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Hilary Gallegos

Self-Care Tips

Tightening the Hinges Self-care is not being selfish. In fact, it is essential for balancing work and our personal life. Self-care can include learning or practicing a new skill, dabbling in your hobby, or taking care of yourself by taking time for yourself.  Self-care is what we do to keep ourselves from reaching a crisis[…..]

Installing the Electrical

Our pre-installed electrical system: how psychotherapy can change genetic expression Many have probably heard by now of how genetics has a profound influence on our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, or simply put, our mental health. This is a fact. Yet another part that is equally important is how an experience plays a large part in[…..]

Building the Foundation

How to build a healthy foundation: Self-Evaluation Self awareness and evaluation is the key to the stable foundation of good mental health. For me, the development of my own self-evaluation has been my favorite tactic for early detection of mental struggle. I created this early assessment after several episodes of poor mental health. This proactive[…..]

Teaching students: Autism

How to provide the needed support 1 in 54 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder and 1 in 6 have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. As these numbers continue to grow, it’s so important that teachers have the tools they need to support these students and help them learn, academically and socially. With a quick[…..]

Thriving with Autism

1 in 54 babies born each year have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects the brain in specific ways. These specific manners can range from highly functional to lower functional spectrum with social and emotional aspects of life. Autism impacts how the brain interprets social emotional inputs. I have always[…..]

Disordered Eating

I cannot imagine not eating for the taste or textures of certain foods. I enjoy baking and sharing food with others. In fact, Thanksgiving is my favorite tradition because of the gathering and the various foods available. Gathering around food is a large part of my family’s culture. Although disordered eating is not a mental[…..]

When You Need Support

The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee is dedicated to the promotion of mental health awareness, wellness and recovery in our communities. Simply stated, our mission is to help others get help and support them in their journeys. But mental health recovery is not easy. It is not straightforward and it is not always fun.[…..]

Lend a Hand

Psychosocial Support One of the most rewarding actions I do is supporting friends and family with mental health and substance use disorders. In my experience, lending a hand of psychosocial support is an important element in the process of change or recovery. More importantly, you do not have to be a mental health professional. The[…..]

Relationships and Recovery

1+1=2 + Relationship = 3. This is math according to Marital and Family Therapists, relational therapists. Relationships are the key component of healing. In fact, our brain is wired to be social, states Psychologist, Dr. Louis Cozolino.  We need relationships to thrive and grow, like a plant needs sunlight and water to survive. It is[…..]

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