Advancements of the internet, smartphones and other technology have made it easier than ever to stay connected and informed. Technology can be beneficial for staying in touch with friends and family, working remotely and learning about other parts of the world, but it can also become detrimental to your mental and physical health. These tips […]
Advancements of the internet, smartphones and other technology have made it easier than ever to stay connected and informed. Technology can be beneficial for staying in touch with friends and family, working remotely and learning about other parts of the world, but it can also become detrimental to your mental and physical health. These tips for healthy internet and social media use can help you become more mindful of the impact technology has on your life and your health.
1. Be Respectful, and Think Before You Post
Hiding behind a keyboard can give you a false sense of confidence, obscurity and safety. Everything you do and say online can come back to bite you, whether it’s in the form of screenshots, social media posts or forum entries. Irresponsible behavior can have consequences in your real life and negatively affect your relationships and reputation. Before you react, stop, take three deep breaths and think about the repercussions of your actions before you hit send.
2. Don’t Share Passwords – Ever
Even if only for a temporary situation, sharing passwords increases the risk of someone obtaining private information or impersonating you online. Although you may think there is no harm in sharing your information with someone you trust, relationships can change, and you don’t want anyone having access to your personal information.
3. Don’t Believe Everything You See
Most people are very mindful about the image they want to project on social media. Everyone has bad days, but few people post about them the majority of the time. Take everything with a grain of salt and make the effort to connect with the people in your life outside of social media.
4. Don’t “Google It” for Professional Advice
Although the internet provides a wealth of information on any topic you can think of, using it to diagnose a health issue or other issues can be a big mistake. Not all information is accurate or helpful and can end up harming instead of helping you. If you need help with something, ask a professional.
5. Don’t Waste Your Time
Be conscious of how much time you spend on your devices, mindlessly scrolling through apps like Instagram or playing video games. Although it can be fun, limiting the role technology plays in your life can improve your physical and mental health. Instead of sitting in front of your computer, take a walk, catch a movie with friends or read a book. Put down your device when you’re spending time with family and friends. The world offers so many rich experiences, and if you don’t look up from your phone, you could miss many amazing moments that make life memorable.
Do you feel like your use of technology has become unmanageable? Therapists at Kayenta Therapy are here to help. Contact one of our therapists to schedule a counseling session today.
Conflict between parents and children is usually unproductive and tends to escalate quickly. If you want to reduce the conflict in your home, there are some highly effective techniques you can implement. Family therapy will help you put these techniques into consistent practice, as well as gain additional tools to help mitigate tension. Keep Your […]
Conflict between parents and children is usually unproductive and tends to escalate quickly. If you want to reduce the conflict in your home, there are some highly effective techniques you can implement. Family therapy will help you put these techniques into consistent practice, as well as gain additional tools to help mitigate tension.
Keep Your Cool
When you get frustrated with your child, it can be challenging to maintain your composure. As soon as you feel yourself becoming upset and irritated, remind yourself that most of the time, it’s not so much about what you say, but how you say it. Even when it’s difficult, learn how to keep your cool in these challenging parenting situations.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a breather if you need to regain control of your emotions. Stepping away is much better than escalating the problem. Tackle the situation when you are able to discuss it calmly with your child. While they still might not always like what you have to say, their reaction will usually be completely different when you treat them kindly and with respect.
Establish Eye Contact
Imagine you are trying to get your child’s attention, but they are distracted by a toy or the TV. You become frustrated and raise your voice to grab their attention. This gives the impression you are upset with them, leading to needless conflict. Instead of raising your voice, focus on establishing eye contact with your child. Once you make eye contact, you can calmly discuss whatever you need to.
Stick to a Routine
Children tend to benefit from a structured routine. Create daily schedules for things that tend to create conflict in the family – like doing homework or going to bed. It will be an adjustment period as your child gets used to doing things at a set time every day, but the conflicts should subside once the routine becomes a habit.
The therapist will help your family talk and work through the difficulties you are facing and offer specific, personalized advice. They can also provide a fresh, healthy perspective. For more than 10 years, therapists at Kayenta Therapy have provided family therapy and low cost therapy options to patients. If you’re ready to schedule a session for you and your family, contact one of our therapists today.
Becoming engaged to the one you love is an exciting experience. Although you may be focused on planning your wedding and envisioning your life together, it’s important to consider the complexities of your personalities, lifestyles and relationship dynamics, as well as how these factors will affect your marriage. Many relationship experts recommend premarital counseling, as […]
Becoming engaged to the one you love is an exciting experience. Although you may be focused on planning your wedding and envisioning your life together, it’s important to consider the complexities of your personalities, lifestyles and relationship dynamics, as well as how these factors will affect your marriage. Many relationship experts recommend premarital counseling, as it gives you both the opportunity to communicate your needs and desires. It also allows both parties to go into the marriage with proper expectations.
Premarital counseling is a type of relationship counseling that helps couples get ready for marriage and can help you and your partner identify and deal with issues that may become problems once you’re married. This type of relationship counseling can help you get to know your partner better and increase your chances of having a strong, happy and healthy relationship.
You can discuss any subjects or issues you choose in relationship counseling. Common topics include:
In relationship counseling, therapists use different techniques and exercises to help you gain a deeper understanding of your partner, improve communication and guide you through any issues that may arise.
Although many different types of counselors offer premarital counseling, marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) specialize in family and relationship counseling. Each therapist has their own approach to counseling, and the number of sessions you’ll need depends on your individual circumstances. Keeping an open mind and being honest about your feelings can help you get the most out of premarital counseling, allow you and your partner better understand and support each other and lead to a long, happy and fulfilling marriage.
Sometimes, it’s tough to tell whether your child is experiencing normal growing pains or if he or she is struggling with emotional or mental issues that require the help of a professional. Children experience anxiety, depression, mood changes, and feelings of loneliness just like adults do, but it’s often hard for them to understand and […]
Sometimes, it’s tough to tell whether your child is experiencing normal growing pains or if he or she is struggling with emotional or mental issues that require the help of a professional. Children experience anxiety, depression, mood changes, and feelings of loneliness just like adults do, but it’s often hard for them to understand and express. If your child is struggling, the earlier you seek therapy, the easier it is to empower them with the tools so they’ll feel safe, secure and content.
If you’re unsure whether your child may benefit from therapy, identifying certain warning signs and risk factors can help you make a decision about getting counseling for your child. Children who are struggling with mental and emotional issues often exhibit the following warning signs and symptoms:
Child therapists are specially trained and licensed to work with children facing all types of issues. Therapists tailor treatment to each child’s specific needs – age, developmental level, personality, and physical or behavioral issues are all taken into account when developing a treatment plan. Depending on your child’s issues and needs, a therapist may employ a combination of talk therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and group therapy to help your child. Although each of these methods can be effective, therapists often begin with talk therapy to build trust, develop a connection and get a deeper understanding of how a child is feeling. A child therapist will meet with you periodically to discuss your child’s issues and treatment.
If your child is experiencing one of more of the symptoms listed above for a prolonged period of time, it may be time to seek therapy. Major events, such as divorce, death and other life-changing transitions, can have an impact on children’s mental health and overall well-being. Taking a proactive approach and finding therapy that works best for your child can help to ensure problems are addressed and treated, so they can lead a happy, healthy, productive life.
Therapists at Kayenta offer child therapy that gives children and parents the tools they need to thrive and succeed. Contact a therapist at Kayenta Therapy to schedule an appointment today.
Summer means different things to different people – for some, it’s a joyful time filled with sunshine, swimming, vacationing, and hanging out with friends and family. For others, summer can be a bummer. Typically associated with shorter days, colder weather and winter depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may also affect people during the summer. SAD […]
Summer means different things to different people – for some, it’s a joyful time filled with sunshine, swimming, vacationing, and hanging out with friends and family. For others, summer can be a bummer. Typically associated with shorter days, colder weather and winter depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may also affect people during the summer. SAD can be treated effectively with therapy, behavioral changes and medication; learning how to identify the causes and symptoms of summer depression can make it easier to cope.
A disrupted sleep schedule. One of the keys to staying stable and maintaining good mental health is getting enough sleep. During the summer, routines often go out the window – kids are home from school, so you may spend more time away from home and stay up later than you would in the winter.
With so much focus on getting that perfect “summer body,” a lot of people become more self-conscious about their physiques. Being critical of your body and feeling uncomfortable in shorts or a bathing suit can keep you from enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking and going to the beach.
If you’re a working parent, you may have to shell out a significant amount of money for childcare in the summer, not to mention paying for summer camps, sports and other activities to keep your kids occupied. The extra expense of taking vacations can also cause stress and anxiety.
Lots of people love basking in the warmth of summer, but for some, the heat can be both physically and mentally oppressive. This causes them to stay in and isolate themselves from other people.
Your body’s production of melatonin is affected by exposure to sunlight. Too much sunlight can affect melatonin production and disrupt your circadian rhythm, leading to insomnia and unbalanced levels of the mood-regulating hormone, serotonin.
There are typically many allergens floating around in the summer breeze, which can leave you feeling irritable, anxious and physically ill.
Summer should be a happy time, right? If you feel like you’re expected to enjoy summer and you don’t, you may think something’s wrong with you (although it isn’t).
Some signs you may be experiencing summer depression include:
Are you ready to treat your summer depression with therapy? Contact a therapist at Kayenta Therapy to schedule an appointment today.
Therapy can be a great way to work through problems and improve your overall well-being. But, if you want to make the most of your sessions, it is important to establish your needs, wants and expectations in advance. Before you begin therapy, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Ask These Questions Before […]
Therapy can be a great way to work through problems and improve your overall well-being. But, if you want to make the most of your sessions, it is important to establish your needs, wants and expectations in advance. Before you begin therapy, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
1. “What do I want to work on?”
Before going to your first therapy session, it is important to determine exactly which problems you would like to discuss and work on. Attempting to address too many things at once can be counterproductive. When you divide your time and focus in many directions, it is unlikely you will make any real progress on any of the things that are bothering you. Pick one or two of the things that are most important to you to focus on first.
Once you have determined what you would like to work on, figure out a way to succinctly express this to your therapist. Being able to clearly describe the primary issues in one or two sentences will help ensure you and your therapist are focused on the same task.
2. “What do I hope to get out of therapy?”
People go to therapy for a variety of reasons. Likewise, their expectations for what they want to get out of their sessions are also vastly different. Perhaps you want to work through a problem from your past and learn from these experiences. Or, you may be looking to learn coping techniques.
When you start attending therapy, you will want to have a vision of what you hope to get out of your sessions. By setting this expectation in the beginning, you will have a clear goal to work toward. You should let your therapist know what your expectations are. This will help you both work together to meet them.
3. “Am I ready for change?”
Therapy can offer a wide range of benefits that can help improve your mental, emotional and overall well-being. But, in order to make the most of these benefits, you will have to make some changes. You cannot expect to get different results by doing the same things you have already been doing. Change can be uncomfortable and awkward at first, but if you are ready to try something new, your efforts will be worth it.
Kayenta Therapy is Nevada’s largest private counseling center and has been providing therapy for over 10 years. Browse our therapists to find the one that’s right for you.
If you’re thinking about attending family therapy, you’re probably feeling many strong emotions. Perhaps your marriage or partnership is in trouble. Or maybe you’re going through a divorce and your children are having difficulty coping. You may think of therapy as a last resort for when your life is falling apart, but the truth is […]
If you’re thinking about attending family therapy, you’re probably feeling many strong emotions. Perhaps your marriage or partnership is in trouble. Or maybe you’re going through a divorce and your children are having difficulty coping. You may think of therapy as a last resort for when your life is falling apart, but the truth is something far different. Family therapy is a positive experience that can greatly enhance your family’s life.
Family dynamics, divorce, addiction issues, anxiety, grief, and communication problems are just some of the reasons people find themselves seeking family therapy. A qualified family therapist can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your full potential as a person, as a partner or as a parent. People from all walks of life consult with counselors to make their lives more gratifying and to gain better focus on communicating effectively.
So, what does a family therapy session entail? Professional therapists understand that every person has specific needs and each situation is different. Sessions, therefore, will vary based on what approach works best for you.
At Kayenta Therapy, therapists are trained in a wide range of specialties, including cognitive behavior (CBT), Gestalt, mindfulness-based (MBCT), Jungian, and many more. Each method addresses specific issues that are affecting your family’s life. Using different techniques and exercises, your therapist will thoughtfully guide you through what’s behind behavioral or emotional problems family members are coping with.
The goal of family therapy is to strengthen the family unit so everyone is better equipped to interact with one another and make decisions together. Here are just a few of the approaches a family therapist might use:
When you meet with a family therapist for the first time, you may feel an enormous sense of relief. The nurturing and non-judgmental environment can help you not only pinpoint problem areas, but also recognize and admire the strengths of the family unit. Learning to celebrate the good things and feel a stronger connection as a family is just one of the many joys of therapy.
There are many professionals practicing family therapy, and if you don’t feel a connection with the first one you meet with, keep looking! If you’re ready to find the right family therapist for you, browse our online directory and contact the therapist of your choosing to schedule your first session.
If you’ve never been in counseling before, you may be apprehensive about whether the issues you discuss in therapy are confidential. If you are hesitant about seeking therapy to privacy concerns, these facts about confidentiality will put your mind at ease and help you speak openly and honestly. Confidentiality People seeking therapy need to feel […]
If you’ve never been in counseling before, you may be apprehensive about whether the issues you discuss in therapy are confidential. If you are hesitant about seeking therapy to privacy concerns, these facts about confidentiality will put your mind at ease and help you speak openly and honestly.
People seeking therapy need to feel safe and comfortable talking about their lives and feelings without worrying information will be shared with others. Mental health professionals understand this and highly value the need for client confidentiality. In fact, they are bound to adhere to it by a code of ethics.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects patients’ medical records and personal health information. At your first therapy session, your provider should give you a written copy of privacy policies outlining how your personal information is handled. Your therapist may ask for your written consent to share information or discuss your care with your other health care professionals.
Your mental health provider must share some information about your diagnosis and treatment plan with your health insurance company so they can determine which services are covered. However, the insurance company is required to keep this information confidential, according to HIPAA standards. If you decide to avoid filing an insurance claim and pay out-of-pocket for therapy instead, your insurance company most likely will not be informed of the mental health services you receive.
If your health insurance is through your employer, you can rest assured your employer will not have access to information about the health care services you receive. However, if your company offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), it’s best to speak with your human resources department about privacy.
Each state has different laws regarding the age at which young people can seek mental health services without parental consent. Mental health providers who treat kids under the age of 18 often meet with both the child and his or her parents at the first visit to set ground rules for privacy. If you are over 18 and use your parents’ insurance, it’s important to keep in mind they may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) outlining the services you received. However, they cannot access your records or discover what you talked about during your therapy sessions.
If you feel like emotional pain is hindering your happiness and preventing you from achieving your goals, attending therapy can help you identify what changes you need to make to overcome these obstacles. Therapy also helps you determine what steps you need to take to achieve a healthier mental state. To ensure your therapy is […]
If you feel like emotional pain is hindering your happiness and preventing you from achieving your goals, attending therapy can help you identify what changes you need to make to overcome these obstacles. Therapy also helps you determine what steps you need to take to achieve a healthier mental state. To ensure your therapy is successful, follow these simple steps.
Many patients make the mistake of putting their therapy sessions out of their minds once the appointment is over. After an appointment, take time to go over the main points you discussed. Your therapist can only provide suggestions; it is up to you to do the work and actually implement these suggestions into your life.
Many therapists will suggest resources, such as books, journal assignments and mental exercises that will help you better cope with emotional distress. Follow up on your therapist’s suggestions in a timely manner, even if you have doubts about how they will help you. You need to do your homework to get the maximum benefits from your therapy sessions.
Always be honest with your therapist and give them the entire story. Lying or omitting details will minimize the effectiveness of your sessions. Your therapist is not there to judge you. Help them assist you by being open during your appointments.
You can’t expect to attend a single therapy session and leave with an entirely new outlook on life. It takes time to change your thought processes and replace unproductive habits with healthier alternatives. Commit yourself to attending therapy regularly. If you feel tempted to skip therapy or stop attending your appointments, tell your therapist, so they can help you figure out why you feel like you will no longer benefit from your sessions.
It isn’t comfortable changing behaviors that are ingrained in your psyche. Change can be difficult. Embrace these feelings and continue to push forward. You are taking steps to achieve a healthier mental state and achieve emotional growth. Temporary discomfort is necessary for a happier life and higher level of emotional wellness.
Each person’s reason for seeking therapy is different, but there are some common themes therapists hear frequently. If you are considering visiting a therapist, knowing many others struggle with similar feelings and issues can help you feel less alone. Common Therapy Realizations 1 “I’ve been thinking about seeking a therapist for a long time.” People […]
Each person’s reason for seeking therapy is different, but there are some common themes therapists hear frequently. If you are considering visiting a therapist, knowing many others struggle with similar feelings and issues can help you feel less alone.
People often think about seeing a therapist for a long time before actually doing so. They may not make self-care a priority or believe things will get better on their own. Feeling nervous about your first appointment is normal, but knowing you are getting help can bring a sense of relief and hope.
When you start opening up about what is troubling you, it is easier to become more self-aware and gain a sense of clarity about what is happening in your life, which is a powerful force for healing.
Many people are their own worst critics and expect a therapist to judge them. Therapists are there to help, not to judge, and being able to speak freely in a non-judgmental environment can help you stop negative self-talk and learn to practice self-compassion.
Friends and family are often invested in your happiness and well-being, so it is difficult for them to be objective. Your actions and decisions may affect their lives as well. Speaking with a neutral party can give you a perspective you never would have imagined if you had merely shared your feelings with a loved one.
When you start therapy, it is common to be uncertain about the steps to take to improve your mental health. A therapist can help you explore various options and courses of action, which help you decide what’s best for you.
Becoming comfortable with making your own choices is empowering. A therapist is there to help you take ownership of your well-being and cultivate your confidence in your own decisions.
Human beings tend to gravitate toward the familiar. Your therapist can help you learn how to take small steps toward change, point out the progress you have made and help you maintain momentum.
Some people think about the “what if” of every situation, which causes anxiety and impedes personal growth. A therapist can help you explore your fears in a safe environment. You may find that the thing you fear the most needs to be confronted so you can feel more empowered and emotionally healthy.
Dealing with pain and negative patterns is not for the faint of heart. Thinking about the reasons you decided to seek therapy in the first place can help you power through fear and uncertainty and allow you to take important steps for continued healing.
The subtle changes you make to improve your well-being can be hard to see while you’re still on the road to self-improvement. Therapy can help you track your progress and give you a sense of empowerment that will spur you to keep going further.