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   

Emotional Health

Emotional health can be improved by practicing the skill of mindfulness, which includes realizing the nature of impermanence. A Mindful State of Mind Emotional health can be greatly improved when we practice mindfulness skills. Earlier I discussed the art of staying in the present moment  to sustain mindfulness. Understanding the nature of impermanence also invites […]

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