How You Can Beat Anxiety with Mindful Breathing

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Many clients come into my virtual office wondering how they can finally beat their anxiety. Some experience full-on panic attacks while others report a dull, never-ending, pulsing sense of nervousness. As their therapist, I often tell them the solution to beating anxiety might be in one breath.

Mindful or conscious breathing can be an easy way to promote relaxation and reduce fear and anxiety in the moment. Using mindful breathing as a tool can help you access the part of your nervous system that allows you to reduce stress and think more clearly, which will keep you safer and eliminate the overwhelmed feeling that often accompanies anxiety and panic. Continue reading How You Can Beat Anxiety with Mindful Breathing

Meet Our Therapists: Alaina Brubaker

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Name: Alaina Brubaker
Licensing Info: NY LMFT [Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist] Lives in: Rochester, NY
Hometown: Adams Center, NY
Time at Talkspace: Nine months
Time as a therapist: Five years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?
I’m interested in people and figuring out why they act, feel and behave the way they do. From a very young age I was always trying to figure out themes and patterns in people. I could see how insight and awareness could be the key to change. As I got older I saw how desperately people needed support and how alone many people felt. I wanted to take the natural warmth and compassion I had for people and find a way to develop that. Becoming a therapist was the path I chose to do that. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Alaina Brubaker

The Anxiety Muslims Deal With in the Time of Trump

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This is a photo of a supporter at a Trump Rally in New Hampshire.

Anxiety disorder is the second most common mental health issue Muslim Americans deal with, according to The Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America [JIMA]. Many Muslim Americans attribute a large portion of this anxiety to “finger pointing” and discrimination following 9/11.

Organizations such as JIMA have not yet determined whether Donald Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric have caused a statistically significant difference in these anxiety issues. Nonetheless, stories and insights from the Muslim community demonstrate Trump’s rise to political power has added layers of anxiety and exacerbated struggles Muslims have coped with since 9/11.

Talkspace reached out to our community of therapists to examine how Trump’s movement has affected their Muslim clients’ mental health and communities. Continue reading The Anxiety Muslims Deal With in the Time of Trump

3 Trends in Therapy You Need to Watch For

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Imagine a future where most therapists text their clients or video chat with them. Then picture these therapists working alongside doctors, yet focusing more on the strength of their relationships with clients rather than symptom reduction.

It’s not as far away as you might think, and it’s only scratching the surface of how therapy is changing. Therapy will always have the mission of helping people live a happier and healthier life, but the methods of working with and reaching clients are evolving rapidly.

To glean a glimpse of this future, keep reading to learn about the most prevalent current and emerging therapy trends Talkspace looked into. Continue reading 3 Trends in Therapy You Need to Watch For

Meet Our Therapists: Ken Fields

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Name: Ken Fields
Licensing Info: LMHC in Hawaii
Where you live: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
Hometown: I have lived in Maui, Hawaii since 1996. I was born in Los Angeles. Moved to Oregon in 1969 to go to college and remained there until moving to Maui.
Time working at Talkspace: 10 months
Time working as a Therapist: I received my MA in Counseling Psychology in Portland, Oregon, in 1981. I have been practicing since that time (34 years). I started online counseling in about 2006.

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?
I started in education as a secondary teacher and gravitated towards mental health counseling as a result of helping kids feel better about themselves. I work in mental health to help people feel better about themselves, learn to cope with stressors, and challenge their erroneous beliefs, to provide support and encouragement. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Ken Fields

Meet Our Therapists: Christy Paul

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Name: Christy Paul

Licensing Info: LMHC MH8666

Home: St. Augustine, Florida

Originally From: Lakeland, FL

Time at Talkspace: Almost 3 years

Time Practicing as a Therapist: About 13 years


Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

“I love all of the people I come into contact with, and seeing the change and growth in them through the therapeutic process.” Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Christy Paul

Reconciling Religion and Therapy: Why You Can Talk to God and a Therapist

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When people practice their religion seriously and believe in the healing power of God or other divine forces, it can be hard to accept the idea of a therapist providing mental enlightenment in addition to what they receive from their faith-based communities. There might be stigma in their community regarding therapy and mental illness as well as people who explicitly tell them not to see a therapist.

If you are religious and interested in seeing a therapist, know faith and therapy are not mutually exclusive. There are millions of people who are involved in religious communities and see a therapist, finding happiness in both spaces and without feeling they are compromising any belief.

Understanding religious criticisms of therapy and how these people moved past the stigma could be your first step toward finding an extra source of happiness and an unexpected place to deepen your faith. Continue reading Reconciling Religion and Therapy: Why You Can Talk to God and a Therapist

Dating a Man with Depression: What You Need to Know and Do

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When you date a man with depression, it can become a struggle to maintain a relationship with him and protect your own mental health. The experience is not fundamentally different than dating someone without a mental illness, but there are issues that are more likely to arise.

By understanding these issues and knowing how to respond, you can support the man you love without threatening the relationship or your emotional wellbeing. Continue reading Dating a Man with Depression: What You Need to Know and Do

What Would a Therapist Say About Bernie Sanders?

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Check out the first part of our series if you’re interested in seeing Donald Trump’s psychological profile!

Bernie Sanders released a folk album in 1987 that even the record producer thought was terrible – but musical taste hasn’t stopped the 74-year-old Senator from Vermont from appealing to Democratic voters across our country.

Sanders ran for president to ensure politicians addressed issues such as single-payer healthcare and free education during Democratic primaries, but his ideas touched a nerve with voters. Now the long-serving politician is tied with Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

In the second of our series on presidential hopefuls, Talkspace therapists assess Sanders’ psychological profile and how well it fits him for the job of president. Continue reading What Would a Therapist Say About Bernie Sanders?