What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does it Matter?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, and mange emotions in yourself (personal competence) and others (social competence). It involves the ability to solve emotion-related problems quickly and accurately. Its role was largely overlooked because it is somewhat intangible, until recent studies in the early and mid-nineties showed that its quotient (EQ) might be […] Read More

Codependency: Leaning on Each Other Too Hard

Relationships come in all shapes and sizes, but they don’t have to be abusive to be unhealthy. Another type of unhealthy relationship is called a “codependent” and it is difficult to avoid because at the beginning, it can look like and feel like love or deep understanding. The difference between healthy and codependent lies in […] Read More

Why You Need a Vacation

It’s only reasonable that things go to waste sometimes. Banana peels, the milk at the bottom of the jug, the jug itself…but there’s something else that goes to waste, and that’s vacation days. “Vacation days?” you might ask incredulously. Yes, vacation days. Americans wasted a record-setting 658 million vacation days in 2016. Specifically, 55% of […] Read More

Getting Outside and Mental Health

When I am feeling down or stressed, stepping outside is my go-to strategy for improving my mood. There is a trail near my house, near redwoods and water, that never fails to break through a bad day. I am not alone in this experience. Enjoying the outdoors and communing with nature is proven to have […] Read More

Breaking Through the Stigma Surrounding Therapy

The first major legislation for mental health care was in 1946, when President Harry Truman passed the National Mental Health Care Act. This created the National Institute of Mental Health and designated government funds for services such as medication and therapy that were made available to people. Yet more than seven decades later in the […] Read More

Protecting Your Pooch During Hot Summer Months

Summer is here. Temperatures are rising, grills are firing and vacations are in tow. We remember to put sunscreen on the kids, and keep our water bottles filled, but sometimes we forget to take care of our fur babies during these hot summer months. Just like for humans, excessive heat exposure resulting in heat exhaustion […] Read More

Advice for Dating Someone with a Mental Illness

Dating is hard enough as it is. You spend the earlier parts of your relationship trying to “read” the other person; trying to make sure you’re both on the same page. Then, once you’ve passed that phase, it’s on to really getting to know the other person. You know you’re superficially compatible, but what about […] Read More

July Regulatory Update – This Month in Telehealth

Federal Updates Coverage of Statewide Behavioral Health Access Program for Children  Full Text HR 2337 Summary: HR 2337 would establish the child behavioral health access administrative program.  The program would develop an online database and communications mechanisms, including telehealth, to facilitate consultation support to pediatric primary care providers, among other components. Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of […] Read More

Toxic Relationships: How to Handle Difficult People

A toxic relationship is characterized by behaviors by the toxic individual that cause us to feel used, taken advantage of or brought down. Toxic relationships are not limited to romantic ones because they can extend into our friendships and occupational relationships as well. Toxic relationships can impact our emotional well-being as well as our physical […] Read More

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