Meet Our Therapists: Karissa Brennan

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Name: Karissa Brennan, LMHC, DCC
Licensing Info: NYS MHC 005767; DCC 1584
Where you live: New York, New York
Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Amount of time working at Talkspace: nine months
Time working as a therapist: five years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’m curious about what drives us, what helps us feel empowered and what takes our power away. I work in mental health because I find being with people in those quiet, honest moments is the most humbling and valuable experience, and I’m lucky enough to do it every day with the most fascinating people. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Karissa Brennan

Do Therapists Give Advice (And Should They)?

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Many therapists give advice, but there isn’t a single correct answer to the question of whether they should.

Giving advice in the context of therapy — something that sounds benign — is actually a controversial and divisive issue. Advice can mean telling a client what to do, something many therapists believe is unethical and counterproductive, or at least risky. Continue reading Do Therapists Give Advice (And Should They)?

Meet Our Therapists: Katherine Glick

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Name: Katherine Glick
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor, NJ and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, NJ
LPC License Number: 37PC00477600
LCADC License Number: 37LC00180700
Where you live: Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Brentwood, NY
Amount of time working at Talkspace: three years
Time working as a therapist: eight years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I had wanted to be in the health field since I was young, starting with wanting to be a doctor. I became fascinated with psychology and human behavior from my first year of college, and decided to change tracks from biology/pre-med to psychology and never looked back. I’ve felt that being a helper/healer in some capacity was what I should be doing with myself and my career. It feels right. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Katherine Glick

Meet Our Therapists: Sorrenta Stuart

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Name: Sorrenta Stuart
Licensing Info: CA LMFT Lic # 49701
Where you live: Walnut Creek, CA
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Amount of time working at Talkspace: three months
Time working as a Therapist: 12 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

Why am I a therapist? Well I could write a book on that! I am afforded the opportunity to lead by following, to use art and science together, to make something out of nothing, to save a life. My amazing clients allow me into their hearts, into the deep crevices of their souls. If that is not a privilege, I don’t know what is! Nothing enriches my soul more than my relationships with my clients. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Sorrenta Stuart

Meet Our Therapists: Denise Garcia

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Name: Denise Garcia
Licensing Info: LMFT-S, LPC
Where you live: Spring, TX
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Amount of time working at Talkspace: three months
Time working as a Therapist: 10 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I was drawn to therapy as listening and being patient and empathetic are natural strengths for me. I was drawn to psychology as well. I enjoy talking with people and learning about people. Therapy is a place where I can utilize these strengths and combine my analytical side with my creative side. I can give to others in this capacity. Helping others is one of my most important values. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Denise Garcia

Mental Health Problems Bisexual Men and Women Deal With

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Bisexual people are underrepresented and discriminated against, even within the LGBT community. Because of biphobia and other mental health problems bisexual men and women deal with, they are more likely to develop a mental illness and less likely to come out than gay men and lesbian women. They also have the highest rates of abuse in intimate relationships.

If you identify as bisexual or are considering identifying as bisexual, this article will help you navigate potential mental health issues and better understand current ones. It is also a valuable resource for people who want to support the bisexual community and encourage acceptance of bisexual people within the LGBT community. Continue reading Mental Health Problems Bisexual Men and Women Deal With

Meet Our Therapists: Leslie York

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Name: Leslie E. York, MA, LPC
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC], NC, License# 10085
Where You Live: Wilmington, NC
Hometown: Athens, OH
Time working at Talkspace: seven months
Time working as a therapist: I have been a therapist for three years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I wanted to become a therapist because I love people. I love learning about people, I love talking to people and I love helping people. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Leslie York

The Mental Health Issues Lesbian Women Cope With

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Lesbian women face unique mental health issues — in addition to the ones all members of the LGBT community face — because they exist in a marginalized section of an already marginalized community. Exploring the effects of discrimination and prejudice only scratches the surface of their mental health challenges. To dig deeper, take a look at the issues in this article. Continue reading The Mental Health Issues Lesbian Women Cope With

The Mental Health Issues Gay Men Deal With

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The mental health issues gay men are more likely to deal with go beyond discrimination and stigma. To fully understand how their sexual orientation impacts their mental health, we need to examine existential crises, family problems, stereotypes, the effects of the LGBT community and much more. All of these issues make gay men more likely to develop a mental illness or die by suicide.

Keep reading if you are interested in supporting gay men by helping them improve their mental health and spread awareness about the challenges they face. If you are a gay man, this article might be an opportunity to better understand your issues and consider a path to treating them. Continue reading The Mental Health Issues Gay Men Deal With

Coping with Grief and Anxiety in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting

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When Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, walked into the Pulse Night Club on the night of June 11, he most likely thought it would be a normal evening. He would dance, socialize, maybe enjoy some of the live entertainment or Latin theme night. Then he would go home, sleep in and see his loved ones in the coming days.

Capo — and at least 49 other people — did not return. They lost their lives in the Orlando shooting, a senseless act of violence and the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s history. Continue reading Coping with Grief and Anxiety in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting