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   

Buddhist Psychology

The Mind Through The Lens of Buddhist Psychology Theories of psychotherapy are intended to define and predict the trajectory of “normal” mental health and development. That is, after a consensus is reached on what constitutes  “normal” and “abnormal” behavior. If you tell me you talk to your deceased grandmother before making any life decisions, perhaps […]

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Coping With Christmas

Contrasting Christmas dinner at your house with the Christmas dinner portrayed in the Hallmark movies can be depressing and disappointing.  The two images just don’t align. Coping with Christmas is very difficult because of the idealistic portrayals that have been pounded in our heads and the actual portrayals which might include coping with mental illness, […]

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Energy Psychology – Fast & Effective

When I began studying modalities of energy psychology I was skeptical. The techniques and interventions were strange. But after using these techniques I realized energy psychology was fast and effective therapy for many mental health disorders. Most of all, clients were pleased by the relief they felt. These are some physiological changes that occur in […]

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Affordable Counseling in Georgia- Resources & Contact Information

In 2016, 13.9% of Georgia residents were uninsured. For uninsured individuals, comprehensive mental health care, including therapy, is often a rare commodity. The following resource list contains agencies in Georgia who offer affordable counseling, and other mental health services.        Brenau University  Low cost clinics are available in two locations: Norcross and Gainesville. […]

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Christmas In A Dysfunctional Family

Visions of the perfect story-book holiday is a particularly difficult idea for many people.  Surviving Christmas in dysfunctional families requires us to pull out all the tools we have learned in therapy so that we are not triggered by mal-adaptive thinking and emotional patterns.  Let This Dose of Encouragement Strengthen You You have probably survived […]

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Anxiety Treatment

Top 5 Approaches Although anxiety is classified as mood disorder, there are physical and cognitive (thinking) patterns that maintain the condition. Effective anxiety treatment not only addresses the anxious mood, but also the physical and cognitive aspects that support the anxiety. At Authentic-Life Counseling, anxiety treatment utilizes traditional Western medicine and non-traditional Eastern healing techniques.  […]

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Your Mental Health and Politics

 The Connection Between Your Mental Health and Politics There seems to be a new issue in the offices of many psychotherapist around the country.  People are coming to therapy to discuss the connection between their mental health and politics.   People are reporting a mental health decline due to the current divisive and contentious political climate. […]

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