Spiritual Disciplines Reflection

By Martin S. II Grace is what God does, knowledge is what man (woman) does. The reason we are here (born) is to exhort ourselves into spiritual discipline. Spiritual disciplines are choices we make to grow, “in grace and knowledge of Christ” (The Holy Bible, King James Version, n.d., 2 Peter 3:18). Spiritual formation are … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines Reflection

Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change

By Martin S. II The present is always changing the past. Alan Watts Motivating a change is the hallmark of emotional intelligence (EI). It must be established in the mind as both a thought and feeling, requiring cultivation and nurturing. Thinking (objective) and feeling (subjective) make up the mind-body-spirit connection in us all. Motivational interviewing … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change

Spiritual Integration

by: Martin Santos "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." Dr. Carl Gustav Jung In the Bible, adversity is used as a catalyst for growth. Illness is a demand to grow spiritually with conflict (disorder). Fundamentally, we are born into fear, poverty, illiteracy, and superstition, … Continue reading Spiritual Integration


Sense of nonsense, not right and wrong, balances the mind. Balance can be perceptually misleading. Equilibrium, stability, and poise come to mind readily. In general terms, balance is mental and emotional steadiness. It is a result of soundness of mind‒clarity, in what is most important (values). We know that values are demonstrated through beliefs and … Continue reading Balance

Stress Management

Silvana Baumann says chronic stress causes wear and tear on the body and can exacerbate existing problems. When stress starts to interfere with the ability to live an everyday life over a long time, it becomes even more dangerous. For example, an individual may feel tired, unable to concentrate, or irritable for no good reason. … Continue reading Stress Management

Integrating Weight and Depression

How a behavioral health provider would integrate physical and mental health with a patient who is interested in weight management but who is also struggling with depression. What are concerns a behavioral health provider needs to keep in mind for this type of patient? Weight gain (management) is a serious issue facing millions of people. … Continue reading Integrating Weight and Depression

Compare the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule

How can a mental health professional with Christian beliefs demonstrate the Platinum rule when working with clients who have diverse worldviews? Gold and platinum are elements. Rules are behavioral guides for conduct. Gold occurs pure in natural form, while Platinum is a catalyst. The earth being fragmental material composing part of the surface of the … Continue reading Compare the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule

Depression and Weight Management

Depression and Weight Management are interwoven together by the juxtaposition: into action. Mental states are constructed under the dynamic power of the great universal impulse that lies back of all action, enthusiasm, or zeal (Fillmore, 2019). Zeal is the energy behind all action and the forerunner of every effect. Emotion is created by motion; being … Continue reading Depression and Weight Management


The value of any relationship (client, patients, family, business, personal) is ensuring mutual understanding. An integral part of a patient’s understanding, is to be mindful (self-awareness). The health provider (professional) must be aware of a patient’s (health literacy); exercising patience, listening actively, and focusing on quality interactions. That means consciously leaving time in the discussion … Continue reading Patient-Understand-Your-Instructions

Bias Against Mental Health Professionals

Understanding that microaggressions (subtle racism) exist, along with discrimination, racism, prejudice, and stereotypes, I recognize that I must be aware of my own to comprehend them in others. As a client of a psychiatrist for many years, I was reluctant in the beginning to disclose all my fears, limitations, family matters (personal information) because I … Continue reading Bias Against Mental Health Professionals

Ethics and Cultural Diversity in America Today

The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of racial injustice and discrimination in the United States have a negative impact on mental health. This is concerning, given the already alarming prevalence rates of trauma exposure and adverse childhood experiences in the U.S. general population prior to the current pandemic, their immediate and long-lasting effects on human … Continue reading Ethics and Cultural Diversity in America Today


Daily Emotional Wellness

Emotions are powerhouse signals of information (knowledge) that effect overall (mental) health and bodily functions. Without mastery, your life (mind, body, spirit) will flow in the direction of your predominant nature (feeling). Where does a mother carry a child in pregnancy? In her heart (solar plexus). Our feelings are the womb of the mind (emotion, … Continue reading Daily Emotional Wellness

Patient Outcomes

What are patient outcomes? How do patient outcomes affect the role of a behavioral health provider in a medical setting? Developing a definition of patient outcomes is becoming critical (patient vs provider) to our collective futures. Healthcare systems and physicians are being asked to transition from fee-for-service payments to managing overall patient quality, cost, and … Continue reading Patient Outcomes

Equity and Equality of Outcomes

The late author (motivational speaker) Zig Ziglar (2019) said: “there is a vast difference in understanding something well enough to buy, as versus, understanding something well enough to sell.” This value statement is comparable to understanding equity (fairness) well enough to make it equal (outcomes) for all. Equality of outcomes varies between individual’s preferences (knowledge), … Continue reading Equity and Equality of Outcomes

12 Steps in Holistic Living

12 Steps include a variety of applicable principles that can help patients modify negative behaviors, prevent relapse, and maintain lasting recovery. In a study by Litchke et al., (2021) exploring changes in emotional well-being, they combined recreation therapy, complementary physical and creative arts activities, followed by a 12-step Christian meeting, twice a week for 2 … Continue reading 12 Steps in Holistic Living

Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change

Motivating a change is the hallmark of emotional intelligence (EI). It must be established in the mind as both a thought and feeling always requiring cultivation. Thinking (objective) and feeling (subjective) make up the mind-body-spirit connection in us all. Motivational interviewing (MI) is the process of discovering, recovering, and implementing solutions to problems (health issues) … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence in Motivating Change


Mindset is the precursor for understanding and will (choice). We develop this aspect with knowledge, skill, and desire. Our minds have two phases: objective (thinking) and subjective (feelings). Mood and emotions are interlinked with our mindsets. Emotional self-awareness is the Emotional Intelligence capacity that gives us an insight into our emotional state and others (Bryant, … Continue reading Mindset

Disease Management

What is a disease management model? How can this model be implemented by a behavioral health care provider in a medical setting? A chronic care (disease management) model (CCM or DMM) is an organizational structure to manage chronic conditions like disease in a primary care setting. Addressing chronic disease is a major challenge for healthcare … Continue reading Disease Management

Bipolar Diagnosis

There is no simple answer on what causes bipolar disorder according to Andrade et al. (2021), and disparities from the presence of psychotic symptoms in bipolar manic episodes were associated to male gender and younger age but not to indirect measures of illness severity. Bipolar disorders are a serious mental illness characterized by excessive mood … Continue reading Bipolar Diagnosis

Behavioral Lifestyle Interventions

How does a healthy lifestyle enhance a patient’s outcome? Describe three lifestyle interventions and discuss how they improve behavior management. The goal of a healthy lifestyle (quality of life) is soundness of mind (Santos, 2021). The ability to make good choices lead to fulfilling physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional behaviors. Patient outcomes vary per individual, … Continue reading Behavioral Lifestyle Interventions