The Mental Health Issues People Living with HIV Deal With

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Being diagnosed with HIV is no longer the end of a life. For those with access to appropriate treatment, being HIV positive is the beginning of a life with different challenges.

As a psychotherapist, I have seen how these challenges affect the mental health of those who live with HIV. Using my experience, I outlined the mental health issues these people tend to deal with. By learning about them, you can — if you live with HIV — improve your mental health or more effectively support people who live with HIV. Continue reading The Mental Health Issues People Living with HIV Deal With

My Experience With Survivors of Suicide, as a Therapist and a Person

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Everyday, 117 people in the United States die by suicide. Suicide is also an international health crisis.

Typically when we talk about survivors of suicide, we refer to those who suffered the crisis of an attempt themselves. But survivors also exist in the form of family members and other loved ones who witness or deal with the effects of a completed attempt. Continue reading My Experience With Survivors of Suicide, as a Therapist and a Person

8 Mental Health Challenges Single Moms Face

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Imagine you suddenly had sole responsibility for two children, earned around $26,000 a year, found your friends drifting away, and continually felt judged for your parenting, no matter how well you handled it.

Welcome to the life of a typical single mom.

As the founder of ESME.com (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere), I’m astounded by the resilience and fortitude of single moms, who currently are raising 23 million children in the United States alone. The route women take to single motherhood varies, but parenting alone is physically and emotionally demanding. For some single moms, it can take a toll on their mental health. Continue reading 8 Mental Health Challenges Single Moms Face

When Your Family Brings Up Post-Election Politics During Thanksgiving

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It’s going to happen. You’re praying it doesn’t, but it’s inevitable.

During Thanksgiving, one of your relatives is going to bring up post-election politics. If your family members have opposing political views, this could be the beginning of a terrible evening. Your annoying uncle might say Trump isn’t so bad, which spurs your equally annoying aunt into going on a rant about how your uncle hates women.

A few minutes later everyone is shouting and arguing about issues and people you are sick of hearing about: Trump, his cabinet, Hillary, her emails, the electoral college, Bernie Sanders, Obamacare, 2020 and much more. There’s a chance someone will rope you in and pressure you to take a stance in front of the whole family.

What do you do? How do you handle the situation and the stress? Continue reading When Your Family Brings Up Post-Election Politics During Thanksgiving

Meet Our Therapists: Marci Payne

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Name: Marci Payne
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] in MO #2001000713
Where you live: Kansas City, MO
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Amount of time working at Talkspace: nine months
Time working as a Therapist: 18 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’ve always been interested in the psychology behind people’s actions. As far back as I remember, people turned to me with their problems. Being the oldest in my family, I had to take a helping role. My interests and strengths made going into counseling and psychology a natural step for me.

I also have learned a lot about myself. Being in this field has motivated me to constantly be working on myself. I know I can only coach others as far as I can get myself.

I’m extremely passionate about relationships and people feeling empowered to deal with challenges more confidently. People’s fear and anxiety can distract them from seeing the choices they have. I help people break down problems and relationships into choices that empower and connect them. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Marci Payne

What Is a Therapist [Psychotherapist]? – The Complete Definition

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A therapist [psychotherapist] is a licensed mental health professional who helps clients improve their lives, develop better cognitive and emotional skills, reduce symptoms of mental illness and cope with various challenges. But that’s only the beginning of what it means to be a psychotherapist. To completely understand the definition of a therapist, you need to learn much more.

This article breaks down every part of what therapists are and what they do. Keep reading if you’re interested in working with a therapist, becoming one or simply learning about an interesting profession. Continue reading What Is a Therapist [Psychotherapist]? – The Complete Definition

Meet Our Therapists: Pamela Hayes

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Name: Pamela M Hayes
Licensing Info: California LMFT, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, ATR-BC, Board Certified Art Therapist (#97-055)
Where you live: Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Amount of time working at Talkspace: eight months
Time spent working as a therapist: 24 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I consider myself an artist and always have. I was first introduced to the idea of Art Therapy when I was a teenager. I have always been artistic, and my high school art teacher, Mr. Hoffman, took our entire class on a field trip. He brought us to a gallery exhibit of artwork, not by artists, but by people suffering from migraine headaches. The creative representation of their pain entranced me. It never before occurred to me that art and medicine could be so interwoven. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Pamela Hayes

How We Can Heal After This Horrible Election Cycle

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Whether it’s watching wide-eyed as Trump swept the electoral college, experiencing Trump-related anxiety, feeling like Hillary called you a deplorable, watching your favorite politician get trounced in the primaries or discovering someone you like voted for the candidate you abhor, this election has taken a toll on all of us.

More than 60% of Americans were stressed about this election, according to a survey we conducted. All of the people we surveyed experienced anxiety about at least one candidate being elected. They also reported election-related strain on their relationships and work.

Now it’s time to heal. Keep reading to learn how to restore your mental health and relationships in the wake of this grueling election cycle. Continue reading How We Can Heal After This Horrible Election Cycle

This Election Cycle is a Nightmare, and It’s Officially Stressing You Out [Infographic]

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We all know this election cycle is stressing us out, but we don’t know exactly what the impact on our mental health is. To fully understand how the primaries and Hillary vs. Trump showdown have affected us, we surveyed more than 1,000 people.

As you might expect, the stress is degrading every part of their lives. It’s become harder for people to focus at work, there is strain on their relationships and their outlook on life isn’t as positive as before. The election is bumming everyone out, although there are differences based on age, gender and political affiliation.

This infographic shows the data we found and offers solutions for your stress. Use it to end the nightmare! Continue reading This Election Cycle is a Nightmare, and It’s Officially Stressing You Out [Infographic]

I Thought It Was OK To Be Friends With My Therapists

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Of the seven therapists I have worked with over the years, I consider myself a friend to at least one of them. We met at an event outside of our sessions, we hugged, joked around and talked about our lives. She was still my therapist at that time. Continue reading I Thought It Was OK To Be Friends With My Therapists