Hi all. This week, I am showcasing some of my mental health colleagues. These are folks that I respect deeply. Many of them are great supporters of my own writing, so I thought I would return the favor and highlight some of the work that they are doing. They cover a wide range of practice specialties, so you are going to get a broad spectrum of writing this week.
Mental Health Grab-Bag Goodness
Linda Esposito, LCSW specializes in helping folks cope with difficult anxiety. I appreciated her post this week because it dovetails nicely with my Health Stigma and Healthy Privilege series. She explores how a common response to anxiety feels truly unhelpful, and invites readers to crowd-source some better responses.
JoAnn Jordan, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist, so she her writing always adds a layer of perspective and texture for me. Her post this week encouraging us to consider how to increase kindness and tolerance really struck a chord for me (pun kind of intended).
Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is doing some amazing work for families that grow through adoption. She explores the special difficulty of parenting children who have survived trauma, and offers great resources to parents. I thought her “trauma tornado” concept was very powerful, and I appreciated the reminder that we can change difficult situations by changing our own behaviors.
Kathy Morelli, LPC (you might remember her from the book review I did on Monday), offered a lovely-sounding expressive art technique in this post. I keep basic art supplies in my office, but I have been guilty of not using them because “I’m not talented enough.” This tool may help me get past that barrier!
One major source of the stress my clients describe is their concern about how they are viewed by others. Dr. Colleen Arnold offers a great perspective on that issue in this post. Plus, I learned a new acronym!
The topic of self-care is a hot one these days (maybe all the time). I have a few posts brewing about that, and a bunch in the archives. But it deserves lots of perspectives. So, here is a critical reminder from Rachelle Norman, MT-BC, that self-care is not selfish!