Coffee Houses as “The Third Place”

Coffee Houses as “The Third Place”

LEAD Pittsburgh’s Zersha Munir reports on different aspects of coffee houses including community, lifestyle, social interaction, and health, all framed by the concept of “the third place.” Read the article here.Urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg speaks to the importance of public gathering places through his developed concept of “the third place.” His theory states that there are three places in a person’s life: work, home, and the third being a place of leisure outside of these two, where one can go to relax and socialize. Popular examples of “the third place” include parks, community centers, and coffee shops. Continue reading

Walk and Talk Therapy

Walk and Talk Therapy

Walk and talk therapy is a unique approach to the classic therapy style. Instead of talking to a therapist while sitting in an office, walk and talk therapy allows patients to be more active, combining the benefits of exercise with the benefits of therapy. Sessions are conducted outdoors or in an indoor walking facility.

Walk and talk therapy helps patients to relax during therapy, and models and practices good exercise habits. Rewards of maintaining such habits include combating: depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain and other health and mental health conditions.

Read more at: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/09/natural-fit.aspx

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New Guidelines Announced for Teen Depression Screening

New Guidelines Announced for Teen Depression Screening

The US Preventative Services Task Force recently came out with new recommendations which suggest that adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 get routinely screened for depression by their primary care provider. This parallels the measures currently in place for adults. With teen depression affecting so many, these new guidelines are a welcome step in the direction of integrating physical and behavioral health. To read more, see the articles below:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/08/health/teen-depression-screening/index.html

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2016/02/09/Adolescents-should-be-screened-for-depression-too-says-federal-panel/stories/201602090098

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Pack Your Suitcase and Prepare Your Inner Self for the Future

Pack Your Suitcase and Prepare Your Inner Self for the Future

I work with young adults who are busy preparing for high school, college and life.My work focuses on helping people learn how to adapt, how to bounce back, and how to build resilience.  Resilience is adapting in the face of adversity and stress.  It means you can bounce back from difficult experiences.  Everyone finds that there are both challenges and opportunities in life, and you will need to strengthen your resilience, your ability to adjust and bounce back, so that you will be ready to respond effectively to your challenges and opportunities. Continue reading