Mental Health

Reaching out: My Mental Health Experience

I am interested in hearing about your mental health experience, no matter where you are on your journey. We all have lived experiences that we can share and learn from. You can share via a Google form or you can snail mail me at: #MyMHExperience, c/o ABW, PO Box 254, Middleboro, MA 02346.

Follow me on Instagram where I will share the responses that come in.

Sidewalk Talk Boston

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What kind of things do you do to give back? Is volunteering a part of your life in any way? For some of us, volunteering is something we do on a regular basis and for others it may feel like we don't have time, don't know exactly what to do or wonder what kind of difference can we make.

I have done a variety of volunteer work throughout my life and it has always made me feel good when I do. There is definitely an intrinsic and extrinsic value in giving to others. I could go into the research that supports the benefits of volunteering for those that give and those that receive but I will save that for another blog post. Today, I want to talk about Sidewalk Talk.

Sidewalk Talk is a community listening project. Its mission is to provide a space for people to be heard. It may sound simple or maybe sound like it isn't needed but think about all the times you haven't felt heard. Think about the people you pass on the streets, or at work, or school that may also feel that way or truly have no one to talk with. 

We all have stories to share, our lived experiences can be similar or very different but they are all of value. They all teach us something. Sitting across from someone who has made a decision to share their story with you is priceless. I am excited to be a part of this project and want to extend this invitation to you.

So what does it take to be a listener? Sign up over at Sidewalk Talk and complete the online listener training. You should also join our Facebook group, Sidewalk Talk Boston

We have an event coming up on Friday, August 24th from 9:30am-2pm at the Boston Common.  You don't have to be there for the whole thing so if you are only able to attend a portion, you are welcome. Details are in our Facebook group or you can email me at sidewalktalkboston@gmail.com

 

Telehealth...Online Therapy

With the New England winter approaching (hopefully not too soon), I wanted to talk about Telehealth. What is Telehealth?

Telehealth, also known as online therapy, is the application of therapeutic counseling via communication networks to include telephone, video or internet. It can be utilized from therapist to client local, nationally and internationally.

Telehealth is beneficial for a variety of reasons.

Online therapy can be of benefit for those that:

  • Have busy class schedules and extracurricular activities
  • Shifting work schedules
  • Travel often
  • Have small children and naptime is long enough for a session
  • Are a caregiver who find it difficult to coordinate care for loved ones just to leave the house for a short time
  • Have medical issues that can complicate getting out of the house
  • Struggle with consistency in their appointments due to certain mental health issues
  • Live out of the state or country and are looking for something specific in their session that they haven't found nearby
  • Want to maintain commitment to the therapeutic process regardless of inclement weather or time constraints

Some of my clients use online therapy on occasion, others use it as a primary tool. I have clients around the world who choose to utilize online therapy as their tool for mental health care.

Within the United States, I currently hold licenses in Massachusetts and Iowa so residents in either of those states can make appointments with me.

Please contact me if you are interested in finding out if your health insurance covers Telehealth sessions. All self-pay clients (those that do not utilize health insurance for sessions) have access to Telehealth sessions which include phone and video. 

Telehealth sessions are accessed via a HIPAA-compliant platform and a release must be signed beforehand specifically for Telehealth.

Walk & Talk

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Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. We can have our session outside. Why outside? Well because there is no denying the body-mind connection. Studies have shown that exercise:

  • Decreases anxiety & depressive symptoms
  • Improves cognitive functioning
  • Improves wellbeing and calmness
  • Helps one stay attentive to the present

These are just some of the many benefits that are reported! 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) was actually discovered by Dr. Shapiro when she noticed that her feelings and thoughts of being upset disappeared while walking.

If you are interested in Walk & Talk therapy, you must be an established client, be able to meet during daylight hours and have signed a waiver prior to session. All Walk & Talk sessions must be scheduled at least 48 hours ahead of time and are weather-permitting.

Let’s observe the change of the seasons in session!