Massiel Bradberry, LPC - Living Better Lives Counseling

Living Better Lives provides mental health counseling to couples and individuals in the Northwest Arkansas community. Psicoterapia en español.

Living Better Lives provides bilingual effective quality counseling and wellness services to the NWA community. Start living a better life today! __ Servicios profesionales de consejería y bienestar ofrecidos también en Español. Contáctanos!

Things aren’t normal, but the way you’re feeling is. Find your breath, remember to stay hydrated, and don’t be too hard on yourself 💛

06.19.1865. Today is Juneteenth - the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Note that this was two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It took two years before Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston Texas with news that the enslaved were now free. Today we celebrate the freedom of slaves while continuing the battle for Black freedom everywhere. Remember: Nobody is free until everybody is free. #juneteenth2020

It’s time to listen. In an attempt to decenter ourselves and amplify Black voices, we won’t be posting this week. #blacklivesmatter #amplifymelanatedvoices

Heartbroken at everything that's happening all over the country. Our Black community is desperate and heavily traumatized. We must take a stand against violence. We must advocate for their lives. Their hurt, their grief, their safety, their despair, their physical and mental health… all of it matters. The experiences of Black individuals, families, and community matters. The ripple effect of racial trauma is too big, ongoing, and never-ending. We must recognize that. We ask for justice and we ask for change. The time is now!

DON’T: Dismiss the hurts and pains of Black people. Minimize what they’re going through. Deny their unique experiences and stories. Judge Black people for how they process trauma and choose to speak up.

DO: Be present. Listen carefully. Acknowledge the pain, rage, and the history of Black people. Pay attention. Have empathy. Take action. And through it all, of course, check your privilege and take ownership of your part.

BOUNDARIES: It is not up to you to determine how oppressed people feel, how they speak up, and how they protest. If you are non-black, recognize that black people are not obligated or responsible to educate you. It is not their responsibility to teach you how to care for them either. It is your responsibility however to learn, unlearn, and take a stand. The time is now.

All of us have emotional baggage that we need to unpack! I Often hear people say they’re damaged or broken because they don’t know what to do with they’re emotions. Have you been there?

You’re not broken! You’ve been hurt and forced to learn to cope with emotions by pushing them down and avoiding feeling. It is possible that at some point you were ridiculed for having emotions, shut down, and taught not to express them. This is not your fault or something you chose. You just learned to cope in order to survive and keep moving.

The truth is that keeping things bottled up doesn’t do us any favors. Therapy can help you unlearn those patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you and learn new ways to deal with life!

Raise your hand if you are pro-therapy 🙋🏽‍♀️ How do you know when it’s time for a mental unload and emotional unpacking?

Social comparison is completely natural in the development of humans. It’s normal to compare our productivity, our attractiveness and abilities to other people in order to place ourselves in the world. But with such easy access to heavily curated lives in social media, it seems likes social comparison has intensified. And so has perfectionism. The important part of this is to notice if or when this type of comparison becomes unhealthy
Social media is used by most of us as a “highlight reel” for how we want to be perceived by other people. We don’t typically post about bad days or tough moments in our lives nearly as much (if at all) as the moments that we feel successful or proud. Although this seems obvious, it’s such an important reminder when scrolling through a seemingly perfect feed! So keep in mind that we all have bad days, and moments of distress, isolation, and anxiety. We just don’t usually post them online, but that doesn’t mean they’re not real
Follow accounts that are compassionate, useful, insightful, or inspirational. Choose accounts like you would choose friends. Be particular in what you consume and mindful of the content being shared. By doing this, you can make social media a space to better your mental health rather than trigger it!

Here’s a question to ask yourself to check-in as we head into the weekend!“How’s my anxiety showing up for me?” Anxiety does not manifest in the same way for all of us. It is possible that anxiety for some shows up as an urge to “stay busy” and “be productive“. Other way anxiety can manifest is through anger, irritability, lack of sleep, lack concentration and motivation, exhaustion, stomach issues, among others.

Can you think of non-typical ways anxiety shows up for you?

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Although we love a reason to celebrate, we also know that this day can bring up hard feelings for so many. Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder for those struggling with loss, infertility, or childhood trauma.
Any way that you feel about Mother’s Day is valid and understandable! We created a blog to help you you get through this day (link in the bio)! Let us know what today brings up for you, and tell us how you cope. We’d love to hear from you!

This week we celebrate maternal mental health and there is so much that we can say.
Mama, today I want to say out loud how much we see you. We see you for your efforts, your dedication, your commitment and your sacrifices.
We see you in your moments of joy and pride. And we see you in the moments of pain, hurt and despair.
You are doing amazing, mom! Mothering is hard work. Know you are allowed to feel ALL the feelings without the guilt and shame.
If you’re struggling (whatever that looks like for you), please reach out. This world needs you and I’m here to listen ❤️ #maternalmentalhealth #mmhweek2020

“and here you are living despite it all” - rupi kaur

You do not have to accomplish your entire 5-year plan duringi this quarantine. Remember that quarantining is a task all on its own, so check that off your daily list, too!

Don't forget how valuable it is to sit with your feelings, even the hard feelings. Remember, it will be easier to move forward once you have really processed your present.

These validating statements can be the perfect thing to say to your kids while they grieve in this current season. It's a hard season to parent, but remember that you don't have to parent perfectly. Just validate their feelings, try your best, and know at the end of the day that you are good enough.

"I am so afraid of disappointing the people I love, I often orget that I am someone I love too. And I need kindness just as much as I believe the people I love do." - N.G.

Learning the rhythms of your anxiety and the anxiety of people close to you can be a huge tool in your toolbox. Anxiety is much easier to manage when you know what to look for, the healthiest way to respond, and how to not take it personally. (Which is hard! And won't happen every time. But the effort will make a difference!)

Self-care makes you a healthier friend, partner, parent, sibling, daughter/son, co-worker, family member, neighbor, and human. Remind yourself of that when you find yourself trying to prioritize your own care last.

You do not have to feel guilty for feeling sad, scared, complaining, being optimistic, grieving, feeling grateful, being hopeful, having faith, or being uncertain. There are so many things to navigate in the world right now that you do not have to put extra guilt on yourself!

FUN CHALLENGE: Let's do something to raise our spirits, because we could all have a boost. Listen to one of your favorite songs from the past and try to think through some good memories attached to the song. What comes to mind? When did you first hear it? When did you last listen to it? Let's take a positive walk down memory road today!

Are you a perfectionist? Hear the Living Better Lives team dive into this topic today on the blog. Link in bio.

Sometimes, changing your life starts with changing your priorities.

Holos Counseling

Local resource!

Email: [email protected]

The counseling department at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville has put together a virtual clinic to help provide FREE mental health support to the community during these stressful times.

Internship students will be available to provide brief mental health counseling. This is not intended to be deep psychotherapy but more a supportive service to help individuals get through this stressful and uncertain time. Maybe you just need one good session to vent all your frustrations with being stuck at home, or maybe you want a weekly check-in to talk about how the pandemic is impacting your life. Maybe you’d like to learn some new coping skills or get some feedback on your self-care plan. Maybe you’re just lonely and the social isolation is getting to you. Maybe you’re anxious or depressed and just need to share your feelings with someone who is willing and able to deeply listen, with empathy and compassion.
Internship students have completed most of the required coursework for their master’s program and will be supervised by licensed counseling professionals and program faculty. Sessions will be conducted via a secure online platform and all confidentiality requirements will be observed.

Interested individuals may send an email to: [email protected]. Please include name, date of birth, email address, and phone number for contact. All potential clients will be screened for appropriateness and informed consent will be obtained before beginning services.

Use these slowed down days to assess which parts of your life you miss, and which parts of your life you are relieved to have a break from. Are there things that need to be cut out permanently? Some things will need to find a place back into your rhythm, but there may be some things that need to go altogether. And that's okay.

You can be in the process of healing and still go through waves of happy and hurting. Don't give up on yourself and stop pushing. Hard days aren't a set back, they are just a wave in the process.

- A. Rose

Do you find yourself trying to figure out how you're going to get through this? I know that a lot of people are suffering from financial, emotional, mental and physical issues as a result of this quarantine. I just want you to know that you're not alone, you're seen, and you matter. We are here with you today, and we are going to get through this together. Day by day.

7 things that therapy does NOT do for you, today on the blog. Link in bio!

If you begin to feel yourself getting overwhelmed, step back for a second and focus on your breathing. Focus on taking deep, rhythmic breaths. Listen to the sounds around you, and breath in rhythm with them.

Sometimes self care is simple and small, like prioritizing the time to breath deeply.

Try your best not to talk yourself out of doing things that you enjoy just because you don't think you are good enough! I am debatably the world's slowest runner, but when I finish a run I feel good. I feel productive, and strong, and healthy, even if it was slow.

If you feel calmed and elavated by painting, or drawing, or photography, or writing, or singing, or exercising, don't let expectations of yourself hold you back! Give yourself permission to do the things you enjoy.

With 10 minutes at the start of your morning, you can change the rhythm of the rest of your day. Try to do these things tomorrow to the best of your ability! (If you need to skip some, skip! If you need to adapt some, adapt! Make it work for YOU.)
- Stretch your body
- Eat a nutricious breakast with antioxidants
- Practice gratitude
- Get ready to some music that makes you happy
- Drink a glass of water

This goes out to everyone who is used to being the girl who has it all together. It has been a rough few weeks for everyone, and it is okay if it has been hard for you, too. You never have to pretend that things are okay, if they simply aren't.

"I am so afraid of disappointing the people I love, I often orget that I am someone I love too. And I need kindness just as much as I believe the people I love do." - N.G.

Today on the blog, we discuss the age old question: WHY are relationships so hard? Link in bio.

Hey! I just wanted to let you know that you're doing great. Being quarantined and socially distancing yourself is hard for anyone, and it can cause significant pain for someone with trauma. It is OKAY if you are feeling the weight of that. You are handling these unprecedented circumstances great! If you need someone to talk, I'm here.

This applies to family, friends, and others. If someone from your past is making incorrect assumptions about who you are, remember that they are being informed by the past and not the present.

If you're feeling overwhelmed right now, consider writing things down! You can spill all of your words and thoughts onto a page. You can write it as a story, a journal entry, a letter... whatever helps you!

There are many things happening in the world that need to be processed, and you have full reign to process your life right now however feels safest and healthiest for you!

Helping People Live Better Lives

My name is Massiel Bradberry, but you can call me Massy!

Individuals that work with me say I have an easy going and inviting approach to counseling. While I will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, my main goal is for us to build a relationship where you feel safe, accepted, and welcomed. In my sessions you will not be judged, but rather shown compassion and empathy. I'll listen to you and work with you on a plan that fits your needs to create the changes that you wish to achieve. It will be hard, don't get me wrong, but I will be there every step of the way providing all the support and accountability that I can. This is my promise to you!

I love connecting with people and forming meaningful relationships with those who cross my path. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going outside, exercising, dancing and trying new things. I also enjoy traveling, cooking, movies nights, books, and concerts!

I’m a state board Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Health Coach. I have many years of experience working with a diverse clientele in a variety of settings across the Northwest Arkansas, California, and the Dominican Republic.

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