What is Radical Acceptance and how can it help?

Radical Acceptance (Linehan, 1993) is an important skill that is taught as part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (a type of Cognitive and Behavioral therapy that incorporates Eastern mindfulness techniques). It involves accepting life events without resisting things that we cannot or choose not to change. This skill is often misunderstood – one big myth is that radical acceptance means agreeing with or excusing something that has happened. In reality, acceptance… Continue Reading

Incorporating pets in mental health care?

More and more research continues to point to the important role that our pets play in our lives, as well as the role they can play in mental health treatment.  Studies have demonstrated that owning and caring for a pet is linked to reduced stress levels, improved quality of life, improved physical health, increased social interaction and reduced loneliness. Importantly, treatment providers are taking notice, and say that recent studies… Continue Reading

How to practice mindful eating

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware and in the moment, without judgment.  We are often preoccupied with to do lists, thoughts about what happened yesterday, or fears about what might happen tomorrow.  Many of us take our selves out of the moment in this manner when it comes to mealtime too.  Mindfulness is a great tool that can help us fully enjoy the experience of eating a meal, and… Continue Reading

4 Simple Gratitude Exercises to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being

Practicing gratitude has been shown to be a powerful way to improve your mood and overall well being. Research has shown that taking stock of things you are thankful for can reduce stress and depressive symptoms. The holiday season provides a nice opportunity to reflect and practice thankfulness and gratitude, but it can be hard to know how to start. For many of us, the holiday season (and life in… Continue Reading

The human-animal bond: an important factor in healing mental illness?

People impacted by mental illness often struggle with feelings of isolation and disconnection from others.  But new research is finding that, many people with mental health issues feel deep emotional connections with their pet that are not always available from friends and family. In a study recently published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, Helen Brooks (a mental health researcher at the University of Manchester in the UK) and her colleagues… Continue Reading

Lending A Helping Hand Might Help When You’re Stressed

For many of us, we strive for balance among the demands of multiple roles and responsibilities. Consequently, navigating life’s daily stress becomes a part of the routine. While our body’s response to acute stress can be adaptive (particularly when faced with actual threat), chronic activation of the stress response system results in increased risk for several negative physical and emotional outcomes. As such, identifying effective methods to reduce stress, and… Continue Reading

Why Self Care is so Important

The term “self-care” can have a variety of meanings. It can be used to describe one’s ability to attend to their own day-to-day physiological needs, such as maintaining good hygiene, nutrition, sleep, and physical health. However, commonly among mental health professionals, it is also used to describe one’s ability to attend to emotional and psychological needs. This type of self-care can range from adhering to a recommended regimen of therapy… Continue Reading

Can our gut impact our brain?

The interaction between our gut and our brain has been studied for decades, and research has demonstrated a strong connection between the gut and our immune system, enteric nervous system, and gut-based endocrine system.  More recently, the scientific community has found intriguing evidence pointing to the role of gut bacteria in shaping brain neurochemistry and emotional behavior.  In other words, our gut may play a large role in regulating how… Continue Reading

The 10 Most Popular Blogs from Georgetown Psychology in 2016

It’s been quite a year at Georgetown Psychology and we’d like to think we were able to provide you with the information and resources you were looking for. Below, we’ve pulled together the 10 most-read blog posts from our website in 2016. Did you read them all? Employ any of the strategies we gave you? Try out any of the tips or suggestions? Need a review? If you missed any… Continue Reading

Beyond the Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Winter can be a time of fun with breaks from school, sledding and snowball flights, and sleeping in.  However, like adults, children and teens in particular can experience the “winter blues,” often beginning in the fall. In a study examining parent and child reports of depressive problems among US children and adolescents at different seasons of the year, Nillni et al. (2009) found that parents of 16-18-year-old adolescents rated depressive… Continue Reading