Monday, August 29, 2016

Study Shows Tai Chi and Physical Therapy Were Equally Helpful for Knee Osteoarthritis

Here at Inner Passages, we believe in a fully-integrative and holistic approach to therapy and wellness. As you know, taking care of our mental health is only half the battle. Today we are sharing an article with impressive (but not surprising to us!) findings. In an article from the National Institute of Health (NIH), entitled ' Study Shows Tai Chi and Physical Therapy Were Equally Helpful for Knee Osteoarthritis' we learn about some of the physical benefits proven.
Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of exercise take part beyond just our physical aspects and can play a major role in our mental health as well. To learn more about what this particular article found, visit:

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Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Refer a Loved One for Counseling After a Disaster

With all of the recent flooding in Louisiana and the fires out west, it's important for everyone to be able to know how to refer a loved one for help after they, or someone they are close to, experience tragedy from a natural disaster.  Today we share an article on helping out those loved ones you know who have been through tragedy or natural disaster.

"According to recent reports, the Louisiana flood is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy. Many flood survivors will bounce back after the flood with support of their loved ones and community. However, some will struggle more than others and may need to be referred to a professional mental health professional for care.

Following are some basic guidelines for when, where, and how to refer someone you care about for mental health services.

  • What’s “normal”?
  • When to refer
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about harm
  • Where to refer
  • How to refer
To read more in depth about each of these bullet points, visit the original article here: 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Writing for Wellness: A Tool for Health and Healing

"We all experience times of pain and suffering in life. These difficult life events affect our bodies, minds, and spirits, not to mention our relationships, jobs, and priorities.  Some people seem to be able to not only move through the suffering, but also to experience growth and strengthening that gives purpose to their pain.  How do they do it?  And, better yet, how can you do it? One effective way is through writing."

We believe in a variety of integrative methods for each individual to help them get back on their path of life. This article from explains some of the many benefits of one method of therapy, writing. CLICK HERE for the article.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Kids With Anxiety Disorders ‘Significantly’ Benefit From Mindfulness Exercises By Changing Brain Activity, an article from

"Anxiety disorders plague more than one in four adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18, and many of them are treated with antidepressants and other medications to try and help them live a relatively healthy childhood. But a team of researchers from the University of Cincinnati set out to explore other treatment options that focus more on the mind and less on pharmaceutical solutions.

Their study, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, recruited nine participants who were diagnosed with anxiety disorders between 9 and 16 years of age. These conditions included generalized, social, and separation anxiety disorder as well as having a parent with bipolar disorder. Over the course of 12 weeks, each participant underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans while they practiced mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, a wide range of therapeutic techniques that include meditation, yoga, and learning how to pay nonjudgmental attention to one's life."

To read the article and learn about their findings visit:

Monday, August 1, 2016

101 ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming.

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from entitled '101 ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming.'  This is a great, easy read for a few reminders for all of us. Life gets overwhelming and it's okay to feel under water sometimes. It's normal and part of life. Take a look at and see if any of these things resonate with you. If they do and you are looking for further help, please visit us at:  We will work with you to help you change the way you feel, if you are ready.