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December Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight this month features THIRA's very first therapist on staff Elisabeth Rehn. She is a light in every room that she walks into and her fun and outgoing personality is part of the glue that keeps THIRA together.  How long have you been at THIRA Health? I have been at THIRA since 11/2015. I worked in a small suite on the 2nd floor with Dr. Moore and three administrative staff members. I saw individual clients and organized DBT curriculum and began running the first IOP groups. Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. I am a Primary Therapist. I mostly facilitate DBT skills groups in IOP morning and evening programs. I also support PHP staff by providing skills coaching for PHP patients. Why did you first decide to become a therapist/what...


Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  From the dawn of civilization to date, women have existed in patriarchal societies, often oppressed and ill-treated in institutions created by men, to favor men. In the United States of Today, it is an utterly tragic, appalling, and heartbreaking reality that women continue to suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in nearly every area of life.  Age-old gender roles, predatory use of power dynamics, and scant accountability threaten the well-being, dignity, and rights of women. Such targeted violence is a completely preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in women, and is a social, economic, legal, educational, human rights, and health (physical and mental) issue. Violence Against Women by the Numbers Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that, at some point in their lifetime,...


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...

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...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Emily Fitch, RD and Allison Thompson, RD   It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. We’ve been struggling with what to write – there are already blog posts with Eating Disorder (ED) facts, statistics, mottos for recovery, and much more out there. We know that children are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than type 2 diabetes, for example – yet we hear so much more about the importance of a ‘healthy weight’, and not so much about how to promote balanced and nourishing messaging about health and weight. We know that recovery isn’t just about weight restoration, eating disorders often coexist with diagnoses like anxiety and OCD, eating disorders aren’t just about food, and recovery isn’t a straight line. Eating disorders are complicated medical and...

Breaking the Stigma

More celebrities leading the way for mental health awareness.  Mental health awareness has been brought into the spotlight as of late. More and more artists, celebrities, musicians, and actors have been coming forward with their own accounts of personal struggle with mental health. By using their influence to spread knowledge about the stigma surrounding mental health, positive strides have been made for everyday people struggling with mental health problems. The stigma surrounding mental health can be broken down into two parts. As Dr. Graham Davey writes, “Social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behavior directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given.” The other facet of stigma when it concerns mental health is perceived...

Healthy Reminders For New Moms (on Mother’s Day!)

An estimated one in six women suffer from postpartum depression, and many more develop compulsive behaviors (such as washing their hands or obsessively checking whether their baby is breathing.) As a cocktail of hormones surge and sleep arrives less regularly, anxiety and depression can weigh heavily on new parents—and particularly on moms who must nurse around the clock. It’s important to remember that taking good care of a baby is impossible without taking good care of yourself. Below are some reminders for staying healthy after becoming a mother:   1. Indulge in healthy food Indulging in healthy food throughout the day will maximize the energy you have as a new mom. The quality of your breast milk will be consistent, regardless of what you choose to eat, but poor...


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