Quiet Agony: Chronic Pain & Mental Health

February 27, 2018By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Remember some physical pain you have had in the past. Hitting your funny bone, a sprain, headache, stomachache, or even a broken bone. There might have been some initial intense pain; choice swear words, a certain amount of time to heal, possibly some accommodation as a bandage, sling, limited driving, food restrictions, or movement restrictions … Read More

Chasing Happiness

November 28, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I originally planned on writing a lofty blog piece using quotes by Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln (though I still might use some.) After all, isn’t happiness a serious topic? I could cite the World Happiness Report included in the November 2017 issue of National Geographic. I have included it in the references in … Read More

Let’s Talk About It!

October 17, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

This is the slogan that World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) uses for World Sexual Health Day, which is celebrated every September 4.Historically there was a fair amount of shame, discomfort, and stigma in discussing sexual issues. Sexual health only addressed disease and unwanted sexual outcomes. In 1975 the World Health Organization (WHO) developed and … Read More

Light a Candle

September 7, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) asks us to:   Light a candle near a window at 8PM To show your support for suicide prevention To remember a lost loved one And for the survivors of suicide.   There are no “survivors” of suicide. There are unanswered … Read More

Minnesota’s Crisis Connection

July 25, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Two separate headlines in the Star Tribune within 3 days of each other pointed out the mental health crisis here in Minnesota. It echoes the larger issue of the mental illness crisis currently in our country. The July 10th issue of the Star Tribune had an article:  “Minnesota mental health crisis hot line closing Friday.” … Read More

The Challenge of Children’s Mental Health

May 2, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I grew up in an era (the 50’s and 60’s) when mental health was not discussed at all, let alone considered as something that children had. Children could have separation anxiety; nervous stomachs, concentration problems or were labeled as “sensitive”, “angry” or “different”. Adolescence was supposed to be somewhat difficult and the behaviors we now … Read More

What’s Wrong with Self-Esteem?

March 8, 2017By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

The short answer is nothing. Many clients identify increasing self-esteem as a goal or identify having low self-esteem as a problem. There are literally hundreds of books about self-esteem on the market. The offerings include workbooks, audiotapes, and self-esteem books for teens, adults, women, and even “Self-Esteem For Dummies”. How elusive is self-esteem that we … Read More