• Myra Hollis

World Mental Health day is here!

October  has officially begun and our theme is the impact of seasons on our mental health. One of the highlighted days of this month is October 10th: Mental Health Day. 


By Myra Hollis, MS, Clinical Assistant

The Six stages to emotional healing are a nice way of laying out the possibilities / phases of healing in therapy. If you are new to therapy, you may wonder what the therapeutic process looks like and how it can be helpful in your life. Consider reviewing the stages of Emotional Healing According to Emotional Focused Therapy. The stages  are:

 1. Awareness; Awareness allows us to begin to name what we are feeling and experiencing which connects to creating a therapeutic goal. 

2. Expression; Being vulnerable in therapy is not always easy, especially during the times where you may be sharing about a painful experience or one that you may have not shared before. Working with a therapist can help create space for expression to be vulnerable with someone who is fully in support of you ( your therapist).

 3. Regulation; This step connects back to number 2. As feelings, thoughts and emotions come up it may create anxiety or other emotions that you may need help regulating. Your therapist will be able to aid you in coming up with a way to regulate that is best for you. 

4. Reflection; The reflection aspect is so important because it helps you to begin to look at experiences in a new lens and/ or think of ways to transform them into new narratives.

 5. Transformation; The work that was done in stages 1-4 are the foundation to begin transformation. This step will vary based on your goal; but keep in mind that reactivating past experiences will be helpful in moving forward to create new understanding in this step.

6. Corrective Experiences; As you work both inside and outside of the therapy room by creating new narratives and sharing new lived experiences that is when corrective experiences take place.

 The nice thing about the 6 Stages of Emotional Healing is that they identify the benefits and the risks. But what might be viewed as a risk is worked through and changed into a benefit throughout the stages.  If you have further questions about your possible future or current therapeutic work, we strongly suggest that you consult with your therapist.


As the seasons changes, have you experienced sudden shifts in your mood? If you said yes, you are not alone. There are a number of reasons why one may experiences these changes to include, but not limited to:

  1. Upcoming holiday

  2. The sun may not be as present as the previous season

  3. You may feel less inclined to work out because you do not want to go outside in the cold.

In order to help combat the changes in mood during certain seasons, or seasonal depression, one can: exercise more, spend time with friends, and focus on eating healthy (drinking water especially). These things are helpful because they get you up and moving, which can assist your mind in shifting your thoughts. Remember: Healthy eating plays a major role in making sure you have enough energy to exert yourself more.

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