Dear Mental Health Counselors, Have You Mastered the Art of…Being You?

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Lao Tzu Analogy: Imagine that you are an aspiring plumber. You have fixed leaks in your own bathroom faucet by watching YouTube videos. You say to yourself, “This is easy. I can fix other faucets.” So nowContinue reading “Dear Mental Health Counselors, Have You Mastered the Art of…Being You?”

Say ‘No’ to Emotional Vampires

What is emotional reactivity? During my childhood, my mother and father were volatile/violent daily. I lived in vigilance/fear, a heightened state of alertness, so that even alone, in my own little world, I was aware that at some point of the day I would be confronted with threat. Then, I had seconds to react toContinue reading “Say ‘No’ to Emotional Vampires”

Do You Have A Victim Mentality?

One of the most amazing concepts I have learned is … emotional vs. practical problems. Who knew there was a difference? Practical problem–a situation that makes it difficult to achieve a goal Emotional problem– a reaction to a practical problem EXAMPLES: Practical Problem                         Continue reading “Do You Have A Victim Mentality?”