How to Say Goodbye: 5 Tips for Ending Therapy

How to Say Goodbye: 5 Tips for Ending Therapy

When someone enters therapy and begins a relationship with their therapist, whether it’s online or offline, the last thing on that person’s mind is leaving.

– by Nicole Amesbury, MS, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist & Head of Clinical Development 

But, just like with all relationships, there will come a time to say goodbye and it’s how they choose to go about it that really matters. Lets face it, many endings to relationships tend to be negative; think break-ups, death, and divorce. They may even be the reasons someone comes to therapy in the first place. But the good news is, ending therapy on a positive note is absolutely possible and it will enrich the time you spent receiving it! Continue reading How to Say Goodbye: 5 Tips for Ending Therapy

Gratitude is Not Just Another Nine Letter Word, Right?

Gratitude is Not Just Another Nine Letter Word, RIGHT?

Practicing gratitude in action is a lot easier said than done; in fact, I would assert that gratitude is the path of a true emotional warrior.

– by Blythe Landry, LCSW, M.Ed / Talkspace Therapist

Life is a strange conundrum, isn’t it? It appears to me that we are on this planet to laugh and cry, make music and clean houses, launch rockets and engage in toe tickling. We are born to experience things like love and confusion, blinding rage, abandonment, the tragic loss of loved ones, or even infidelity – possibly committed by your husband with your best friend. Continue reading Gratitude is Not Just Another Nine Letter Word, Right?

Dear Therapist: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Dear Therapist: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Sharing thoughts and feelings with my therapist is one thing – acting on the advice being given to me is an entirely different beast.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

This is my current dilemma: It’s been a few weeks since I jumped into this therapy thing full throttle, and my therapist now knows more about me than many of my friends and family members. And even though I think sharing my emotions is a good thing, what I really want is an effective action plan to keep them from doing exactly what they always do – interfere with my otherwise blissful existence.  Continue reading Dear Therapist: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

7 Tips: How To Chase Your Dream Responsibly

7 TIPS: HOW TO CHASE YOUR DREAM RESPONSIBLY

It’s no secret that pursuing a dream can be a significant challenge.

It takes fierce courage and often requires extreme sacrifice; discouragement and competition are often pre-requisites for success. Sometimes, it means making the choice to follow a path not supported nor accepted by family and friends, and can even mean repeatedly putting yourself in situations that are less than conducive to good emotional, physical, and mental health. The ramifications of such renunciation, as you can imagine, may lead to significant effects on a person’s wellbeing. Continue reading 7 Tips: How To Chase Your Dream Responsibly

Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

Depression How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

1 in 10 Americans and 121 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression.

– by Luanne Rossi, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist

Depression usually affects more people than the individual it attacks. Family members of the person afflicted can experience a multitude of life changes, including financial difficulties, strained relationships within the family and unanticipated shifts in the overall dynamic. A lack of education about depression can cause close friends and family members to disassociate from the afflicted person, intensifying his or her feelings of loneliness. Continue reading Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

Surprising Mental Health Trends In American Children

Surprising Mental Health Trends In American Children

“I’m by no means condemning prescription medicine for mental health. I’ve seen it save a lot of people’s lives.” – Zach Braff

Interesting news: according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, there has been a decline in severe mental health problems among America’s youth. This optimistic finding is especially significant because it acknowledges the importance and success of medicinal as well as therapy-based treatment options among children and adolescents struggling with mental illness.  Continue reading Surprising Mental Health Trends In American Children

Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Someone recently asked me about why I chose to start therapy when I have a ton of friends willing to listen to my every complaint, and tell me exactly what I want to hear.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

When I explained that therapy is not so much about what I want to hear, but about what I need to hear to resolve my problems and move forward, the person blankly stared back  – the conversation had abruptly ended. I think people have a very hard time understanding what therapy is, and why anyone would bother going through with it. Continue reading Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

How Much Do You Really Know About Loneliness?

So, Loneliness is Really Bad But is it Lethal

Yes, loneliness can impact your lifespan.

The truth is, if you haven’t experienced loneliness for yourself, no matter how much you read, talk, or hear about it, you may never fully understand what it’s like. It’s more than just a longing for authentic and meaningful connections with others, loneliness is a state that impacts the overall emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of a person. Continue reading How Much Do You Really Know About Loneliness?

From the Experts: How to Maintain Health and Wellness

From the Experts How to Maintain Health and Wellness

What do health and wellness mean to you?

– by Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, BCHHP / Talkspace Therapist

Do you define health as the absence of problematic symptoms or specific conditions? Is wellness about having goals and actively working towards them? Or are both terms synonymous with feeling energetic and full of life? It’s good to think about these things from time to time. Continue reading From the Experts: How to Maintain Health and Wellness

You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

How to Help Veterans Deal with PTSD Live Better

“When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” – Karl Marlantes

Our sense of security stems from knowing many of our bravest men and women are prepared to put down their lives to protect us. On the other hand, those who have witnessed the horrors of war inevitably have to cope with the impacts of those experiences such as post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. The first step towards taking care of these veterans is understanding how PTSD affects their community.  Continue reading You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD