Here is a redux of an old article I wrote years ago that is very relevant for all of us today. God has promised to be with us here and now. We can experience HIM through prayer for sure! So here is A Basic Guide to Prayer & Meditation:
The mental health impacts of COVID-19 remain to be seen, and I anticipate there will be some significant fallout. This list is not meant to be an exhaustive approach to boosting your mental health as there are a lot of ways to improve your mental well-being, but as I think about spending more time at home than I might be used to, these were strategies that came to mind that I will be intentional to practice over the next several weeks. We are in this pandemic together. Let’s be intentional about encouraging one another to take care of ourselves physically AND emotionally.
The idea here is to intentionally stay connected, be productive and remain healthy.
Coronavirus. COVID-19. Pandemic. Shelter-in-place. These have been the hot topic words over the past week and a half and understandably so.
There has been a lot of talk about how to keep families and kids physically safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic, but from my perspective, health also includes emotional well-being. So what are parents to do?
The billing is better. It appears every virtual session will be treated by the insurance companies just like a regular in-person session BUT the copay or coinsurance is waived by all the major insurance companies (i.e. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Optum, Aetna, Cigna) so there is likely no cost to you IF you have private insurance
How you speak about your spouse matters. Your words have the power to tear down or build up, to give life or destroy it. Your words matter. So if you are looking for one way to begin improving the health of your marriage, take an honest assessment of how you speak of your spouse (especially in public).
Most people cringe at the sound of those two words. Just the idea of sitting in a room with your grouchy spouse and a complete stranger to talk about your problems is not very inciting. Yet marital conflict is one of the most common reasons why people find themselves in counseling. Though every couple is different. There are three common steps I tend to address with couples.
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Begin with recognizing your strong emotions and the thoughts and instincts that partner with them. Be still and notice them. Allow yourself to even be curious about them. Notice without reacting what this inner intensity produces in your thoughts without taking these thoughts too literally. As you quiet your reactions to them, you can pray for wisdom about what to do or think about them.
We’re continuing our with our Friday introductions! Today I’d like to introduce you to Cindy Raices, MA, LPC. Cindy is a valuable member of our Heritage team. One unique thing about Cindy is that she is able to provide counseling services in Spanish.