Welcome to Theraspace! A blog run by Samantha Wall, LCSW and Francine Baffa, LCSW. Every two weeks Samantha and Francine will supply new mental health information and answer any questions you may have. Want Samantha and Francine to cover a topic? Email us at [email protected]

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

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW photo credit:   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”. ( 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: 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”

Setting Boundaries

  Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW Setting boundaries can be really hard if you are a helper, a people pleaser, or even just a hard worker.  Personal boundaries are “…limits and rules we set for ourselves within relationships.” ( A person with healthy boundaries can say no to others when they need to or want … Continue reading “Setting Boundaries”

Types of Self-Care

Written by Samantha Wall, LCSW Self-care (as mentioned in a previous blog), is a buzzword, but there can be a lot of misconceptions about what self-care actually entails. Self-care can be viewed as self-indulgent, selfish, or only caring for yourself. This is a big misconception that makes it really hard to actually implement self-care. Self-care … Continue reading “Types of Self-Care”

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