Posts by Emily Beck

Understanding Negative Emotions

(9/30/22) As therapists, we encourage positive self-talk We encourage doing things that make you happy, and becoming your most authentic self. While all of these things are wonderful, we also need to address the other side of things; Negative emotions happen even when we are doing well in our mental health journey. When we are…

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Structure in Unstructured Times

(6/14/22) We made it to summer! As we enter the summer months, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and we tend to let out a collective sigh of relief. Even if your work schedule doesn’t change during the summer, something about this time of year feels different. Lazier, less scheduled, and more open…

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Introvert or Extrovert?

(May 26, 2022) Which one are you? The terms introvert and extrovert are often used in casual conversation, and many people identify with one or the other. These terms, while used frequently, can be misused or misunderstood. So, what does it mean to be an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert is someone who gets…

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The Power of Humor

(April 19, 2022) “Laughter is the best medicine”  What does this phrase mean? Laughter in and of itself can’t cure colds, broken limbs, or kidney disease. So why do we say that laughter is “medicine”? Often, though not always, what we mean is that humor makes us feel better. Humor is an important tool in…

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A Beginners Guide to Radical Acceptance

(March 21, 2022) You are awake and it’s 2:03 in the morning. Your alarm is set to go off at 6 am. You say to yourself “ok, if I fall asleep right NOW I can get 3 hours and 57 minutes of sleep” How do you feel? Anxious? Stressed about the following day? Not a…

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Is It Time to Break Up with Your Therapist?

(February 16, 2022) Therapy, at its core, is a relationship. You meet with someone regularly and they help you work through some of your most personal and painful experiences. They help you cope with your moods, help you get resources, and provide you with a model for what relationships can look like. The difference between…

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Online vs. Traditional Therapy

(January 5, 2022) Online vs Traditional Therapy If you are a consumer of media, you are likely familiar with online therapy platforms. At first glance, there does not seem to be a downside. What are the benefits and drawbacks to traditional therapy? What can traditional therapy do, that online therapy cannot?  Let’s break down some…

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Delta Disappointment

(August 30, 2022) 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…

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Assembling Your Coping Toolkit

(August 2, 2021) 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. …

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Tips to Manage a Mental Health Crisis

(July 9, 2021) 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…

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