‘DIY Psychotherapy’ Articles

Self Help is a wishy-washy category title. This is much more empowering! That said, true psychotherapy cannot be DIY.

A Year of Transition

A Year of Transition

  Happy Birthday us! Our haven of Street Level Wellness was born six years ago this month. It is truly amazing how fast it’s gone and how much we’ve grown. From that first article about Iron Man to tackling life’s hardest topics in a realistic but positive way, year after year. From wondering if anyone [Continue]

The Pros of Poetry

The Pros of Poetry

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.” – Gustave Flaubert, French Novelist   Creativity can build bridges and unlock doors both in the world and in all of our hearts. Perhaps that’s why creative writing, especially in the form of poetry has been around since earliest times as [Continue]

Strapping it to my Bad Leg

Strapping it to my Bad Leg

“The whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – Dr. George Sheehan, Senior Athlete “You’re the only one who’s really been training for this thing, Keith, so you’re crossing the finish line—and I want no [Continue]

Safety is Universal (T.I.C. 1)

Safety is Universal (T.I.C. 1)

“After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.” – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha We keep hearing more about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, and speaking as a trauma counselor, that’s a great thing. Recovery from school shootings, natural [Continue]

The Six Word Winter 2016

The Six Word Winter 2016

“Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” – Maxwell Maltz, Surgeon & Author The seasons change and the six word story challenge returns. We can feel it; the weather is warming and with the excitement it brings also comes a quickening of the schedule, a filling of [Continue]

Bigger Dragon, Better Weapon

Bigger Dragon, Better Weapon

“A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation Depression sucks. It literally sucks the hope, the will and the joy from people. In the end, [Continue]

Defiantly Forty

Defiantly Forty

*You can’t beat custom 40th Birthday Fallout Level Up art from Chuck Regan. Love this guy. _________________________________________________________________ “Life really does begin at forty. Up until then you are just doing research.” – Carl G. Jung, Individualist At seventeen years old I was a long haired, semi-rebellious but good hearted guy who hung out with “the bad [Continue]

Balance to the Force: Harnessing Counseling Assessment

Balance to the Force: Harnessing Counseling Assessment

“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.” – Obi-Wan to Anakin, Revenge of the Sith   Counseling today, often seen as a nearly exclusively verbal practice—sometimes involving a cryptic note taking on [Continue]

Good Men Unchained

Good Men Unchained

“You make me want to be a better man.” – Melvin Udall, As Good as it Gets   From Al Bundy to Homer Simpson to Peter Griffin, it’s easy to see that the modern view of what it means to be a man and a father has shifted in the media from the days of [Continue]

Our Power Perspective

Our Power Perspective

“Mental Health: A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” – Segen’s Medical Dictionary, 2012 The definition above is nearly perfect in summarizing our [Continue]

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