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Shorter Days, But Busier Schedules? Self-Care and Boundaries for Winter and Holidays

winter blues and holiday boundaries and self care

Have you noticed that the daylight hours are shorter? It's funny how one day, and not usually on Daylight Savings Day interestingly enough but just on some random day, you suddenly notice the change in daylight. Night has been starting earlier and earlier for months in a gradual fashion but one day you look outside at 6 pm and suddenly...[ read more ]

The Lifespan of a Fact: Review of a Play (and Book)

The Lifespan of a Fact: Review of a Play (and Book)

The Lifespan of a Fact A Play by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell  A Book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal Recently therapist Julie Peters shared with us how The Mirror Game exercise from her theatre acting days applies to our mental health. So, of course, she's the perfect person to provide us with a review of a play (which is...[ read more ]

How Theatre’s Mirror Game Can Therapeutically Improve Your Relationships

How Theatre's Mirror Game Can Therapeutically Improve Your Relationships

This is a guest post from one of our therapists, Julie Peters, about her experience working in theatre and how we might apply a common exercise for actors to improving our relationships. The Mirror Game can be used therapeutically to create empathy. Mirroring offers a variety of benefits, which Julie explores for us here. If you'd like to learn more...[ read more ]

15 Types of Healthy Boundaries And How To Communicate Them

15 Types of Healthy Boundaries And How To Communicate Them

Setting healthy boundaries means establishing your limits regarding what you're comfortable with and what you're not in a relationship or situation. These boundaries can be physical, emotional, or mental. They are essentially the rules or guidelines you set for yourself about how you allow others to treat you. There are many different types of healthy boundaries that you might want...[ read more ]

Summertime Anger Management: Why Summer Makes Us Angry and What to Do About It

Summertime Anger Management: Why Summer Makes Us Angry and What to Do About It

Do you find yourself getting increasingly angry during the summer months? Hotter temperatures, physical discomfort, disrupted routines, and travel stress can all lead to summer anger. You don't have to just grin and bear it. There are some easy anger management tips to help you manage your symptoms and begin to feel better. What Is Summertime Anger? The seasons affect...[ read more ]

Selling SEL: Social Emotional Learning for Adults

This blog post about Social Emotional Learning for Adults (SEL) was written by associate therapist Julie K. Peters. You can learn more about Julie from this therapist interview. If you are interested in working with Julie, or any of our other therapists, contact us today. Selling SEL: a blogpost by: Julie K. Peters  “Emotional learning is not a quick or...[ read more ]

Keeping Plants Improves Mental Health

mental health benefits of plants

Do you keep plants in your home or office? Plant-keeping is one of the hobbies that grew exponentially during the pandemic. People instinctively seemed to know that they needed the healing nature of living beings, plants included. Plants have been shown to improve mental health in a variety of ways. And, it turns out, taking care of plants might inspire...[ read more ]

How to Spring Clean Your Mental Health

How to Spring Clean Your Mental Health

Spring is such an interesting time of year. It's obviously associated with new beginnings, growth, and renewal. As a result, it can be symbolic of hope, optimism, and resilience. Therefore, the arrival of spring can bring a sense of relief and a break from the darkness and cold of winter. This can be can be particularly beneficial for those who...[ read more ]

25 Inspiring Mental Health and Wellness Podcasts

25 Inspiring Mental Health and Wellness Podcasts

Do you enjoy getting information from podcasts? They can be inspirational, educational, informational, and motivational. If it's a form of learning that you enjoy, then you might want to check out these inspiring mental health and wellness podcasts: 1. LatinX Therapy LatinX Therapy is a bilingual podcast with episodes in Spanish every other week. Host Adriana Alejandre is an LMFT...[ read more ]

Therapists Recommend The Best Places to Laugh and Cry in the SF Bay Area

Therapists Recommend The Best Places to Laugh and Cry in the SF Bay Area

Sometimes you need a good belly laugh. And sometimes you really just need a good long cry. You might do both of those things in therapy. However, you might also reap the benefits of laughing and crying in many other places in the San Francisco Bay Area. Are some places better than others for these things? We asked our California...[ read more ]

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