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Free Telepsychiatry/Teletherapy Ap for CarePaths Users

April 4, 2014

Exciting new features I offer through CarePaths

Carepaths eRecord

CarePaths is proud to announce a new service: telepsychiatry and teletherapy.

We have incorporated new developments in technology that enable dramatically enhanced video conferencing quality. Gestures, facial expressions, tones of voice, body language, and other visual and auditory subtleties so important in psychotherapy—are rendered with a crispness and immediacy that Skype, Facetime, Google Plus, etc do not come close to matching. It is as close to the gold standard–the patient in the same room with you—as technologically possible.

The features and benefits include:

Super easy to use—Just send the patient an email; she or he clicks on it and you’re there. No plug-ins, downloads or technical skills required.

Convenience–Care can be accessed anytime and anywhere: home, work, school

Fewer no shows—Patients don’t have problems getting to your office because your office is virtual

Flexibility—Because you don’t have to travel to an office, you can schedule patients…

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The Why and How of Goal Setting: 9 Simple Steps To Acheive Your Goals

March 7, 2014

Goal without a plan

The ‘Why’ Of Goals

It’s important to have a direction to be working towards. If you were to set out on a road trip with no destination in mind, it would be difficult to know when you had arrived. It would also be more difficult to plan for your trip. How do you find a map or set your GPS without a destination?

Setting goals is like choosing your destination. Once you set your goals you are able to plan for road blocks and decide what tools are necessary to get there.

Goals are important in almost every area of your life. Whether you are planning for financial freedom, purchasing material items, achieving career milestones, or setting treatment goals in therapy, setting a goal is your first step in planning for the end result and knowing when you’ve arrived.

Setting clear goals is also incredibly helpful in any partnership. It allows people to have a discussion and get on the same page. This helps everyone involved have clear expectations and clearly defined roles. Working toward a shared goal is also very important in Imagebuilding a sense of partnership or community. You can even include your children in the goal making process. Having a sense of accomplishment at the end is a great self-esteem builder.

Making a ChangeThe ‘How’ Of Goals

Decide on a direction. Do you want to pay down debt, go on a trip, improve communication with your partner? Choose an area of your life you want to work on and a direction you would like to improve it.

Choose your team. Once you choose a direction you can decide who needs to be involved in the goal. Some goals may be something you want to work on yourself, while others you may want to include others in. You may choose to lose weight on your own, while you may decide that saving money is a family goal. If other’s need to be involved in the goal, you will want to include them in the rest of the process.

Be positive. Whenever possible you want to set a positive goal rather than setting a goal that is the absence of something or in negative terms. For example, saying you want to save money or have financial freedom is more powerful than stating you want to be debt-free or pay down bills.

Be specific. Goals work best when we are specific about the amount and duration. You will want to set an end date for the goal and any other specific information necessary. New Year’s resolutions are a good example of goals that frequently don’t work because they aren’t specific. Rather than saying you want to lose weight this year, say I will lose 10 lbs by June 1st. Instead of saying I want to save money, set an exact amount and a realistic date by when you can complete it.

Develop a plan. Do this by working backwards. If you’ve set a goal to save $1000 in 6 months, the next step would be to figure out what you will need to have saved in 3 month, then 1 month, finally decide what you will need to save weekly. This allows you to set smaller, achievable goals that you can be working toward. This will be your action plan.

Write it down. This is important; in order to make your goal concrete you need to write it down. Put it somewhere that you will see it regularly. Commit to it.

Overcoming road blocks. We all struggle with changing behaviors. Your brain cannot unlearn a habit once you’ve learned it so it’s very easy to go back to our old ways until we’ve strongly developed new habits. If you find yourself struggling with old behaviors or you aren’t seeing progress toward your goals, ask yourself if the choices you are making are helping you achieve your goal or if they are actually hurting your progress. If your goal is to communicate better with your spouse, is yelling at them about the laundry helping you achieve your goal? If your goal is weight loss, is staying in bed during your workout time helping you toward your goal? If your choices are working against your goal, change them.

Check in. If you were working on an important project at work, you would have regular meetings about it. If you were learning something new, you would have homework and need to practice it. Don’t set it and forget it. If this change is important to you, make time to check in with your progress. This will allow you the space to ask for help or change your plan if you need to.

Celebrate your successes. Changing habits and behaviors can be hard work. Don’t forget to enjoy the process. You set this goal for a reason: to make a better you. That’s exciting! Celebrate and embrace the process. When we are always working toward tomorrow, we forget to enjoy today. Build some fun into the process and celebrate along the way.

The Box: A quick tip for those feeling worried, overwhelmed or anxious

October 22, 2013
Let Go

Let Go

In today’s world we are bombarded with information, tasks and other stressors that can make life seem unmanageable at times. To top it off we also have personal and emotional issues in our life that can make our minds seem like they are racing.

Whether you are experiencing family conflict, work stress or issues within your relationship there are some simple tips that can be helpful in compartmentalizing some of the chaos in to more tangible pieces. Today we are going to talk about “The Box.”

This technique is one that can be helpful for children and adults. Begin by writing down all of your problems on small pieces of paper. Keep them short such, but jot down everything on your mind that is stressing you. For example: friends are being mean, husband is upset with me, bills need paid, etc.

Now here is where you can get creative. For children help them create two small boxes (boxes that checks come in are handy, shoe boxes will also work). Allow them to decorate the boxes and label them “Can Control” and “Can’t control.” For adults you too can have some arts and crafts time and create your own boxes, or just write the same words on two separate sheets of paper.

Once you have created a spot for each of your worries to go, begin to sort them. Do this by asking “Is this within my control or is this out of my control?” Really challenge yourself to see whose responsibility each of these items are. If the worry is someone else’s behavior, this is out of your control. While of course your behavior will influence others, overall this in not something you can control.

You may find that you will want to reframe some of these worries as you go. For example, while it is out of your control how your boss chooses to act, perhaps you realize something you can do to help influence his mood or response. Maybe your worry is your spouse helping with a chore around the house. While it is out of your control whether or not he takes action, maybe you realize there is a way you can help influence his behavior.

After you have sorted these out, take a few minutes to reflect on what is in each of the boxes. Those items in the “Can’t Control” box aren’t going to change no matter how much worry and energy you put towards them. Let them go. Put them in the box and put them away. Free up that energy to put towards the things you can control. Free yourself of those things that have been burdening you that you truly have no control over.

Signs and symptoms for Postpartum Depression

October 21, 2013

Foothills Psychiatry, Inc.

Family and friends play a large role in helping mothers recognize the need for an evaluation for postpartum struggles. Please be sensitive, mindful and help watch for symptoms, as our mothers are cherished.

(Copied from the Health and Human Services Website)
The symptoms of postpartum depression are the same as the symptoms of depression that occurs at other times in life. Along with a sad or depressed mood, you may have some of the following symptoms:

Agitation or irritability
Changes in appetite
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Feeling withdrawn or unconnected
Lack of pleasure or interest in most or all activities
Loss of concentration
Loss of energy
Problems doing tasks at home or work
Negative feelings toward the baby
Significant anxiety
Thoughts of death or suicide
Trouble sleeping

A mother with postpartum depression may also:

Be unable to care for herself or her baby
Be afraid to be alone with…

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Choosing to Take Control

October 10, 2012

I blog for World Mental Health Day

In honor of The World Health Organization’s “World Mental Health Day” I’ve decide to write about a topic I work with so many of my client’s on, taking control of their lives. Many of us have had terrible things happen in our lives, some of us just have bad days. Regardless of the severity of the pain we are experiencing it is still painful and it can feel like we have no control over it. For many people this creates a vicious cycle. We have something difficult happen, we feel like the event is out of our control, we begin to feel hopeless, and then many of us become depressed.

So why did I choose such an uplifting topic? Because there is hope and you do have control. No we don’t have control over every situation, and we can’t stop bad things from happening. Sometimes you can do everything right, and still bad things happen. But in almost every situation there is a choice to be made. Sometimes the choice is how you will let the situation affect you. Sometimes its a matter of chosing to dwell or move on. Sometimes there are bigger choices to be made. Regardless of the size of the choice or the impact it may have, it is still a choice. When you have a choice you have some control over the situation which means you have power.

I came across a great quote last week by Steve Davis, “It may not be your fault for being down, but it is your fault for not getting up.” Realize the power you have in your choices and take control. Choose your mood, choose to move forward, choose something better for yourself.

 

The 1st of Many

August 22, 2012

Live todayHello! I hope this post finds you well. I’ve had this blog for almost a year, and I have finally decided to bite the bullet and start posting.

What can you expect?
Lots of inspirational messages that should motivated you and challenge your thinking
Recipes, supplement info, and things to improve your general well-being
Updates on mental health information, news and miscellaneous information

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts!

Kama Hiner, LPC

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