A new addition to the family brings with it lots of changes. New parents experience a myriad of emotions in the first weeks of their new infant’s life. While a birth is anticipated over a long period and every couple expects it to be a joyful and uplifting experience, it also can create some changes that are unanticipated. New parents expect to be sleep deprived and to have some challenges with breastfeeding, schedules, and trying to figure out what their baby needs. However, unanticipated emotional responses may also come up for new parents. Depression is the often unanticipated response that can happen due to the birth of a child. Read the rest of this entry »

So what is Health Anxiety?

Most people have felt anxious about their health or the health of a loved one at some point in their lives.  When faced with a health situation it is normal to feel some anxiety, such as when you are waiting for the results of a biopsy or your friend may have just been diagnosed with a serious illness.  It is natural to feel anxious and upset in these situations. Read the rest of this entry »

LEARN MORE about how Breakthrough can connect you to a provider today!

Here at Breakthrough, we are constantly looking for ways to support communities who can most benefit from the telehealth services offered by our amazing network of providers.

With that in mind, when we discussed supporting the 2020 Mom Project in their effort to set forth an aggressive new path for solving what some have called one of the biggest public health concerns of our time: the silent maternal mental health crisis which impacts up to 20% of expecting and new moms (over 800,000 per year), we didn’t hesitate to say, “YES!” Read the rest of this entry »

Arlene Unger, Ph.D.

This week, Breakthrough provider and author, Arlene Unger, concludes her series on internet counseling in the new millennium. This week she shares about her experience working with clients via video using a variety of techniques.

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Arlene Unger, Ph.D.

This week, Breakthrough provider and author, Arlene Unger, shares Part 2 of her series on internet counseling in the new millennium. This week she helps us understand the various therapeutic approaches that lend themselves naturally to video counseling.

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Arlene Unger, Ph.D.

 

This week, Breakthrough provider and author, Arlene Unger, shares Part 1 of her series on internet counseling in the new millennium. This week she helps us understand the recent studies on the effectiveness of video counseling and also clarifies who is a great candidate for online therapy.

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Breakthrough in partnership with CareFirst and Magellan was proud to launch its Maryland telehealth network August 1, 2013. We had barely turned on the lights when Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Helen McKibben, conducted her first appointment with a CareFirst BlueChoice HMO member.

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In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed the importance of preparing for our aging parent’s death, having their desires known and written down and keeping track of finances. Another important component of being prepared with our parents is healthy aging, both in mind and in body. With retirement and aging, older adults can find themselves with a lot of free time and not many ideas of what to do. Some alternatives to keep the mind busy and active are volunteering, starting another business, embarking on an encore career, engaging with one’s community, and care-giving or taking responsibility for grandchildren or friends with limited mobility. Read the rest of this entry »

There is great reluctance for many of us to want to talk to our heirs about money because its something that’s private. Furthermore, we don’t know if we can really trust our kids if we reveal to them exactly how much we have. Our fears are that they will want it now. However, it is crucially important to have a discussion with your children about money before it’s too late. Boomers like me are now working longer than our parents did, because of all of the economic challenges and turbulence that has occurred in the last 10 years.

One reason that this conversation is so challenging is that it is often indicative of feeling embarrassed about how much money one has saved. But, planning for your future is something that needs to be discussed now. The cost of caring for the aging in the country grows every year and is more astronomical than ever before. Those who don’t have this discussion leave the financial burden on their children. Many of them are simply not equipped mentally, emotionally, or financially to handle these decisions.

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