8 Ways to Make the Most of Counseling

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You’ve taken the step to schedule your first appointment with a psychotherapist or a counselor. You are nervous, though, worried you might not know what to do when you get there.

You have all these thoughts running through your head like, “Will they judge me? Will it really help?” You consider cancelling the appointment, but you’re in a crisis or trying to prevent a crisis. In the end you decide you are going.

Once you find a counselor who is a good match, you will want to get the most out of your investment in time and money. Here are some ideas on how to make the most of the counseling experience. Continue reading 8 Ways to Make the Most of Counseling

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

5 Therapist-Approved Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Work Day

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Most people spend more waking hours at work than they do with their friends and family. It’s an unfortunate reality in which most of us live. Because we’re stuck at work so much, it can be hard to find ways to make every day productive and enjoyable.

Being riddled with deadlines, dealing with co-workers and battling through work-related stress can be difficult to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to feel better at work. Here are some straightforward tips to help you make the most of your time at work so you can make the most of your time at home, too. As a therapist, I have coached my clients on these strategies and seen great results. Continue reading 5 Therapist-Approved Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Work Day

What I Want My Clients to Know About Working with a Therapist

I remember the first time I entered my therapist’s office. I felt like I was walking on uneven ground, my stomach had butterflies and my thoughts were racing.

As I sat, our glances met and I thought to myself, “What should I talk about? Is he going to be able to help me? Will he judge me? He doesn’t seem eager to see me.”

Then, in a calm and caring voice, he invited me to talk.

“What brings you here today?” he asked. Continue reading What I Want My Clients to Know About Working with a Therapist

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

Don’t Avoid Your Worries! Manage Them With These 5 Strategies

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When you worry, you are believing the “what if’s” you tell yourself. Your fear response is activated as if there is real danger.

If you were in danger, the stress response would help you get out of it. But without a real threat to deal with, you are left with excess energy and nowhere to put it.

When anxiety is high, you can feel like you want to crawl out of your skin. It’s understandable that people want to avoid anxiety or situations that trigger anxiety.

Avoidance isn’t the solution, though. In the long run, avoidance actually reinforces your fear that you can’t handle the situation. The worry becomes cemented and self-confidence lowers. Continue reading Don’t Avoid Your Worries! Manage Them With These 5 Strategies

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