Portland Therapy Blog

Local experts share the latest information and resources on all things mental health.

10 Ways to Alleviate your Depression Symptoms

Posted:   March 27, 2014 by Chad Ernest, MS, LPC

Feeling depressed? Try out some of these simple tips and you may find yourself on the road to feeling better.

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Posted:   March 19, 2014 by Jennifer Wohl, MA, LPC

Sometimes, when I am feeling lonely or blue, I find solace in a long walk by myself. And sometimes, when I’m lucky, something extraordinary happens.

Breathing 101: Why Slow, Deep Breathing Helps Manage Symptoms of Stress & Anxiety

Posted:   March 17, 2014 by Nani Waddoups, LPC, NCC

The now ever-present suggestion to “breathe” has become part of our pop culture lexicon as a strategy to slow our racing minds, “reduce stress,” and generally chill out. We hear the message to breathe deeply from yoga teachers, in meditation classes, and on bumper stickers. Occasionally, we may heed the instruction and fill our lungs and let out a long sigh, and note that a deep breath does indeed feel good. Intuitively, our bodies tell us that breathing does do something to move us to a calmer state. But how? And why?

A Guide to Setting SMART Goals

Posted:   March 16, 2014 by Keith Jackson

Many people set goals, but not everyone achieves them. There are infinite reasons why people don’t reach their goals. This article won’t focus on that. This article will give you some useful guidelines for when you are establishing goals.

Life Adjustments: Opportunity and Dilemma

Posted:   March 04, 2014 by Walt Emery, LPC

Everyone has the capacity within themselves to adjust to adverse life experiences. Our mind, our heart, our body, and our soul naturally gravitate toward a homeostasis to balance our experience of ourselves, our relationships and our environment. Even though balance is the natural tendency of our being, we can facilitate the process by using our will to move toward our natural inclination.