Are Fake Rules Running Your Life?

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Dr. Karin Ryan, PsyD, LP, Clinic Director, Outpatient Therapist.     We all have guiding principles, beliefs, and rules that help guide our behavior and make us who we are. These rules keep us accountable, keep us going, and keep things reliable or consistent.  However, there can...

The ‘Stupid Mental Health’ Walk Trend

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Dr. Karin Ryan, PsyD, LP, Clinic Director, Outpatient Therapist.    The 'stupid mental health' social media trend highlights something we’ve all felt at one point or another, knowing something is good for us, but begrudgingly doing it.  What Is the Stupid Mental Health...

5 Self-Care Ideas for Valentine’s Day

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Michaela Gansen, APSW, LGSW, PMH-C, Outpatient Therapist.  Valentine’s Day is associated with romance, but that doesn't mean it has to be romantic. Everyone has different thoughts and feelings about the holiday, however, self-care can always be added to your routine to improve your...

4 Conflict Resolution Skills for Better Relationships

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Brett Cushing, MA, LMFT, Outpatient Therapist. Conflict is an inevitable part of life. We simply cannot agree with everyone all the time. While sometimes uncomfortable, conflict can be managed effectively through conflict resolution skills that provide a wonderful opportunity for growth.   What is Conflict Resolution?  Conflict...

Developmental Disabilities: Asperger’s Syndrome

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Julie Yaekel-Black Elk, Ph.D., LPCC-MN, LPC-WI, Clinic Director & Outpatient Therapist.   Asperger's syndrome (AS) is a developmental disability. Developmental disabilities describe several conditions that can impair an individual’s behavior, learning, speech, or physical development. Symptoms begin in childhood years and are typically...