What is Creative Hopelessness?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on mindfulness, acceptance of thoughts and feelings, and commitment to actions aligned with one’s values. The concept is to let go of unrealistic expectations and accept the present moment without judgment, which allows us to see things clearly and make positive changes in … Read More

Practical Tips for Navigating Triggers

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Life can feel like a minefield at times, with triggers lurking around every corner, ready to set off a  chain reaction of negative emotions and reactions. Whether it’s a past trauma, stressful situation, or certain people or places, triggers have the power to disrupt our peace of mind and derail our progress. However, there’s a … Read More

Your Energy is Precious – Stop Wasting It

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   There is a finite amount of time in each day. Most of us are hyperaware of this fact, continually fretting about how we will manage to accomplish everything we need to get done. But perhaps the bigger issue is how we are utilizing our time. After all, our level of energy is not finite. … Read More

Take a Stupid Walk for Your Stupid Mental Health

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The title of this blog will not make sense to everyone, so let me explain. The phrase “going on a stupid walk for my stupid mental health” went viral a few years ago thanks to this TikTok video made by creator @ninalaevski. The video in question shows a girl bundling up, charging out the door … Read More

A Summer of Success: A Guide to Behavioral Activation

It has been around two and half years since COVID-19 has dominated our lives within society, and while at the moment we are not locked away in our homes out of necessity, integrating back into the community can feel tricky and stressful. Along with the past two years, many of us have experienced challenges specifically with our mental health. It … Read More

Journaling for Mental Health

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Journaling is a common technique used to manage stress, anxiety and overall mental health. It seems simple enough, but many people find themselves stumped on what they should be writing about or how they should even begin. Have no fear. This post will at as your guide in making use of journaling to your full advantage. … Read More

Mental Health Life Hacks (Part 3)

  If you’ve been following along for the past few weeks, this blog has featured simple ways to get out of a funk and gain a fresh perspective on life. Read on for the third and final segment of this series.   Live in the here and now  Focusing on transgressions from the past or fears about the future is a … Read More

Mental Health Life Hacks (Part 2)

  The last blog post introduced simple ways to improve mental well-being when you get stuck in an emotional rut. If you enjoyed those tips, read on for more mental health hacks on how to get “unstuck” and start moving forward again. Determine what needs to change  When life becomes monotonous, you may get the nagging feeling that something is … Read More

Mental Health Hacks

  The effects of physical, mental and emotional fatigue are real. This burnout can seriously impair your concentration, energy, confidence, decision-making—just about everything that makes you feel like “you”. This can be a slippery slope considering that the deeper you fall into the rut, the more difficult it feels to claw your way out. The good news is that getting … Read More

How to Make and Break Habits

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Humans are creatures of habit. There are certain things we do every day that give our lives order. Having some type of routine is considered healthy because it can help us with time-management and provide structure to an otherwise chaotic day. However, this adherence can also mean that we mindlessly continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors … Read More