If you’re reading this, you probably know you need some help. You also know that you have some sort of mental or emotional illness...
Mental Health Services for Las Vegas, NV and the surrounding areas.
If you’re reading this, you probably know you need some help. You also know that you have some sort of mental or emotional illness...
Ever look up at night and feel small? Don’t. Instead feel large. Atoms in our bodies trace to the remnants of exploding stars. We are Stardust. We are alive in the universe. And the universe is alive within us.￼
We at Atomic wish you all a very Merry Christmas and joy filled Holiday!
What Does Intellectual Humility Look Like?
Research is uncovering the benefits of recognizing that you might be wrong, who tends to be more humble, and some hints about how to cultivate this skill.
A therapist explores the psychology of coming back from the big pandemic pause.
Some random motel rooms, barns, boats, rivers, horses people and stuff from our trip. Over 2,000 miles NO Interstate, great visits with friends. Got our travel chops back. More exploring to come!
Atomic supports rocketing you to the Fourth Dimension: Learn to apply evidence based happiness principles to your life here and now! Sixty percent of our well-being is within our control!
Give us a call, or see our site Atomicpsych.com or 702-333-2298
4 Easy Tips To Reduce Anxiety & Relax Your Nervous System
Mental Health 4 Easy Tips To Reduce Anxiety & Relax Your Nervous System By Dominica, 25 January, 2021 If you struggle with any amount of anxiety, then learning how to relax your nervous system can come in handy. Whether it’s social anxiety, situational anxiety, chronic anxiety, or an anxiety disor...
Practical ways to ease anxiety right now, wherever you are
Massive Sand Sculpture of the Lincoln Memorial with a Crumbling Base Pops Up on a Texas Beach
Artist Damon Langlois created this thought-provoking sculpture of the Lincoln Memorial out of sand. He calls it “Liberty Crumbling.”
From Atomic’s Dr Paul Wulkan. At Atomic we are.. Closing our Bubbles and Opening Our Hearts!!!
Our reception window needed a new head
Having great Telehealth experiences! Stay safe out there, optimistic that positive tests down to to 6.3%!
12 things you didn’t know could be symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety can creep up on us in sneaking and deceiving ways. So how you can spot it when it does? Here we share 12 things you may not have known could be symptoms of anxiety
How Rituals and Focus Can Turn Isolation Into a Time for Growth
As the author learned caring for his ailing wife, a well-ordered day with close attention to mundane tasks can let us endure with purpose.
We are all just monkey kids with lizard brains.
How can a monkey, an elephant and a lizard help you reach your goals? Let me tell you a story.
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Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Shelter at home. Three months ago, we had never even heard of these terms. Now, they’ve become defining features of our lives. We’ve embraced this vocabulary as a means of understanding this surreal period we’re living through. In our fight against a micro...
Social Distancing’s Long-Term Effect On Mental Health, According To Therapists
Depression, anxiety and agoraphobia are among the mental health issues therapists are concerned about in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Atomic Psychological Associates currently has Televideo and Telephonic appointments available with Dr Paul Wulkan and Terre Hamrick, LCSW. Find them on Psychology Today, search Las Vegas Therapists, see Atomicpsych.com or give us a call at 702-333-2298
Telephone and online counselling
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that we, as a society, have had to get used to a new normal. We can't be sure how long this will go on for, but we want you to know that help is still available. While we can't physically visit a counsellor, online therapy is a highly effective form of support.
Face-to-face counselling may be one of the more recognised forms of treatment, but there are many forms of therapy and many different types. Counselling is totally individual and what works for one person, may not work for you. Whether you have tried face to face counselling and it wasn’t what you were after, or there are other reasons as to why you’d like to try another way, know that there are options.
On this page we’ll explore the other forms of counselling in more detail, such as telephone and online counselling, and why they may be better for you.
Online, email and telephone counselling offers individuals the same level of support and confidentiality as meeting face to face with a qualified counsellor or therapist. It can also offer suitable solutions to some of the difficulties associated with receiving treatment in a traditional therapeutic setting.
Common difficulties include:
Accessibility - Counselling slots can become booked very quickly. This is especially true for appointments that are in high demand, such as those in the evening and at weekends. Online and telephone counsellors however may be able to offer a higher level of flexibility - therefore reducing the waiting time for treatment and making it more accessibl
Anonymity - If you are concerned about the stigma attached to mental health problems, or you are worried that someone may find out you are having treatment, online services offer you a higher level of privacy, as well as in some cases, giving the option to remain anonymous.
Convenience - These services mean that you are able to receive support from the comfort of your own home, or wherever it is that you are.
This can be a hugely beneficial aspect for certain individuals, particularly those who are housebound and/or disabled, carers who are restricted with their availability, parents who cannot afford childcare, people who cannot commit to regular appointments in the therapy room due to other priorities or location and those who are hearing impaired.
The idea of online counselling has been around for some time. Yet due to the rise of social media, online technology and the use of smartphones, we have seen a growing movement towards online counselling services in recent years.
With so many people online on a daily basis, either for leisure or work, online counselling is an ideal alternative to the many potential obstacles potential clients will face when seeking therapy. Ultimately, online counselling is a method which can be used to reach people who are unable to access support or would like to get the support they need in a more comfortable environment.
Telephone counselling works in the same way as face to face counselling, but is conducted over the phone. Therapists may offer this as an additional avenue of support between face to face counselling sessions, and others may focus solely on conducting the counselling over the phone.
How does telephone counselling work?
The first step is simply for the client to call the counsellor for an initial discussion. If the counsellor feels that telephone counselling is going to be an appropriate method of treatment, a session can be booked in for a time that is convenient for you.
During the initial conversation, the counsellor will take the opportunity to discuss the areas that need to be addressed, to find out some background information about the client, and to discuss the number of counselling sessions that may be needed. The counsellor will also usually outline their confidentiality policy as well as general information, such as cancellation policy.
Simply put, online counselling is any form of counselling that is conducted over the Internet. This could be via email or via a messaging service that allows the counsellor to talk to the client in real-time. Whatever mode of Internet communication is used, online counselling is an ideal way for many individuals to seek confidential and professional support.
Is online counselling effective?
While some experts believe the efficacy of online and telephone counselling is not as strong as face to face, there is mounting evidence to suggest that the outcome of these methods is at least equal to the effects of traditional counselling. Leading medical journal The Lancet, previously published a study validating claims that online cognitive behavioural therapy is just as effective in treating depression as traditional therapy. In addition, telephone counselling has also been recognised as an effective treatment for depression.
Atomic is based in Las Vegas and offers highly experienced and licensed staff with diverse training and expertise. We partner with you in order to meet your unique needs and desires for Wellness.
Stress always seems like it is "out there." I've never heard words from any living human along the lines of my teacher wrote a fair test, I just did badly. Or my perfect boss understood everything clearly and totally reasonably refused my request.
Not so much.
More likely would be I would have done perfectly on the test if the teacher asked fair questions, or if my boss really understood he/she would have approved.
Of course, some stresses are "out there." Being forced to treat patients wearing a trash bag instead of real protective gear is a true and present stress from utter ineptidute at many levels. But much stress is related to internal dialogues that don't relate to the real world risks of something. 56% of Americans in a recent poll believe that if they have a positive COVID-19 test that they will absolutely die. That incorrect perception is a cause of grief and needless worry which impairs their immune systems. The death rate is close to 1% than 100%. Iceland just released data that over half of their citizens who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all. Far from death for the vast majority.
Back in college, in my first year, I decided to spend my entire month's allowance [a giant $60] to attend a weekend course on Transcendental Meditation. At the end of the weekend, a fellow dorm mate and myself decided we would meet before breakfast every day for the rest of the year and do our 20 minutes of mantra based meditation.
A bit later, I took an interesting class with my local priest at the Episcopal church who taught a class in a Christian tradition called "Contemplative Prayer" which has been practiced for at least hundreds of years. The technique, not to be a spoiler alert, was/is the same! It is just with contemplative prayer you choose a short sentence to repeat rather than a sound. Personally, the sound works better because it doesn't activate the language circuits in the brain so it allows for deeper relaxation in my experience.
But anyway, my dorm mate and I found that by the end of the year, both of us no longer felt anxious in exam weeks, or in weeks where papers were due. They were the same papers, and the same exams that everyone around us seemed freaked out about, but we both remarked that we felt the meditative practice had reduced our subjective anxiety. And we were right, it did.
Gaining control over your own soothing response, the relaxation response with activation of your parasympathetic nervous system is so key to stress reduction!
Now this virus stuff certainly feels like it is utterly out of our control. And you can modify your risk by washing your hands, keeping a safe distance and all that. But when you still obsess about it as a stress, it affects your brain, your body, your stress response, and your coping skills. But most importantly for this, your immune system response, which doesn't work so well when stressed out. So whether the stress is "out there" or not, it still affects us!
Regular practice of whatever totally calming technique that shuts off the monkey chatter of your mind for a bit is perfect. Practice it. Build up your relaxation response just like you would any other task that you want to learn. You will then gain some control over how much stress you feel and how much your body responds.
This ultimately gives you your power back over your life.
But. . . . practice, practice, practice. . . . .
As the threat posed by Covid-19 continues to build, the rapid pace of change and the new, unfamiliar behaviours we are expected to adopt can feel overwhelming. Angela Cox shares helpful practical actions you can take to help yourself.
We have spent the last week reaching out to all the people we serve, ensuring they are safe, supplied and connected.
“Heal the fear and we discover our freedom.” Robert Holden
In order for us all to do our parts in this health emergency we are suspending face to face treatment. We are implementing old fashioned telephone calls and secure video sessions. We go to the office where we are safe and you find a comfy private space where you are safe. Enjoy our familiar setting in the video background or think of these images and know we will soon resume in person! Our lives are being significantly altered, fear and anxiety abound. We are most grateful to be able to provide assistance and support! 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀
We are so grateful for our little “boutique” clinic and the people we serve. As you know we paused operations, sterilized and eliminated risk in order to ensure the safety of all involved. Due to Medicare’s emergency Telehealth regulation changes we will be reaching out with service options. Because of our small exclusive practice, we can offer more than CDC suggested social spacing, Confidential HIPAA compliant video sessions and Telephonic treatment. I will be contacting each of you in order to determine your preferred and most comfortable treatment arrangement. After all providing a safe and trusting experience is Atomic!
Generations of Love from Atomic!
It is an ATOMIC thing!
When I set out to enact my 2019 resolution to become “the sort of person who connects meaningfully with others every day,” I decided to follow the advice of the habit scientists.
How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts
Does your mind immediately go to the worst case scenario? While there’s nothing wrong with being prepared for every eventuality, spending too much time dwelling on things we can’t change can hold us back from moving forward. Here are some insights into how to stop automatic negative thoughts.
Wishes of wellbeing in the New Year from all of us at Atomic!
At Atomic we wish you and all of yours a Joyous Holiday season!
Holiday tips from The Happiness Lab
So I wanted to share some lessons I’ve learned about how to make the holiday season a little happier (And If you want to learn more, listen to our very short bonus episode!)
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Mindfulness has been a buzzword for a few years now. But what is mindfulness, what’s its relationship to meditation and how can we use it to make our lives better?
Happiest Halloween from Atomic!
So, I am super proud of our little practice! The benefits and consequences of the wellbeing and happiness business are great for all concerned! Atomicpsych.com
Growth through our stories is what it is about..
The Arthurian legend of Perceval and the Story of Grail can tell us something about how the quest for self-fulfillment begins.
Why Atomic? Because in the context of your unique story is peace, contentment and joy! 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 Atomicpsych.com
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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
by Barbara Karnes RN
1. Dying is not a medical event. It is a personal, social, communal experience. It is not about endless treatments but about living the best we can within the limits of our body and disease.
2. Dying is not painful. Disease causes pain. There are a lot of diseases we can die from that cause no pain. If there is pain we have unlimited ability to manage pain. With our pharmaceutical advances there is no reason for anyone to die in pain.
3. There is a process to dying from disease. We are not alive one
minute and dead the next. Gradually the body adjusts to the disease and shuts down. This occurs over a period of months. The process involves gradually not eating, gradually increasing sleep and gradually withdrawing and going inward. http://www.bkbooks.com/shop/gone-mysight-dying-experience
4. We must have an Advance Directive (Even if we aren’t sick we need to have an Advance Directive.) An Advance Directive tells medical professionals how we want to live our life until we are not living it anymore. Without an Advance Directive the medical professionals will decide how we live and die. https://www.legalnature.com/lp/ahcd/Free-Advanced-healthcare-directive-form?utm_source
5. A terminal illness is a gift of time. Most people don't know when or how their death is coming. When the doctors tell us they are having a hard time fixing us, as difficult as it is, they are giving us a gift, a gift of time. This is the time to do and say what we want said and done.
6. Get a second opinion, third if necessary. We need to learn about our disease and its treatment options: ask questions about cure, tumor, goals, remission possibilities, best case scenario, worst case scenario. Asking questions and doing research gives us knowledge to make wise decisions. Sometimes the best choice is to do to nothing.
7. Not all Hospices are alike. Research hospices before one is needed. One of the biggest mistakes is calling hospice later rather than sooner. Hospice service is appropriate in most situations as soon as we stop treatment (if treatment was chosen).
8. Be open, talk about feelings, concerns and fears with those close. This is not a time for secrets. We can use this gift of time to mend relationships, smell the roses, express love and appreciation. Not telling someone they have a life threatening illness is depriving that person of their gift of time. We live inside of our body and know what is happening whether anyone tells us or not. Not talking and sharing the “secret” isolates each of us with our thoughts and fears.
9. Everyone is afraid to some degree when we approach the end of our life. Know that as we get closer to death we will care less and less about the exterior aspects of living, a gentle introspection takes fear’s place.
10. Everybody dies. Death is a part of living. It is our final act of living. And we still have choices. We can choose to turn our limited future over to medical professionals and go with whatever they are lead and required to do with us if that is what we want. Or, and many people don’t know this, we can choose to take the reins, do some research, ask questions and make decisions on how we want our final act of living to unfold. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing either. What do we want our last experience to be? We have the power to make it so.
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