5 natural antidepressants…it’s science!

Listen, I’m no chemist and I definitely don’t understand all of the complex science behind ions. But, there is a lot of scientific data that shows how positive and negative ions impact the environment and our mental health. Positive ions, also called “free radicals,” are molecules that have a positive electrical charge. Pollution, allergens, computers,… Continue reading 5 natural antidepressants…it’s science!

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COVID-19 and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are on the rise

I recently saw a post on social media where someone was dancing outside and making comments about how wonderful this quarantine and pandemic has been for her and she did not understand why people were complaining, depressed, or worried. She has had five months without work yet fully paid, without small children, without health concerns,… Continue reading COVID-19 and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are on the rise

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On the wrong road: stigma and mental health

Original publication: http://kansaspreventioncollaborative.org/Whats-New/Blog-Stigma-and-Mental-Illness I passed a hitchhiker on the road yesterday. He was holding a cardboard sign that said “Tulsa Oklahoma.” While that’s not an unusual sight here in Wichita, what I found ironic was that he was holding a south-bound sign on an east-bound road. He had the motivation to take him to Tulsa… Continue reading On the wrong road: stigma and mental health

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What? A new podcast!

Hey folks- I will be starting a new podcast that explores healing from trauma in its many forms. And I would love your help! If you would like to be interviewed or have a topic for discussion please let me know! Some possible topics that I would like to discuss: Religious trauma, including cult involvement… Continue reading What? A new podcast!

Parenting means letting go

I just watched my teenage son back out of the driveway with a big smile, a wave, and an “I love you, Mom!” He’s driving to Utah…alone…to meet a friend. Together, they will tramp around the country for two weeks–Sight-seeing, camping, snacks, and young man independence. Shortly after he was born–holding my fresh, newborn in… Continue reading Parenting means letting go

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The power of EMDR for trauma

I am trained in a trauma therapy modality called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Yeah, it’s a mouthful. And while science still does not fully understand the complexity of how the brain processes trauma (this is true of any therapeutic model), the process of EMDR is actually quite simple. Think of REM. No,… Continue reading The power of EMDR for trauma