The ABC’s of Mental Health

Most people need some type of counseling or mental health support at some time in their life. Common emotional/psychological problems range from stress-related health symptoms, to relationship issues, grief & loss, anxiety, and depression. Many people have problems with substance abuse or other compulsive behaviors (e.g., with food, spending, “workaholism”) that can be defeated only…

Vicarious Traumatization

“Vicarious Traumatization” refers to the set of emotional/psychological reactions often experienced by someone who witnesses (directly or indirectly) any traumatic event or series of events. Examples might include a car accident, violent crime, suicide or medical emergency. Factors that can affect your likelihood of being vicariously traumatized include: your proximity to the situation; your relationship…

Grieving Unanticipated Losses

The sudden death of a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker can trigger physical, mental and emotional reactions beyond normal grief. Even after an anticipated death, survivors might feel “in shock” and be quite unprepared for the intensity of their grief. When a death is sudden and especially if it is violent, your sense of…

How to Say “No”

It should be easy, but it’s not. For many, the inability to say that one little word creates no end of stress, frustration, and misunderstanding. What makes it so difficult to say no? Some of the predominant factors seem to be: guilt over letting someone else down; fear of conflict or disagreement; denial of our…