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

Social Media and Moms: Feeling Inadequate in a “Fakebook” World

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from clients, “Other mom’s don’t seem to have this problem.” This statement could be about depression, anxiety, panic, marital issues, kid issues, trouble balancing or a myriad of other topics. When I ask why they think no one else struggles, social media is inevitably part of the answer. Continue reading Social Media and Moms: Feeling Inadequate in a “Fakebook” World

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

Healthy Wedding Planning: Managing Life Before and Happily Ever After

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You’ve most likely seen the movies that make fun of wedding planners for being over the top. Maybe you’ve watched shows about Bridezillas who have lost touch with reality. And there’s a good chance you’ve read a few articles that said you can easily reduce stress if you follow “10 steps” while planning your wedding reception.

While most of the aforementioned are well-intended, the majority miss the big picture of successful wedding planning and fail to acknowledge the long-term mental health benefits of prioritizing and being disciplined during this incredible experience.

Energy and expectation management along with work and life integration extends far beyond the days leading up to the wedding, the wedding reception itself and the honeymoon. Consider the following guidance if you are interested in achieving fulfillment on a consistent basis, not only for a single chapter of your life. Continue reading Healthy Wedding Planning: Managing Life Before and Happily Ever After

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

I Tried Therapy: Here Are 10 Reasons Why You Should Try It Too

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For so long I refused to consider the concept of therapy. I would experience many breakdowns and panic attacks. Afterwards my mom would gently offer the prospect of seeing a therapist. She told me how much it helped her cope with life, and how much it could help me with the complicated way I was feeling.

I scoffed at the thought. I believed I was fine on my own, battling my demons with no help from a stranger. But when I finally did go, I kicked myself that I didn’t sooner.

That is what drove me to write this article. We can be so apprehensive when it comes to taking opportunities to better ourselves. Just because something is unfamiliar or uncomfortable doesn’t mean we need to fear it or dismiss the thought.

I was apprehensive for a long time. I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone without knowing what to expect. But because I put it off for so long, it took me that much longer to reap the incredible benefits of opening up. With this list of reasons, I want to nudge the doubtful people in the right direction to help themselves by seeing a therapist. Continue reading I Tried Therapy: Here Are 10 Reasons Why You Should Try It Too