Portland Therapy Blog

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

How Counseling Can Help Family Caregivers

Posted:   July 28, 2014 by Grace Marian, MPH MS NCC

Caring for a family member who is unable to care for him or herself is one of the most stressful, challenging, and loving gifts you can offer another person. Caregiving can provide spiritual and relational rewards, but it can also tax your body, spirit, and emotions like few other efforts. Family caregivers require support from others and time for self-care, but all too often they become overwhelmed, isolated, and unable to get the help they need. A counselor can help family caregivers avoid these pitfalls.

When Should you Bring your Child to Therapy?

Posted:   July 22, 2014 by Kaleigh Doncheck

Starting therapy for your child can be a difficult, emotional decision for parents. Many parents worry that the therapist will judge their parenting style or that their children may not want to attend sessions. If you are wondering whether or not therapy would be beneficial for your child or teen, here are some indicators to keep an eye out for as you make your decision:

A Therapist’s Perspective on Couples Counseling

Posted:   July 17, 2014 by Nathaniel Bryant

People are complex and relationships are bound to be doubly so. In an individual there are layers of thoughts, emotions, memories, experiences, physical urges, and beliefs that combine to create a single personality. In a relationship, both partners go through this same process individually, and together create something new.

Shame, Guilt, Humiliation, and Embarrassment

Posted:   July 12, 2014 by Kirk Shepard

Today on Mental Help Desk Kirk talks about the importance of self talk and how to tell the difference between shame, guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment.

How to Start Getting Over a Break-up

Posted:   July 07, 2014 by Jeff Guenther, LPC

Today on mental help desk I am going to give you tips on how to feel better after going through a break up. I’ll focus on how you can start feeling better now, by working to change your thought patterns.