Beginner’s Mind

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Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.  - Meister Eckhart Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) refers to the concept of "Beginner's Mind," a Zen Buddhist practice of keeping your childlike openness and readiness to experience. Think about how often you zoom through your days mindlessly and robotically. Imagine if everything you did, you did instead … Continue reading Beginner’s Mind

Why It’s Important to Work with a Specialist

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Let's talk about the importance of choosing a specialist when deciding on a mental heath provider. Recently, in an online professional group, a group therapist shared that leading groups is not that much different than conducting individual therapy. Not true! There's so much more that goes into working with groups - into studying and working … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Work with a Specialist

Avoiding Reality via Alcohol/Drug Misuse

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One of the frequent goals of alcohol or drug misuse - which can eventually lead to addiction - is the avoidance of reality. Let's face it - reality is tough. Whether it's difficult emotions or circumstances, family members or situations, we often struggle to hang in there, and distraction and avoidance are common coping techniques. … Continue reading Avoiding Reality via Alcohol/Drug Misuse

The Five-Minute Journal

Gratitude

A couple of months ago, I was introduced to The Five-Minute Journal. As the name implies, the journal calls for brief entries (two per day: morning and night), nothing more than quick, bullet-item lists. In the morning, you jot down what you're grateful for and what would make the day a positive one. You also … Continue reading The Five-Minute Journal

Shattering the Political Blank Screen

As a therapist-in-training, I was taught to keep my cards close to my chest. Many of my mentors advocated for minimal personal disclosure, suggesting that revealing this type of information could dilute the therapeutic relationship. They instead recommended a neutral stance, a maintenance of what therapists call the "blank screen." But, I'm going to shatter that … Continue reading Shattering the Political Blank Screen

New Year, New Insurance Plan? Gatewell’s Primer on Finding the Health Insurance That’s Right for You

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It's that time of year again - time for open enrollment in the health insurance world. Are you confused by all the terms and choices? Gatewell finds all of the options overwhelming, and we're in the business!  So, we've compiled this guide to help you sort out some of the key decisions associated with choosing a plan. … Continue reading New Year, New Insurance Plan? Gatewell’s Primer on Finding the Health Insurance That’s Right for You