HELP’s February – March 2015 Newsletter
2014 APA Annual Stress Survey
Beginning in 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual survey to study of the connection between stress, behavior, and mind/body health. The Stress in America survey measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress in our lives.
Reported stress levels for American overall have gone down, but 75% say they experienced at least one symptom of stress per month, such as feeling irritable and angry, feeling overwhelmed, lacking motivation, feeling fatigued, sad, or not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep. While stress levels appear to be balancing out, they remain high and exceed what Americans consider to be healthy. Extreme stress was reported by 22%, which is indicative of a serious trend that could have long-term consequences on people’s health…read more.
Featured Therapist – April Koljonen, Psy.D.
I, April Koljonen, Psy.D. am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology for adults and children. I provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and/ or biofeedback. CBT focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors to increase insight and support life changes that are desired by the client. I use CBT to help clients cope with grief and loss, chronic illness, trauma, phobias, panic, relationship issues and depression. Biofeedback involves developing a person’s ability to alter…read more
The benefits of having a dog
(or other animal) around…
• Decreases blood pressure
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Increases chemicals in
the brain that reduce pain
and depression and enhance
• Helps people feel safer and
• Sigmund Freud used his dog in
psychotherapy to reduce his own anxiety
and help his patients relax.
• Mayo Clinic founder Dr Charles Mayo
used a dog to help his patients heal faster.
• Dogs don’t care what you look like, how
you feel, who you hang out with, or what
you do for a living. They just like being with
• Dogs can heal!
• Sibelia uses her pug “Sekhmet” for animal
assisted therapy and can bring her to your
home or facility.
Compiled by Sibelia L. Chaiyahat, LCSW