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Perinatal Therapist Spotlight: Robin Muskal, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin Muskal

Dr. Robin Muskal

Please welcome my colleague from Morristown, New Jersey, Robin Muskal, Ph.D., with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has trained as a  psychotherapist, body worker and energy practitioner for 20 years  to BirthTouch®  as a guest expert today!  Robin works with the perinatal and postpartum population as an adjunct wellness practitioner. She is an advocate for whole person care and helps patients build a strong network of community supports. Utilizing a meaningful set of interventions and techniques, such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies Robin, will assist with transitions, balance of mood and empowerment towards self-integrity and healing. Robin is a Board Certified wellness coach, and a teacher of Iyengar yoga. She has a private practice in Morristown and Florham Park, NJ. 

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Birth Trauma: Heather Barson and Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson’s featured article today is extraordinary. Heather  writes about her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. She talks about a healthcare system that doesn’t take care of women. She shares her dark walk through PTSD. She shares her long multi-pronged approach to healing. Her story is moving and healing. I admire her immensely. Please welcome Heather Barson with me.

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Positive psychology coping skill: Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness is a positive psychology coping skill. When developed, mindfulness helps you let go of judgments, be in the present moment and feel less anxious and depressed about what may or may not happen.

Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditating 20 – 40 minutes a day. That’s a bigger commitment than most people I know are willing (or able!) to make! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect! Even small changes can positively impact your internal emotional well-being and how you relate to external events!

Mindfulness and Conscious Parenting:  Read the rest here!

Oceans Eleven Johns Hopkins Research Team Validates Mindbody Medicine for Depression & Anxiety (Redux!)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

A(nother) very large research team (umm how about calling them the Oceans Eleven of JH?)  led by Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH, at Johns Hopkins University published findings from a study they did about the effects of mindfulness practices on symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Wordless Wednesday: MindBody Medicine: Early Spring Garden

Gardening is my favorite spring  “mindbody relaxation therapy”!

I love spring in the garden, the plants are beginning to push out from the soil.  Here are some shots from around my garden. It’s a work in progress, I live in deer country and it’s a struggle to find landscaping plants they don’t love as breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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Wordless Wednesday – May All Beings Live in Peace

May all beings live in peace Photo:Istock/duncan1890

May all beings live in peace
Photo:Istock/duncan1890

Do It YourSelf-Care DIY-Care Garden Therapy!

 

Therapeutic horticulture...provides positive distraction and attentional engagement…(which) mediates decline for anxiety and depressive symptoms…” Garcia et al, 2010)


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#OccupyHealthCare #MindBody Practices – They are FREE

Mindbody practices have so many benefits, you’d have to order online from outside the US to be able to afford them- Read the research!

 

With so much talk about the expense of healthcare, I wanted to put out a positive message about inexpensive mindbody self-care practices. Self- care doesn’t have to be expensive. Self-care is an important component of postpartum depression treatment. Low cost mindbody therapies are helpful on many levels. Research strongly indicates complementary therapies improve health on multiple levels and in concrete ways and are low cost.

For four rewarding years, I ran the MindBody Program at the Cancer Center at a hospital. The program provided relief for people with the burden of chronic illness on emotional and physical levels. Research indicates persons with chronic illness, co-morbidity, aging-related illness and persons with mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, are among the most likely to use complementary therapies (Cheung, Wyman, and Halcon, 2007), so it was a good fit. Research such as that conducted by Ben-Ayre, Frankel, Klein, Scharf (2008) indicates patients expect their physicians to refer to appropriate complementary care clinics as needed. The MindBody Program was a forerunner of the integrative medicine trend.

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