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I came across this image the other day while I was avoiding all sorts of tasks by playing around on Pinterest. Needless to say it really struck a cord with me.  I can’t tell you how many times someone will ask me how I am and my answer is just “busy.” I say this, one because it is true, but also because of the message it sends to others. When I say “busy” what I mean is “look at me world, I am so productive!”  or “you can trust me because I get things done” or “I am valuable because I am a hard worker.”  Where have I gotten the message that busy means better?  And another question, how often are our clients living based on that same message?

In honor of not being busy, I am choosing to end this post with this moment of calm.

-Tiffany Frias, MA, LPC-Intern

(Image found at Minimalist Pretty)

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App Review: Tactical Breather

Do you have a client dealing with stress? If you answered yes, then this app may be right for your client.

Tactical Breather app guides a person through a deep breathing exercise in order gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. This is done with a four count method of breathing with visual prompts and spoken dialogue to assist you when inhaling, exhaling, or holding your breath.

This app is simple, portable, and an effective way to help clients create a relaxation response when stressed. Best of all, this app is FREE and is available on I Phones.

We encourage you to download this free app and browse around for yourself. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this app.

LGBTQ Development Across the Lifespan

Now that we have two successful networking events under our belts, we have decided that now is a good time to host a guest speaker. Join us on December 1st from 10am-12pm  for an opportunity to hear Rebecca Munsey, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-S present on LGBTQ development across the lifespan.

This event will be held at Novian Counseling and Neuroeducation Center. Cost is $15 per person.  You can register for this event by leaving a comment below. Advance payment is required (see the paypal link below). Space is limited to 10 people so register early!

App review: Bipolar Disorder Connect

Bipolar Disorder Connect is an app that offers support to individuals with Bipolar Disorder. This app is FREE and is available on Android and i Phones.

We found this app to be of similar format to a support group as it offers support and personal stories of challenges and successes from individuals with Bipolar Disorder.

Since some of our clients lack resources to gain community support, this app may assist them in obtaining necessary support. This app will allow clients to read up on topics such as mania/depression symptoms, treatments, therapy, family issues and work/career issues.

The Bipolar Disorder Connect app is informative and easy to navigate around. We particularly enjoyed browsing and reading their news articles. The news article feature shares articles on medications, therapies, and research.

We encourage you to download this free app and browse around for yourself. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this app.