805, 2020

What to Expect from Outpatient Depression Treatment

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , , |

Is Outpatient Depression Treatment Right for You? For those with depression, deciding the type of treatment that is right for you can be a daunting task. There is a range of treatment options to consider, and each treatment comes with its own set of pros and cons. The first thing to know is that by seeking treatment, you are taking a huge step towards controlling your depression and are making a great decision for the betterment of your life. […]

705, 2020

Why Being Nice to Yourself is Essential to Well-Being

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As I was searching the internet for ways to help people increase self-esteem, I came across the TED talks with Dr. Kristin Neff about self-compassion. I watched in awe as she compared the idea of self-esteem to the act of self-compassion and how these can come to fruition with entirely different results for mental health symptoms. This concept of self-compassion, and how to manifest it in life, is so closely aligned with my Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness practice, that I was amazed I had not come across it sooner. I was taught that high self-esteem is the root of [...]

904, 2020

Somatic Psychotherapy Groups at Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center-Raleigh

April 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

by: Stacy Blankenship, MSW, LCSW At Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center-Raleigh, we specialize in treating adults who struggle with various mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorders, and adults on the autistic spectrum. We address many of the symptoms related to these disorders in multiple ways. Our treatment program includes psychoeducation and skills building, process groups, expressive art therapy, therapeutic yoga, and psychodrama. Recently we have added another evidence-based modality, somatic psychotherapy. People living with anxiety disorders and panic attacks will often experience disassociation, fear, physical pain, irritability, and other distressing symptoms. Somatic psychotherapy [...]

904, 2020

What is the Connection Between Depression and College?

April 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s that time of year again. Young adults across the nation and moving back to college and ramping up for another year. While college is an exciting time, it can also be a time of increased mental health issues. According to a new report by the American Council of Education, over 80% of top university presidents say mental health is more of a priority now than it was three years ago as mental health and counseling centers are seeing rising levels of depression, anxiety, and suicidality among students. Depression remains one of the top mental health issues that university [...]

2603, 2020

How Does the Wellness Wheel Impact Your Mental Health?

March 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The funny thing about the treatment world is that we tend to think of our physical health and our mental health as being two separate components of wellness. But, why? Isn’t our brain, and all the chemistry in it, connected and integrated with the rest of ourselves? And, because we live in the world, isn’t how we interact with it and the people living in it integrated as well? The answer is yes! I think of it as - we are not only in the world but of the world. Meaning, we cannot separate our influence on the world from [...]

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