Dr. Nona Owens - Psychologist
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Lessons For the Enabler: A Psychologist Speaks
Medication Or Therapy When Seeking Mental Health Care
After The Holidays And The Drama: Surviving Family Visits
Surviving The Holidays In A Dysfunctional Family
Seeking Therapy: A Psychologist Speaks

Categories

Blessings
Developing Healthy Emotions
Helping Your Child
Overcoming Hardships
Relationships
Seeking Help for Behavior or Emotional Problems
Self Care
Welcome
powered by

My Blog

Developing Healthy Emotions

Lessons For the Enabler: A Psychologist Speaks

.LESSONS FOR THE ENABLER

A PSYCHOLOGIST SPEAKS

For me, as a psychologist, I often gather lessons in strange situations and circumstances.  Some of this often applies to the work I do. 

Each flight starts with the stewardess giving instructions on what to do in case of an emergency.  One point that is always made is what steps should be take in case the oxygen mask needs to be engaged.  Without fail, the instructions always say that the mask should always be placed on you before taking care of someone who might need help with theirs.

Medication Or Therapy When Seeking Mental Health Care

MEDICATION OR THERAPY
WHEN
SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Often, when one thinks of going to see someone for anxiety, depression, or other mental health needs, they are undecided about whether to go for medication or therapy.  In some cases, the answer might be that both is right for them.

In my practice as a psychologist, I have a few people at any one time who do rely on medication and therapy.  For others, only therapy serves to help them on their way to recovery.  The distress one is dealing with often helps in making the decision on which way to go.

After The Holidays And The Drama: Surviving Family Visits

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS
AND THE DRAMA
One thing that I have learned as a psychologist is that in the days following a holiday there will be some who come into session feeling the effects of drama that was played out during family visits.  Old feelings come to the surface, and new problems arise from what is currently going on with those involved.  

Feelings are hurt, anger is rampant, and the progress that was made before starting therapy may not be as evident.  The important thing is to have a place to process feelings that may have come out.

Seeking Therapy: A Psychologist Speaks

SEEKING THERAPY
A Psychologist Speaks



When someone comes into a therapist office for counseling there are many reasons.  Recently, I have had seen several people who made the appointment for individual therapy because of someone else.  

Stress is often caused by those around us.  Sometimes there are direct causes of this that we are responsible for, and that we need to make changes.  It is the mentally stable person who can look at their actions and move forward.  Stress will usually decrease as this is done.

Involved With A Borderline: Now What?


INVOLVED WITH A BORDERLINE:
NOW WHAT?


If you find yourself searching online for a  psychologist or counselor who treats people involved with those who have Borderline Personality Disorder, you are probably like many who have found them self in a similar position.  Whether you are the partner, parent, or child of someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder, you may find yourself online, searching.  That search often starts with trying to find ways to "fix" your Borderline, still trying to take care of them, when, in fact, it is often YOU who should seek therapy.

Negative Messages

NEGATIVE MESSAGES

Their Role In Anxiety




Anxiety is something that each of us experience, some at normal levels, and some at harmful levels.  There are times we can identify the cause, but many times, there are causes that may arise due to many factors, or negative messages. 

Sometimes, it is as simple as being anxious over a grade or whether a certain someone will ask for a date.  We may call that "worry". Those can be transient, and the emotions that go along with it are not long lasting.

Anger Management: Overcoming Anger

ANGER MANAGEMENT:OVERCOMING ANGER



As a practicing psychologist I get calls from people on a regular basis who are dealing with anger.  The calls ask for programs for anger management.  Many make the call because they are forced into therapy by the court or a family member. They often aren't looking at the danger of anger to them.  Yes, it can do harm to the mind and body.

When one is angry they are focusing on feelings toward another person or thing.  They are letting others control their emotions.

Rethinking Insecurity

RETHINKING INSECURITY

As a practicing psychologist in Clinton, Mississippi, I often have people consult with me who are dealing with depression, as well as battling insecurities in their life.  They don't have a good view of what is going on with them, often seeing only the negative.  

Sitting back, looking into their life from a different perspective, I find a pattern.  Often, they are programmed to think this way by others.  Over-critical parents, or those with their own emotional issues can cause this type thinking.

Do You Feel Like Your Life Is Caught In A Hamster Wheel?

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS CAUGHT IN A HAMSTER WHEEL?

THERAPY CAN HELP GET YOU OUT



As a psychologist with a private practice in Clinton, Mississippi, I see people who come in with a variety of problems.  Some of the more common ones are anxiety, depression, or relationship problems.  For many, there seems to be a common theme with the way they handle what is going on in their life.

Have you ever watched a hamster play in one of those little toy wheels?  They run and they run, and the harder they run, the faster they go.

The Shell Around You

            THE SHELL AROUND YOU     

                       Thoughts On The Inner Self


I dare say that a walk on the beach will entice one to stop and admire the shells that wash up with the tide.  We admire the beauty, but don't stop to think of the life that once lived in them.

Now, think of the people around you.  It may be hard to look past the outer "shell" to what is inside.