Category: <span>Resources</span>

Expressing Feelings Clearly.

Sometimes it’s hard to explain how we feel because we don’t know how to put our feelings into words.

I want to share this list of feelings with you in order for you to reference when trying to identify how you’re feeling.

Notice how our feelings are not so black and white. Instead, there are layers to our feelings. Keep this reference in a place you can easily go back to and next time you’re lost for the right expression of how you feel, look on this list for the most accurate feeling.

Remember, your health and wellbeing is your job. Take control of your mental health by educating yourself and putting these things into practice.

About the Author.
Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, adults and Spanish-speaking families in the Lehigh Valley, PA.

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Affordable ways to get Psychotherapy or Counseling.

Price should not be a barrier when you’re struggling with mental health symptoms. But the reality is that for many people price is a barrier.

If you don’t have health insurance or a high deductible plan, it may seem like help is unreachable. However, there are other ways to get emotional help that is more affordable. In this video, I give different options for affordable psychotherapy and counseling,

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The “Strangers” Who Guided Me in Life.

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When I was in my early twenties, I went through a big transition in my life where I felt lost, confused and helpless at times. It was not because I was living “in the real world”, as I’ve already been on my own at a young age. I just felt confused, lost, overwhelmed and anxious. You may be going through these very feelings yourself.

But throughout this transition I was guided by people who became my teachers during this time of personal growth. People who had gone through similar situations and survived. I learned so much from these people as they guided me in my journey. The really amazing thing was that I never met or talked with these people. These individuals came to me in the form of books.

Non-fiction books are a way to learn from people who can teach you things that you will never learn otherwise. And fiction books allow you to escape mentally, when you physically can’t.

It is not an accident that the world’s most financially successful people READ. Because your self-education is linked to your satisfaction in life and even income since you can learn skills that could be applied to the workforce.

You don’t have to physically read a book. You can listen to the audiobook version as you drive, clean or workout. There is no excuse to not find time to listen to a book or read one.

During that transition period of my life there were 8 books that guided me and helped me find my own way. Hopefully they can help you as well.

The way of Transition by William Bridges

If you feel lost, personally, professionally or emotionally, this is the book for you. The author takes you from a state of confusion, tragedy or crisis, to viewing it as a time for incredible growth.

The author makes a point that what you’re going through is not a “break down” but a “break through” in order to grow as a person.


The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The author was at the point of suicide after falling into a deep depression. But as he was contemplating killing himself, he thought, “I can no longer live with myself” And something about this sentence got his mind going. “Wait, who is I and who is myself? Are they different people?” And these questions took him on a journey of personal development. Today, he travels the world teaching about the power of our thoughts and how to stop living in illusion by replaying the past or worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet.


Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

99% of us are not taught financial literacy in school. This book started my whole journey into my personal development in my early 20’s. Although this book is about managing money and making it grow, it will force you to question your beliefs about money.

Struggling with money is one of the biggest causes of anxiety and relationship problems. It’s important to learn how money works and how to become financially independent.

Although this is a financial book, it does more than that. It’s about challenging what we are all taught in school and learning for yourself in order to take control of your life.


Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsh

I heard of this book a few times before I bought it because I thought it had to do with religion. It has nothing to do with religion. Conversations with God is a series of four books, each focusing on a different area of life.

I suggest looking up the author on YouTube to see if it’s something you are open to. Warning: this book could shift the way you view the world.


You can heal your life by Louise Hay

There is more and more research being done looking at the connection between our emotional experiences and diseases. In this book, Louise Hay shares how feelings that are not expressed appropriately or ever dealt with, could turn into different medical diseases.

If you struggle with any medical issues, this book may be of interest to you.


Quarter Life crisis

If you recently graduated from high school or college and feel lost, you are not alone. School has provided a clear path of what we need to do. And adults have told you what to do your whole life. So when you’re all done with school, it can be overwhelming with the many choices you have to make, with little to no guidance.

This book guides you through this big transition period in your life.


The Matrix by Gregg Braden

This book is about different science experiments that have been done that shows that we are all connected by something, an energy or “matrix”. Since we’re all connected, what we do to others, we do to ourselves. For example, if you wish bad on someone, you are actually wishing bad upon yourself.

This book connects science with spirituality in a beautiful way.


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book is based on the traditions of the Toltecs, an ancient, indigenous people of Mexico. The author makes a point that we are conditioned from childhood about our world and then we just keep living in a cycle based on what we are taught by other people, school, society, etc.

Don Miguel Ruiz shows new agreements that you can learn to help you live a more peaceful, fulfilling life. My favorite agreement is to never take anything personal, as what other people say and do has very little to do with you.

“Never let schooling get in the way of your education.” Mark Twain

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About the author.

Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, Adults, and spanish-speaking families in the Lehigh Valley, PA area.

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10 Books to Improve Your Life

Sometimes in life we’re stuck in bad situations. Maybe you live in a house where you don’t feel comfortable but can’t afford to leave. Or feel stuck in a school or job full of drama. Whatever it is, sometimes you can feel helpless. But that is not true.

We can’t control other people or the circumstances that life gives us. But we can always control how we react to people and things. When you can’t physically escape your circumstances, you can always escape with your mind.

Here are 10 self-improvement books that I’ve read and feel comfortable promoting that they can help improve your life by helping you see things differently. Because as Dr.Wayne Dyer says, “change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change”

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Mental Health Resources

Pretty much everyone knows the benefits from therapy. But not everyone has the time or money to be able to get one-on-one help. With today’s technology, there are so many other resources that could help you. And if you are in therapy, some of these resources can complement the help you’re already getting.

http://openpathcollective.org

Open path is a website where you can get online therapy from $30-$50 a session with a licensed therapist.  This is a great resource if you don’t have health insurance.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)- provides education and support to increase awareness and understanding of mental health.

There are many apps you can download. I wrote a blog post on some of my favorite mental health apps. I would suggest typing the mood you’re in in the app store search and download a few to find a few of your own favorites.

ulifeline.org online mental health resource for college students

National Suicide Hotline- text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-8255

GLBT National Help Line 1-888-843-4564

GLBT National Help Center for Youth. 1-800-246-7743

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7223

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

Psychology Today to find a therapist near you.

Center for Complicated Grief to find a list of resources for when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one.

Center Link is a center to support the LGBT community.

IMAlive lets you chat with supervised peer volunteers when ever you feel so down that picking up the phone to talk is too much. You can chat with someone and know that they will not judge you.

National Center for Victims of Crime provides resources of crime victims,  from bullying, physical abuse, stalking, and even terrorism.

National Eating Disorder Association

OK2Talk is designed for teens and young adults. The site is an online outlet for people to share their own stories. Good to find support and discuss coping with a diagnosis.

Co-occurring Disorders. Co-occurring disorders are when a person struggles with both a mental health disorder and addiction.

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