USING THE POWER OF THE COUNSELING RELATIONSHIP TO PROVIDE UNCONVENTIONAL INSIGHT FOR YOUR NEXT STEP
Author: Imei Hsu
Imei Hsu is a mental health counselor, nurse, writer, triathlete and arts promoter in the Seattle area and through online services. With 25+ years in healthcare (16+ years in mental health), Imei has a commitment to helping people create their best lives in health, relationships, and connecting. She is the owner of Seattle Direct Counseling and the blog, a presenter and speaker on a variety of psychological topics, and a positive force on the Internet. Her first book, "Designing Your Practice: An Artist's Approach to Building Your Small Business" is due for publication (2017). Imei is an Ironman Finisher Mont-Tremblant August 2016; she hopes to be an ultramarathon finisher on April 23, 2017.
Back in January 2017, I alluded to some new changes to the way Seattle Direct Counseling would do business. I knew informing my current client community would take a couple of months to begin getting the word out and discussing those changes, and now the time has come to broadcast the exciting news.
Mental Health | Gut Health | Microbiome | Immunity
Is there a connection between mental health and gut health? And if so, is the connection in one direction, or in both directions? That is, can your brain’s health influence your gut function, and can your gut health have an influence on your brain, and thus, mental health?
Last month, I arrived two minutes before a six-hour continuing education lecture on the subjects of immunity, inflammation, and the gut microbiota was slated to begin, and there were but a few seats left in the crowded hotel conference room. Apparently, I picked a hot topic! The majority of the participants were nurses and doctors, and based on the speed of the note-taking I witnessed, there was great interest in the topic. However, I wouldn’t expect the average person to care, even though I think everyone should.
For you, I will disseminate those six hours of lecture into the best takeaways for you regarding the connection between your gut and your mental health. For our purposes here, I’ll try to keep the medical terminology simple and on point about its connection to brain health and mental health.
The longer you live, the more trips around the sun. The more trips around the sun, the more opportunities for trying new things, taking risks, and entering what I am calling The Bonus Round.
In 2016, we certainly saw a long march of artists and entertainers give their final curtain calls. This is really no different than other years — death is a natural occurrence! — but what shocked me more is how relatively young age of some of those artists. George Michael was only 53; Carrie Fischer, a mere 60 years old.
So at the beginning of 2017, I’m seeking something not quite akin to New Year’s resolutions. It’s more like New Year’s shake ups, an announcement of doing things a bit differently in order to experience more.