Combining my love of writing with mental health, I’ll be offering an online writing workshop:
Writing Away the Pandemic
It’s been quite a year, and we’ve all got stories to tell. This workshop will be a generative workshop, providing brief prompts focused on writing to get away from the pandemic (such as traveling to a new place through your words) as well as writing to process how you have journeyed through this past year. I’ll be providing tips for kind self-care as a part of this brief workshop.
When: Saturday, May 29th, 10am-11:30am EST
Where: Zoom (link will be provided upon registration)
Cost of recorded workshop: $15
(If you are unable to attend at the time of the workshop but are interested in a recorded version, please contact me and I can email it to you after the fact).
To register for the workshop, please email me at email@example.com.
In my latest blog post for Psychology Today, I address how to manage the mental health impact (particularly, anxiety) of a COVID positive test result or the start of a COVID illness.
Many have found that it can be hard to manage relationships during the election season (and after), as well as to manage differing opinions about what risks are okay to take during the pandemic. I’ve heard these questions come up in counseling sessions as well as in personal conversations with my own friends, family, and neighbors.
I’m now blogging for Psychology Today and my first piece for the blog addresses exactly this. To read more, go to: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/more-diagnosis/202012/relationships-divided-politics-or-pandemic
Together with Amy Andrews, MFA, LMHC, Johanna will be running a series of workshops on the humanity of the helper. Each workshop will use a different aspect of creative writing to explore your sense of humanity as a helping professional. Johanna and Amy will lead various exercises to deepen your curiosity and validate your vulnerability as a human and as a helper. Each exercise will involve personal time for writing as well as group discussion for processing.
The goals of the workshop are to provide creative writing tools for self-care and personal exploration, and to validate all the aspects of your humanity!
The first workshop is coming up in a few weeks on September 22nd. Each workshop will run from 8am-12pm, and coffee and light snacks will be provided. Spots are limited, so sign up soon!
Workshops are open to all, but are geared towards those individuals currently working in the helping professions (medical, mental health, religion and spirituality, teaching, etc).
Sign up for one retreat or for all four: $75 per retreat or $250 for all four.
To sign up, email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have, as well.
Johanna and Amy are incredibly excited to collaborate on this project and can’t wait for the first workshop, titled “Developing identity through character.”
In her latest Huffington Post blog, Johanna writes about how we can use counseling to help minimize the epidemic of loneliness, addressing issues of shame and isolation by challenging them with acceptance. She writes about hope for a future epidemic of connection, beginning in how we communicate with those around us.
To learn more about this or to set up your first counseling appointment, email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585)406-3012.
When you come in for your first appointment, you may have concerns about what Johanna is thinking or you may have questions about what to expect. In Johanna’s most recent Huffington Post blog (found here), she outlines a few thoughts that she would like you to know when you first walk in the door. Please feel free to read this and share with others, whether you are a current client, potential client, or supporter of counseling.
The New Year is just a couple of days away. What do I hope for my clients in 2016? Self-compassion, connection to others, insight, and growth. Read more in my Huffington Post blog, written as an open letter to my clients and all those who are clients in therapy.
If you find there are areas of your life in which you feel stuck, or if you find that you have a New Year’s resolution that could use an outside perspective, please call to set up an appointment for individual counseling at (585)406-3012.
The holidays can be a stressful time. As you begin your holiday shopping, party-planning, cooking, and socializing, keep in mind these 5 tips from my latest blog on the Huffington Post!
I recently wrote a generic letter to “my clients” (as a group – no person in particular) regarding my thoughts at the end of a very full day of counseling. I decided to share it with the world, and you can read it on the Huffington Post website here: