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Am I DOWN? Or Am I DEPRESSED?

Am I DOWN? Or Am I DEPRESSED?

Feeling “depressed” is a phrase that’s tossed around pretty often, when someone’s had a bad day or didn’t get the job they were hoping for. It’s become a part of the common vernacular, which can be confusing when someone is actually suffering with clinical depression...
Being Fully Present: Four Senses

Being Fully Present: Four Senses

Practicing Mindfulness If you are involved in any kind of therapy or self-care world, the idea of mindfulness is probably familiar to you. Optimum Joy’s therapist Daniel has a great post on the concept and practice of mindfulness if you’re interested in learning more,...
Conditional Self-Esteem

Conditional Self-Esteem

The Elusive Self-Esteem Self-esteem, in a nutshell, is how we feel (or think) about ourselves. Healthy self-esteem includes self-confidence and self-respect, that sense of “esteem” for yourself. Unhealthy or low self-esteem is the natural opposite: a lack of respect...
Listening to Your Emotions

Listening to Your Emotions

Our culture has a difficult time with emotions. We do well with the happiness or joy or excitement, and we are even okay with mild levels of sadness. But when it comes to anger or hurt or guilt, let alone extreme levels of any emotion, we are uncomfortable, often...
The Importance of Hope

The Importance of Hope

The Importance of Hope Do you know what factors make therapy effective? So many things contribute to good, efficacious therapy. These include a good client-counselor relationship, specific counselor qualities, and evidence-based practices. There is another extremely...