Why Self-Care is So Empowering

The term “self-care” is ubiquitous these days. You probably know that you should do more of it more often. But, what exactly does that mean? Scheduling a regular massage? Taking up meditating? Shutting out the world (job, kids, responsibilities) and going on a retreat? With “self-care” so frequently used and vaguely defined, it can be…

How Technology Can Unlock Access to Mental Health Care

  Mental health issues are incredibly common. Unfortunately, so are the many barriers to accessing the quality care needed to effectively treat these conditions. When we set out to build the Lyra platform, we wanted to make the process of finding and choosing mental health care easier. And not just any care, but care that’s…

6 Things Everyone Should Know About PTSD

Most of us are exposed to trauma at some point in our ives. This may mean surviving or witnessing a life-threatening event such as a car accident or fire, or ongoing traumatic circumstances like domestic violence. After going through trauma, it’s normal to have a range of reactions such as stress, sleep problems, or difficulty…

10 Ways to Create an Affirming Space for LGBTQ+ Clients

  Love is Love. Loud and proud. Born this way, born this gay!   Happy LGBTQ+1 Pride Month! Pride can mean so many things to different people. Pride is sharing in community with friends, loved ones, and allies. Pride is remembering and honoring the heroes who risked and lost their lives fighting for LGBTQ+ equality….

Becoming a Dad: How Excitement can Be Met with Anxiety and Loneliness

Ineffable: a word that means an experience too great or astounding for words. How ironic is that? It’s literally a word to help describe the indescribable. And yet, it’s the only word that comes close to describing the feeling of becoming a dad. At the time of writing this, my wife is 36 weeks pregnant…

What is Mental Health Coaching? Breaking Down 4 Common Myths

For many, the word “coach” may evoke images of the friendly teacher who ran you through drills during high school soccer practice. Or it might conjure up visions of a life coach who helps inspire clients to reach their goals using positive affirmations, or a career coach focused solely on work-related challenges. Through interviews with…

Work-Related Burnout: How to Spot it and Ways to Cope

“I’m past the point of caring at work. I’m done!” Sean, an early career software engineer and former therapy client of mine, had repeated the phrase “I’m done!” so many times that he half-heartedly joked about it being his mantra. But we both knew that the chronic job stress he felt was no joke. He…

Anxiety vs. Stress: How to Tell the Difference and Get the Help You Need

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to quit everything. I was supposed to be writing reports, finishing progress notes, calling clients back, preparing presentations, and drafting blog posts like this one. But I was struggling to keep up with everything, and falling more and more behind by the day. And just when I thought…

The Importance of Assessment in Couple Therapy

Ben and Keisha, married eight years, present at their first therapy session saying, “We can’t communicate anymore!” Idina, the therapist, begins to work on “I-messages” and Ben rolls his eyes and interrupts while Keisha is talking and she turns away, displaying contempt at his comments. Although Idina continues to encourage active listening, the discussion quickly…

How Employers Can Foster a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Is your workplace somewhere you feel safe, respected, valued, and empowered to do your best work? Given that most U.S. adults spend much of their waking hours on the job, it’s a question well worth asking. When you consider that one in five of those adults experience a mental health condition, it becomes even more…