Posts by Emily Beck

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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 Unhelpful Things to Say to Someone with Anxiety

Anxiety is the experience of excessive worry or nervousness related to life experiences. Many people experience anxiety in some form at some point in their lives. However, some people struggle with anxiety on a much greater scale and with greater frequency. People who have intense or frequent anxiety often feel misunderstood and belittled by those…

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Managing the Holidays in the Era of COVID 19

It’s November, and with that comes the onset of holiday season anxiety. From interacting with family that we rarely see, to travel stress, this season can be challenging. Add in financial difficulty, mixed with a global pandemic, and we are all in brand new territory. Navigating COVID 19 has been challenging for a variety of…

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Anxiety – 5 Lesser Known Ways It Might be Affecting You

What is anxiety? Often, this word conjures an image of someone wringing their hands while they worry about an issue in their life. A child has missed curfew or maybe their thoughts are racing about an upcoming exam. In reality, anxiety can take on a variety of manifestations and outcomes. Some of the more common…

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Telehealth with Adults: The Ins and Outs

We are living in an unprecedented time. We are all trying to find some sense of normalcy. For some, this comes in the form of going for daily walks.  For therapists and therapy clients, this comes in the form of meeting virtually, or teletherapy. Truth be told, teletherapy is our best and safest option right…

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Battling Loneliness:

Making friends in adulthood Connection is an extremely important part of mental health. Isolation can be a sign or symptom of mental illness, as well as a contributing factor. While in school, we are surrounded by a group of our peers, the majority of whom are actively seeking friendship and connection. What do we do…

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