Dangers of Social Media

By Nazia Islam, LPC-S, RPT Social Media has become a prevalent part of our everyday lives, and it has some positive social effects such as making friends, finding connections, building community, learning social skills, having fun, and sharing ideas and common interests. However, it is important to highlight some of the negative impacts/dangers of social […]
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Impact of Delayed Mental Health Treatment

By Catherine Wachira, PMHNP Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. An estimated 21 million adults in the US have experienced at least one major depressive episode (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2020). Only about half of people affected by depression seek treatment with psychotherapy, medication, or […]
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Beat the Heat

By Catherine Wachira, PMHNP Are you thinking it’s too hot to exercise now? With temperatures steadily rising as we approach June and July, those who normally enjoy being outdoors may find it unbearable being outside, let alone exercising. While it might seem almost impossible to exercise throughout the year, keep in mind that exercise benefits […]
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Need Motivation to Exercise?

By Catherine Wachira, PMHNP Do you ever lack the motivation to exercise? You are not alone. Whether you prefer walking, jogging, or strength training, there are some days you just don’t feel like exercising. Studies have shown that motivation is one of the key factors that ensure individuals continue exercising. What can you do to […]
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The New Normal

By Catherine Wachira, PMHNP Over the last few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly led to dramatic changes in our lifestyle. Much of this change stemmed from the need to conduct work and school from home since the start of the pandemic in 2020. However, even as the pandemic nears the end, many are continuing […]
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Walking for Mental Health

By Nazia Islam, LPC-S, RPT It is well known that movement and exercise have been proven to help with elevating mood and improving symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Wherever you are on the spectrum from a little down to clinically depressed, it can be difficult to get motivated with an exercise regimen. The thought process […]
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A Letter to Parents: Children and The Pandemic

By Muhibbah Khan A few years ago it was announced that all individuals would have to quarantine within their homes due to this new virus that had started spreading across the globe. No one could have predicted the scale at which the COVID-19 pandemic would forever change our lives. As adults, many of us have […]
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Counseling For Children

By Nazia Islam, LPC-S, RPT Just like adults children can experience stress. Stressors for children can include the death of a pet, the birth of a sibling, divorce, neglect, abandonment, moving, domestic violence, bullying at school, natural disasters, war, violence, and political climate.  Your child will not come to you stating “Mother, I feel quite […]
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The Good and The Fad: Achieving A Healthy Diet

by Muhibbah Khan I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and passed by an advertisement on how to lose weight fast. I thought nothing of it and kept scrolling, but only a few minutes passed, and there it was again… and again… and again. I think within an hour I saw about 20 advertisements […]
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Are You What You Eat?

By Nazia Islam, LPC-S, RPT  The euphemism “You are what you eat” was coined in 1826 by famous French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillant Savarin. He wrote “‘Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es’’, which translates to  ‘Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are ‘” […]
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