Therapy Things with Sage

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Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 11/18/2022

Your relationship to the holiday season may be very different from others relationships to it.
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You are not alone.
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Your experience is valid.
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You are worthy of all the joy and love, as you are, as is everyone else you come in contact with ♥️
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]
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Sometimes having “cue cards” ready can help decrease anxiety with upcoming socializing…
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Some additional coping skills to support the answer options:
🤍Take time to step outside and do some deep breaths (in thru your nose, out your mouth like blowing out birthday candles)
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🧡Hand on your chest and affirming “I am safe”, “I have control over my actions”, “I am not trapped I have options to leave if I need to”.
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Challenging thoughts by asking: “What evidence and I basing that off of?”, “Is that 100% true?”, and sometimes even having the conversation “The story I’m telling myself is….” ( call to courage reference 💪🏼)

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 11/14/2022

Holiday conversation tips🤍
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Reminders: comments about anyone’s body are most of the time not helpful and very often harmful.
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You are worthy as you are regardless of your relationship statuses or qualities, as are those around you!
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Asking questions about family planning is a deeply private and personal inquiry. Best practice is to assume that if someone were interested in telling you they would, allow them to come to you. Check your motivation in asking is it to let them know that you love them so much you’d love to have more of them running around? Then try telling them you love them and why!
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Talking about work when we’re off of work sometimes can lead us to think about work and projects that need to be done taking us away from being present focused. Placing one’s identity in the work they do is a common struggle, reminding your people that they are more to you than what they do speaks volumes! Wanting to know more about the work they do and their day to day? Ask about that ♥️
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Overall tip: when wanting to ask a question to someone check in on what your “why” is, what’s the reason for asking and what’s your goal? If it’s to know them and love them better focus on if you would feel loved and known by this same question yourself.

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 11/04/2022

You are worthy of advocating for: communicate your needs, acknowledge appropriate responsibility, set those boundaries because you are WORTH IT!
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Even when you don’t feel like you.
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When you start acting out of love for yourself you will feel more loved by yourself and therefore increase that self love and self esteem 🤍
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For some helpful self esteem worksheets you can visit: www.therapistaid.com and search “self esteem” disclaimer: best worked on alongside a therapist! (For therapists you can visit psychology today.com and filter based on preferences and needs!)
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

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Small talk can be anxiety inducing due to the nature of the uncertainty and the pressure to perform for those people pleasing tendencies.
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Reminder: you’re not alone in that discomfort 🤍
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Additional topics that can be fun to engage in:
1) fun facts
2) throw your therapist in for pizzaz “my therapist told me to practice more vulnerability in small talk so here I am 😉”
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Also don’t forget those useful coping skills for your nervous system if you’re standing alone or there is a silence in the conversation:
☀️Bilateral stimulation (slow squeezing or tapping of your hands left to right)
☀️deep breaths in through your nose and out your mouth
☀️hand on chest, “I am safe”
☀️head to the bathroom or step outside if you need to! You have agency, you are not trapped and can take breaks if you need to!

10/18/2022

You are valuable, regardless 🤍
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]
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Tips from a Licensed Mental Health Counselor 🤍
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These skills will help you to survive those moments, absolutely worth digging into the why behind these symptoms in some good ‘ole therapy of course!
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For additional breathing exercises to practice I recommend or
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For your inner hype person find some inspiration in a favorite positive encouragement based fitness instructor, a loving mother or aunt, your favorite child, or your bestie.
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For therapists check out psychologytoday.com
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 10/15/2022

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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

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You don’t get to choose what your brain stores as trauma, it’s just what your brain does. 🧠
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It’s in an attempt to help you to survive, in fact it does help you to survive!
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It’s easy to get mad at our amygdala and this system when we’re walking around hyper vigilant, feeling out of control of trauma responses, and battling intrusive memories.
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Processing through trauma is HARD work, BRAVE work, and takes great STRENGTH.
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Hard, brave, strong work can help your brain to retrain your brain to recognize what is safe now, rewire, help your brain to see that the past is not the present and to reframe the beliefs about yourself that have been enforced by traumatic experiences (anything that your brain stored in that amygdala)
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For therapists that specialize in trauma you can visit psychologytoday.com and filter for trauma or trauma therapy approaches like EMDR 👍🏼
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 10/13/2022

It’s ok if you tear up reading this♥️
This is one of those things I can just never get over how cool it is!
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✨Grieving tears look different than onion tears or happy tears.
✨Different tears release different chemicals with them.
✨Your tears literally hold pain and take it away for you and cool your brain and heart rate to calm you down and provide pain relief.
✨so don’t believe the lie that your tears are wasted or useless, they are intentional and purposeful!
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Photography by: Rose-Lynn Fisher from “The Topography of Tears”
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Something about me: no I do not intentionally make clients cry in sessions, yes I do celebrate emotional releases when they happen 🎉
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 10/10/2022

🤍Sage Roberts, LMHC
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World Mental Health Day is today October 10th, 2022.
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The purpose of today is to “raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.”
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Mental health is health. Mental health impacts your physical health and is a part of all of our health.
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Things you can do to support your mental health today:
-schedule a therapy session
-reach out to a therapist for a phone consultation (psychologytoday.com is a great resource for finding therapists)
-Follow mental health professionals on IG for free resources!
-Listen to mental health podcasts by mental health professionals (for options visit my podcast highlight on this profile)
-Read a mental health resource by a mental health professional (for book recommendations visit my books highlight on this profile)
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For questions relating to therapy please do not DM , please email at [email protected]
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 09/28/2022

Stay safe out there, support your mental health with that physical health too ♥️
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The Disaster Distress Helpline can be reached at 1-800-985-5990 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
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For crisis counseling call 9-8-8 to reach national crisis line via text or call.
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Additional to slides:
Reminder to SLEEP and EAT. Sleep deprivation leads to difficulty challenging negative and/or distorted thoughts. Hunger in your stomach can add to anxiety so stay fed and hydrated!
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and have some great breathing exercises and sleep meditations.
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Remember your resources you have had for the most anxious days you’ve had storm or no storms, you still have those today!

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 09/19/2022

More game changing language changes…
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1) Instead of using “absolutes” like always or never try “often” or “usually” AFTER checking in on whether you mean that word and if that word is an accurate representation. We often use absolutes when something is so present in our mind and in front of our focus that it seems like “always” is true because it’s taking up so much space in our mind and vision whether that’s because this thing is heavy, triggering, or those other times we pushed it away and now we’re exploding.
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2)Therapists often use the phrase “stop “should-ing” on yourself” because “shoulds” breed shame and shame isn’t a great motivator for change, it can really paralyze our progress. Same can be said for “should-ing” on others it comes off as judgement and produces insecurity in your presence so it’s not helpful for creating a safe space for others. Replacing “should” with reminding yourself you have options aids in increasing your agency to make change and freedom to do so safely and securely ♥️
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3) The “the story I’m telling myself” lingo from ‘s “Call to Courage” is a game changer for those pesky cognitive distortions of attempting to mind read, jumping to conclusions, and letting our anxiety and/or trauma responses take the lead.
It also decreases defensiveness when giving the other person opportunity to challenge your views of them (that probably speak more to your view of yourself in that moment) and speak into their intentions as well as gain understanding into what it’s like to be in your position/ perspective.
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 09/16/2022

Blank slates can be hard to process on, hard to know where to start. Here are some ideas for some inspiration.
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Ways to utilize: writing out on paper, texting out to yourself, voice recording, video recording… and then do with it whatever you want: keep it, burn it, shred it up, delete it, share it with a friend or therapist all fair options ♥️
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

Photos from Therapy Things with Sage's post 09/15/2022

Language impacts the way we think and the way we and others respond…

Here’s some big impact language changes and why:
1. When you say “but” when you mean “and” it can send inconsistent feedback to others and to yourself. For example when you say “I love you, but I need you to take the trash out” 😬 compared to if you were to say what you really mean which is “I love you and I need you to take the trash out” 🥰
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2. If you’ve seen any movie with couples counseling you know we try to teach using “i statements” instead of “you statements” to decrease defensiveness to feeling blamed. Using a statement such as “I felt ___ when this thing happened” allows us to recognize that no one else is responsible for our feelings so we’re not blaming anyone else for them, we are explaining what’s going on for us.
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3. “You said” 👉🏽”I heard” helps to show that you are explaining what words meant to you, what you remember hearing, and limits defensiveness over specifics leading to the “I didn’t say _ I said _”. If you’re talking about a text and have the exact phrasing it can be helpful to utilize “when you said ____ (word for word) I heard ____” for example “when you said “K.” I heard “I’m pissed” acknowledging your interpretation.
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4. Instead of “I’m disorganized” where we are labeling ourselves and creating an identity off of disorganized acknowledge that you are feeling disorganized or that you are recognizing a need to get organized this gives you back your agency to make change and freedom from accepting a feeling as an identity because feelings don’t last forever and they aren’t facts they are informants… feeling disorganized helps you see you may need to do some organizing to clear up clutter around you and in your mind ♥️
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care. For therapists near you visit psychologytoday.com

for inquiries about counseling with Sage please do not DM please email: [email protected]

08/09/2022

You can recognize appropriate responsibility! You are not responsible for others emotions and this is a great example of a tangible explanation:

“I also learned that when you hold someone accountable for hurtful behaviors and they feel shame, that’s not the same as shaming someone. I am responsible for holding you accountable in a respectful and productive way. I’m not responsible for your emotional reaction to that accountability. Sadly, I’ve also learned that sometimes, even when the pain takes your breath away, you have to let the people you love experience the consequences of their own behavior. That one really hurts.”

Excerpt from “Atlas of the Heart” by
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08/02/2022

Somethings for your Self Care✨
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Some days you may cross every “something” off the list and your mental health feels more sustainable...some times a “something” can fit many categories such as baking something for the first time. Simple “somethings” to focus on sustaining and growing your mental health habits helps you find joy while you create new neural pathways!
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Some fun example suggestions:
Something nostalgic: pour a bowl of your favorite childhood cereal (love your inner child 🤗)
Something new: try brushing your teeth with your non dominant hand (helps to connect with your body 👍🏼)
Something creative: rearrange some decor 💪🏼
Something cleansing: clean out a drawer or wash your face 🧼
Something mindful: check out Headspace’s ( ) meditation on 📺
Something active: 1 push-up or a walk down the drive way and back (keep it SIMPLE!) ✨

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“People experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help in the U.S. Starting TODAY, they can simply call or text the numbers 9-8-8.

Modeled after 911, the new three-digit 988 Su***de & Crisis Lifeline is designed to be a memorable and quick number that connects people who are suicidal or in any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.”

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This is a huge step forward in mental health we can celebrate today 🤍
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Save these numbers in your phone and share with everyone you know with gratitude for the way this will help future generations who know the number to call of 988 as well as we know to call 911 ♥️

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Your people desire to be heard and understood. Active listening is a key skill to allow those in your life to feel seen, heard, and valued.
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Share this with your people to practice active listening together 💪🏼
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

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Feel your feelings, set your boundaries and take care of yourself tonight ♥️

06/19/2022

And anyone who today can feel very complicated for♥️
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Set your boundaries as you need to with your social media, with contact, and wherever you need to.
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Let today be what you need it to be filled with love and grace where you need it.
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If you have the capacity today:
- share with those you’re grateful for of your gratitude for who they have been for you wit specifics
- reach out to friends you know today may be hard for to let them know you are thinking of them.
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Crisis TEXT line (text MHA to 741-741) for text based crisis support

06/01/2022

Excerpt from ‘s “Atlas of the Heart” ♥️

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Working on being present focused? Here are some helpful apps to check out.
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Also recommend revisiting some grounding exercises:
1) 5,4,3,2,1 Grounding: 5 things you see, 4 textures you feel, 3 things you hear, 2 things you smell, 1 thing you taste
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2) Take those shoes off and feel the ground and describe the texture you feel through your feet.
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3) Name a color and then all the things you see around you that are that color.
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Pro tip: schools (teachers and students) are able to get or for free to utilize in and out of the classroom!
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🤍Last slide is a faith based app for those who prefer scripture based meditation or mindfulness that includes breathing and prayer.
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

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If you’re on social media you have influence on social media and it’s ok if you need a break from the influencing or being subjected to influence when you have low emotional capacity, are feeling flooded or overwhelmed or if you are having difficulty challenging your thoughts or recognizing distorted thoughts.
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Affirmations, boundaries, and deep breaths 🤍
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

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Appropriate responsibility check in 👌🏼
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You can recognize appropriate responsibility and it’s ok if it takes practice and cognitive challenging: bringing in the logic side of your brain to get there!
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We often feel responsible for the traumas we have experienced, our parents emotions, our mental health, or the stability of those around us if we were raised to feel responsible by parents or society or whoever may have contributed to that narrative.
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You can challenge that!
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Logically when we sit with it most of us know we’re responsible for communicating, but we often act in a way that does not align with this knowledge.
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When faced with moments of resentment check in with yourself: “what is my appropriate responsibility here?”
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When faced with moments of peace keeping be sure that you are not sacrificing your internal peace in an attempt to try to keep the external peace that is outside of your appropriate responsibility 🤍
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❗️Reminder: This Instagram account is not a replacement for therapy, a therapeutic relationship, or mental health care.This content is for provoking thought and is not designed to be all encompassing. Past, current, and future clients risk breaching confidentiality by following, liking, commenting, or otherwise interacting with this account, as I am not in control of IG algorithms or privacy settings. For questions or comments about therapy inquiries or continued treatment or to set up an appointment please email me at: [email protected]

02/14/2022

It’s ok to love today, it’s ok to have a complicated relationship with today, and it’s ok for both to be true! ♥️
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Sending all my love to all of you and encouraging you all to send your love out as well today 🥰
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01/05/2022

2022 energy✨
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You have the choice to strive to no longer allow anything to become “just another” “ordinary” moment.
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The research has spoken on the impacts of multi-tasking on the brain and performance.
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Walter Brueggemann stated:
“Multitasking is the drive to be more than we are, to control more than we do, to extend our power and our effectiveness. Such practice yields a divided self, with full attention given to nothing”
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Comparing your entire life to the highlights on someone else’s Instagram is an ineffective comparison to put it simply. Muting them now doesn’t mean forever it allows you time to challenge the cognitive distortions their posts are bringing up for you. It’s not their issue, it’s yours so control what you can control! ♥️
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Technology has its woes, but these apps are resources that are too good to pass up.
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I am grateful to and for the work they put into these!
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And finally go to therapy. Instagram is full of great resources, but it’s not therapy. The resources just get your started and spark insights they are not meant to be all inclusive or for therapeutic intervention… hence all the IG disclaimers therapists put out here.
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