Selfie Does Not Equal Self-Esteem

Selfie Does Not Equal Self-Esteem As a psychotherapist working with teens and women, the underlying concern that I can always tie to the majority of therapeutic issues was that of a low self-esteem. Developing a positive sense of self-worth and esteem is at the root of ones success and happiness, so if we can understand some of the factors ...

Therapy Degree Thyme

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student So you are considering a degree in mental health services? So you are considering a degree in mental health services? How do you know which degree to pursue when there are so many choices? There are many disciplines, and it is important to find the one that will fit best for what you truly love to do. W...

Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar What are the health benefits of drinking raw apple cider vinegar? It is high in proteins, enzymes, potassium amino acids, antioxidants and friendly bacteria which have various benefits, here are my top five faves: 1. Balance bacteria in the gut 2. Balance blood ...

Sunday Success

 My secret to keeping a successful business running is rooted in my Sunday's. We live in a high paced and driven working society, and I fall right into this category so my secret to avoid burnout, mental overload, and physical exhaustion is to completely detach myself on Sunday's. I don't do my doctorate studies, business calls or communication...

Lavender for use with adopted children

I just heard the most incredible story using essential oils for emotions. This holistic momma I get to work with, adopted her little girl 12 years ago when she was 2 months old. They brought her home while she was sleeping as a baby, and when the little baby woke up, she knew she was in a different home and with a different family, so her mind asso...

Essential Oil Educator Podcast interview

Tune in to my podcast interview as a guest speaker with The Essential Oil Educator by Marv Johnson as I talk about essential oils and the brain, the mindset and other brain health tips! Click on the link below to listen now and select episode 34: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/essential-oil-educator-health/id954911883

All The Single Ladies

All the Single Ladies The other day, again, I was asked the infamous question "Why are you still single, what's the problem? Are you just too picky?" my insides cringe as I try to respond politely and jokingly to just brush off for the umpteenth time this question.  Inside I fight tears, but want to ask in return "So when you got married at ...

Balancing Time

Balancing Time I am sitting here writing this blog post when I have been working all day since 8am and it is now 8pm. I have my yummy warm soup sitting here in front of me and I keep saying to myself, "just let me get this started, then I'll eat".  My stomach on the other hand is angry at me for eating minimally so I can be productive all day.  H...

Live the life you were meant to achieve

Live the Life You Were Meant to Achieve I was giving a presentation and as I said these words, I first said "live the life we were meant to live" and it didn't sit right with me. Words have a lot of meaning and power and we can feel that when we pay attention to it.  I thought about it and I reworded it to say "live the life we were meant to achi...

Happy Habits

Happy Habits The other day I was watching a show on TV and when it ended, the news started. Within just a few minutes, the mood shifted to a depressing, hopeless type feeling. Now I think it is important to know what is going on in our communities, but I also wish the news would publish all the good stories happening around us that go untold so ...

Self love

"How Can You Love if You Don't Love Yourself?" One aspect of overcoming depressive or angry emotions is learning self-love. Why is it so hard to love ourselves in this life? The rock band Social Distortion put it best in their Lyrics "how can you love when you don't love yourself?" The message in this song talks about being on a path of self-...

Does Cannabis Affect the Brain?

Does Cannabis (Marijuana) Affect the Brain? YES! It is a well known fact. This meta-analysis review of over seven thousand people is more than enough evidence that it is obviously damaging to the brain. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Doctor of Clinical Psychology student, I study a variety of things that affect the brain.  My exper...

Go Nuts!

Go Nuts! Brain Foods that Look Like the Brain There are so many natural foods that resemble major organs in our body and actually have been found to support the health of that organ. Walnuts are no different. They resemble the brain and have amazing nutritional value for the brain.  Nuts in gen...

Natural Air Freshener

Natural Air Freshener Working in various settings from schools, to medical clinics, air fresheners are used in the air and every time they would be sprayed or plugged in, it would bother my lungs and throat. I would get a sensation of it closing up and it would make me cough. It was very irritating to my respiratory airways, so I started bringin...

Suicide Intervention

Suicide Intervention I worked many years as a emergency counselor for suicide intervention for teens.  I worked at one of the largest and highest risk high schools here in San Diego that was 100% below the poverty level for school meals. That means that 100% of our students qualified for free meals at the school. While males in their 60's have th...

3 Simple Steps to Greater Memory

3 Simple Steps to Support Memory Protecting and supporting our memory is one of the most valuable assets we have. While there are substances that damage memory, there are also substances that support and protect the memory. I always wanted a photographic memory when I was young because studying for exams would've been so much easier. Well alt...

Holistic approach to behaviors

Holistic approach to behaviors As a mental health practitioner I have been using essential oils with many different patients and concerns.  Essential oils provide a wonderful natural complement to our health and emotions and wherein they don't heal or cure a diagnosis, I have found them helpful in supporting mood, creating a sense of focus and ca...

Essential Oils and the Brain Podcast Interview

Essential oils and the brain is one of my favorite things to study. I love learning how aromatic chemistry interacts so compatibly with brain chemistry in supporting mood, focus, memory and many other neuroprotective functions in the brain.  I was interviewed by Dr. David Kamnitzer, who has a podcast of professionals in different arenas on their ho...

New York City Driving Mentality

I get it, you are a cab driver in one of the most busiest, congested cities in the world, New York City, but you still have a choice.  While visiting manhattan for a business trip this week, I of course traveled in a taxi cab. What struck me and got me analyzing our professions and our state of mind, was my taxi ride from JFK to Manhattan.  It is n...

Why is healthcare actually sickcare?

Why is healthcare actually sickcare? I always had a dream to be in the healthcare field. I wanted to take care of people's health and feel like I was helping them and making a difference. I remember when I was in the homecoming queen pageant for my high school and I was asked on stage what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said a radiologist. ...