Mental Health Masters: "Stop Negative Self-Story" with Laura Rhodes-Levin

Mental Health Masters: Stop Negative Self-Story with Laura Rhodes-Levin

Stop the negative self-story. Sometimes I find myself saying things so that if a friend tells me, I'll probably throw them out of my house. I have learned to be much nicer to myself. I am looking for supportive, compassionate and compelling thoughts, not decisive, cruel and perfectionist thoughts. For my series […]

Stop the negative self-story. Sometimes I find myself saying things so that if a friend tells me, I'll probably throw them out of my house. I have learned to be much nicer to myself. I am looking for supportive, compassionate and compelling thoughts, not decisive, cruel and perfectionist thoughts.

For my series of strong female leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Rhodes-Levin from LMFT. Laura is a licensed therapist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. She has a master's degree in counseling and is known for her unique approach to understanding anxiety and anxiety disorders. In addition, Laura is the founder of the Missing Peace Center, a facility that offers a variety of options including psychotherapy, neurofeeback, art therapy, olfactory reduction, group therapy, exercise and more to help relieve the nervous system and the brain, body,

Thank you very much for joining us! Can you tell us the "back story" of what led you to this particular career path?

It's a pretty long history, but in short, it's a career on the other side of my life. I actually became sober in the late 1930s and found myself on a spiritual path. I could never have imagined that. My first career as a talent agent didn't have much spirituality. I started teaching meditation in various sober living quarters and interacting with clients, many of whom told me, "I want you to be my real therapist." So I thought to myself, "why not?" I went back to school in my 40s to get a master's degree and graduated as a drug treatment manager and therapist. Another skill I could never have imagined. But my profession has always been anxiety, I actually had a heart attack in the late 1930s, and it turns out that my dream was to open a clinic where I could help people deal with anxiety, depression, and trauma to achieve inner peace backed by drugs and alcohol. could never offer it.

According to a report by Mental Health America, more than 44 million Americans have a mental health condition. But there is still stigma about mental illness. Can you share some of the reasons you think this is the case?

The field of psychology is only decades old, but our psyche has been with us for thousands of years. If a person has a physical illness, it seems to be more tangible. Feelings and emotions can be illusions. Doesn't the term mean mentally healthy? What does it mean? I believe that we are still learning that mental illness can take the form of many symptoms - depression or anxiety, alcoholism, rage or the most subtle form of mania, to name a few. Research into the brain and brain chemistry is relatively new to us. Understanding the working principles of neurotransmitters and the brain is an emerging science. For example, things like depression, anxiety, or alcoholism have been considered for years to be something we "should be able to control ourselves," so we are ashamed or guilty about our mental health symptoms, often leaving us to hide and hide. those who care and / or our surrounding society.

Can you tell our readers how you help stigmatize your focus on improving mental health?

In many cases, mental illness is caused by a malfunction of normal functioning. Take anxiety, for example. Anxiety is not what is wrong with us, but what is right with us. Anxiety is a vital struggle or flight reaction in our body that helps us stay alive. Anxiety works hard. I like to tell my clients that “imagine that a toddler is playing with his friends in the meadow and a lion is eating one of them. It should stay in your brain, so the next time you see a lion, it runs. But if you meet a lot of "lions" in the courts, everyone will affect your flight or combat system. Finally you hear the bushes roaring and running. It could have been a rabbit, it could have been the wind. ” The truth is that we are just animals. Animals with frontal cortex. The frontal cortex is an egomaniac and he "thinks" that he may think it is just a way out. It is very difficult to think of a way out of the feeling. It's like scratching your head to make your foot itch. The thinking part of your brain and the perceptible part of your brain are located in different areas. I tried to encourage people to "understand" quite literally, not figuratively. Listen to things that help you feel good, smell things that make you feel calm, look for things that help you feel calm. In places like Hawaii, it is very difficult to be tense because your minds are taking over and your worries seem to magically go away. In other words, no more thinking, we feel.

Was there a story behind why you decided to launch this initiative?

I remember suffering from anxiety from a young age. My sister slept across the room from me and I was worried there was a bear in my closet. Who knows why I was born so anxious? All my life I suffered from anxiety attacks. I even had a heart attack, which was explained by doctors at the unexplained age of 37. My clinic 's name is Missing Peace - Anxiety Center. Having struggled all my life, I never found a place where I could be specifically addressed

my anxiety. Throughout the trial and error, I feel that I have finally found a combination of ways and a recipe for peace that I am immensely happy to share with others. The truth is that I also study for my clients every day and try to add their knowledge to the curriculum. I once thought that working with the brain and helping people with anxiety disorders is my dream come true, but it is.

I am so grateful for my trip and for helping others find the ability and enjoyment of responsibility. Corny… but true. A typical dream, yes?

What should your experience do a) individuals b) society and c) government to better support people with mental illness?

I think the greatest contribution we can all make to mental illness is to be understanding and supporting something that may not make sense to us, or something we have never experienced. When a depressed person is told to just go out and do something they like, it's like telling a brunette to grow her hair blonde. Each of us has experienced mental illness to some degree. Preventive and preventive health care is important to us all. Mental illness is the cause of so many physical symptoms that lead us to physical illness. Stress, migraine, heart attack, stroke, obesity, addiction. People, society and government really need to understand how much mental health affects physical health. If we did, we could save a lot of time, money and lives.

What 6 strategies do you use to promote your well-being and mental well-being? Can you please give both a story or an example?

Self-care. This is a term that has probably been used too much, but unfortunately underused. We have become human activities instead of human beings, so how can well-being be? I notice it in myself. When I take a day to relax and just be, I have to accept that I have to justify myself by saying things like “I stayed home today and relaxed, but I got a bunch of work done and I did the laundry…” As if there was some shame in just being. Just don't.

Come to your liking. I mentioned it earlier. Soothe yourself with essential oils, enjoyable music, stand out visually, hold something comforting in your hands, taste something yummy.

Stop the negative self-story. Sometimes I find myself saying things so that if a friend tells me, I'll probably throw them out of my house. I have learned to be much nicer to myself. I am looking for supportive, compassionate and compelling thoughts, not decisive, cruel and perfectionist thoughts.

Set healthy boundaries. Setting boundaries doesn't make you angry, it makes you a healthy man. Often we are so worried that we make others uncomfortable to sacrifice their happiness, please others. There is a big difference between selfishness and self-love, but they are easy to confuse. It is just as important to do things for yourself as it is to do them for others. If you think of a fountain, it must return. If it only gives and never fills, it runs empty and eventually runs dry. But if it only performs and never lets stand and mold. Therefore, it is important to give and take. Healthy boundaries create the basis for healthy relationships.

Find the joy of small things. We’ve all heard the phrase stop and smell of roses, but they don’t just talk about roses! Most of life is made up of little things like the taste of toothpaste, mint, or how beautiful the moon shines when the sky is big. Big life events, holidays, long-awaited holidays can be full of expectations and can sometimes be disappointing, but they are sometimes few. Little things are all around us all the time, so when we enjoy the little things we encounter, it's much easier to access them.

Be yourself. Don't worry so much that you like everything. You probably don't like everything either. There is nothing wrong with that. But if you pretend to be something that you are not, you are not in the company of people who rejoice in who you are.

What are your favorite books, podcasts, or resources that inspire you to be a master of mental health?

One of my favorite books is The Four Covenants, it's not so much that it reads great, but I can apply those covenants to any dilemma in my life, and it's all getting better. They are wonderful.

I mentioned earlier that I was sober several years ago. These 12 steps are truly transformative. I actually did my dissertation on 12 steps to general well-being. If I could buy a 12-step program for the whole world, I would! It is a shame that someone has to hit a steep bottom to use this design for a living that works with being rough.

Also everything that makes me laugh. Laughter is one of the best paths to well-being I can think of!
Thank you for your insights! It was so inspiring!
I am a Sunny Florida based entrepreneur, journalist, publicist and event producer.

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