Let me ask the question to you again... Are you healthy? Mentally? Physically? Spiritually?
Do you exercise regularly? Do you eat a healthy diet based heavily on plants? Are you overweight? Do you seek supervision / therapy / guidance when you need to? Do you do drugs or drink too much? How's your stress level? Do you do nice things for yourself often?
These are some tough questions, but important to note. Believe it or not, we are role models to our clients and others who see us in our professional roles.
When I was just starting graduate school I thought mental health professionals were supposed to be perfect. My professors helped me realize that this was far from the truth. I remember one of them saying how he got very with an employee at the mall while shopping one day.
Therapist are real people, and sometimes we are "too real". I always tried to let my students in graduate school know that I had my own problems, but I did not bring them to work.
I used to say, "Pack two briefcases, one with all your problems, the other with your case notes and work files. Now, leave the briefcase with your problems at home and take the other one to work with you."
However, there are some things we just can't pack away in a briefcase such as being overweight, stressed out, lack of self-care, hangover, etc.
If we are trying to guide others to be healthier we have to be a proper role model, right?!
I want to share some important information with you below that have made me much healthier and happier.
When I start to feel stressed out, exhausted, angry, cranky, (All the negative emotions) I go to my philosopher, physicists, metaphysics, therapist, spiritual healer Tom Campbell. When I listen to Tom I hear all a combination of all the great therapists since Freud, Adler, Jung, Rogers, Yalom, Ellis, etc.
You can view Tom Campbell's Fireside Chats Here:
*Viewer warning: Tom has a different perspective on reality. I find I can fit it into my own religious views, but you may not want to accept all of Tom's discussion. If this is true for you just focus on the philosophy part of his chats. You will truly understand how our own ego's fear gets in the way.Life Challenges & Solutions: The Root of the Problem with Tom Campbell (part 1 of 3)
The next two videos I want to share with you will also change your life. I have cured my heart disease and gone from a semi-vegetarian to a vegan since watching "Forks Over Knives Film". This film has truly changed my physical health for the better!
You can view the full film, "Forks Over Knives" on Netflicks.
Below is the shorter version clip of the film:Forks Over Knives Film (Short Version)
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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