Creating Your Health Blog

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



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...

Bring on the Love!

Valentine's Day Where on earth did this holiday come from? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I'm just curious. Curious about human behavior and why Wegmans was packed this morning with people buying 35 dollar roses that were 9.99 last week.  Look, any day that...

Ziggy played guitar.

It's been a little over a month now since David Bowie passed away; A singer, songwriter, painter, actor and cultural icon that fascinated and inspired many, myself included.  There has been a real outpouring of love and remembrances all over the world as a result of...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I just created a workbook called "Ushering in the New Year" It contains some thought provoking questions for clarifying your New Year's Intentions, and ideas for Letting Go of that which is unwanted, and Letting in more of what you truly want.  When you sign up for...

The Field where the Game of Life Happens

The Field where the Game of Life Happens

Early this morning, I walked along the Erie Canal.  I notice my cell phone battery is dead (once again), so no podcasts, music,or conversations to keep me company today.   Gray skies and barren trees;  I was searching for beauty in the landscape. While it wasn't...

Holiday Peace and Tranquility

Holiday Peace and Tranquility

What is it about this season that gets many of us worked up and frazzled?
Wonder how you can have a peaceful holiday this year?
This post includes information about types and triggers of stress as well as strategies for more ease and joy this month.