Trauma & PTSD

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Diana Ramone, MSW, LICSW, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Outpatient Therapist.  Trauma is a person’s psychological response to a stressful or disturbing experience. Typically, traumatic experiences are sudden and unpredictable. There are several distinct types of trauma – however, if trauma that is interfering with day-to-day life is not addressed, it can lead to mental health...

The 3 Categories of Schizophrenia Symptoms

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Crystal Skenandore, LPC, Outpatient Therapist.  Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic mental health disorder that changes a person’s thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Usually, symptoms first appear in early adulthood. They must be present for at least six months in order for a diagnosis to...

How to Help a Loved One With Depression

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Madi Mixdorf, LGSW, DBT and Outpatient Therapist.   Do you know someone who suffers from depression?   Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people. Madi Mixdorf, Outpatient Therapist at Nystrom & Associates, outlines the statistics of depression in the United States.   According to the...

4 Anxiety-Related Negative Thought Patterns

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Jennifer Bosch, MSW, LGSW, Outpatient Therapist.   Negative thinking patterns are clinically known as cognitive distortions. These patterns are often extreme, inaccurate ways of thinking. "He's late for dinner and got into a terrible accident."  "I failed that paper. I'm...

How Interpersonal Effectiveness Improves Your Relationships

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Stephanie Fish, MS, LMFT, DBT Team Lead.   Communication (or interpersonal) skills are some of the most important skills you can learn. We interact with many people throughout the day, and effective communication makes getting along with others easier and can enhance your quality of...

How to Cope with Life Transitions

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Sabrena Plath, LGSW, MSW, Outpatient Therapist.  Change in life is inevitable. Whether you’re in a new relationship, graduating college, or moving – life transitions occur often. However, even if you’re experiencing positive changes, they can be hard to cope with. Added stress - whether that be from an exciting event or an unfortunate accident, can cause problems if it’s not addressed. Learning to cope with life’s peaks and valleys is a skill set...

8 Mindfulness Techniques to Reduce Stress

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Lisa Dee, LMFT, Clinic Site Director, DBT Team Lead, Certified DBT Clinician.   What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a way of connecting to the present moment through the awareness of our surroundings, thoughts, and sensations. Throughout our day, our minds are constantly thinking about the past or future. The...

5 Common Myths About OCD

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Hailie Kallembach, MSW, LICSW, Outpatient Therapist.   While about 1 in 100 adults has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the United States, it is a condition that is often misunderstood. Most people have heard about OCD. However, stereotypical portrayals in the media and misused catchphrases from those around us minimize it as a mental health condition and...

PTSD & EMDR Therapy

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Christa Overson, MSE, LMFT, Outpatient Therapist, and EMDR Trained Clinician.  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that can occur in response to a disturbing event. This can include directly experiencing or witnessing an event that continues to impact their lives and relationships....