Creating Your Health Blog

Articles, Musings, & Resources for Creating Your Health from a Mental Health and Creative Arts Therapy Perspective.
                                                                                                                      -Christine Matteson  BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

                    

Nature, Poetry, and the Harvest Moon

Tonight is the Harvest Moon (full moon) 9/16/2016. Cue the Neil Young music:     ...But there's a full moon rising.    Let's go dancing in the light.  We know where the music's  playing.    Let's go out and feel the night.   Fall has always been my favorite time of...

When you’re going through Hell….

"When you're going through hell...keep going." This quote, usually attributed to Winston Churchill, implies that this trip is a difficult journey.  No one wants to get stuck in hell. Newsflash:  We don't get out of this life unscathed. There are any myriad of reasons...

Contending with Time

As a dance/movement therapist, we routinely look at preferences and patterns for how one "moves through their day" (and life!).   We look at emotional, relational, intellectual, and physical patterns. If you are experiencing particular challenge(s) or change(s)...

Morning Routines

You know who has a morning routine? Just about everyone. via GIPHY I've seen lots of articles lately sharing the morning routines of various people such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and also Charles Dickens, Gloria Steinem, and even Queen Elizabeth II.  It...

Night Owl or Early Bird?

Ahhh, Sleep. Lately, the topic is in vogue.  And it should be. There are about 2500 sleep study centers in the US alone.  The Stanford Center for Sleep Science and Medicine has been driving a large growth in sleep research in recent years.  They combine clinical,...

Does God really Laugh at our Plans?

Yes, Mother Nature is toying with us as is typical this month (at least in the Northeast).  Last week the daffodils were out, this week, the ground is blanketed with snow.  What can you do?  The answer of course...nothing.  Weather is one of those nonnegotiable...

Mental Illness affects us all.

Mental Illness affects the individual and it affects    the family, friends, and whole communities. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, one in 5 adults have some sort of mental health condition.  1 in 20 has a serious mental illness. Recently, I...

Care for the Caregiver

Did you know that there are 34 million unpaid caregivers that provide care to adults who are ill either mentally or physically in the United States? According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the "typical" caregiver is about 49 years old with...

Therapist Self Disclosure

Ever since the dawn of psychology, therapists have been discussing and arguing about what, when, and how much to share and disclose of their personal life. There are many different types and levels of sharing.
In a particularly funny episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 2), Larry David tries to terminate with his therapist after having seen him in a (pretty, pretty, pretty revealing) thong at the beach. (Too much information for Larry, who clearly didn’t appreciate having seen too much of his therapist’s “social life”.)

When freedom of speech becomes slander.

Like many people, I've been upset and embarrassed by the behavior of some of the candidates in this presidential race. Embarrassed because these are "adults" behaving in ways that are borderline slanderous, writing social media posts that could easily be construed as...