Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Traverse City Clinic increased its services recently. Having two new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners will expand its ability to respond to the growing mental health crisis. Laurie Anger, MSN, NP, PMHNP-BC, is a…

Minority Mental Health: How Can We Improve Access to Care?

Minority Mental Health: How Can We Improve Access to Care?
Mental illness touches individuals and communities physically, emotionally and spiritually. Individuals and communities cannot be fully understood without taking into account the full context and culture, including but not limited to: age, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, and...

How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Can Help PTSD Symptoms

How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Can Help PTSD Symptoms

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day My dad was a “tanker” in the 3rd Armored Division, Korean War. He was a proud member of the “3rd Herd” and served in the Army from 1950 to 1953. He remained active in…

Finding Happiness Through Gratitude

Finding Happiness Through Gratitude
“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’” –The Dalai Lama...

How to Check Your Impulses Using DBT

How to Check Your Impulses Using DBT
When in a stressful situation, we may feel an urge to say something, to do something, to feel something, to think something. Many times these impulsive urges nudge us towards action, language, feelings or thoughts that are not effective, healthy...

Have a Better Day EVERY Day … with DBT Skills!

Have a Better Day EVERY Day … with DBT Skills!

For most of us, the way we solve our problems today has a lot to do with what worked at another time in our lives. As our situations and responsibilities change, we can find that what once worked isn’t really…

Mindfulness Made Easy

Mindfulness Made Easy

Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to mean formal mediation and sitting still in a totally silent room! With the start of a new year, many of my clients talk about new ways to improve their emotional wellness in the upcoming year….

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your Christmas expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday season after…

Holiday Giving as a Family

Holiday Giving as a Family
We have all felt the power of giving to others as well as receiving from others, even something as simple as a hug. It is a connecting interaction that reminds us that we are not alone. Giving to others has...

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” For most of us, Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people…