Category: Mental Health Blog

Diane Chrestman, LCSW  is a licensed counselor in private practice. This mental health blog presents a variety of topics from interesting perspectives. Sometimes topics are discussed from a perspective of a mental health professional, reflecting insights from over 15 years of clinical experience. At other times topics are presented in a touching personal format, reflecting Chrestman’s personal struggles of coming to terms with a childhood marked by neglect, parental substance abuse, parental kidnapping, poverty and eventually foster care.

In this mental health blog an understanding of the mind, personality, emotions and the human condition is often presented through the lens of Buddhist teachings. Mindfulness and meditation are repeated subject matters.  Chrestman, has studied and practiced various forms of meditation with Zen Buddhist monks and nuns for over 10 years.

The reader will also find interesting discussions related to current treatments, standards of practice, and service delivery in the field of mental health.

This blog post is not intended to be a replacement for mental health treatment or therapy. If you need to be seen by a professional please seek the help you need. You may start by contacting the National Alliance of Mental Health   

Video Counseling Available

Authentic-Life Counseling, recognizes the importance of balancing community wellness with continuity of care for existing and new clients. To meet the needs of our clients video counseling and phone counseling are now available. Video counseling and phone counseling are an alternative to face to face session in the office. The challenges we are facing during […]

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Being Authentic When You Feel Imperfect

featured image copyright One of my life goals is to be authentic. Initially, this may seem or sound simple. Being authentic simply means to be yourself, speak your truth, or be true to yourself. However, one of the hardest parts about being authentic is recognizing that I am not perfect. Thus, part of being authentic […]

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