How to get rid of fleas naturally

How to get rid of fleas in one day without using toxic chemicals in your home! There is no reason to use toxic flea bombs or harsh chemicals in your home and around your pets when something as simple as this can kill fleas naturally. I live in San Diego, where fleas thrive with temperatures never getting too hot or cold here so we constantly have t...

Cat Therapy

Are Cats Good Therapy? A while ago I saw someone's social media name that said Kat Therapy. She was a psychotherapist like me and I was so intrigued that I messaged her and asked "Do you use cats in your therapy practice?" She responded back with a laugh "No, lol". Turns out her name was Kat and she does therapy, hence the name... but I was fascina...

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion Solution I always find it interesting how when we are really struggling with something, there is often an answer that appears on your path. Similar to how when you find poisonous plants in nature, there is usually the antidote not too far away.  Thursdays are the days I set aside for my doctorate  and all morning I could not get mys...

The Body is a Temple Not an Amusement Park

The Body is a Temple Not an Amusement Park Here in San Diego, CA. we have this old rickety roller coaster built in 1925 that sits next to the beach. Every time I ride it, part of the thrill is the scare that it might breakdown. However, there have been many amusement park ride malfunctions we've all hear about in the news that because of their mech...

The Science of Emotions

The Science of Emotions What are emotions for? After World War II, psychology shifted to understanding the impact of negative emotions with the increase of treatment for trauma and other intense battlefield related emotions. This effort was due widely to trying to gain an effective treatment for these negative emotions and at that time it s...

How to Win in Court

HOW TO WIN IN COURT! By Guest Blogger: Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD Expert Witness, Child Custody Evaluator, Therapist “I love to win in court,” there is no greater feeling than conquering the seemingly impossible and feeling like you just climbed Mount Everest, in a suit. “Winning in court” is how I describe a great day in co...

Innate Gift of Motherhood

What does motherhood mean to you? In the dictionary under motherhood it states: H aving or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness  that is obvious or unarguable. Having the qualities or spirit of a mother.  My whole life I have desired to be a mother, and have not yet had the opportunity to do...

Symptoms of Depression in Children

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Symptoms of Depression in Children    How do you know if your child is depressed? Between children, adolescents, adults, males and females, symptoms of depression manifest very differently so it is crucial to be sure you are reading the signs correctly. Typically when we think of depression, we thin...

Feeling Sick? Could it be caused by cleansing?

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Feeling Sick? Could it be caused by cleansing? Have you ever had flu-like symptoms including headache, sweating, chills, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, nausea or other symptoms when you are cleansing or detoxifying the body with healthy measures? This is actually known ...

Nepal 2016 Changing Lives

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Nepal 2016 Humanitarian Trip After 3 days of bucket showers, 100 degree weather, and hauling cement to help build that little school you see behind me, my heart was so full as we loved, served and taught the women in Nepal about their individual worth as a woman, and gave them resources for caring for ...

Essential Oil Diffuser vs. Air Freshener

By Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Toxicity of Air Fresheners in Your Office It is therapy time! What smells are floating around your office? Kind of a weird question, but sometimes offices don't smell great, and what do most people do to "cleanse" the air and freshen up the smell? Yep, they grab a aerosol can spray with hundreds of ...

Be a Therapist-preneur

by Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Be a therapist-preneur You graduate college after many years of studies, exams, and student debt now, and if you are like me, you did a licensure, which is more years, more studies and more exams after your graduate degree. All this education is worth it because it enriches your mind tremendously, but ...

Feel Better in Your Skin

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Feel Better in Your Skin When I look at emotional wellness, I look at it from the holistic perspective. It is not just about talk therapy, or medication, but a huge component is nutritional health and even toxins that we are being exposed to and absorbed into the blood stream from the skin. Is tha...

A Parent's Guide to ADHD

So you are wondering if it is ADHD? ADHD has become an increasing common diagnosis for children in school, especially that of young boys.  I worked for many years as a psychotherapist in the San Diego School District and receiving referrals for kiddos for ADHD was very common. First of all, let's be clear, ADD and ADHD are different. ADD is at...

Selfie Does Not Equal Self-Esteem

Selfie Does Not Equal Self-Esteem As a psychotherapist working with teens and women, the underlying concern that I can always tie to the majority of therapeutic issues was that of a low self-esteem. Developing a positive sense of self-worth and esteem is at the root of ones success and happiness, so if we can understand some of the factors ...

Therapy Degree Thyme

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student So you are considering a degree in mental health services? So you are considering a degree in mental health services? How do you know which degree to pursue when there are so many choices? There are many disciplines, and it is important to find the one that will fit best for what you truly love to do. W...

A Therapist Guide to Aromatherapy

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student A Therapist Guide to Aromatherapy  Whether you are a psychotherapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, dentist, physical therapist, or in any other line of work where you have an office setting to positively influence your clients, diffusing essential oils can be the solution you are looking for.  As I started d...

Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar What are the health benefits of drinking raw apple cider vinegar? It is high in proteins, enzymes, potassium amino acids, antioxidants and friendly bacteria which have various benefits, here are my top five faves: 1. Balance bacteria in the gut 2. Balance blood ...

Sunday Success

 My secret to keeping a successful business running is rooted in my Sunday's. We live in a high paced and driven working society, and I fall right into this category so my secret to avoid burnout, mental overload, and physical exhaustion is to completely detach myself on Sunday's. I don't do my doctorate studies, business calls or communication...

Lavender for use with adopted children

I just heard the most incredible story using essential oils for emotions. This holistic momma I get to work with, adopted her little girl 12 years ago when she was 2 months old. They brought her home while she was sleeping as a baby, and when the little baby woke up, she knew she was in a different home and with a different family, so her mind asso...