Relationships: How to Avoid Relationship Bankruptcy!

Relationships How to Avoid Relationship Bankruptcy

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard that all two people have to do to create and maintain a healthy relationship is to “improve their communication skills.”

– by Rick Macnamara, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist 

It’s almost a mantra by now, with couples coming to therapy repeating those words verbatim. But what if all the two people have to say to each other is how much they’ve grown to hate the other person’s guts? Continue reading Relationships: How to Avoid Relationship Bankruptcy!

Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Do you sleep like Nikola Tesla or Barack Obama?

Ever wonder how some of world’s most incredible people got their beauty sleep? Well, wonder no more. We’ve found the coolest infographic that breaks down the surprising sleep habits of the rich and famous. Turns out Leonardo Da Vinci utilized a crazy polyphasic sleep cycle, while Richard Branson prefers a fixated block of solid snooze time. Continue reading Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Dear Therapist: What if Work Interferes With My Therapy?

Dear Therapist What If Work Interferes With My Therapy

Since I started therapy, I’ve been trying to find a more effective way of balancing work, recreational activities, personal time, as well as therapy itself. It hasn’t been easy.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

I have a job that requires a lot of mental effort. By the time I get home from work, I am usually feeling a little tired and somewhat wound up. But my day doesn’t abruptly end there. Like most people, I also have a lot going on outside of my job. So, when the stresses of my personal life are combined with the stresses of my professional life, I tend to emotionally shut down until I can process my feelings in therapy or on my own time.  Continue reading Dear Therapist: What if Work Interferes With My Therapy?

Identity and Expression: What Does Gender Got to Do With It?

What Does Gender Got to Do With It?

“There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.” – Judith Butler

– by Liz Campese / Journalist and Talkspace Staff Writer

As you’ve probably already heard, Caitlyn Jenner unveiled her true self to the world this week. And although it’s hard to know for sure if societal pressure to adhere to gender expectations was the main reason she kept her identity a secret for as long as she did, I know it doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading Identity and Expression: What Does Gender Got to Do With It?

Can Superhero Therapy Treat Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD?

Can Superhero Therapy Treat Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD?

Superhero Therapy refers to therapy that incorporates Superheroes and other characters into treatment in order to assist clients struggling with a variety of mental health disorders.

These can include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and others.

Guest Blog by Janina Scarlet, PhD / Leading Advocate of Superhero Therapy

Whether someone is new to therapy or has been in therapy before, it can be overwhelming and intimidating to open up about deeply personal experiences. The simple question, “How are you feeling?” so often asked by mental health professionals, may be an overwhelming one. Here’s where Superhero Therapy comes in. Continue reading Can Superhero Therapy Treat Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD?

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