Unmasking Emotions with Aromatherapy

Unmasking Emotions with Aromatherapy Have you ever found yourself trying to process an upsetting situation? But the situation had already caused an upsurge of emotions.  And the logic, by which you hoped to confront the particular situation, seemed to disappear beneath the weight of the now overwhelming emotional presence.  There is a scientific re...

Finding Joy in the Simple Things

Finding Joy in the Simple Things During Challenging Times I had hopes for my future. It’s what we do as human beings. We hope. But like many, my hopes changed direction. Away from one of my greatest desires. And I learned at the end of the day, the way in which we show up in life can either make us better or bitter. I chose to be better. In life, i...

The Effects of Addiction and Hope for Healing

The Effects of Addiction and Hope for Healing It is often easier for you to see addictions in other people, than it is to see them in yourself.  This is because  the process of becoming addicted happens gradually .  By the time an addiction is obvious to other people, the parts of your brain that reason with logic and a clear thinking has atrophied...

Choosing Hope-Based Thinking to Combat the Neurological Impact of Stress

Choosing Hope-Based Thinking  to Combat the Neurological Impact of Stress These days, you likely find yourself stressing more than usual over the uncertainties of the future.  Uncertainties that threaten the expectations you’ve created for yourself, your family, and your career. For years, you imagined an ideal version of your life. And you worked ...

Essential Oils and Emotions

Essential Oils and Emotions Feeling emotional? That’s not always a bad thing! There are plenty of good emotions we experience that together give us a happy and healthy life. And yet there are also those tough emotions we experience that make it difficult. We tend to find ways of coping that can sometimes be unhealthy. We might seek comfort in shopp...

Understanding ADHD Symptoms

Understanding ADHD Symptoms Danielle Daniel Doctorate Research Paper      Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders in children today (Vargo 2015). “The essential feature of attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-...

Magnolia Flower Restores Self Love...

Magnolia Flower Restores Self Love...  Is that Even Science? Have you heard how certain essential oils could inspire, uplift, and ground you? Have you thought to yourself...that is simply nonsense!? How could the physical use of something provide emotional and spiritual support! I know this is something I have thought to myself in the past. So when...

Complex Trauma

An Introduction to Complex Trauma Trauma is not a psychological effect to be taken lightly.  It can leave one feeling vulnerable, mistrusting, and even disoriented in their own identity, causing a myriad of emotional effects in their life. Trauma can be described as a psychological effect caused by deeply distressing or disturbing incidents in one’...

The Effects of Pornography

Pornography Addiction and the Co-occurring Effects   Danielle Daniel California Southern University June 2018       With a multi-billion dollar industry, and over 20 million websites (Harper & Hodgins 2016), pornography impacts an estimated of 66% of men and 41% of women in the United States (Kuhn & Gallinat 2014) and has been found to have signifi...

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...