Intern Spotlight: Meet Sara Mercier-Kennedy

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Intern Graduated from Colorado State University with a double Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology, where I focused on Gender Identity formation, and LGBTQIA+ issues.  Specifically those in relation to the Transgender population and access to health-care and mental health counseling by knowledgeable counseling professionals and doctors.  I then went on to …

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Abigail Maher

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

Abby earned her Masters degree from Northwestern University where she specialized in working with the LGBTQIA+ population. In addition to her clinical work Abby is an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth. She is a volunteer member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy and civil rights organization in the United States. Abby also belongs to the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC).

Abby uses a variety of treatment styles, theories and interventions in her work, but underneath it all her main focus is providing a safe, empathic environment for you to truly explore yourself and every facet of your experience. This includes both exploring sources of pain and hurt, and celebrating sources of hope and joy. Abby believes that one of the most powerful things we can do is truly learn to understand ourselves, accept ourselves, practice compassion for ourselves, and move forward in life allowing ourselves to be as authentic as possible.

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Human Priorities

Priorities – are yours in the right place? Or are you one of those people who needs a (metaphorical or literal) smack on the ass to see what should be as plain as the nose on your face?

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Political Intercourse with the Dominatrix Next Door

Hi there! I’m a professional dominatrix, but you’d never know it because I’m also the middle aged mom next door. Join me for a unique perspective on current events and issues of the day.

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Two Herbs that Help with Mental Distress

We often hear of how well plants, especially herbs, can help increase the effectiveness of the body’s immune system. Mental distress is often caused by an imbalance in part of the brain. While no herbs can completely cure a mental disorder, there are some that can help alleviate the most distressful symptoms.

Following are two herbs commonly used in India that have shown great promise in relieving the distress caused by emotional disorders.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) Commonly known as Indian Pennywort is generally found everywhere in India especially above 4000 ft. of height. This herb is most extensively used in Indian. Good results have also been found in epilepsy attacks. Its action as a non-sedative tranquilizer has made it a drug that can be used in anxiety and hypertension. Whole plant part is used in preparing medicines.

Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) commonly called winter cherry is one of the herbs that produce wonderful results in problems caused by the nervous system, circulatory system and joint related problems. Ashwagandha plays a major role in suppressing anxiety and hypertension. It has proved very affective in relieving stress and stress related problems. It has given wonderful results in joint pains and arthritic conditions. It has also proven it’s worth in improving body immunity and bodies overall strength to fight against disease. It has also been found effective in treating weakness and mental fatigue of the body. Good results in depression and other mental ailments have also been seen. Plant part used is root.

As with all herbs, it is advisable to discuss taking these with your doctor before doing so. There is no evidence of adverse side effects, but a doctor’s okay will help avoid any problems that individuals may have, such as an allergy that may develop.

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Stress Management Through Aromatherapy

Stress management is very important especially to those people who get stressed easily. Today, there are so many techniques of managing stress. Some of which include cognitive therapy, meditation, autogenic training, exercise, deep breathing, conflict resolution, and relaxation such as fractional and progressive, effective time management, listening to certain relaxing types of music, and using natural medication.

People who are into natural means choose alternative treatments that are validated by the clinic such as aromatherapy because they believe that this will not only relieve stress but can also bring potential health benefits. Nowadays, one of the most common services in various health centers and spas today is aromatherapy. This is because people believe that the process can help heal not only physical pains but also other conditions that are bought by too much stress and tension.

People who would want to use aromatherapy as stress management technique should have an overall understanding about the practice including its history, its types, the supplies being used, means of application, current trends as well as the future market for it.

Aromatherapy as a stress buster…

Aromatherapy has a long and rich tradition when it comes to alternative healing and relieving tension. It dates back to the early civilizations and spread out across the globe.

In fact, through the years it has undergone drastic changes in terms of application and the practice itself. Today, aromatherapy is used not only as a means of healing but a stress buster as well.

When it comes to aromatherapy, it involves the procedure that uses essential oils and aims to bring notable changes in a person’s mood or body. With the use of essential oilsówhich are derived from various plants and their part that are believed to have therapeutic propertiesóaromatherapy continues to be adapted by more and more people across the globe because of its numerous benefits.

Essential oils are the primary medium that is used in aromatherapy. To be able to gain success in the procedure, it is a must that the person conducting it has a wide knowledge about aromatherapy to avoid further complications and accidents. For those that are new to aromatherapy, it is better to educate yourselves to various plant derivations of essential oils and the benefits they could bring.

Many people believe that an alternative option such as aromatherapy can be an effective means of stress management because it targets muscle aches and pains, extreme menstruation, lung problems, urinary complaints, and stomach difficulties as well as in treating skin problems and conditions such as acne, boils, and even scars.

Aromatherapy is best in relieving conditions that are stress-related such as nervous tensions because the essential oils that are used usually have high balancing properties that are ideal for relaxation and intoxication.

When you buy aromatherapy products…

There are so many products that are available in the market today. So, buying tips when it comes to aromatherapy products are very important for people to ensure that there will be lesser room for mistakes.

If you would be choosing aromatherapy as a stress management technique, always remember not to buy anything that you see in sight, make sure that you are particular about the packaging especially for essential oils, and donít buy products that have the word “scented,” “perfume” or “fragrance” on the label because chances are, these wont be effective as you expect them to be.

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Domestic Violence And Depression

More and more people are reporting incidents of domestic violence to the police. If you are a victim of domestic violence you will be aware of just how frightening it can be. The question that many people ask is what are the causes of this violence, is the person just a lunatic or are there other reasons behind it.

According to the latest reports alcohol has a large part to play in leading to cases of domestic violence. In the example of a husband hitting his wife when he is drunk, this is typically what can happen. For the sake of making this article easier to read, I shall call the husband John and his wife Linda.

John is a really nice guy when sober. Linda is very much in love with him and hopes that they will grow old together. John is a great father to their two children, is helpful around the house and is a great cook. The problem occurs after he has had rather too much to drink. John now becomes a whole different person, he starts to accuse his wife of having an affair, becomes abusive and very argumentative. Linda realizing he is drunk attempts to walk away to leave John to his bad mood, this only adds however to his anger and he starts to become violent.

The next morning John can not believe what he has done and is full of regret and remorse. He can not say sorry enough and begs for Linda’s forgiveness. He promises that it will never happen again and states that he will give up the alcohol if that would make his wife happy.

Linda is not sure what to do, she would love to forgive and forget but feels that it is very likely that it only happen again in the future if she does.

In many cases people like Linda will forgive their partner or husband a number of times before eventually losing patience with them.

My advice for John would be to stop drinking alcohol straight away. This seems to be the cause of all of these problems, therefore you need to find something else to have an interest in.

Another cause of domestic violence is known to be depression. Some people who are normally very relaxed can become very angry and abusive when in a deep state of depression. They can take their problems and frustrations out on their partner much like in the example above.

A few days or weeks later when the person in question is feeling a lot happier, they will not believe what they have done.

Whether it is because of depression or alcohol, one solution to this domestic violence problem could be to attend some form of anger management program, that is for people like John.

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Finding Help in the Mental Health Community by Melayne Spataro

Within recent years, the topic of mental health has become more talked about than it previously has. I think this is because people are more willing to talk about the things they are going through and are willing to talk to someone else about it. For such a long time, it was kinda looked at …

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