Theraspace

Welcome to Theraspace! A blog run by Samantha Wall, a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) who provides individual therapy for children and adults with a focus on PTSD, anxiety and depression. Every two weeks Samantha will supply new mental health information and and answer any questions you may have. Want Samantha to cover a topic? Email us at [email protected]

Mental Health Check-Ins

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW Edited by Joe DeNoon Photo Credit: https://www.lifewire.com/balance-design-principle-3470048   To begin, here is a quick, but insightful video I found that introduces the topic of mental health check-ins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHZTjd3gMpg  Our mental health is such an important factor of our daily lives. If we are struggling mentally, usually many other aspects of … Continue reading “Mental Health Check-Ins”

Gratitude: Why It’s Hard and Why It’s Helpful

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW photo credit: https://leadchangegroup.com/daily-gratitude/   What does it really mean to use gratitude? Gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness” (Oxford English Dictionary). There has been a ton of research done about gratitude and how it is beneficial for your mental health. … Continue reading “Gratitude: Why It’s Hard and Why It’s Helpful”

Vicarious Trauma

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW Vicarious Trauma: What is it? How can we combat vicarious trauma in nursing?  Vicarious Trauma is a big phrase that has a lot of implications. First, I want to talk about what vicarious trauma is not. Vicarious trauma is not the same as burnout. Burnout typically builds over time and … Continue reading “Vicarious Trauma”

Mental Health Days

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW You may have heard the term before, but what exactly are mental health days? Mental health days are: “a day that an employee takes off from work in order to relieve stress or renew vitality”. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mental%20health%20day) Importantly, you do not need to have a diagnosed mental health condition to take … Continue reading “Mental Health Days”

High Stress Jobs and Mental Health

Image: https://dailynurse.com/nurses-are-in-dire-need-of-better-mental-health-care/ Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW Nursing is a high stress job. Statistics show that nurses are more likely to experience depression and anxiety than other professions. Why is that? There are many reasons why high stress leads to anxiety and depression, and I feel it is important to talk about the WHY, so … Continue reading “High Stress Jobs and Mental Health”

Boundaries You Can Set at Work

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW When we talk about boundaries and how to set them, it’s also important to discuss what work boundaries are helpful to set. Every person has their own needs and emotions, so individual work boundaries will look different for everyone, but there are boundaries that everyone can set to decrease work … Continue reading “Boundaries You Can Set at Work”