The brain is responsible for all aspects of social and emotional functioning. Brain health affects cognition, attention, memory, mood, motivation, concentration, emotion, impulse, and response to stress. The ability to reason and react sensibly depends on brain health, as well as the process of learning new information. Brain cells communicate by forming connections and establishing patterns. The brain wires itself based on daily exposures and environments.
Core struggles seem to be the root of many mental health concerns. Laura Viner, PhD, Director of Assessment Center and Director of Research at Yellowbrick explains core struggles to be the “innermost feelings one has about oneself”. Core struggles can include intense feelings of inadequacy or insufficiency. While emerging and young adults may seek treatment for their outwardly facing mental health concerns like eating disorders or addictions, their core struggles will continue to cause social and emotional problems if left unaddressed. Continue reading Addressing Core Struggles Helps Emerging Adults Progress in Treatment
Therapists and patients alike hope that treatment will help every psychotherapy patient both to behave and to feel better. We know, though, that even in the most successful, best conducted treatments, progress is not linear but may happen in fits and starts, or involve periods of progress and regression, or may cause some people to feel worse before they feel better. These phenomena may sometimes make it difficult for a person to judge whether genuine progress is occurring. Here are some indications that a person is making progress: Continue reading How You Will Know if You Are Progressing in Psychotherapy