has tremendous implications for our mental and physical health. We need sleep to survive, but we also need sleep to thrive. We can tolerate a lack of sleep to an extent, but, eventually, our bodies will take over and we will fall asleep. Our bodies and minds need rest to function in the ways…

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Finding Support in Challenging Times

It is Ok Not to be Ok “Hey, how are you?” This is a pretty common and seemingly innocuous greeting.  However, often, we are not really listening to the answer. Generally, we expect the answer to be “fine thanks, how are you?”. This conversation is not usually for the purpose of finding out someone’s actual emotional…

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The Dangers of Toxic Positivity

Chances are you’ve seen a meme saying something along the lines of “Positive Vibes Only” On the surface, this mindset sounds pretty great. In reality, it’s what is sometimes referred to as “Toxic Positivity”. Toxic positivity is when you ignore negative aspects of your life, using exclusively positive affirmations and not allowing negative thoughts or…

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Is Therapy Right For You?

What even is therapy? At its core, therapy is a time set aside for you to talk to an unbiased observer about things going on in your life. The goal is often to improve or maintain a current level of functioning. Anyone can benefit from therapy if they want to work on themselves. Therapy allows…

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It’s 2021…Now What?

Welcome to 2021 2020 was, to continue the overuse of the word, unprecedented. We, as a society, dealt with a worldwide pandemic, economic strife, political and social unrest, natural disasters, and many other smaller scale and personal events. A lot of these events caused distress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Throughout the year, it seems as…

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Adults, Social Media, and Mental Health

Not the best way to start your day. You wake up on a Saturday morning and instinctively reach over to your bedside table, grab your phone, and open your favorite app. The first thing you see is your middle school bully posting pictures of their fantastic, beautiful new home. So what do you feel? Jealousy?…

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