• Body Image,  Self Esteem,  Self-Harm

    Micro Self-Care

    Let’s talk about micro acts of Self-Care for the people-pleasers If you are reading this, you might be someone who feels stuck in the role of constantly pleasing others. Do you… Continuously seek approval from others? Pretend to agree with others to avoid conflict? Go out of your way to stand out by taking on more than you can handle? Hide what you are truly feeling inside? Say “yes” when you really mean “no?” If you resonated with any of this, you might be considered a people-pleaser (I know I am one!). You are NOT ALONE! This post will discuss how we can show up for ourselves the way we…

  • Anxiety and Depression,  Parenting,  Self-Harm,  Teen Therapy,  Trauma

    The Misconceptions Behind Self Harming Behaviors

    Self harm is on the rise* in the US and around the globe. Yet many misconceptions around the behavior continue to persist. These misconceptions often lead to missed opportunities to intervene and provide proper treatment. It also leaves those who self-harm feeling stigmatized and ashamed to ask for help.   What is Self Harm?  Self-harm is the more commonly used word for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). Mental health professionals use the definition of NSSI from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): the deliberate, self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned, includes behaviors such as cutting, burning, biting and scratching skin.  While the…

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