The Therapists Blog

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Gender Markers on Washington ID’s now free to amend

The counselors here at Indigo Mental Health Counseling would like to thank the hard work of one of Seattle’s gender advocacy organizations! Ingersoll Gender Center staff have dedicated months of time and effort in advocacy toward Washington becoming one of the first states to remove fees for amending gender markers on state identification documents. According
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Communication pains, when parents become dependents.

More Americans are living well beyond their 70s, and  65% of those reaching retirement age between 2021 and 2030 will be relying on only social security. This means more adult children are now left feeling like they have to their aging parents. As this group ages many adult children will also find themselves in the
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This Winter Solstice lets consider SAD

Last night was the longest night of the year, today marks the returning of the light as the days become longer. For some last night was a holy day, for others it is just a mark on their calendars, an astronomic transit station.  Most of us celebrate seasonal holidays this month, many will be tracking
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The Psychology of Sexual Health

The issues that can present themselves in relationships are numerous.  Sometimes the issues are of opinion or desire, sometimes the issues are more intimate. In many relationships sexual issues are preventing true connection and closeness; sometimes it’s one partners lack of knowledge and experience around sexuality, one partner has performance issues so often caused by
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1 in 4 is affected by mental illness, children and people of color are the least likely to have access to care, we can change this...

Mental Health In The City…

Living In cities can be stressful, Here in Seattle we are ‘suffering’ from a surge in construction, inbound migration, business growth, and enormous income disparity.  The city once known for garage band grunge is now becoming a pulse point for technology, on line retail and many other growth industries.  According to Forbes Seattle is 6th
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Washington Apple Health Plan (Medicare) To Offer Exceptional Transgender Health Coverage

Today I had the unmitigated pleasure of informing a client of some good news, they may not need to struggle on a barely living wage to try and save for surgery that, as far as I and my professional opinion are concerned, will be life saving.  In the united states the cost for male to
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Entrepreneur Stress

Visiting Startupland for Mental Health Awareness Month.

I was recently invited to discuss my impressions and insights on the mental health issues impacting entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and many of our best and brightest innovators and creative minds for a series of articles.  I want to draw attention to these articles, and the difficulties faced by many of my neighbors here in the
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Grey Cakes, Not just for weddings in the old south.

Here in Seattle we often describe the October – May period of the year as the Grey Season, or Concrete Sky’s.  But today a number of Seattle’s best bakers and caterers brought our regional color out in celebration. Cakes with monochrome grey frosting are an unusual sight, confectionery tradition calls for cakes to be colorful, and
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The AFK Room at PAX Prime: Awareness of Mental Health Issues.

I am volunteering as a clinician supporting attendees at Seattles PAX Prime 2014 who come into the Take This AFK Room. Take This is a non-profit charity founded in 2012 by veteran journalists Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt and clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Kline, Psy.D. in response to the tragic suicide of a colleague.  Their
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No More Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Things to remember about mental illness. Not everyone who seeks counseling is mentally ill, but many people who do not seek counseling are.  We currently live in a culture where three out of four people with a mental illness report that they have experienced stigma. Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart.
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