<![CDATA[MoxiePsychology Legacy - Blog]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 04:46:59 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[May 6th Business Update: All Services Will Continue To Be Provided Through Telehealth]]>Thu, 07 May 2020 01:38:13 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/may-6th-business-update-all-services-will-continue-to-be-provided-through-telehealth
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Hello!

The city of Springfield has opened up for business this week. All clients at MoxiePsychology will continue to be seen through telehealth since this is an excellent option while COVID-19 is still circulating. Minimizing in-person social contact is still very important at this time in order to reduce the chances for a resurgence of the virus.

Please refer to the past blog post that explains the telehealth option and the policies changed due to COVID-19. The updates and changes still apply for the time being. Also, feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

Take care and stay healthy!

All the best,
​Holly
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<![CDATA[5 Articles To Help You Manage The Increased Stress From COVID-19]]>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 05:00:00 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/5-articles-to-help-you-manage-the-increased-stress-from-covid-19
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Hello,

Just, wow... Who knew that when we began 2020 that EVERYTHING in our lives would change in just a few short months? COVID-19 was definitely not anywhere on my goals and plans for the year. However, I am incredibly grateful that, so far, my family and loved ones have been healthy. 

As of the publication date of this blog post, I continue to see all clients through telehealth. Please see my previous blog post (1) for more in depth information on current telehealth services. I will post when any changes to services occur, and when I will see clients in the office again. ​​A huge thank you to all of my clients who have been so patient, understanding, and flexible during this time. You rock!

With the far reach of COVID-19, I have often been thinking about all my clients and their loved ones. As therapists, we go into this field because we really do care about people. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy right now. Not just physically, but psychologically too. We ALL need a little extra TLC and support during this time. That is why today I pulled together a list of 5 articles to help you manage the increased stress from COVID-19.

Like I say to my clients, read the articles but focus on the light bulb moments. We cannot possibly apply everything we read (or watch), but laser focus in on the golden nuggets. What are these light bulb moments you say? Well, think about what solutions in the articles apply to your situation right now. What has been on your mind a lot lately? Use your emotional pain points as a filter whenever you are learning about psychological or relationship concepts.

I think this approach of scanning for solutions to specific problems is beneficial for several reasons. It really helps you to get the most out of the time and effort spent on reading growth articles (or reading books or watching videos). This approach is also a great way to better remember what you have learned. Finally, it helps you to avoid getting overwhelmed and attempting to change everything all at once (which is dooming yourself to failure).

​Just pick one small area to work on. Consistent small changes lead to big results in your mental health and in your relationship health! Then, after you make those changes, focus on maintaining them. Don't just skip to the next thing; ignore any itches to add more changes. Maintaining progress IS progress!

5 Articles To Help You Manage The Increased Stress From COVID-19

Can Your Relationship Survive the Togetherness of a Pandemic? Here Are 11 Things Couples' Therapists Recommend (2) - Article from TIME (3)

Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During the Coronavirus (4) - Article from Psychology Today (5)

How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak (6) - Article from NAMI (7)

Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough (8) - Article from PBS Kids for parents (9)

Keeping up kids' mental health during coronavirus (10) - Article from National Geographic (11)

During times of increased stress, we all (us and our kids) tend to regress to earlier stages of functioning and lean on unhealthier coping habits. Like the article from PBS Kids says, "you are enough." Some days, and some moments are really hard; we are all struggling in different ways.

​It's okay to admit that you are having a tough time. It's okay to say, "I'm having a hard day." Reach out to your loved ones, your friends, or anyone you trust for support. You can get the love and support you need, and you might even inspire someone to be vulnerable too, and share what they are really going through. Let's do what we can to take care of ourselves and each other.

Stay healthy and well friends! I know this has been so hard, on so many of levels. To my clients, I will see you soon online. And, you might see my cat too... Do you know how many I have??? I sure have enjoyed meeting your pets.

​Have a great weekend everyone!  

All the best,
​Holly 

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<![CDATA[Current Clients Please See: Important Updates And Changes Due to COVID-19]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 01:54:17 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/current-clients-please-see-important-updates-and-changes-due-to-covid-19
Dear Clients:

This is turning out to be quite the week (and it's only Monday)! Our lives are changing drastically in a very short period of time due to COVID-19. I want to post some very important business updates so you can best start to plan and integrate all the many changes into your daily lives.  

For a nice brief summary of the different terminology being used in preventing and slowing the spread of COVID-19, check out this article here from Johns Hopkins Medicine (1). I will use some of the terms from the article.

My office will remain open; however, there will be the following changes to services until further notice. Below is a summary:

I am transitioning all of my clients to telehealth services in order to implement social distancing and to flatten the curve (1). The Plaza Towers building I am located in is normally a very busy office building with hundreds of people regularly traveling through, and so I want to keep my clients and their loved ones safe. This begins for ALL CLIENTS on Wednesday, 3/18/2020. You can easily and quickly access my online telehealth services (video chat) through the website. Click the "Telehealth" tab to get to the video chat link. No username and password is necessary. The telehealth link is HIPAA compliant and secure; all you need to do is click the link. We can also do phone sessions if you would prefer that option. Please let me know ahead of time if you prefer for me to call you on the phone. 

Couples: Please make sure you are both present in the same room for telehealth services. This will be more conducive to working on your communication and relationship dynamics. Thank you!


As we are transitioning over to all telehealth for the time being, please keep in mind two things: privacy and children. When using telehealth services, please find a private place to complete our session. We are discussing your private health care information, so make sure we are talking in a confidential space and not in a public space or in hearing distance of family members. You might even think of putting music or noise machines outside of the room (similar to what we do at our office with our white noise machines). 

Also, keep in mind your kids, if applicable. Very often we discuss in counseling some very sensitive information that would not necessarily be appropriate for young kids to hear or to process. When scheduling your sessions with young children in the house, please find someone to watch them if they are at home with you. Thank you!

I will no longer offer afternoon hours because I will be home taking care of my daughter; I know many of you are also making arrangements for your children while the schools are closed. Sessions will now begin at 5 PM and go until 9 PM (last appointment at 8 PM). This begins Wednesday, 3/18/2020.

On an as needed basis I will offer weekend telehealth appointments for current clients. Just call or email me if you cannot meet during weekday evening hours, and I will schedule your appointment during a weekend availability. I want to ensure that all my clients still have access to care when they need it; especially during this stressful time.

Let's all think of our fellow citizens. If we all step up and do our part, we can all work to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to protect the vulnerable and immunocompromised. Our health care workers will be taxed in the coming months and people will get sick, so let's do what we can to make sure that the health care system is not overwhelmed and can provide consistent quality care for all. 

My spirits have been brightened by all the wonderful little ways people and businesses have been volunteering the resources they have to help others during this uncertain time. I think we will see the brighter side of humanity through this.

As always, I am so proud to serve the Ozarks area. I am here for you and your families. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please email or call with any questions or concerns you have. Take care.

All the best,
​Holly
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<![CDATA[Business Updates And Fun Couple Exercise]]>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:32:41 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/business-updates-and-fun-couple-exercise
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Hello,

How are you? Hope you are having a great week. Thank you for joining me today! This week's blog will contain two business updates and a fun couple exercise. Enjoy.

First, business updates.

Transitioning to a quarterly blog and newsletter:
I am going to transition from a weekly blog and weekly newsletter, to a quarterly blog and newsletter. I will also publish blogs and newsletters as important business updates occur.

My personal goal was to do these weekly, and I can say that I accomplished my goal and I learned a lot! I enjoy how as part of my job I get to keep learning all the time (both on the healthy relationships side and also the entrepreneurial side). Sometimes the pace is overwhelming, lol (as anyone who owns a business knows), but I really do love the journey. It's one of the reasons I started my own practice. 

As you may know, I owned a counseling private practice (Tranquil Waters Counseling and Wellness) for 4 years and then I stayed at home for 2 years full-time with my daughter. For a couple years I was a full-time stay at home parent, and so even during that short time technology changed rapidly. In coming back to work, I sought to keep an eye out for helpful technology that will benefit my clients.

This is why I have developed an informative website, an online scheduling system, and intake paperwork you can complete securely from your smartphone (HIPAA compliant too!). Furthermore, I believe that blogs and newsletters are immensely helpful too... One, for clients seeking general information about the business who are trying to identify if I'm the right fit. Two, so that people interested in the business can stay informed about helpful products or services being offered.

I am also excited to transition to working on some different areas of growth in my business, but more on that on a later date! 

I have learned a lot doing these weekly blogs and newsletters... I hope that they have been inspiring and useful for you as the reader! Thank you for following. And see you quarterly!

Changing the couples intake assessment process:
Another important business update is that I have changed the couples counseling intake assessment process. 

I am excited to announce that I will be implementing a recommended intake assessment approach from Drs. John and Julie Gottman (2). This was inspired by my Level 1 (3) and Level 2 (4) Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Click the links if you want to learn more about them.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy recommends from their research that the initial assessment appointments involve the following: one meeting with the couple together, and separate individual appointments with each partner alone. The fourth session is a feedback session on the findings and counselor treatment recommendations. 

I am proud to now be offering couples this assessment and feedback process. In the past I only assessed couples together at the intake. As you may know, if you have done couples counseling before or if you have ever worked on growing as a couple, your journeys are both together and separate. Furthermore, you may also have discovered (or may have been a little disappointed, lol!) that the only person you can change is yourself! This is one of the many reasons I am excited to connect with each partner individually, so I can better understand each person's journey and goals.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy has some really amazing tools for helping couples to emotionally connect; possibly even in deep ways they have never done before. If you are in couples counseling with me you will likely see some of these helpful strategies! I really love their approach!

​Now, on to the fun couple exercise!

Usually at the top of my blogs I have a picture, but today I included a song by Maren Morris (1). I specifically chose a version with lyrics so you could read them while you listen.  This song resonated with me as a relationship therapist because Maren explores profound relationship truths in a beautiful song. 

The song is chock full of great relationship observations (and possible discussion points), but I will just explore one! Maren describes in the song how the paint can be peeling on the house or the glass could shatter, but as long as the bones are strong on the house, the house will still stand. I think this is very true in relationships. I often talk with couples about this, and I incorporate this in my life with my own family.

The paint peeling and the glass shattering are the problems that come up, differences in personality or style, normal developmental changes that are stressful, or mistakes we make. I like to emphasize that we cannot change that these things happen. There is no couple relationship that doesn't have problems or differences in personality! The goal of every couple is not to have an absence of problems, but to be able to feel stronger on the other side of conflict and challenges.

Additionally, what counts in having a long-term and mutually satisfying relationship are the bones... The bones are having integrity, being trustworthy, committing to each other, apologizing sincerely and making changes when you make a bad decision, honoring your partner's concerns and dreams (even when different from your own), being a friend, and always growing in your communication skills so that you can more smoothly work through the inevitable daily and weekly bumps in the road. I also think the bones could be considered the shared values you have. 

This is what couples counseling is about... Helping couples to be able to handle problems and differences in a way that leaves the couple feeling more connected and stronger on the other side. It's about developing relationship resilience and a lasting emotional connection.

Exercise directions:
  • Listen to the song with your partner.
  • Take turns sharing your thoughts and observations.
  • What images, memories, specific examples, thoughts, and feelings arise when you listen to this song? 
  • What do you feel are the bones of a relationship?
  • When do you remember a time when things were difficult, but you felt stronger on the other side of a conflict or problem? What did you say or do that you can remember to do again in the future?
  • What is one thing you can take away from this song and apply to your life moving forward?
  • Have fun connecting!

​Have a wonderful rest of the week.

All the best,
​Holly 

PS - Can I send you an email about once a quarter? The email will have a link to my latest blog post in case there is a topic you are interested in. As the business grows and I add more products and services, I will mention in the email what has been added.

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<![CDATA[No Blog Today]]>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:27:06 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/no-blog-todayHello friends!

No regular Thursday blog or newsletter today. Be back soon. Have a wonderful day!

All the best,
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<![CDATA[Validation And Creativity Lessons From Improv]]>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:10:52 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/validation-and-creativity-lessons-from-improv
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Hello!

It's the holiday season, and I know you are probably feeling a little stressed. So, I wanted to share with you a light-hearted way to grow your validation muscles. This might be a strategy you could even take with you to your holiday functions and family events coming up.

Or, on a more serious note, it might even help you to be able to dive deep into an important topic with a loved one (instead of shutting down the conversation prematurely and not getting very far which is very common!). But first, holiday hours.

Holiday Business Hours:
  • The week of Christmas: Closed on Tuesday, 12/24/19, and Wednesday, 12/25/19. Open regular hours on Monday and Thursday.
  • The week of New Year's: Closed on Tuesday, 12/31/19, and Wednesday, 1/1/20. Open regular hours on Monday and Thursday. 
  • No blog or newsletter during the week of Christmas, and the week of New Year's. 

I was inspired to do today's blog after listening to a recent podcast episode by Dr. Loretta Breuning; specifically the one called Endorphin = Laughter = Improv (1). She is someone I have highlighted in a past blog, because she has the coolest videos that explain your brain's happy chemicals in an engaging and fun way. I also like them since she gives so many practical and simple strategies you can use to boost your happy brain chemicals. See my past post here: Great Resource Alert! Ever Wanted To Understand Your Brain's Happy Chemicals Better? (2). Or, you can go straight to her website to check out her videos here (3).

In Dr. Breuning's recent podcast she explored the topic of improv with her guest on the show. The guest explained the "yes and" principle of improv. This isn't the first time I have heard about this principle, but I thought it would be fun to explore it a little bit in the context of relationships, communication, and validation. Have you heard of it before? Second City has a brief description here about it (4). 

There is also a very interesting Tedx Talk on applying "yes and" to your life to increase creative problem-solving and innovation (and the speaker is pretty funny too!) (5): 
Just to comment on the above video and apply the info to counseling, I find that when people come into counseling they often feel very stuck in their problems. People frequently spend a huge amount of focus (and time) describing their problems, but often not an equivalent amount of time exploring creative solutions and ideas (usually not even close).

What's your ratio? How much time do you spend learning, cultivating a curious mindset, trying new things, and exploring outside the box ideas? Are you happy with that ratio? Do you feel that there is room for improvement? Or do you feel pretty good about your ratio?

That's why it's so helpful to be open to trying exercises that help you to get unstuck and to deepen dialogue. We ALL need innovative thinking whether it's at work or in our personal lives, because it's a fact of life that we all have daily problems to solve!

Check out this brief video explanation and demonstration of doing a "yes and" improv exercise. See below (6):
Essentially, with "yes and" as an exercise, you ​go along with what the other person is saying, and then you add to the story to move the same story one step further. If you are doing it in an improv game, it's well... entertaining and funny! It also keeps the laugh lines and story going instead of shutting down the interactions (which would get boring quick). If you say "no" and go off on a different topic, everything would grind to a halt. Essentially, the same thing can happen in our everyday conversations too!

Now, if you are working "yes and" into your conversations (as a general strategy) to improve empathy, validation, and creativity in your communication, you might think about the following:
  • ​Facing the person you are talking to (just like in the video exercise above!). 
  • Good eye contact.
  • Putting your phone down.
  • Turning the TV off.
  • Uncrossing your arms and legs.
  • Doing one thing at a time (the conversation you are having!); eliminate/reduce distractions.
  • Sharing an example or similar situation related to what the other person just said (this would be a "yes" from the improv game).
  • Being curious and asking lots of questions.
  • Noticing your tone. Is it exited? Interested? Engaged? Enthusiastic? Or is it bored? Uncaring? Dismissive?
  • You might even try saying "yes!"
  • No interrupting. 
  • Avoiding saying "that will never work."
  • Stick to one topic; be careful not to change the topic to a completely new one. 
  • How might a person feel when talking to you? That you care? That you genuinely want to know more? Or that you don't care and are uninterested?
  • Paraphrasing to show you understand (summarizing what the other person said without adding your opinion), and then saying "that's so interesting, tell me more about such and such."
  • Piggyback off of the ideas the other person has. What's the next step? Add to the creative solutions or ideas from your own perspective. Keep the dialogue going! 

"Yes and" as a general communication mindset, or when used as an improv exercise, is a fun way to improve your validation, empathy, and creative problem solving skills.  Whatever you do, have fun with it! We can all make improvements on expanding and deepening conversations instead of shutting down ideas and dialogue at the gate.

So... Any takers on trying out the "yes and" improv exercise at a holiday event? Have you personally done improv and are familiar with "yes and?" If so, any comments or lessons learned? Please share below! I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for joining me today. Happy holidays!! I wish you loads of love, laughter, joy, and fun. No blog or newsletter over the next couple weeks with the holidays. Talk to you in a few weeks.

​All the best,

​Holly 

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<![CDATA[Holiday Hours and Advice For getting Through The Holiday Season]]>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 01:42:24 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/holiday-hours-and-advice-for-getting-through-the-holiday-season
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Hello Friend!

How are you??? Hope you are having a good week. Two topics in today's blog:
  1. Holiday hours.
  2. Dealing with family and stressful situations over the holidays. I have a helpful podcast episode I found and want to share with you in case you are looking for some helpful strategies to survive awkward or stressful get-togethers. 'Tis the season!

First, holiday business hours:
  • The week of Christmas: Closed on Tuesday, 12/24/19, and Wednesday, 12/25/19. Open regular hours on Monday and Thursday.
  • The week of New Year's: Closed on Tuesday, 12/31/19, and Wednesday, 1/1/20. Open regular hours on Monday and Thursday. 
  • No blog or newsletter during the week of Christmas, and the week of New Year's. 

Second, the podcast:
My thoughts:
Well, maybe a little random, but I love Dr. Andrea's voice! So soothing! She does a great job showing empathy for different parties and also with demonstrating validation (even in the short interview). I notice these things as a fellow therapist I suppose.

Next, I like how Dr. Andrea talks about finding ways that we can personally derive meaning and joy from the holidays instead of feeling like we are just at the whim of whatever others plan, or whatever drama unfolds. I think that is great advice!

We have a lot of power to create our own traditions and to do things that we care about and enjoy. We also have the choice to attend, not go at all (if an environment or person is abusive and toxic), and to leave when we want to from an event. We can choose to focus on people at the event we enjoy chatting with, and we can choose to participate in activities at the event that we like. A little planning ahead on our strategy can really help. 

Dr. Andrea talked about finding little gestures to be inclusive to people of different beliefs, dietary needs, and personal concerns. I love this too. My family can relate being gluten-free (my daughter has celiac disease). Even a very small gesture of someone trying to understand and provide gluten free food means the world to us; small gestures can be quite big and meaningful!

It may just take a little brainstorming (and genuine curiosity) to think about how at a get-together more people (of different beliefs and needs) can be included in little ways in the schedule of events. I really liked how Dr. Andrea emphasized shifting your focus to the little steps that can CAN be done, instead of focusing on all the things that won't work. That is really great advice. I think we all sometimes get mired in what can't be done, instead of finding one or two little things I can do?


What stood out to you? Anything you will use or really liked? Comment below!

Thanks for joining me today. Talk to you next week! 

​All the best,

​Holly 

PS-Can I send you an email about once a week? The email will have a link to my latest blog post in case there is a topic you are interested in. As the business grows and I add more products and services, I will mention in the email what has been added.

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<![CDATA[New Service: Individual Counseling]]>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:20:16 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/new-service-individual-counseling
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Hello Friend!

I hope you and your loved ones had a great Thanksgiving. I enjoyed catching up with my family in Iowa and Minnesota. My daughter Alex sure had a blast running around with her cousins!

Today I want to share with you a new service offered here at MoxiePsychology Legacy. Since the business has been open, the full focus has been on couples counseling. I am excited to now offer individual counseling services in addition to couples counseling services. All of the individual counseling services will be offered through the lens of strong relationships, respectful adult communication, and healthy boundaries.

Are you someone who needs relationship help? Do you know someone looking for assistance with these topics? I offer help with these areas:
  • Healing from past trauma in relationships.
  • Learning how to set healthy boundaries (family, friends, ex-spouse, romantic partners, etc.). 
  • Support and healing during the divorce process or recently divorced.
  • Dating.
  • Avoiding past patterns of sticking with jerks for too long when dating.
  • Pattern of unhealthy marriages and divorces.
  • Codependency.
  • Growth in parenting skills (maybe you want to do things differently than your own parents, and you are looking for alternatives to spanking, yelling, and shaming). 
  • Grieving a lost relationship or the death of a loved one.
  • Grieving mental illness in the family and it's impact on you and your loved ones.
  • Changing unhealthy legacy patterns of a narcissistic family structure, or a family centered around addiction.
  • Setting boundaries with people suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.
  • Healthy self-esteem.
  • Identity, values, and life goals.
  • Dealing with debilitating shame.
  • Support in managing normal life changes (that can sure cause a lot of stress): Starting college, getting married, birth of a baby, recent move, new job, children going to school, having an empty nest, aging parents, etc.
  • In couples counseling already at another practice, but also seeking individual counseling for yourself.
  • And more...

Questions about whether I can help you? Email me or call me, and let's chat! I'm always happy to answer any questions about my services, and there is no obligation to make an appointment. 

Clients can schedule online here. New clients can find the required intake paperwork here

Have a great rest of the week! Talk to you again soon. 

All the best,
​Holly 

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<![CDATA[Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving, Office Closure Dates, and Thank you!]]>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:43:39 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/have-a-wonderful-thanksgiving-office-closure-dates-and-thank-you
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I am so grateful for our relationship and the journeys we take together.
Your courage inspires me.
Here’s to new adventures!
 
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week.
Be safe, have fun, enjoy the people you love, and eat pie!
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From Holly at MoxiePsychology Legacy.

Hello!

Are you getting all geared up for Thanksgiving? We did a test run this past weekend for two different gluten free and dairy free pumpkin pie recipes, and they both turned out great (my daughter has celiac disease, I'm gluten intolerant, and we both avoid dairy as much as possible). It's always exciting when our family can find a replacement recipe that is as satisfying as the original! I have to give the credit to my husband though—he found the recipes and made them amazing. Thank you Nathan!

Just a reminder that the office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving (11/25/19 through 11/29/19); during that time I will be visiting family in Iowa and Minnesota. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, 12/2/19. There will be no blog and no newsletter next week.

I think it's important to nurture gratitude and appreciation in my life, and you may have heard me talk before about the importance of sharing appreciation daily with those around you (especially with your close loved ones). So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and thinking of all the things I'm grateful for, I just want to take a moment to say thank you to past clients, present clients, and readers of my blog.

To past and present clients, thank you for giving me the opportunity to take a journey of growing with you. I never take that for granted. I am amazed, proud, and in awe of the incredible bravery you show in facing your goals, fears, and dreams head on. That takes a lot of guts and it's really hard sometimes, but totally worth it. Thank you for trusting me with such personal and close to the heart topics. I really do love what I do, and I look forward to supporting you every week.

To my blog and newsletter readers, thank you so much for following along. I am so pumped for the Lega-Leaders out there who are making an impact on the people around them in big and little ways that ripple out for the better. I hope this is a place where you find ideas and inspiration for simple changes you can make so you can be the kind of person you want to be. Thanks again for your support, and thank you for being a brave leader who values mental health and relationship health. You are making a huge difference in the world.  

Talk to you again in a couple weeks!​

All the best,
​Holly 

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<![CDATA[Recent State, National, and World News on Mental Health]]>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:30:08 GMThttp://moxiepsychologylegacy.com/blog/recent-state-national-and-world-news-on-mental-health
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Hello Friend,

This is an exciting time to be a mental health professional. Our culture is slowly breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, and we are steadily refining our approach to treatment (and prevention) in order to reach more people and to provide higher quality mental health coverage.

My dream for the United States is that we provide excellent mental health crisis and inpatient services, high quality outpatient services, and consistent preventative/mental health maintenance measures (for all ages but especially for children). We still have a long way to go, but we are making some progress.

There has been increased news coverage on mental health and I think that this is helping increase our awareness of people who are going through mental health struggles (like Conan O'Brien for instance who shares his personal struggles with mental health in this interview), and also what resources are out there (1). The news is also highlighting where we can make improvements (often sadly from significant failures).

I gathered links to recent news articles that I think you will find interesting (especially for you Lega-Leaders out there). These articles span state, national, and world news on the topic of mental health. Click on the topic summary to go to the news website. 

1. State (Missouri)
​Topic: Patients in Missouri waiting months for psychiatric and mental health services (2).

2. National
Topic: You probably are aware of 911 for emergencies, right? Well, there is a proposal for a national number (988) for mental health emergencies (3).

Topic: In Oregon there is a team called CAHOOTS that responds to mental health crises instead of police (4). 

3. World
Topic: In the UK there is a program in place that teaches kids about mental health self-care measures in the hopes of helping kids manage their emotions, and also to try to prevent mental health disorders from developing in the first place (5). 

Topic: University of Toronto Mississauga student handcuffed after seeking mental health services for suicidal thoughts and how this is sparking conversation on where the school can continue to make improvements on their services (6).

On a different note, just a reminder about the office closing on Thanksgiving:
Closed Dates: Monday, November 25th through Friday, November 29th. 


In Summary:
The mental health field offers a variety of services that are helpful and effective. That being said, there are still a lot of improvements that need to be made in order to reach people in the same way that we do with physical health. Improvements will need to come from all sectors, and all different parts of the community. All of us will have a different role to play in making progress, but each of us is important. 

I am so grateful that as a society and a world we are having more open and honest conversations about mental health (the good, the bad, and the ugly). We must have regular dialogue on these topics if we want any change to happen, and mental health professionals need to be open to feedback and be willing to think outside the box (like the CAHOOTS mobile crisis team). Any thoughts or comments on the mental health field or on any of the news articles above? Please comment below or send me a private message on my feedback form (7).

Want to know how you can do something right now? Share the news articles with a family member, friend, or trusted colleague. Have a discussion. What do they think? Ask them their viewpoints on the various issues and what their experiences have been. You just might learn something really interesting, and you might even learn how these issues are actually a challenge for your own social network (but you just never talked about it). And guess what? Just by you initiating and encouraging discussion you are taking huge steps towards breaking the stigma of taking care of your mental and relationship health. 

Talk to you next week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

All the best,
​Holly 

PS-Can I send you an email about once a week? The email will have a link to my latest blog post in case there is a topic you are interested in. As the business grows and I add more products and services, I will mention in the email what has been added.

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