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      by: Rebecca Ray Since the start of the pandemic, more adults are experiencing depression and anxiety symptoms while sleeping. Sleep deprivation worsens anxiety and depression, and this vicious cycle of little sleep, worry, and sadness perpetuate our loneliness and isolation. Anxiety Symptoms Adults juggle working from home during an uncertain financial time, sometimes late into the night. Some...[ read more ]

5 New Habits that Can Help Calm Anxiety Now

by: KRISTEN SULEMAN With all of the fast-paced changes we are collectively experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder that many of us are noticing a rise in our anxiety levels. Our day-to-day lives have been significantly disrupted, and social distancing efforts can leave many of us feeling isolated. Let’s review a few ideas on how you can...[ read more ]

“We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” – LORI DESCHENE Cheat Sheet for Affirmations

    When you think about who you are, what do you say? Is it harder to come up with positive things about yourself than things you wish were different about you? If you tend to focus on the stuff you wish were different such as “I wish I was skinnier” or “I wish I had more money” etc., you are...[ read more ]

The Importance of Self-Care: 9 ways to have a Mindful Morning

Self -care is essential during this time. I believe that in order to balance out your day, and your life, you must look after yourself first. It seems as if, you do not take the time to find your self-care needs as a first priority, It leads to stress, anxiety, and many other internal issues. These scenarios can set our day...[ read more ]

Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19

By Rubina Kapil  When our world changes quickly and suddenly because of things like COVID-19, it is common to experience changes in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Feelings of anxiety, fear, or worry are typical in stressful situations. Typical reactions include: Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, frustrated or angry, worried or anxious Feeling restless, agitated, on ‘high alert’ or unable to...[ read more ]

5 Strategies for Coping With Anxiety During the Pandemic

Beth Kurland, Ph.D., Practical tips to try when you are anxious. I’ve been up in the middle of the night a lot lately. It’s given me the opportunity to work with my own anxiety and reflect on some of the things that can be most helpful at a time like this, with so many people struggling in personal and collective...[ read more ]

It’s OK Not to Feel Grateful Right Now

If you can't access gratitude right now, that's ok. Feel what you feel. There is a lot of pressure to feel grateful for health and well-being during this COVID-19 crisis. After all, so many others are in terrible pain. And while gratitude can increase a person’s level of satisfaction, help them see beyond the crisis, and train the mind to...[ read more ]

Letitia Browne-James: Black Lives Matter and Mental Health: ” A Call for Healing, Advocacy, Allies, and Social Justice”

Dr. Letitia Browne-James is the Founder and Owner of Victorious Living Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She is a Board Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL), Qualified Clinical Supervisor (FL), and Florida Behavioral Health Case Manager Supervisor with over ten years of experience working with adults, children, families, and couples in many clinical settings as a counselor and administrator. She...[ read more ]

Seneca Williams with guest Jaekilla Walls: Reinventing and Discovering Your New Career with Passion “5 Tips for a Fulfilling Career Makeover”

On our Latest Bringing Intimacy Back show, we had guests, Seneca Williams, LMHC is an online therapist and international professional coach, with an online practice established in 2015. As a mental health advocate, she volunteers her time to various mental health causes. She also speaks and writes, to promote mental health wellness for professionals and entrepreneurs. I the show, Seneca expressed...[ read more ]

Peace and Meaning: Dr. David Hall

  On our Latest Bringing Intimacy Back show, we had guests, Dr. David Hall. Dr. David Hall is a Registered Mental Health counselor that provides services to individual, group, and couples therapy. Dr. Hall also integrates faith as an important component of care. One of Dr. Hall’s most important passion is Faith-based counseling or called Transformational Prayer. During the podcast,...[ read more ]

Intimate Connections June Newsletter: I Think It’s About Time For Some LOVE In The Air…Do You?

Collective Grief During COVID-19: Dr.Kiley Hanish

  On our Latest Bringing Intimacy Back show, we had guests, Dr. Kiley Hanish. Kiley Krekorian Hanish, OTD, OTR/L is a bereaved mother, doctor of occupational therapy, and founder of Return to Zero: H.O.P.E. Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the Emmy-nominated film Return to Zero, starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein. Based on their personal experience of...[ read more ]

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Featuring Intimate Connections by Dr. April Newsletter May 2020

How to Help Teens Handle the Loss of Proms and Graduations

      by; Christine Carter, Ph.D., Like many young people around the world, this is a kid who has weathered some deep disappointments in the last month. She was studying at an art school, a once-in-a-lifetime semester program, when COVID-19 hit. Classes aren’t the same when you don’t have the materials, studio, and equipment you need for printmaking, sculpture,...[ read more ]

How to Cope with Bereavement During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      By: Jason Spendelow Ph.D. Grieving the loss of a loved one may be especially challenging right now. Bereavement is a painful, stressful, and difficult journey at the best of times. But grieving the loss of a loved one may be especially challenging during the  COVID-19 pandemic. Why Does the Pandemic Create Additional Strain for the Bereaved? We...[ read more ]

Thinking through some curious aspects of online appointments

  The pandemic, of course, changed all that, and seemingly everyone involved in the delivery of mental health care suddenly was pushed to use this technology…or else.  To help, states have been rushing to modify existing laws and regulations in an effort to make the service available to as many people as possible during this increased time of need. Now...[ read more ]

ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE COUNSELING

        By: Michele Qunitin, LCSW COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. Social distancing and staying home have become our new norm for now, and with that said, options are available to us virtually to still speak to a qualified therapist. You’ve heard about online counseling (sometimes called ​teletherapy​) and you’re curious if it might work for...[ read more ]

The new world of virtual Therapy

      Like many of you, I’ve suddenly found myself working from home.  Stress levels are high as we contend with our new normal.  The safety of seeing clients in my medical office building is abruptly and unexpectedly filled with uncertainly.  Suddenly doorknobs, hands extended in greeting, elevator call buttons, even the air around us are met with suspicion.  Standing...[ read more ]

Quarantine Quandaries: How to Beat the Hum Drum of Isolation

By Jessica Koblenz, PsyD In recent months we have been introduced to COVID-19, a virus, which has thousands of people across the globe, exposed with symptoms and many others fearing exposure and risk. There are widespread recommendations for social distancing, with thousands in quarantine and considerably more being advised to work from home. For many industries, this reflects a drastic change...[ read more ]

Let’s Prevent the spread of COVID-19

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. That’s why the Red Cross is highlighting some everyday steps...[ read more ]

How to Cope with Anxiety from the Coronavirus

  Our anxiety increases when we are confronted with threats to our health. The coronavirus constitutes such a threat. In this article, I present steps to help you cope with the increased anxiety stemming from the coronavirus. 1. Understand Your Odds We often experience spikes in anxiety when we believe that a threat is imminent and unavoidable. Considering the extensive...[ read more ]

How to Have Fun and Grow Closer on Your Couples Vacation

  Vacations are great. They help us relax, de-stress, engage in pleasurable activities and enjoy each other.   Studies show that vacations are generally good for your health and wellbeing. Going on vacation with your significant other can indeed help you get to know each other better, make new joint memories, and try new things together – all beneficial for...[ read more ]

More than us: How marriage can draw you closer to God

Written by Amy Van Veen From the thrill of wedding anticipation to settling into the roles of husband and wife, it can be easy to forget that marriage is about far more than just two people. What if the marriage wasn’t seen as an end in and of itself? What if it was seen as a means of drawing closer to...[ read more ]

Signs of a Mental Health Crisis

A mental health crisis can display in a variety of ways. There is no one indicator that a person is experiencing a mental health emergency, but here some signs to look for. The person may be: Unable to complete daily tasks like getting dressed, brushing teeth, bathing, etc. Verbally saying, writing or insinuating that they’d like to kill themselves and/or...[ read more ]

Most Common Reasons for Seeking Help from a Therapist or Counselor

  Contrary to the myth that only “crazy people” seek help from a therapist, many individuals and families have discovered the value of working with a mental health professional for various personal and social issues that are causing them severe distress. The following is a list of some of the most common reasons individuals seek help from a therapist or...[ read more ]

Trauma: There are people who care…

How Trauma Affects The Brain There are many reasons that trauma hurts us. One thing you may not know is that trauma physically changes our brains. When you experience a traumatic event, your mind changes. Areas of your brain that once worked in a particular way change based on hyperarousal due to trauma. For example, the amygdala gets over-activated after...[ read more ]

How The Love Of Music Improves Your Mental Health?

  It has been generally accepted that both listening to and creating music can have various positive effects on mood and mental health. Incorporating music into your everyday life can help to: elevate your mood and motivation aid relaxation increase the efficiency of your brain processing. Ways to use music for mental health So, we have learned that music is...[ read more ]

5 ESSENTIAL OILS THAT MAY IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH

  Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment method that has been used for emotional and physical ailments since ancient times.  Essential oils derived from plants are either inhaled or absorbed through the skin to promote mental well-being and ease physical discomfort.  Today, this method is not always recognized as a valid form of treatment in the medical community, but this is...[ read more ]

Supporting a Partner With Depression

  Depression may look different from person to person, but at its core, the illness often causes people to feel lonely, inadequate and misunderstood. One of the most prevalent symptoms of depression is a feeling of isolation. At times, people with depression may isolate because they don’t want to inflict their pain on the people they love; other times, it’s...[ read more ]

How to make it work when your partner is always travelling …

Don’t romanticize your spouse’s life If you’ve never traveled for work, it might seem like a pretty sweet gig: All expenses paid in upscale restaurants; clean, cozy hotel rooms; no carpools, sibling rivalry or dishes to deal with. But for the most part, work travel is, well, work. There’s almost never time to explore and enjoy the city like you...[ read more ]

How Art Therapy Is Used to Help People Heal

Art therapy integrates psycho-therapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and well-being. The American Art Therapy Association characterizes art therapy as an approach to mental health that utilizes the process of creating art to improve mental, physical, and emotional wellness. The goal of art therapy is to utilize the creative process to help people explore self-expression and,...[ read more ]

Coping With Stress at Work

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming — and harmful...[ read more ]

18 Strategies To Improve Communication

  1. Create your own marriage or relationship rules. People don’t always know how to start this process, but they really like this idea! They find it to be eye-opening, beneficial and helps create a conversation about their relationship. 2. Before you get into any discussion, determine the emotional mood you are in and then communicate that to the other...[ read more ]

Pushing Through The Hard Times….

Pushing through the hard

Pushing Through The Hard Times…. Every married couple experiences their share of pain, disconnection, betrayal, and extraordinary stress. Some discover that if they will push through together and not make enemies of each other in the process, the beauty they experience on the other side far surpasses anything they could have imagined for themselves. If you’re in a tough season,...[ read more ]

Financial Intimacy

  Financial Intimacy  101 Money is not a four-letter word.  Then why do some couples fight about it or even refuse to discuss it all together? You may have heard the statistic that money is the #1 cause of divorce, but that's only partly true.  Whether you have it or not isn't the root of the problem, it is typically...[ read more ]

3 Tips on How to Prepare for Couples Counseling

How to Prepare for Couples Counseling

Therapists are often asked by couples how to best prepare for couples counseling. It’s a typical question, but the answer will vary depending on the couple. Good couples therapy offers a variety of skills for each individual to be the best version of themselves so that they can help the relationship be the best version of itself. Couples therapy will...[ read more ]

Hidden Intimacy

  Hidden Intimacy    Technology shoulders a lot of the blame when it comes to losing the intimate connections in our relationships, and for good reason.  What if we turned the tables? What if we could open the doors to the best intimate connection we have ever had with our partner? What if we could capture true, authentic intimacy through...a...[ read more ]

Emotional Intimacy – 5 Tips to Grow Intimacy in Your Relationship

    Emotional Intimacy seems  simple and straight forward, but can be  surprisingly elusive.  Emotional intimacy can vary greatly from couple to couple, person to person and from one time to another. Emotional intimacy is the perception of closeness.  Emotionally intimate couples have a shared expectation of understanding, affirmation and sharing of personal feelings and bonding. Emotional intimacy can set...[ read more ]

Crisis Intimacy

Crisis Intimacy.   Two words that almost don't seem like they belong in the same thought, but surprisingly crisis can bring us more intimacy than ever before.  Crisis happens to some degree at some point in all of our lives.  It is up to us to harness this time as a tool to strengthen our intimacy or to let it fall...[ read more ]

Creative Intimacy

  Creative intimacy is a relaxing, passive way to bring couples together. Sharing activities that bring us joy, stimulate the mind and spirit and help keep stress under control have immeasurable benefits for couples.     Some immediate health benefits of being creative are: Boosts mood Boosts brain function Increases immune health and defense   Creative intimacy doesn’t have to be...[ read more ]

Conflict Intimacy

  Yes, sometimes we disagree, even argue.  We have more conflict with those we are closest to because we share so much of ourselves and our lives with those we love most. Conflict is inevitable, but it doesn’t always have to bring distance in a relationship. When used as a tool to explore our differences, conflict can work to bring...[ read more ]

Communication Intimacy

  Today’s topic is abundant and far reaching.  Communication leads to deeper intimacy.  Intimacy leads to better communication.  Communication IS intimacy and intimacy IS communication. People connect through talking and keeping the communication channels open brings an abundance of intimacy into our relationships.  Be it with friends, family, or your partner. Some things to consider when sharpening your communication skills:...[ read more ]

Tuesday Tip: Aesthetic Intimacy

  Join us as we start our fall series “Bringing Basics Back”.  This series will have a new Tuesday Tip every week with simple ways to open the door to intimacy  every day.  Aesthetic Intimacy   For our first step in “Bringing Basics Back” we take a look at aesthetic intimacy.  Sharing experiences of beauty can relax and calm the...[ read more ]

The Importance of Self-Intimacy

Have you noticed a real lack of connection in any of your relationships? This lack of connection can be family, friends, or a loved one. Although you may feel this lack of connection one thing is for sure, you are not alone. For most of us our problems or lack of connection with other people comes from a lack of...[ read more ]

Forgiveness Intimacy

Forgiveness Intimacy “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”—Mahatma Gandhi All couples eventually experience times of conflict, hurt, and letting each other down. Sometimes the offense is as minor as forgetting a date or failing to run an errand. For some couples, the offense might involve a major betrayal such as infidelity, addiction, or abuse....[ read more ]

Conflict Intimacy

What Is Conflict Intimacy? Conflict Intimacy is focused on facing and understanding the differences couples may have, and being able to respect those differences. Conflict resolution is a skill that couples must learn in order to maintain conflict intimacy. All couples eventually experience times of conflict, hurt, and letting each other down. Sometimes the offense is as minor as forgetting a...[ read more ]

Why Spiritual Intimacy Is A Must

Spiritual intimacy is often misunderstood by majority of couples. In relationships couples often have different  religious views and fail to realize that they still can connect spiritually. Spiritual intimacy is not about having identical views on religion, it about connecting to the spirit of your mate. This connection spiritually will overcome the challenges of being in a relationship that couples...[ read more ]

Why More Senior Citizens Are Seeking Relationship Counseling

Contrary to some beliefs senior citizens have the same issues that younger couples face in relationships. Honestly, some issues are only experienced by seniors. In most cases issues cannot be resolved on their own. It can be difficult to be objective without feeling the sting of accusations that often cause couples to be defensive with each other. A practical solution...[ read more ]




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