Portland Therapy Blog

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

How Do You Know When to Start Therapy?

Posted:   May 31, 2014 by Gina Senarighi

Friends and family often ask me for tips on starting therapy off on the right foot. It can be scary to make your first appointment with a stranger. But investing in good counseling can be one of the most valuable decisions you ever make. Here are seven things that may help you if you’re considering therapy.

There is No Perfect Partner

Posted:   May 22, 2014 by Jeff Guenther, LPC

I come across a lot of clients who are having many short term relationships and seem to be stuck in a constant state of casual dating even though they say the want to find a long term partner to settle down with. There are many different reasons that can be causing this to happen in their life but the reason I am going to be focusing on today is letting go of finding the perfect partner.

Do People Really Hate Change?

Posted:   May 21, 2014 by Dan Harold, LCSW, CADC I

People often talk about how difficult change is. But if we really stop and look back on most of the difficult periods of our life, we often learn to appreciate the results of change. Of course there are certain hurtful experiences that will never feel positive. I want to acknowledge that, and point out that I'm talking about all the other changes in our lives. Not everything makes sense, and not everything happens for a reason.

What to Expect in Therapy

Posted:   May 12, 2014 by Jeff Guenther, LPC

Today on Mental Help Desk, I will be talking about what to expect in therapy. If you are new to therapy, you may have some preconceived ideas about what counseling will and won’t be able to do for you and I’m going to help clear that up.

Losing the Diet is Not Losing

Posted:   May 09, 2014 by Anne Cuthbert, M.A.

You may have had very good reasons to start that first diet. Perhaps a family member was concerned about you and how the other kids would treat you. Perhaps your mother commented negatively on her body and you realized the importance of looking thin. Perhaps your body was criticized for how it looked. Maybe you and your friends decided to diet together. Whatever the reason, your first diet started you down the path to disordered eating-ville.