One day at a time for the long-term unemployed | Marketplace.org

Are you or someone you care about suffering from long-term unemployment?  Listen to this radio news article for some perspective:  One day at a time for the long-term unemployed | Marketplace.org.

It is important to remember that there are always options and solutions to difficult situations, but when we become enveloped in thick fog, we cannot see a clear path.  If you are having trouble seeing through the fog of hopelessness and despair,  please contact a professional who can listen and help.  Not sure how to use your health insurance?  Read about health insurance tips here.

Don’t Have Health Insurance? For free or low-fee mental health counseling in San Diego, contact Its Up to Us.

If you are having thoughts of ending your life, please get help.  You might consider talking to a trusted family member or friend to let them know how you are suffering.  

You can also call the:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline at -1-800-273-TALK (8255) or
  • the San Diego County Access and Crisis Line at 1-888-724-7240.
Both of these resources will help you access the help you need.

CA Career Café

Are you feeling stuck and needing motivation for your career or job search?  You might want to check out the California Career Café, a project of the California Community Colleges.  At this website you can watch short, but inspiring videos, and obtain useful information pertaining to most aspects of career transition. 

Everyone needs help at times, and perhaps this website will offer a fresh perspective about your career or employment journey, whether you have been laid off and struggling to find new work, reentering the workforce after raising children, or are new to the world of paid employment.  There is something for everyone!   CA Career Café

The stress of unemployment can be difficult to manage by yourself.  If you are needing help with your anxiety or depression, there are many community resources to help you, even if you do not have health insurance.  For more information about free or low-fee San Diego mental health resources, check out It’s Up to Us.  If you have  health insurance or would like to discuss scheduling an apointment with me, please call 619-379-7450.

California Victims of Crime Compensation Fund

Do you know someone who is a victim of or witness to a crime?  If so, they may be suffering from Acute Stress Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression or other forms of Anxiety as a result.

It is important to know that they can get help for this change in their physical or mental health as a result, even if they have no insurance or inadequate health insurance.  This is where the California Victims of Crime Compensation Fund can help.  Visit their website to find out who is eligible for assistance.  Many States have VOC programs, and a quick internet search can link you to those resources.

Not sure how to talk to a friend or family member about getting help or about their trauma?  Worried about saying the “wrong” thing or re-victimizing the victim?  Consulting a good therapist who is experienced with trauma is a great way to get support with this.  You can also find information online.

Many of the clients I see in my practice have been victims of trauma at some time in their life, and it is so rewarding to be a part of their recovery.  Reducing shame, educating about symptoms, normalizing their suffering, and building hope for their lives are all a part of that process.  To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call 619-369-7450.

The Continuum of (mental) Health

We are all on the continuum of mental health, just like we are all on the continuum of physical health.  I like to remind my clients of this…often.  When we become sick with a cold or the flu, our body forces us to obtain the rest it needs in order to recover.  When we become sick with infections, pain or other serious illnesses, we seek medical care to help us heal. 

Most of us are functioning pretty well, but if you add too much stress, are not getting enough exercise and are not eating or sleeping well…there will likely be a negative effect on your body or mind.   Some people have had difficulty functioning for longer periods of their life.  Perhaps they have biological predisposition to less-than-desirable physical/mental health and not enough support in their life.

Have you ever pulled your back or twisted an ankle?  Too much stress on the body without enough support and…”snap“.  If you have experienced this, then you know how long it can take to heal, and often the back or ankle tends to remain a little vulnerable to repeat injuries, if it is not adequately supported. 

I like to use this example as a metaphor for our mental health.  We all have our limits, and without enough support we can “snap”.  If you find yourself “snapping” at your friends and family, then perhaps it is time to obtain the support your need in your life. 

You don’t have to be “crazy” to benefit from mental health services, and I am always surprised when a new client who has never had therapy before tells me that they didn’t know if they were “crazy enough” to seek therapy.  We all need help at times.  Please remember that.

If you have questions about the benefits of seeking psychotherapy or mental health services, please give me at call at 619-379-7450.

Success With the Burns Mood Survey

  Hello and Happy New Year!

 I’ve been wanting to let everyone know about some new tools that I am successfully using with my new and existing clients.  Last December, I introduced the Burns Brief Mood Survey into my practice.

 This survey, administered at the initial assessment, assesses Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Anxiety, Anger, and Relationship Satisfaction. Investigators have found that it correlates highly with the Beck Anxiety and Depression Inventories as well as the Zung Self-Rating Anxiety and Depression Scales (p < .0001).

 At all follow-up appointments, my clients are asked to complete a pre- and post-session Burns Brief Mood Survey, as well as a Therapy Evaluation Form at the end of each session, so that I can receive immediate feedback about how they experience me and my services.

 These tools help me and my clients to formally monitor symptoms, client motivation, and guide the treatment process. To obtain more information about these tools, visit FeelingGood.com and check out the Therapist Toolkit.

 For more information about me, please call 619-379-7450 or visit my website at KimRoser.net You can also view my directory listing at PsychologyToday.com, Find a Therapist.

Overwhelmed By Trying to Do Too Much Too Well?

This is a fun 4-minute radio broadcast to help us all have realistic expectations of ourselves.

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/ladies-you-cant-have-it-all

 

If you need help becoming less overwhelmed, you  might consider a few sessions of personal counseling to help you reprioritize and get back on track in your life.

Why Therapy Can Be Helpful

When your “Life is On Overload”: http://ct.counseling.org/2011/11/life-on-overload/  This is a great article explaining the ever rising stress level on our society and how personal counseling can help.

For more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call me at 619-379-7450.

Looking for Alternatives to Medication?

If you are open to or interested in non-traditional treatment approaches for mental health, you might like to read about the classical homeopathic approach to healing.

A highly regarded book covering the basics of classical homeopathy that I recommend is: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine, by Timothy Dooley, ND, MD.

Dr. Dooley has an office in San Diego and is highly regarded in the community.  For more information about his practice and a link to a free-read of his first edition of the book visit: www.drdooley.net.

Other titles of great value include: Prozac Free and Ritalin-Free Kids by Judith Reichenberg-Ullman.  These books may help you determine if a non-traditional path toward healing is right for you!

For more information or referrals to other homeopathic doctors or practitioners in the community, feel free to call me at 619-379-7450.