"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
— Henry David Thoreau
Self help and therapy
I am a firm believer in self help. Facing difficult decisions, experiencing personal limitations or a traumatic event may make you feel stuck. Knowledge is powerful. Research and taking time to process the problem could go a long way toward helping you resolve it. Many people may not feel ready to engage in an ongoing commitment to therapy.
I offer an initial free telephone consult that may help you define what is needed. However when you are experiencing no improvement and change is not forthcoming it may be helpful to consult a therapist.
- Self-help Magazine article library — covers a huge variety of issues
- All That Women Want: How To Cheer Yourself Up When You're Down
- Psychological Self Help
- UT Dallas Counseling Center Self-Help Library
- American Association Of Suicidology — fact sheets
- You Can Choose To Be Happy: "Rise Above" Anxiety, Anger, and Depression — Tom G. Stevens Ph.D.
- Action: Defuse The Anger Triggers — Pegasus NLP's Mind-Body Health Site
- The Mayo Clinic guide to depression
- Self Help for Depression — HealthyPlace.com
- Dealing with Depression — Helpguide.org
- Information about shock therapy and alternative treatments
- Depression Self Care Manual [PDF] — Randy Paterson
- Fighting the Darkness — a personal blog created by a wife and young mother
- Suicide & Older Men & Women: How You Can Help Prevent Tragedy [PDF] — John McIntosh, Ph.D.
- Understanding & Helping The Suicidal Person [PDF] — American Association Of Suicidology
- Marriage counseling: Working through relationship problems — Mayoclinic.com
- Sex therapy: Is it an option for you? — Mayoclinic.com
- Marital Distress — American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Considering Suicide? How to Stay Safe and Find Treatment — Mayoclinic.com
- What to Do When Someone Is Suicidal — Mayoclinic.com
- Disaster Mental Health Handouts (scroll down) — David Baldwin's Trauma Information
- Helping Your Kids Cope with Tragic News — The Learning Network
- Talking with Children About Terrorism — Purdue University
- Tips for Recovering from Disasters and Other Traumatic Events — American Psychological Association
- Trauma Recovery Tips — POMC
- Publications about Coping with Traumatic Events — The National Institute of Mental Health