In the journey toward mental wellness, the partnership between patients and their healthcare providers is crucial, especially when it comes to managing medications. At Innerspace Counseling, we understand the delicate balance required in treating mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders and other mental health issues. This blog aims to shed light on the significance of safe medication storage and adhering to safety plan directives, particularly when treatment providers suggest that someone hold and administer medications for a patient.
In today's fast-paced world, the significance of nutrition in maintaining and enhancing mental health cannot be overstated. The link between what we consume and how we feel, both emotionally and mentally, is becoming increasingly recognized within the health community. This connection is especially crucial for individuals experiencing mood disorders, suicidal thoughts, or those in perinatal stages, where nutritional needs and mental health challenges can intersect significantly.
At Innerspace Counseling, we understand the profound impact that dietary habits can have on mental well-being. This shows how important it is to consider diet in mental health care. It should be part of treatment plans made with a...more
Sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining our mental and physical health, yet it's often overlooked in discussions about mental well-being. Poor sleep hygiene can lead to a range of mental health issues, affecting everything from our daily mood to our long-term mental health. This is particularly pertinent for individuals experiencing conditions such as insomnia, which can severely impact one's quality of life and exacerbate symptoms of mood disorders.
In this blog, we'll explore the importance of good sleep hygiene, identify factors that contribute to poor sleep, discuss the mental health consequences of inadequate sleep, and offer tips for improving sleep hygiene. We'll also highlight how Innerspace Counseling's programs, including...more
In today's fast-paced world, where mental health problems are increasingly prevalent among children, adolescents, and adults alike, the role of parents in nurturing emotional intelligence in their children has never been more critical.
What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand, use, and manage one's own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. EI is measured by the emotional quotient (EQ). Alongside professional mental health care options such as Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) offered by Innerspace Counseling, parents' involvement in their child's emotional development plays...more
The global pandemic of 2020 marked an unprecedented increase in feelings of loneliness and isolation, conditions that have plagued humanity for centuries. This surge has persisted even as we edge closer to what resembles pre-pandemic normalcy, leaving many individuals caught in a struggle with prolonged loneliness and social isolation. Recognizing the profound effect these emotions have on personal well-being, especially when compounded by other mental health issues. The American Surgeon General's 2023 report titled "Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation," highlights that nearly 50% of Americans report experiencing a deep sense of loneliness. This staggering figure underscores the critical nature of addressing these feelings, alongside the mental health issues that may exacerbate them, through comprehensive support and intervention.
Innerspace Counseling has responded to this crisis by emphasizing the importance...more
Valentine's Day, with its celebration of love and romance, can be a joyous occasion for many, marked by expressions of affection and appreciation. However, for individuals grappling with the complexities of unhealthy romantic relationships or enduring the aftermath of a painful break-up, this day can serve as a poignant reminder of their emotional struggles.
At Innerspace Counseling, we recognize the profound impact that unhealthy relationships and break-ups can have on an individual's mental health condition. The experience of navigating toxic dynamics or coping with the loss of a significant relationship can evoke a range of challenging emotions, including feeling sadness, loneliness, and self-doubt.
In this blog, we aim to shed light on the negative effects of such experiences, acknowledging the unique emotional terrain that individuals may traverse during this time.
Moreover, we offer practical coping strategies and insights to empower individuals to navigate Valentine's Day with resilience and self-compassion, fostering a sense of inner strength and...more
In the fast-paced, high-stakes environment of academic excellence, high achieving students are increasingly facing a challenging adversary: anxiety. At Innerspace Counseling, we recognize the unique pressures these students encounter. This blog aims to delve into the intricate link between high academic achievement and elevated anxiety levels, and how our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) can provide effective support.
The Burden of High Expectations
High achieving students often operate under immense pressure. The drive for perfection, whether...more
Understanding the connection between our physical health and mental well-being is important in today's busy and stressful world. At Innerspace Counseling, we strongly emphasize the importance of nurturing both aspects to achieve overall health and happiness. This understanding forms the backbone of our treatment approaches, including our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), where we focus on holistic healing practices.
The Deep Interconnection Between Mind and Body
The mind-body connection refers to the powerful link and interaction between our physical and mental states. It's a central theme in various mental health treatments, including...more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that can impact various aspects of an individual's life, including their performance in the workplace. At Innerspace Counseling, we understand the unique challenges that adults with ADHD face in professional settings. In this blog, we will shift our focus to ADHD in the workplace and explore techniques for managing distractions, strategies for effective communication, and the role of...more
In the journey of overcoming mental health barriers, such as anxiety and depression, seeking professional help is a crucial step. Innerspace Counseling, through its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), offers a comprehensive and innovative approach to mental health treatment. However, the importance of familial, community, or support systems should never be underestimated when facing these challenges alone.
The Isolation Dilemma
When individuals face mental health issues in isolation, several problems can arise. It's common for thoughts and feelings to become overwhelming,...more
In mental health care, individuals seeking treatment often find themselves confronted with many options. While general or co-occurring programs are valuable for addressing both substance use and mental health concerns simultaneously, not everyone faces this dual challenge.more
As we step into the fresh pages of 2024, it's the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on the journey that was 2023. It was a year filled with challenges, opportunities, and moments of growth. At Innerspace Counseling, we believe that the new year is not just about making resolutions, but also about celebrating the progress we've already made and setting new goals to continue our personal growth and well-being.
Reflecting on 2023: A Year of Self-Discovery and Growth
Before we dive into the new year's aspirations, let's take a moment to reflect on the milestones and achievements you experienced in 2023. It's crucial to acknowledge your journey, from the progress you made in setting boundaries to the times you prioritized self-care. Here are a few areas worth contemplating:
Boundary Setting: In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget the importance of setting boundaries. Reflect on how well you were able to establish and maintain your personal boundaries in 2023. Did you say "no"...
At Innerspace Counseling, our fundamental belief is that every individual, irrespective of their gender identity, sexual orientation, or family-building choices, should have unequivocal access to high-quality mental health care. Today, we are compelled to bring attention to a critical and long-standing issue that continues to affect the LGBTQ+ perinatal community: the severe shortage of awareness and resources. While an alarming gap in mental health resources already exists for straight/cisgender parents, the predicament deepens when considering LGBTQ+ gestational parents. These individuals...more
The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness for many. It's a time when friends and family gather, share laughter and memories, and exchange gifts to celebrate the year's end. However, for some individuals, the holidays can be a challenging and stressful time, particularly those who are already experiencing mental health barriers such as anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders. At Innerspace Counseling, we understand the importance of providing support and guidance during this season, especially for those enrolled in our...more
Pregnancy is a transformative journey that brings forth a whirlwind of emotions and challenges. For many individuals, this phase is not only marked by the physical changes and anticipation of new life but also by mental health issues that can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, despite the awareness surrounding mental health, pregnant individuals nationwide are left with limited resources to navigate these trying times. In this blog, we will shed light on the general lack of resources for pregnant individuals in the United States, the variability of perinatal rights across states, and the particularly acute shortage of...more
The holiday season often conjures images of warmth, togetherness, and joy spent with loved ones. It's a time when twinkling lights adorn homes, and the aroma of delicious meals fills the air.
During the holiday season, amidst the festive decorations and happy songs, people often forget a certain part. This overlooked aspect can actually make this joyful time less happy. During this time, many individuals may experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. They may believe that they are the only ones who are going through these intense emotions.
At Innerspace Counseling, we acknowledge that many people experience loneliness during the holidays, but we rarely openly discuss it. Feeling left out during the holidays can make people feel like they don't belong in their own lives. The pressure to be merry, the constant reminders of the importance of family and togetherness, and the bombardment of seemingly...more
At Innerspace Counseling, our mission is to provide compassionate mental health support during life's most critical moments. One area where we see an alarming gap is in the education and awareness surrounding perinatal mental health. It's an issue that deserves our attention, as countless individuals navigate the journey to parenthood without the vital knowledge and resources they need.
The perinatal period is often seen as a joyous and exciting time, and rightfully so. However, the reality is that it's also a time of immense change and challenge for both expectant parents. While many individuals spend months researching baby names and nursery decor, there is often a significant lack of education regarding the emotional and mental health aspects of pregnancy and the postpartum period. This lack of awareness can lead to undiagnosed and untreated perinatal mood disorders, which can have serious consequences for both the...more
With the advancement of online gambling applications like FanDuel, online poker, fantasy football, and online casinos, the temptation for young minds to test their luck is stronger than ever. These platforms are explicitly illegal for minors, but many teens have found inventive ways to circumvent age restrictions, often resorting to stealing their parents' information, including social security numbers, to sign up for these gambling sites.
Dating has changed a lot with technology. More teens now use the internet to find love. Online dating has pros and cons, including challenges, for teenagers seeking meaningful relationships and connections.
At Innerspace Counseling, we understand how online dating affects teenagers' mental health. We have programs like Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) to help and treat those who need it.
Understanding the Popularity of Online Dating Among Teens
Teenagers face a myriad of challenges as they navigate through adolescence. Many teenagers struggle with low self-esteem, insecure relationships, problems setting boundaries, and fear of commitment. These challenges can leave teens feeling isolated and seeking connections beyond their immediate surroundings.
Having a baby is a wonderful but tough journey, with physical and emotional challenges. Many new mothers find themselves grappling with a range of emotions during the postpartum period, which is entirely normal. Distinguishing between "baby blues" and postpartum depression (PPD) is crucial. This understanding ensures that mothers receive appropriate assistance and treatment.more
The holiday season can be stressful for many people, despite its intention of bringing happiness and kindness. The holidays can ironically be a time where some feel most anxious on holidays. The excitement of celebrations can turn into a scary countdown, causing different emotional difficulties.
We know people might wonder, "What type of depression do I have?" while dealing with holiday stress. The holidays can amplify mental health issues like anxiety, depression (including high functioning depression),...more
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has emerged as a transformative force in the field of mental health care treatment. DBT is a valuable resource for mental health challenges. It has a rich history, diverse applications, and focuses on group therapy. In this comprehensive exploration, we delve into the origins and evolution of DBT, uncover its myriad applications, and shed light on how Innerspace Counseling adeptly employs DBT in its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).
History of DBT:
The journey of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) begins with the pioneering work of Dr. Marsha M. Linehan in the late 1980s. Originally designed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DBT has since evolved into a versatile and evidence-based approach that effectively...more
As parents, our children's well-being is our top priority. Feeling worried about mental health and taking psychiatric medication is normal when it's part of the treatment plan. Worries and concerns are valid, but it's important to know that medication can often help manage mental health problems.
One common misconception is that seeking medication signifies a failure or a lack of alternative options. However, it's essential to recognize that many mental health conditions, including ADHD, PTSD, OCD,...more
In the modern world, lighting is everywhere. However, for people in Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), being sensitive to lights (especially LED Lights, blue lights, and bright lights) can greatly affect their mental health. Bright lights can worsen anxiety, depression, mood disorders, panic disorders, and cause physical discomfort. This heightened sensitivity can affect their daily activities and their experiences in group therapy...more
As the rustling leaves dance to the tune of October's breezy whispers, many eagerly anticipate the magic of Halloween. Children and adults alike select costumes, embodying personas ranging from whimsical to fearsome. However, beyond the celebration lies an opportunity for introspection.
Halloween offers a mirror to a reality many face daily—the "masks" we wear. At Innerspace Counseling, we recognize that these metaphorical masks can sometimes hide profound emotions and struggles.
Beyond Physical Disguises: Our Everyday Masks
The concept of masks isn’t new. For centuries, humans have worn physical and emotional disguises. On Halloween, we wear them for enjoyment. But in our daily lives? We don them to protect our vulnerabilities, to fit into societal molds, or to manage expectations.
This is especially noticeable for people dealing with...more
In today's world, it's impossible to shield our children from the complex and often unsettling events happening around the globe. One of the most challenging topics today to discuss with young ones is the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine. These are indeed unsettling times, and it's natural for children to feel anxious and confused. As parents and caregivers, our role is to provide a safe space for open dialogue while imparting understanding and empathy.
Acknowledge Their Feelings
First and foremost, it's essential to acknowledge your child's feelings. Start the conversation by asking how they feel about what they've seen or heard. Validate their emotions, whether it's the deep-seated fear that something bad might happen, the perplexing confusion surrounding the conflict, the profound sadness for those affected, or the frustration and...more
The internet is important for students, providing many chances to learn, connect, and have fun in today's digital world. However, it also presents challenges.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We want to make people aware of different types of bullying, such as cyber bullying, which worries parents and kids. At Innerspace Counseling, we understand the significance of addressing this issue and providing support to those who need it. Cyber bullying is one factor that contributes to many mental health issues and all these issues can lead to...more
At Innerspace Counseling, we think every child deserves to grow in a supportive environment that encourages their dreams. October marks the National Bullying Prevention Month, a period not just for reflection but also for action. It's time to learn about and stop this issue in all its forms, to protect against its harmful effects.more
Student life can already be a rollercoaster of emotions, with mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, and depression often being common. Surprisingly, many students are unaware of how common anxiety attacks and panic attacks are among their peers.
Recognizing these attacks and knowing how to cope is vital. Many students have difficulty telling the difference between panic attacks and anxiety attacks. It is crucial to understand the distinctions and discover effective ways to manage...more
Every parent dreams of watching their child blossom into a confident and motivated individual. Sometimes, obstacles can interrupt dreams, such as when your high school child refuses to go to school. As a parent, it's heart-wrenching to hear your child say, “I can't go to school today.” But understanding the reasons behind school refusal and learning how to help can be the key to transformation. Understanding why your high school child refuses to go to school and how IOP (...more
The back-to-school season can be an exciting time for many children and parents. However, for some, it can also bring about a considerable amount of anxiety and stress. In some cases, these feelings can be so overwhelming that they lead to or exacerbate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In this blog post, we want to raise PTSD...more
The Complex Terrain of Mental Health and Depression
As we solemnly commemorate Suicide Prevention Month, there is a pressing need to delve deeper into understanding depression, an affliction that burdens billions of people globally. At Innerspace Counseling, we emphasize that depression isn't merely a state of sadness. It is a multi-faceted mental health condition that can manifest as clinical depression, postpartum depression, manic depression, bipolar depression, functional depression, and more. Understanding its complexities is paramount for fostering a safe environment for...more
A good night's sleep is often underestimated, especially among students who juggle academics, extracurricular activities, and social lives. However, maintaining a regular sleep schedule is crucial for students' overall well-being, particularly their mental health. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of consistent sleep schedules for students, delve into common sleep problems they face, and provide examples of how to correct these issues, emphasizing the role of professional help when needed.
Common Sleep Problems for Students
Irregular Sleep Patterns: Many students struggle with irregular sleep schedules, staying up late on weekends and then attempting to compensate during the week. This inconsistency can disrupt their circadian rhythms, leading to sleep difficulties.
Insomnia: Stress, anxiety, and academic pressures often contribute to insomnia among...
The History of World Peace Day
Every year on September 21st, people from around the globe come together to celebrate World Peace Day. This significant day is dedicated to promoting peace, harmony, and unity among nations and individuals. To truly appreciate the essence of World Peace Day, let's delve into its history.
The journey to establish a day dedicated to peace began in 1981 when the United Nations General Assembly declared the third Tuesday of September as the International Day of Peace. Later, in 2001, the UN shifted the date to September 21st, coinciding with the opening of its annual session. This change aimed to emphasize the connection between peace and the UN's mission to foster cooperation among nations.
World Peace Day serves as a reminder of the catastrophic consequences of war, conflicts, and violence. It encourages nations and individuals to work towards resolving disputes peacefully, promoting human rights, and fostering social justice. Over the years, various events, initiatives, and campaigns have been organized to mark...more
Mental health issues are complex and can have far-reaching consequences on various aspects of our lives. While the impact on emotional well-being is widely recognized, the connection between mental health and finances is often overlooked. In this blog post, we will explore the ways in which mental health issues can affect our financial health and decision-making processes and well as what you can do to reduce financial risk.
Financial concerns to consider:
Impulsive Spending and Compulsive Behaviors: Individuals struggling with mental health issues may turn to impulsive spending or engage in compulsive behaviors as a coping mechanism. This can lead to significant financial strain, as they often find themselves in debt or unable to meet their financial obligations. Understanding the root causes behind these behaviors is crucial in seeking effective treatment and developing healthier financial habits.
Decreased Earning Potential: Mental health challenges can hinder one's ability to perform optimally in the workplace. Symptoms such as low...
As parents, we want our children to feel safe, confident, and supported at school. Unfortunately, bullying can pose significant challenges to their well-being. It is essential to recognize the signs that your child may be experiencing bullying and take proactive steps to address the issue. In this blog post, we will explore common signs of bullying, provide expert tips on supporting your child, and suggest resources to help them cope effectively.
Signs Your Child May Be Being Bullied
It's crucial to be aware of the signs that may indicate your child is being bullied. While every child may respond differently, here are some common signs to look out for:
Behavioral Changes: Notice any sudden shifts in your child's behavior, such as withdrawing from activities they once enjoyed, becoming unusually quiet or anxious, or showing decreased interest in school.
Physical Signs: Keep an eye out for unexplained bruises, scratches, or other physical marks on your child's body. Additionally, frequent headaches, stomachaches, or even faking illness to...
As the warmth of summer gently yields to the crispness of autumn, we often find ourselves immersed in a seasonal transition that blends excitement with challenges. This changing of the seasons calls for adjustments not only in our attire but also in our mental and daily routines. At Innerspace Counseling, we empathize with the rollercoaster of emotions that this transition can bring. We're here to provide valuable tips to help you navigate this shift gracefully, from the relaxed days of summer to the vibrant hues of autumn.
Create a Comfortable Haven: Begin by nurturing your environment. Personalize your space to reflect your style and bring you comfort. A cozy and familiar setting can offer a soothing backdrop as you navigate the changing season.
Embrace Mindfulness, Disconnect from Screens: Reducing screen time, particularly as outdoor activities become limited, may seem daunting. However, limiting phone usage can be a potent way to practice mindfulness and alleviate anxiety. Disconnect from screens to reconnect with your inner...
Welcome back to the Innerspace Counseling blog! With the new school year on the horizon, the subject of managing daily life with ADHD is ever relevant. Today, we're focusing on a two interlinked solutions that can help for managing ADHD: A consistent routine and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Both of these elements are integral parts of our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), which we’ll clarify for you.
Why Routines Matter
Routines are not just a sequence of activities lined up to keep you busy; they're your personalized blueprint for navigating each day effectively, especially crucial when you're managing ADHD. Picture this: You have an exam to study for, but you find yourself...more
Welcome to Innerspace Counseling’s blog, where we explore the complex terrains of mental health. Today, we're delving into a milestone that many of us have faced or will face at some point: the transition to college. The buzz of a new chapter, the dreams of future success, and the promise of newfound independence are exhilarating, but they often come with a hidden companion - anxiety.
Are you a student stepping into the world of higher education, away from the familiar surroundings of home? Or perhaps a parent, watching your child spread their wings, mixed with concerns and apprehensions? Leaving home for college is a bittersweet journey, filled with excitement and uncertainty. It's normal to feel an underlying anxiety about this significant life change.
In this post, we'll explore the emotions tied to this transition and offer...more
As the new academic year looms, anticipation and anxiety often intertwine. Back-to-school anxiety is common among students and parents. Yet, with the right strategies and supports, such as those offered in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), this anxiety can be managed effectively. This guide aims to explore back-to-school anxiety through the lens of DBT and provide practical tips based on DBT principles.
Understanding Back-to-School Anxietymore
Depression is a serious mental health issue that affects roughly one in five adults in the United States. It is estimated that 16.2 million adults have had at least one major depressive episode in 2019 alone and the prevalence of depression is higher among women than men. While it can affect anyone at any age, depression is particularly common among teenagers. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 11% of adolescents in the US suffer from depression. It can be overwhelming, debilitating, and even lead to suicidal thoughts or actions if not addressed properly. Thankfully, there are many treatment options available in New Jersey for those struggling with depression. In this blog post, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of depression as well as some effective treatments that may help you or a loved one manage the condition. We hope this information will provide support and guidance for anyone dealing with depression in the Garden State.
The signs and symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but there...more
Parenting a child with mental health issues can be challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. With the right support from professionals and family members, your child has the best chance of managing their mental health effectively and leading an enjoyable life. Start by talking to your child about their mental health—even if it feels intimidating or overwhelming. Ask questions, listen to their answers, and reassure them that it’s ok to talk about difficult topics.
Try to create an open environment in your home where your child can feel comfortable discussing their mental health with you. Encourage them to express their feelings without fear of judgment or criticism—this will make it easier for them to come to you when they need help. Ask questions, validate their feelings, and let them know you are available. Once you understand what your child is going through, you can better equip yourself to provide them with the support they need.
As a parent, it’s important to stay informed about mental health issues and be aware of the signs of distress in your child....more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent mental health condition impacting people across the globe. The disorder is marked by challenges in concentrating, impulsive behavior, restlessness, and other associated symptoms. Although there is no definitive cure for ADHD, there are available interventions to effectively manage its manifestations. Among these approaches, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) holds significance. This article delves into ADHD symptoms, various treatment possibilities, and the constructive role that DBT plays within a comprehensive treatment strategy.
The core symptoms commonly linked to ADHD encompass difficulties in sustaining attention or focus on tasks, susceptibility to distraction, impulsive decision-making without foresight of consequences, heightened activity level or restlessness, limited emotional control, feeling overwhelmed in the face of multiple tasks, frequent irritability or agitation, consistent misplacement of items like books or assignments, and regular experience of stress and overwhelm.
Navigating a job loss is undeniably a complex and trying journey, yet within its challenges lies the potential for personal evolution and deep contemplation. While acknowledging the spectrum of emotions like anxiety, despondency, and unease that frequently accompany such a transition, it is equally imperative to acknowledge the positive aspects that can emerge.
The strain of a job loss can lead to feelings of ambiguity and apprehension, sparking concerns about future prospects and financial equilibrium. Furthermore, it can even manifest as physical health issues such as heightened blood pressure, heart ailments, and disturbances in sleep patterns.
Safeguarding one's mental well-being assumes paramount importance during this phase. Engaging in self-care rituals and cultivating novel interests can provide solace. Becoming part of a support network or seeking personalized counseling can aid in navigating the intricate emotions connected to loss and grieving.
Indicators that underscore the need for professional mental health support post-job loss encompass...more
Mental health is an important part of overall health. Unfortunately mental health conditions are common, both in adults and children. As a parent, it’s essential to know the signs and symptoms that could indicate your child or teen is struggling with their mental health, so that you can help. In today’s blog post from Innerspace Counseling in Old Bridge, New Jersey, we are going to discuss how parents can identify when their child may be in need of mental health counseling and treatment. Read on to learn more, and if you’re looking for a mental health specialist in New Jersey, reach out to Innerspace Counseling today.more
Music is universal. When people listen to music, it triggers a part of our brain that lets us have an emotional and sometimes a physical reaction (i.e., crying, heart racing, etc.) which differs person to person due to our own brain chemistry and experiences. Listening to music is also a great way for us to practice mindfulness. Listening to music mindfully allows us to be fully present, increase our attention to ourselves and others around us, increase awareness of our bodies and emotions, and reduce anxiety and stress. It also helps us practice being nonjudgmental of our emotions and thoughts that arise when we listen to music mindfully.
Sounds have vibrations at different levels or frequencies just like colors in the rainbow. When these vibrations hit our ears and brains each frequency causes a reaction When we utilize colored noise in our mindfulness practices there are additional mental health benefits. For example, we can identify our emotions and thoughts that arise which helps us process things that we may not have realized we...more
In 2020 over 12.2 million Americans seriously considered suicide, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But for many people, talking about suicide is still taboo — if not outright inappropriate in most settings outside a mental health professional’s office.
Suicide doesn’t care if it’s “taboo” to talk about or not — it takes, and it takes, and it takes, indiscriminately, quietly, violently, leaving broken hearts and destroyed lives in its wake. Talking about suicide with your loved ones or listening to someone speak candidly about their own experiences with mortality is more important than ever before.
At Innerspace Counseling, we believe that human life is more important than taboo, and we want you to know that if you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts about harming yourself or others, we are standing by to help lend a listening ear, a...more
There is a growing body of evidence proving the efficacy of music therapy, with writings dating back to Ancient Roman and Greek texts, including the writings of Aristotle and Plato. Music impacts our mood, and its rhythm impacts our physical bodies.
Some of the psychological benefits include improvements to mood, self-expression, communication, and social skills. The rhythm of music can sync up with our body rhythm for physical benefits to your breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. It can improve memory and attention as well.more
Innerspace Counseling offers counseling services in Old Bridge to help residents of all ages recover from traumas and disorders that highly impact their lives. It is our mission to help others understand their current standing in life while providing guidance and tools to help them successfully navigate through recovery. Read below why we are the perfect counselors to partner with, or visit our website to learn more!more
Bullying has always been a pervasive issue with young people. But, it can extend beyond the classroom and even into adulthood. It is a problem that is well-known and frequently discussed, but there is no catch-all solution because its roots can vary. Learn more and contact Innerspace Counseling today for more information or to make an appointment.more
When a senseless act of violence such as the one that took place in a Texas elementary school this week occurs, we feel for the families affected and fear such a thing happening much closer to home. There is no easy way to have a conversation with your child about such a tragic event, but it is recommended that you talk to your child. Between heightened police presence at schools, television, social media, and peer conversations at school, most children are aware that something has occurred.
Tips for the conversation:
Check in with yourself and think about what you are feeling before speaking to your child. If you bring feelings of anxiety and fear to the conversation, your child will begin feeling anxious and fearful as well.
- Find out what they already know. You do not need to offer more details than they already know or need.
- Listen to what they have to say and allow them to guide the conversation.
- Be mindful of their age and maturity, only sharing information that they are seeking in an age-appropriate...
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Care Programs (PHP) provide short term, intensive treatment for various mental health conditions. Anyone suffering from moderate to severe anxiety or depression, mood disorders, OCD, bipolar, behavioral issues etc. may want to consider a program. Most programs such as those at Innerspace Counseling include several components, creating an all-inclusive mental health treatment experience. These programs are designed to provide strong support in reducing symptoms, to ease the burden of going to multiple providers for different services, as well as to simplify billing and insurance issues. Let’s walk through the process of getting started.more
Parenting an Anxious Child by Melissa Maranzano, MA
Parenting a child with anxiety is challenging. When our children are anxious, we often become anxious ourselves. Our minds race with questions like, “Do I let my child stop doing everything that makes them feel anxious? Do I push them to keep going and just get over it? Is this my fault? At what point should I seek professional help?”
First, you should take a deep breath and try to be a calm presence for yourself and for your child. An anxious parent will not calm an anxious child.
Next, here are some things you should know:
It is not your fault. According to the CDC, over 7% of children ages 3-17 have a diagnosis of anxiety. That is 4.4 million kids.
There is help and advice available from school counselors, pediatricians, and mental health professionals. Reach out and ask for help. Professionals can provide children with skills to help them manage their symptoms and improve their lives.
Self Care is Knowing Who You Are & Your Limits
Written by Angelina Colon, MS, LAC, NCC
What is self-care?
Self-care in essence is the mindful taking of time to pay attention to you, but in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you. Self-care means knowing who you are and your limits.
Self-care means recognizing when you are doing more than you are used to handling and trying to figure out what can be done to slow down. Try to find a way to decompress throughout your day. Ask yourself, what helps you tune out the noise of your day, how can you rest your mind during and after a stressful day. Trying to integrate mini breaks throughout your day helps to refresh the mind and body. For example, try stretching or taking a walk, drinking some water, and talking to a friend.
Self-care means identifying...more
The practice of gratitude provides us with perspective, appreciation, and guides us toward hope. It has positive effects on our physical and emptional health and costs nothing to do and takes little to no. Taking stock in the positive and good that surrounds you can be grounding, making it possible to move and find joy.
2020 was a year like no other in our lifetime. We experienced a global pandemic, lockdowns, and civil and political unrest. Lives were upended by school closures, job loss, financial strain, and toilet paper shortages. How do we move forward with hope and gratitude when much of the issues of 2020 have followed us into the new year?
Some days the good is easy to find, other days it takes some work to see. Many can find gratitude by looking toward their families, their surroundings when their basic needs are met, or toward their spirituality. Keeping a journal or photos of the things that you are grateful for can help you on the days you are having difficulty finding the good. Keep these lists and...more
Written by: Lindsay Sowder, MA, LAC, NCC
Setting healthy habits keep you feeling motivated, create a sense of accomplishment for each day, and increase your confidence overall!
You might want to start off by asking yourself these questions:
- What about your current routine do you dislike?
- Why do you want to start a healthy habit?
- How will your new habits help you achieve your long-term goals?
Here are 3 tips for starting a healthy habit:
- Start small!
- It’s important not to overwhelm yourself with too much at once. Choose something small to start with and stick to it!
- Be patient with yourself!
- When it comes to starting a new habit or routine it’s easy to get stuck in what we call “All or Nothing thinking”. In other words, if you miss one day you fall off the wagon completely. This is a MYTH that we tell ourselves that gets in the way of us being successful! If you miss one day, that’s alright! Every day is a new day, get...
Written by: Melissa Maranzano, MA
Social media posts can serve as warning signs of a person in a mental health crisis. We have seen the stories of suicidal individuals posting feelings of sadness, loneliness, or even posting goodbye messages. We have also seen news stories where shortly before committing a violent crime, the perpetrator posted messages of hate or rage to their social media accounts. Facebook now utilizes algorithms to flag these posts and alert authorities to conduct wellness checks.
Until now though, the mental health indicators have been quite general and could not identify any specific diagnosis. A study published in Nature Partner Journals Schizophrenia found that we may be able to utilize social media algorithms to identify signs of schizophrenia or mood disorders as much as a year before a psychiatric hospitalization. The study found notable differences in the use of language and images in those with schizophrenia and mood disorders compared to a healthy population. Certainly, social media posts can not be a basis for such a diagnosis, but with...more
Written by Melissa Maranzano, MA
When the COVID 19 outbreak hit New Jersey in March 2020, mental health providers had to scramble to learn virtual platforms, establish procedures and protocols, and get immediately up and running so no patient was left behind. The clients of Innerspace Counseling and other intensive mental health facilities generally have difficulty functioning at home or in school or have emotional and/or behavioral concerns. Patients diagnoses range from bipolar and schizophrenia to anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Not only would it be unethical to leave patients at this level of care without treatment during this crisis, but it would have created a flood of psychiatric emergencies at ER’s and hospitals across the state who were already overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients.
Innerspace Counseling was at the forefront of the abrupt shift to teletherapy. Our Founder & Program Director Ajita Shah, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS and our Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Platt, D.O., advocated with New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dancer for an amendment to NJ...more
A new Teen Partial Care Program helps teens find balance through care and empowerment.
September brought in a new school year filled with uncertainty. Few schools in NJ are fully open, many are a hybrid of in-person & virtual learning, while others have fully virtual learning plans in place. While no one can answer the question of when it will all go back to normal, it was important for our team to meet the needs of this unique moment in time for teens and families requiring mental health treatment.
The need for mental health services has increased through the pandemic & Innerspace Counseling has continued to be there by pioneering safe, effective treatment for higher levels of mental healthcare through telehealth. We have gone a step further with our Teen Partial Care Program by incorporating free daily tutoring services.
The Teen Partial Care Program is for teens ages 12 & up dealing with anxiety, depression, school refusal, mood disturbances, self-harm behaviors, & more. Since...more
May 30, 2020
Talking to others about mental health isn’t always the easiest conversation to start. In an ideal world, everyone would be well educated on mental wellness. However, if you disclose…more
October 10, 2019
Helping children with mental health issues is important. Discussing treatment options like the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a sensitive but necessary...more