Author Archives: Francine Martinez, Ph.D.

Column Image Fear and Mental Health: Managing Reactions and Responses

Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Surprise, Disgust, and Fear: These are universal emotions that we all share, and they rank as the six most cited emotions in the literature. Images come to mind when we think about these emotions in our own lives — those recollections of the times, settings, or events … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image Self-Confidence – What Is It and How Can We Strengthen It?

  SELF–CONFIDENCE “Confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities” -Merriam Webster Dictionary   Merriam Webster defines self-confidence in simple terms. Many of us also define self-confidence in relation to what we want to do but feel too anxious, nervous or worried to act. So, for one person self-confidence … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image Finding Center – Spirituality and Mental Health

Over the past 15 years the mental health community has begun exploring the therapeutic relationship between spirituality and mental health. The American Psychological Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National Institutes of Health are examples of organizations that have come to the conclusion that there can and does … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image Seasons Are Changing

We’ve all heard of the “winter blues”, those times when we just begin to feel down for now explainable reason. Our mood shifts and we can become lethargic, more sentimental and can have this overwhelming feeling of sadness. Adding to the frustration of the mood shift is recognizing that you … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Therapy |

Column Image Reflections on Loss and Moving Forward

The blogs for Therapy Changes tend to be of a more informative nature. Yet today as I prepare my August blog I am drawn to something a bit more personal, and at the same time universal to us all. In May of this year I lost my husband to cancer. … Continue reading >

Posted in Family, Grief, Relationships |

Column Image The “Sandwich Generation”: What is it? And, How to Manage this Life Role

The question raised in the title is one that I found myself asking as I faced my “sandwich generation” role with an aging parent and an ill spouse — it sure feels like I’m in the middle of that sandwich! Writing a blog is both a learning/teaching opportunity, as well … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Family, Parenting, Relationships, Stress |

Column Image Choosing a Therapist

This is the time of year when we all begin to think about those things we want to change with the New Year. Some of those we can do without assistance, others may involve outside support from others such as a therapist. So, if one of yours, or a friend’s … Continue reading >

Posted in Therapy |

Column Image Technology and Our Teens

Technology today is reaching a critical mass stage where new products and ways of sharing are found and implemented at lightning speeds. There was a time when telling your child that they were not allowed to watch TV or have friends over was a huge punishment. In this modern age, … Continue reading >

Posted in Parenting, Teens |

Column Image How to Help Someone with Anxiety

Anxiety is a condition that can close you off to others. For friends and family of those living with anxiety, this can represent a serious challenge. You want to help them deal with their condition, but you don’t know how to help them or what you can say to snap … Continue reading >

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Column Image Emotions and Our Bodies

A new movie was released this summer from Disney/Pixar, Inside Out. As a psychologist the trailers were intriguing – an animated film about our emotions as “live entities” in our heads. How could I not go?! The film, if you haven’t seen it, is delightful and brings to light the important role our … Continue reading >

Posted in Personal Improvement |