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


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

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

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

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

Healthy Lifestyle

What factors contribute to a healthy lifestyle? What activities can be suggested to help influence a healthy lifestyle? Mindset (attitude) is foundational to healthy living. The importance  of psychosocial and substantive behaviors contributes to both the cause (spiritual malady) of illness and the success of treatment in the rehabilitation setting (Nathenson, 2013).  Applying the eight dimensions … Continue reading Healthy Lifestyle