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It’s time to get serious about your mental health. The summer is a fun season, but it can be hard for many people with depression and anxiety because of all the triggers that make you feel like crap as summer ends- especially if this isn't the first year you've struggled during this time. So here are 5 tips for staying mentally healthy in August (and beyond). Try them out! We want to hear how they're working for you. 1) Get enough sleep every night, 2) Volunteer at an organization that excites you 3), Spend quality time with friends 4). Get outside 5). Learn something new like how to cook. We would love to hear any other techniques that work for you!#coping #anxiety #mentalhealth #depression #therapy #love #wellness #pool #stress #ptsd #counseling #selfcare #happiness #mentalillness #recovery #summer #poolrepairs #meditation #couplescounseling #design #healing #therapist #art #mindfulnessmeditation #mentalhealthawareness #lgbttherapist #trauma #suicideprevention #copingskills #couples ... See MoreSee Less
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Life is way too short to spend it living someone else’s life. If you are tired of people telling you what to do and how your life should look, maybe its time for some self-reflection. Being authentic means focusing on becoming the person we want or need to be. It’s about taking responsibility for our choices and accepting ourselves as human beings with faults and strengths; not perfect but perfectly imperfect humans. If you need help connecting with therapy.#authenticself #love #authenticity #meditation #happiness #consciousnessiscontagious #joy #cultureambassador #authentic #communityculture #mindfulness #loveyourself #findyourselfandbethat #cocreators #ancestryinprogress #caribbeanwomen #mindbodyspirit #intuition #universallaws #repost #womenofcolor #gypsyways #peopleofcolor #inspiration #elevationtothecollective #melaninmagic #livewholeheartedly #bohemiantender #intersectionality #asendingmasters ... See MoreSee Less
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Kristina is an experienced therapist who has helped many individuals through their tough times. She specializes in helping clients of all ages with self-esteem and emotional issues, as well as providing crisis intervention when necessary. Her approach to therapy is humanistic--seeing the individual from a place that recognizes them for what they can do rather than where they are currently at mentally or emotionally. This compassionate care helps client's work towards achieving their goals throughout sessions utilizing mindfulness meditation techniques, body positivity practices, harm reduction strategies and attachment theory principles.#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #selfcare #anxiety #selflove #depression #love #mentalillness #mindfulness #motivation #loveyourself #wellness #healing #health #therapy #positivevibes #positivity #life #inspiration #covid #happiness #HealthyLifestyle #quotes #mentalhealthadvocate #recovery #meditation #psychology #fitness #bhfyp ... See MoreSee Less
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Recent research has proven that most people have a negative self-talk habit. It’s time to break the cycle and change your thoughts for good! We can help you identify and stop this unhealthy pattern of thinking. Our goal is not just to teach you how to talk positively about yourself but also to provide tools so you can maintain these positive feelings on your own after treatment ends. We want you to be happy with who you are inside and out - it's possible!#selftalk #love #selflove #life #positivity #healthylifestyle #fitness #believeinyourself #instagood #resilience #goalcrusher #fightingfoodaddiction #fightingdepression #bekind #youtuber #teamawesome #instafit #beyourownbestfriend #beatinganxiety #youtubechannel #retrainingmybrain #nobullying #losingpoundsofstress #yeswecan #empoweringwomen #dreams #motivation #uplift #sisterhood #queenmotivation ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s hard to know what to do when you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. When we feel really stressed out, it is hard to think clearly about what will help us relax and cope. We also don’t always have a lot of time on our hands for self-care activities! Self-care bingo is an easy way to pick something relaxing and fun that will help you take care of yourself. Just print off this card, grab some markers and get ready for some relaxation! Ho many self-care activities can you do this month? #selfcare #selflove #love #wellness #beauty #motivation #loveyourself #fitness #health #meditation #skincare #mentalhealth #inspiration #mindfulness #happy #yoga #positivevibes #life #happiness #healing #instagood #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #goals #beautiful #travel #quotes #fashion #entrepreneur #photography ... See MoreSee Less
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Opening Up: A Therapy Adventure

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The Importance of Non-Negotiables

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Ann Russo, LCSW, MA.TH Article Quotes

I DO NOT agree with all view points stated in these articles. I do agree with creating dialogue, promoting awareness, exploring various perspectives, and ending stigmas about mental health.

Online Therapy Can Be Cost Effective & Convenient, But Users Say It Might Not Be For Everyone

“If someone is having anxiety symptoms or needs positive coping skills to deal with difficulties in life, or maybe someone just needs an hour or two of time to decompress, [online therapy] can be very helpful,” Russo tells Bustle.

7 Shocking Ways Stress Can Physically Change Your Brain

There is good news, though, in that studies have also shown how you view and handle stress can change the impact it has on your brain, Russo says. "It’s important to try and reassess the situation in a more positive light," she says. "It can be hard, but if you are telling yourself that you are constantly stressed, you are feeding the stress."

8 Ways to Stop Feeling Guilty About Everything and Move On

Repeatedly telling yourself to stop feeling guilty won’t work. In fact, it’ll probably just make you dwell on the situation even more. “The goal is to redirect your actions and behaviors. If you’re guilty about something, engage in positive thoughts and actions,” recommends therapist Ann Russo, LCSW.

7 Decluttering Tips For Hoarders

Hoarding signs include a “collection of unusual and useless items, magazines, rotten food, hair, fingernails – at times pets can be hoarded and neglected,” says Ann Russo, a psychotherapist and founder of AMR Mental Health Therapy.

7 Habits Psychopaths Have That Are More Common Than You Think

"Traits of antisocial personality disorder can often be seen in most adults," therapist Ann Russo, MA.TH, LCSW, tells Bustle. "The distinguishable and diagnosable difference is that the traits impact levels of functioning in the world.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

“Kids generally don’t have a position about same-sex relationships until they are told to have one by society and culture,” licensed clinical social worker Ann Russo tells SheKnows. Russo recommends simply sharing about romantic love and attraction rather than focusing on sexual orientation.

  • I had the privilege of earning my MSW alongside Ann at CSULB. Her warmth and passion for connecting with people and helping them is infectious. She was at the top of our class, innovative and ever ready to learn.
    Kiri Cohu
    Social Worker
  • I met Ann through a mutual friend and even though we live worlds away now, she has made a lasting impact on my life. Ann is an extremely insightful and compassionate person. Along with her ability to speak clearly and concisely her thoughts, she has the uncanny ability to listen to people and hear beyond what is being said. This is a valuable trait when it comes to teaching and counseling others as she is able to help people see the unseen and know the unknown about themselves and the world around them. This brings me to my final point about Ann. Ann is firm, resolute, committed and hold true to her beliefs, both logically and ethically. Ann would be a valuable asset to any team she is a part of. 
    Abe Madyun
    IT Security Generalist and Consultant
  • Ann is energetic and has a great personality. She is someone I feel comfortable around and want to tell my problems to. She helped me thru my time of need and I can't thank her enough.Ann is highly recommended in my books.
    Kenny Hsi
    CEO for Advanced Creative Gaming
  • I have known Ann for nearly three years. I have heard first hand from her clients how well she has supported and facilitated growth through her therapeutic practice. Ann develops a healthy therapeutic relationship with her clients and takes an individualized approach to helping them discover their path to personal development.
    KC West
    Owner at A Balanced You Wellness Center, Owner/LCSW at Clinical Counseling Services
  • I am always impressed with Ann's thoughtfulness and compassion. Ann is able to utilize her intelligence to think deeply about the issues that we face in the social work field. When combined with her compassion and dedication to working with and empowering others it is a powerful combination which allows her to work with people in a meaningful and effective way. In Addition, Ann brings a willingness to work with difficult situations and populations. She is not afraid to address clinical or ethical issues. These qualities come together to make Ann a fantastic social worker and someone whom I am proud to say is part of my profession.
    Andrea Sanserino
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor
  • Ann was a very engaged, curious, and resourceful student who fully participated and contributed to the professional development and support process of the applied learning in seminar. She was a joy to have in class. She demonstrated a rich respect for learning while she expanded on the real world knowledge that she brought with her to graduate school. I highly recommend Ann as a very competent, skillful, and astute social worker who uses her abilities to the fullest!
    Fredrick "Mike" Foster
    Emeriti Field Education Consultant, California State University Long Beach School of Social Work
  • I've known Ann for 3 years now and know her to be an engaging, and thoughtful individual. She is very skilled in her trade, but possesses the intellectual wherewithal to succeed in many roles, whether administrative, therapeutic, or even as an entrepreneur. She's wonderful to work with as well.
    EJ Rudy
    Founder at Sequential Tech and Design
  • Ann is a professional, knowledgeable, and caring therapist dedicated to helping the LGBTQIA community. She has a big heart and gives her all to her clients who are struggling being who they are in society.
    Nadia J. Charles
    I build business hubs on New Google Sites | Business Systems Strategist | Efficiency Nerd | G Suite Expert
  • Ann is a thoughtful, compassionate, highly competent therapist who offers pragmatic advice and direction you can use in the moment, as well as helpful, truly therapeutic space for clients to express themselves and talk through issues, as well as ask questions. I recommend Ann as a therapist to anyone who could use a mix of therapy with practical coaching and problem solving to get through both difficult and complicated times. Her talent lies in being able to hold space for the delicacy of the moment while guiding clients to see the big picture and what they can do in the meantime simultaneously.
    Ellie Tumbuan
    Equity, diversity, and inclusion leader building up others and their teams for a better workplace and a better world.
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