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Mental Health

THIRA Health / Mental Health

October Staff Spotlight

Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. Emily: I have previously been a milieu therapist and am currently a primary and art therapist. I work with both adults and teens, and currently run several art-based therapy groups, DBT skills groups, and milieu coaching in addition to individual therapy sessions. I enjoy combining my training in art therapy with emotion focused therapy and DBT to facilitate a deeper understanding of the present moment in a way that’s creative and tangible. When did you first decide to create a career around art (or mental health)? What inspired your path? Emily: I wasn’t always aware that art therapy was a career that existed, even after college. I have my BA in Fine Arts and after several internships in stained glass design and restoration, decided it was not what I...

Why Did I Do That?

Why Did I Do That? All throughout life, you may find yourself in situations wondering how did I even get into this mess? What’s going on with me, or why did I do that? It seems as though civilization itself has long been on a quest to answer that very same question. The answer we eventually settle on, how we end up explaining ourselves to ourselves, will define the very root of our belief system. In cognitive behavior therapy , we learn that our thoughts influence our feelings which in turn influences our behaviors. We also learn that behaving in new ways, or learning to regulate our emotions can have an equally great effect, as change can be initiated through modifications to any one point of the triad. In learning to piece...

Those Who Attempt Suicide & the Clinicians Who Work With Them

The arrival of National Suicide Prevention Month (September) stirs up a plethora of emotions for those in the community, both from survivors of suicide attempts, their families, loved ones, mental health treatment providers, and others . In addition to the devastating loss experienced by the families and loved ones of those who die by suicide, those affected are often left grief-stricken, with a greater risk of mental illness and suicide themselves. In an effort to increase awareness and make good on the memory of those fallen, throughout the month you will likely be reminded of the country’s current battle to help those struggling with suicidal behaviors make different choices. You may be reminded that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S....

The NAMI National Convention

On June 21st, 2019 NAMI held their National Convention in Seattle. The convention provided the community an opportunity for education, connection, and access to resources. This annual event supports individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones. What is NAMI? NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI also has more than 500 affiliates that work in local communities to help provide support and education on mental illness. Their goal is to educate, advocate, listen, and lead in fighting stigma and encourage understanding of the importance of mental health. What does NAMI do for you? NAMI has a plethora of knowledge and tools to help anyone and everyone who is affected by mental illness. Their website features pages such as, “Know the Warning Signs”, which gives...

The Power of Women-Centered Treatment Groups

Prior to the 1970s, there was little recognition of the specific, separate needs of women and men in mental health treatment. The troubles and anxieties of both genders had been often grouped together in the development of mental health care models for most of the 20th century—regardless of inequalities in economic and social life, hormonal fluctuations, and the various (and significant) differences between how each sex experienced depression. Over the decades that followed the Women’s Movement of the ‘70s, greater recognition emerged for the variables influencing the treatment for men and women, and distinct tracks began to form for women seeking gender-specific support. Our founder, Dr. Merhi Moore, started THIRA to offer intensive, focused, and individualized mental health treatment for women and girls grappling with anxiety and...

5 Tips For Improving Bad Habits

Our habits, over time, build up the experiences that define our lifestyle and the way we approach life. A habit can be physical and health-related, such as eating fatty foods and sweets or smoking cigarettes, or it can be emotional and mental - such as the re-telling of a personal narrative that causes us stress. Habits are patterns of behavior that often happen outside of our awareness. While you may be most aware of the habits that work against you, what matters most is taking action for change. It is crucial to understand that ineffective habits don’t go away on their own. Unfortunately, breaking a bad habit can be quite daunting for people, and there’s deep-seeded behavioral reasoning for this. We’re hard-wired to re-create experiences that...

5 Benefits of a Social Media Detox

The original intent of social media sites such as MySpace or Facebook was to create an online platform in which people could connect. This concept took advantage of the far reaching potential of the internet and sought to do something positive and simple -- bring people together. No one can argue that social media has not achieved this goal. It is hard to imagine that virtual networking could come with so many negative side effects, but it does, and consumers feel the impact of them each and every day whether they realize it or not. Taking a step back from sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can feel like you’re folding in the middle of a very exciting game. Social media has no off season,...

How to Stay Present during the Holiday Season

The Holiday season is all about relaxing and enjoying your time off from work and school. But preparing for them, buying gifts and planning parties can get demanding and stressful very quickly. As we get more overwhelmed, it can get difficult to focus on what’s important during the holidays: spending quality time with your loved ones and enjoying the moments we have with them. Staying present is an important skill to have - especially during this time. That’s why the team at THIRA put together a few quick tips on how to be - and stay - present this holiday season.   1. Pause and appreciate: As you do any holiday-related activities, like choosing a gift, decorating a tree or even just calling a family member, pause...

Daylight Savings Brings Shorter Days – Here’s How To Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, it’s easy to get tired of the darkness and colder weather. It’s entirely possible that your mood can be affected too - afterall, we all rely on sunlight and Vitamin D to maintain high levels of energy and positivity. For people who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder getting through the colder months can be especially difficult. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that relates to changes in seasons. Its onset happens in the fall or early winter, and ends around springtime, with possible symptoms including fatigue, moodiness and disorganized sleeping patterns. Those people who are prone to depression are especially at risk for SAD. As such, the team...

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15 Apps to Start Your Self-Help Journey

In light of Mental Health Awareness month, the team at THIRA would like to provide you with all possible resources to help cope with mental health challenges. Such resources can come in many forms, such as individual therapy sessions, support groups, and even health and wellness programs. However, we understand that in-person therapy (and therapy as a whole) may not be an option for everyone. In today’s digital world finding resources and answers for mental health challenges has become easier - as has to take that first step towards getting help. In light of this, we would like to recommend a few apps to help you get started on your self-help journey, improve your daily routines and practice DBT-based mindfulness skills in the comfort of your...

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