Let Me Introduce Myself
Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Kelly Vincent and I am a Registered Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Abby Holland at Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute in Lafayette, California. What is a Registered Psychological Assistant you may ask? Well, it means that I have both my masters and doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, and working towards obtaining my final clinical hours to sit for my licensing exam. To learn more about me, check out the About page.
A Therapist Blogger?!?
Now you may be asking yourself, why would a therapist have a blog?? Well, I thought to myself, why would I not have a blog?! We are living in a digital world where communication is predominately through our phones, computers, and specifically social media. I am also very aware how little we as a society talk about mental health. Educating the masses about mental health and battling the stigma of mental illness is a massive mission. Think about this..."despite the fact that the success rate for treatment of mental illness is as high as 80 percent in certain disorders, many people will avoid seeking help for fear of being labeled as “crazy.” They worry about the negative impact that seeking treatment and receiving a diagnosis will have upon their ability to find work, housing, and social acceptance... (DeMoss, 2015)." This is just not o.k. We are human beings that experience many struggles throughout life, and this does not mean we are "crazy." Change is needed and change is absolutely necessary.
In addition to my clinical work, I feel drawn to advocate for mental health acceptance and awareness. Essentially to help make mental health as normal as anything else we do. People would never tell their friend, "Hey, I will catch up with you later, I am headed to therapy!" The norm is that people either never admit they are in therapy or simply deny they need therapy. Guess what, we all need a little therapy from time to time. We are human beings with real life struggles that at times can become bigger than our ability to manage it. However, I am definitely not here to say everyone should be in therapy, though it could be helpful. What I am really here to say, is that we should be talking more about it. It should be a norm. Just like going to the gym, doctor, salon, and dentist. Our view of mental health needs to change, and I am hoping with this blog I can provide alternative perspectives, encouragement, and resources. IT. IS. NORMAL to need support from time to time. Let's say it all together, IT. IS. NORMAL. Getting a little support for your heart and your mind is a gift that keeps on giving. Learning, growing, processing, and understanding yourself better leads to positive emotions, better relationships, and a more fulfilling life.
Let's Look at the Research
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.--43.8 million, or 18.5%-- experiences mental illness in a given year (National Alliance on Mental Health, 2015)
- Five million to six million Americans receive psychotherapy for depression each year, and many of them also take antidepressant drugs. Engaging in a course of well-tested psychotherapy, according to a new analysis, gives individuals an added 20 percent chance of achieving a lasting recovery (Carey, 2015)
- A growing body of evidence suggests that talk therapy not only has significant and lasting effects on mental health, but that these changes can actually be measured in the brain (Walton, 2017)
My goal is to provide information regarding mental health, along with resources, empirically supported research, coping skills to manage stress and anxiety, encouragement, and support. The content of this blog will be a combination of my clinical training, my academic knowledge, research, and outside experts. If you have a specific topic that would be helpful to explore or discuss, let me know!
Let's spread the word #MyMindMatters!
::: Disclaimer: Please note, the information offered on this website/blog is not, nor is it intended to be, therapy or psychological advice, nor does it constitute a client/therapist relationship. Please consult a mental health provider for individual support regarding your own personal health or well-being or call 1-800-950-NAMI for resources and support. :::