Happy NOvember

We've all had times when we don't want to take on a responsibility or participate in an activity... but feel like we can't say no. I get...

Happy Birthday, Monarch!

Monarch Mental Health Services is one year old today! It has been an amazing year of learning and growing. Thank you to everyone who has...

Awe in the Ordinary

We know that awe-inspiring experiences shift our focus away from ourselves and open us up to new possibilities. They change us in...

The Enduring Mysteries

"We may have a tacit understanding of how our solar system works, but watching the sun disappear behind the moon reminds us of the...

August will be Awesome

How would you like to feel happier, more connected to other people, healthier, more generous, better able to take in new information,...

What IS Trauma, Anyway?

Trauma is not new; it has always been part of the human experience. What is fairly new is the high level of awareness and interest in...

A Long Journey

People are sometimes curious about how Monarch Mental Health Services was named. The short answer is that a butterfly-related name was...

Everybody's Talking About Trauma

There's been an upsurge in our awareness of emotional trauma in recent years. Have you noticed? Out of curiosity, I used the Google Ngram...

Cheetahs Don't Run Marathons

(A metaphor for understanding the effects of sustained survival-mode activation.) The well-known "fight, flight, or freeze" concept...

Let Yourself Be Awed

Think of a time when you felt awe. Perhaps you remember a rare and transporting experience - such as climbing a mountain to watch sunrise...

Accepting Stress

As this challenging year lurches toward its finish line, you may find yourself preparing for holiday celebrations that have been...