Growing up, I found forests to be fascinating places. One of my favorite vacation spots in the world was Big Sur. Being in Big Sur felt like being in the watercolor illustrations in my children’s books that I read at the time. Seeing and smelling the flowers, trees, and the ocean was tranquil. I didn’t… Read More Shinrin Yoku, or Forest–Bathing
Hip-Hop has long mentioned mental illness before Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West made it front news. Early pioneers were DMX, who expressed his struggles in his 1998 song, “Slippin,” from his sophomore album Blood of My Blood, Flesh of my Flesh and Eminem, who frequently mentions his self-doubt, depression, and addiction in… Read More Hip Hop Therapy
I’m interested in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy because it is known as one of the most effective treatments for people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I first heard about EMDR from my friends Miss Bookworm and Miss Poet. Both are sexual assault survivors that have partaken in the therapy after suffering… Read More EMDR-A toolbox for PTSD
Since dating my boyfriend, he’s introduced me to playing video games. Currently, we are playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the Wii U, and its super fun despite me struggling with the numb chuck remote at times. It’s an activity that has made us closer, and better as a couple. It got me thinking about… Read More Video Game Aiding Therapy?
What is CBT? Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT is a form of psychotherapy that explores the connection between moods, thoughts, and behaviors. Patients are able to explore their thought or behavior patterns and modify them to develop better coping strategies. Who developed CBT? Dr. Aaron T. Beck, a psychotherapist at the University of Pennsylvania, in the 1960’s.… Read More CBT and DBT Therapy Facts
I was diagnosed with OCD at nineteen. Not surprising. My entire life has been plagued by obsessions, compulsions, and anxiety. My mother recalls me in the bathroom washing my hands every time she had to pick me up from Pre-K. In third grade I thought I was going to hell because I had thoughts that… Read More My Wavering Shadow, OCD