How Your Heritage Can Make You a Badass

We celebrate Black History Month in February, Asian American Heritage Month in May, Hispanic Heritage Month in October, and American Indian Heritage Month this month. But why do we even recognize heritage month? In the US, we celebrate various American cultural groups to recognize their contributions, achievements, and inspiration to us all. But more importantly, why should your heritage be...[ read more ]

How to Move Forward When You Feel Stuck

I proudly consider myself a high-functioning individual most of the time. But every once in a while I feel like I hit a wall of stagnation. Stagnation is a state or condition marked by lack of flow, movement, or growth. For me, it's when I start to feel like I’m just going through the motions or doing things on auto-pilot...[ read more ]

How to Handle the Trauma & Stress of Recent Shootings

According to the Gun Violence Archive data, there have been 16 mass shootings in the last month, including the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas. It's natural to feel shock and disbelief over this type of event because it’s traumatizing. Indirect or secondary trauma is still trauma. It's natural to feel a mixture of other emotions as well – anger, discouragement,...[ read more ]

How to Find Your Purpose

What is your purpose? Why are you here? What is all this about anyway? These are universal questions we grapple for most of our lives and especially when faced with an existential crisis like a pandemic! But by slowing down our fast-paced American lifestyle, this pandemic has actually gifted us the perfect opportunity to invest some time into looking for...[ read more ]

Jerry Ochoa, LPCC, BICBT-CC
CBT Certified Clinician 209-985-6332

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