VoyageLA Article: Meet Nicole Ward

VoyageLA Article:  Meet Nicole Ward

What sets me apart from others is my work with all stages of relationship and offering workshops to provide skills-building opportunities. Therapy is not just for when one is in distress, yet it may seem daunting to have to attend a one on one session. By providing groups and workshops, wellness can be addressed in another forum.

Therapy Note: Anxiety

Therapy Note: Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 19.1% of adults in America have experienced an anxiety disorder. [1]  There are several types of clinical diagnoses of anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias and Social Anxiety Disorder.  When people typically speak about clinical levels of anxiety, they are referring to Generalized Anxiety Disorder. 

Organizational Wellness: Creating a Culture of Care in the Workplace

Organizational Wellness: Creating a Culture of Care in the Workplace

If the people who make up the environment are not doing well, the overall wellness of the organization suffers. An emphasis on the wellness within the organization does not chip away at personal accountability. Instead, it offers encouragement for individuals to make their mental health and wellness a priority at work. I invite organizations to create a Culture of Care to assist with minimizing and alleviating symptoms of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout. A Culture of Care is an environment where mental and emotional health are recognized in such a way to lessen the stigma.

Beyond The Break-Up: 7 Things to Consider in Processing the End of a Relationship

Beyond The Break-Up: 7 Things to Consider in Processing the End of a Relationship

Closure is something that you actually give to yourself. It can create distress to feel as though your healing is in the hands of another person. The cleansing closure conversation where the end of the relationship is wrapped up rarely happens. If the conversation does occur, it may not come in the timeframe that one would hope to have it or consist of the words that were expected. Even when there is a conversation, it is up to you as to whether or not you accept it. This is why closure belongs to you.