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Therapy Blog For Mental Health & Wellness

Welcome to our mental health and wellness blog. Here you will learn about different types of therapy, treatment options, and other relevant information. Diane is dedicated to bringing you the latest news in mental health and wellness. Keep checking this page for the most up to date information to help you live your most healthy and authentic life.

Counseling Is Hard Work

Talking Is Only Part Of The Process People are best served when they actively work with their therapist to set goals, do homework, acknowledge and dissolve defensive mechanisms, and become more conscious. The talking component of counseling is very therapeutic.  Discussing, admitting or purging your most tender, sensitive, or secret thoughts is an important part […]

The Many Faces of Ego

Struggles and Opportunities – In The Same Moment For Mattie, both struggles and opportunities have existed within the same moment many times this week. Mattie’s father recently suffered a stroke and she has assisted in his physical and emotional care while in the hospital. Father is now […]

Relief From Ego

We experience a wonderful sense of relief when we no longer feel the need to defend and protect the ever changing and illusive ego. Assistance Needed In […]

Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss Support Group A Pet Loss Support group is available in Decatur Ga at Paws Whiskers and Wags.                    This free group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The group is facilitated by Christy Simpson, LCSW. Christy is a  fully Certified as a Pet Loss Counselor by the APLB […]

Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness In my last blog I discussed depression, and the magnitude of this modern day epidemic.  It seems only natural to follow up with thoughts on happiness. I wish the diagnosis of happiness would reach epidemic proportions. What […]

Depression - A Modern Day Epidemic

The number of people diagnosed every year with depression reveals a mental-health crisis of epidemic proportions. The subjective nature of diagnosing depression may be impacting the problem. Depression by the numbers During the 1950s if you wanted to track the number of people who were disabled from a mental health disorder  you counted the population […]

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 […]

Emotional Health

Mental Health Wellness is a concerning issue in our communities and needs to be addressed. There are things you can do to ensure that you maintain your mental health and this article gives you some suggestions how. Mindfully in Control Emotional health can be impacted by many factors. Some of these factors may be outside of our […]

Mental Health Wellness

Mental Health Wellness is a concerning issue in our communities and needs to be addressed. There are things you can do to ensure that you maintain your mental health and this article gives you some suggestions how. Welcome to my blog My name is Diane Chrestman, and I am a mental-health counselor, with a private […]

Coping with mental health concerns

  Life is sometime very difficult and we find our normal patterns of coping are no longer working. Counseling helps individuals recognize the emotional, thinking and behavioral patterns that make us feel stuck so that you can respond to those difficult periods and a wiser, more compassionate and adaptive manner. Authentic-Life Counseling is committed to […]

Video Counseling Now Available at Authentic Life Counseling

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 […]

Social Anxiety Disorder

Feeling a lack of confidence in certain social situations is “normal”. Conditions such as who is in the room, how many are in the room, location, and activity are all factors that can influence our comfort level. Perhaps we feel invisible around the extrovert who commands a room in any social situation with funny stories […]

3 Tips to Change Negative Thoughts

As I walked downstairs early one morning to fix tea, for no apparent reason one negative thought after another arouse in my mind in rapid fire succession. I had just woken up, slept well and with every step I took I was negative, critical and judgmental. “My kitchen is so ugly.  The cabinets are filthy.  […]

Mindfulness Is Much More Than Present Moment Awareness.

It is rather unfortunate that mindfulness has become trendy. The watered-down definition I hear most often is that mindfulness is awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness does indeed encompass present moment awareness as opposed to thinking about the past or worrying about the future. But by that definition, one could say that a shoplifter is […]

Family Alienation: When Your Family Makes You the Enemy

Family alienation is a far-to-common occurrence in the modern family. The destructive and devastating, family alienation occurs when one person in the family becomes the enemy and is wrongly blamed as the root cause of family problems. The family member who is alienated might be a parent, child, grandparent or spouse. Family alienation is more […]

The Link Between Aging And Feelings Of Loss Of Control

As we age, the feeling that we are in control of our lives often diminishes. There are many choices we make that don’t seem significant in our day-to-day lives until we lose the ability to make them on our own.  In addition, changes to our physical, mental, and emotional state can cause us to feel […]

Taking Care Of Myself

I have a confession to make! I have been a hypocrite. Not intentionally. I could make excuses, but none of them would not be honest. My confession is…………… I have not been doing my homework. I have not been taking care of myself. I apologize and confess because I know I have pushed, encouraged and […]

Stress In Seniors

Too much stress can be bad for anyone, but safeguarding against the impact of stress for seniors is particularly important. Identifying signs of stress in seniors and taking action to reduce that stress can be critical to their mental, emotional, and physical health. How Stress Affects Seniors While frequent stress isn’t beneficial for anyone, it […]

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