Medical Articles

16 03, 2023

Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse and Molestation


From Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Assault Child sexual abuse and molestation come with serious long-term effects. Child abuse is known to cause serious harm to a victim’s lifelong mental and emotional health. These consequences can create a domino effect, rippling outward to affect a victim’s relationships, physical health, educational success, earning ability, and quality of life. The CDC estimates that 91% of childhood sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone the child knows. Children often do not report sexual abuse. Sometimes, this is out of fear or shame. However, not all child sexual abuse happens in the same way. [...]

Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse and Molestation2023-03-16T12:03:35-06:00
17 02, 2023

Burnout: Tips for Coping When You Can’t Just Quit


Once burnout sets in, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You may feel emotionally exhausted and full of dread; you may feel hopeless, with no motivation or energy to keep going, says Cassandra Aasmundsen-Fry, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with Mindwell Modern Psychology and Therapy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Though official definitions of burnout specify that burnout is the result of work-related stress, many experts think that definition is too limited. “I have absolutely seen burnout apply to other areas,” says Holly Schiff, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with Jewish Family Services of Greenwich [...]

Burnout: Tips for Coping When You Can’t Just Quit2023-02-17T14:57:39-07:00
10 01, 2023

A Psychologist Explains Why New Habits Work Better Than New Year’s Resolutions


Every New Year brings with it a host of resolutions that we plan to implement to make ourselves better people. But we all know how hard it is to keep up with these resolutions. Many of us give up on them within a few weeks. Why? It often has to do with misplaced energy. While we may have the right idea about what we want to improve, it is the “how are we going to achieve it” piece that is lacking. Fortunately, science can teach us how to achieve lasting behavioral changes – and it starts by tapping [...]

A Psychologist Explains Why New Habits Work Better Than New Year’s Resolutions2023-01-10T15:38:34-07:00
12 12, 2022

Skiing Ecotherapy with Dr. Miller (and Snowshoeing too!)


Dr. Shawn Miller, inspired by his lifelong love of skiing, has created an individualized and integrative holistic process which combines elements of western psychology and applies it in a natural setting played out on the ski slopes of Utah. Participants will engage in a 3-part personal growth process: Assess and Plan (Materials will be emailed to you) 1-hour Individual Session (in person or Telehealth) 3-hour on Snow Experience (at a pre-determined location in the Northern Wasatch Range) By engaging in this process, participants will expand their conscious level of awareness to assist them in improving their general wellness [...]

Skiing Ecotherapy with Dr. Miller (and Snowshoeing too!)2022-12-12T17:37:28-07:00
12 11, 2022

Grieving During the Holidays


Are you grieving a loss this holiday season? These 5 tips might help Taking each day minute by minute, and being gentle with yourself are important. The holidays are about coming together, spending time with family and tradition. Or at least, that’s the message we hear as the days grow darker and the most wonderful (stressful) time of the year rolls around. “Holidays tend to revolve around a lot of cheer and a lot of happiness,” said Laura Bradbury, a project coordinator for Caring Connections, a program to support people in grief, and managed by the University of Utah [...]

Grieving During the Holidays2022-11-12T14:05:01-07:00
23 10, 2022

How to Talk to Kids About Anxiety


These five tips can help us learn to communicate better with anxious kids. KEY POINTS Adults can help children address their anxiety by validating their worries and helping them face their fears directly. Learning to sit with anxiety and manage those feelings can help children cope. Developing an imaginative conceptualization of their anxiety can help children name and tame their worries. Have you ever wondered if your child has anxiety? Or noticed their anxiety increasing since the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, then you’re noticing what the data already bears out. But while a licensed mental health professional will be able [...]

How to Talk to Kids About Anxiety2022-10-23T11:59:59-06:00
7 09, 2022

How Nature Nurtures the Brain


A new study investigates how a walk outdoors has positive effects on the brain. Life in a large city can be incredibly stressful. Psychological research has shown that people who live in cities may have an increased risk for depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia compared to people living in more rural areas. In contrast, many people perceive hiking and spending time in nature as stress-relieving and calming. What has been largely unclear so far, however, is the question of how specifically spending time in nature affects our brain function to reduce stress. The positive effects of nature on mental well-being A new [...]

How Nature Nurtures the Brain2022-09-07T16:48:33-06:00
2 08, 2022

Solstice Welcomes Justin Martel!


Solstice is excited to announce the addition of Justin Martel to the clinical team! Justin is delighted to be joining Solstice as a clinical intern as he completes the final year of his PhD from the University of Florida. Justin comes to Solstice with 4 years of experience working with various clinical populations in counseling and sport psychology settings. As a doctoral fellow, he researched the interface of mental health and sports psychology services of student-athletes. These topics are both professionally and personally close to his heart as a former Division I athlete and amateur golfer. He finds [...]

Solstice Welcomes Justin Martel!2022-08-02T10:41:51-06:00
17 07, 2022

The Lifeline and 988 Crisis Line


988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. [...]

The Lifeline and 988 Crisis Line2022-07-17T17:24:42-06:00
6 04, 2022

Our Changing Normals


The desire to get back to normal can prevent us from accepting the new normal. People often come to talk therapy for help dealing with a major change in their lives. In fact, I would say dealing with change is one of the most common situations that create issues for people to address in therapy. It could be a change in a relationship, a change within their family, or a change regarding work. It could be caused by something internal and specific to the client, or it could be something external and universal. The clients I see have much in [...]

Our Changing Normals2022-04-06T17:27:47-06:00