As my therapist and I dig deeper into my past to figure out what needs to be addressed for a better future, I have been doing a lot of thinking about my family.
– by Anonymous Talkspace User
As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t help but think that my family is one of the biggest reasons I ended up in therapy to begin with. No, I was not abused, neglected, or harmed in any way. But despite its best intentions, my family didn’t succeed in teaching me the necessary life skills I needed to stand on my own two feet, embrace my individuality, or defend my decisions.
Continue reading Dear Therapist: My Family Did This to Me, Right?
The 3.3-pound human brain makes up 2% of our body weight and is responsible for at least a quarter of our metabolic functions, so, our grandmothers were absolutely right to stress proper nutrition for optimum mental health.
There is an impressive amount of evidence that links diet and mental health, making it harder and harder to deny that indeed, what we put into our bodies not only affects us physically, but also cognitively. Continue reading How to Eat Your Way to Mental Health
“I just have way too much motivation. I don’t know what to do with it all!” said no one ever.
– by Melissa Wildt, MS, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist
Do you ever find yourself procrastinating and you’re not sure why? It’s absolutely true that the longer we put off doing something, the more stress it can cause us in the long run. Most of us know how this can feel, but not how using strategic motivation can help end this cycle of frustration. Continue reading 6 Helpful Tips On How to Unleash Your Motivation
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!
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
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?
“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?
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?
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
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?