The Importance of Sleep For Mental Health

Why Do We Need Sleep?

We generally think of sleep as a time where our body begins to refuel and recharge energy in order to function. While this is true, sleep is also important in processing information, restoring thoughts, and strengthening our minds. Our brains are continually taking in new information. When we are asleep, you could say that our brains are “safekeeping” all that it has learned. Just like eating, drinking, and breathing, sleep is critically important for our optimal health.


Different Sleep Stages

There are four stages that we experience when we sleep. The first three stages are characterized as Non-REM (NREM) sleep, and the last stage is REM sleep. The lightest sleep stage is known as Stage 1. During this stage, brain wave activity slows. Sleep in this stage is known as a “drowsy” sleep, and it because it is so light, we can be easily awakened and aroused. Slow eye movements occur and some people may experience a “falling” sensation when drifting in and out of this stage. During Stage 2, there are no more eye movements and you may no longer be as easily awakened. Heart rate begins to slow and body temperature begins to decrease. Deep NREM sleep occurs during Stage 3. Since it is one of the stages where sleep is at its deepest, it is most difficult to awaken someone during this stage. A person experiencing sleep deprivation will spend a lengthy amount of time in this stage. When REM sleep begins, breathing becomes more rapid, heart rate increases and blood pressure rises.


Mental Health and Sleep

There is an extensive overlap between sleep disturbances and mental health disorders. Chronic sleep disturbances can affect 50-80% of U.S. adults in a psychiatric practice, compared with 10-18% of adults in a general population. Many clients seeking treatment for a mental health disorder will list insomnia as a symptom. Sleep disturbances can exacerbate your mental health disorders, or vice versa. It is important to note that a common side effect of any medication you are prescribed can cause excessive sleepiness or the inability to fall asleep as well. Becoming aware of your sleeping patterns and seeking treatment for a mental health disorder may increase your mood throughout the day and overall leave a positive impact on your health.


Sleep and Anxiety: Having an increased state of anxiety can keep your nervous system alert, which disrupts relaxation and makes it difficult to fall asleep. Just like cortisol is responsible for stress, melatonin is responsible for sleep. When we are stressed, our brain finds it difficult to produce melatonin.

Sleep and Depression: Research has shown that having insomnia can increase the risk of developing depression. A person with depression may spend a longer amount of time falling asleep and spend less time asleep overall. If they have trouble falling and staying asleep, they may not be experiencing much time in the deep sleep experienced in Stage 3, and they are not feeling well-rested.

Sleep and ADHD: Individuals diagnosed with ADHD tend to experience difficulty falling asleep, shorter sleep durations, and restlessness. Symptoms of ADHD also tend to mimic sleep disturbances which can make it difficult to tell the two apart.

Sleep and Schizophrenia: Those diagnosed with schizophrenia are more likely to have random periods of sleep throughout the day/night rather than sleeping for a continuous amount of time at night. Scientists believe these irregular sleeping habits are caused by the lack of melatonin being released and altered circadian rhythm.

Sleep and Personality Disorders: A common sleep disturbance seen in personality disorders is shortened REM latency. REM sleep correlates with cognition, memory, and mood stabilization. When REM sleep is disrupted, the severity of a pre-existing personality disorder may increase.

Sleep and Eating Disorders: Weight loss, malnutrition, and starvation are all important factors that can affect sleep quality. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can be associated with weight, body-mass index, and eating habits. The interruption of breathing during sleep can cause an individual to experience sleep in smaller increments.

Sleep and OCD: Many diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder may feel an overwhelming sense of danger which can impact falling asleep and the quality of sleep they receive. The time that they fall asleep may be later than anticipated because they can be caught up in routines or they are fixating on their own thoughts.

Sleep and Substance Use Disorders: There is a link between sleep apnea and alcohol consumption as well. Alcohol has the ability to relax the muscles in the throat which obstructs breathing. Withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction can be linked to restless leg syndrome and insomnia, making it incredibly difficult to function during the day after a sleepless night.

Sleep and Bipolar Disorders: Individuals will experience a lower quality of sleep between high (mania) and low (depression) points of a bipolar disorder. One of the earliest signs of mania seen in bipolar disorder is lack of sleep. They will feel energized and have a decreased need for sleep. Once the person begins the depression stage of bipolar, they may start to sleep excessively.



How to Increase Quality of Sleep

Lifestyle Changes: Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can be considered one of the biggest contributors to sleep disturbances. While many will find giving up these substances to be nearly impossible, avoiding them closer to your bedtime can still have an affect.

Would you have guessed that the time in which you sleep could potentially have an impact on your health? Studies have shown that people who work the “graveyard” shift are more likely to be depressed! One reason is related to the possible risk of vitamin D deficiency — since you are asleep when the sun is out, you aren’t receiving the proper sunlight needed in order for your skin to make vitamin D from cholesterol. Another reason, according to David Ballard, a program director at the American Psychological Association, is that “you’re fighting against your body’s natural circadian rhythms.” Working the night shift may cause restrictions from socializing with friends and family and potentially an unhealthy diet.

CBD Oil: Cannabidiol (CBD) communicates with our body’s endocannabinoid system, in helping us sustain a sense of balance or stability known as homeostasis. In a study involving 72 participants (47 with anxiety and 25 with poor sleep), each were given a capsule of 25 milligrams of CBD. This was distributed to them once a day for one month. At the end of the study, 79.2 percent reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported an increase in sleep quality. Chronic pain is another common reason many people experience sleep disturbances, and CBD has been beneficial in this area as well. In a 2018 article it is reported that by reducing pain, CBD can improve sleep.

Physical Activity: While exercise is essential for our physical heath, it has a strong impact on our mental health, too. Aerobic exercise can guide in helping people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer without disturbances.

Sleep Hygiene: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is referred to as sleep hygiene. Establishing a routine for your mind and body can potentially program it to sleep better. Staying awake longer than you are used to, but avoiding sleep deprivation, may induce restful sleep. Keeping the room free of distractions can also increase how fast you fall asleep.

Relaxation Techniques: Most of the difficulties people have regarding sleep issues are anxieties and racing thoughts. In order to alleviate these feelings, relaxation techniques are highly recommended and useful. These include meditation, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and listening to binaural beats. A study from the JAMA Internal Medicine consisted of 49 middle-aged and older individuals who reported sleep disturbances. Half of them participated in a mindfulness awareness program that taught them meditation and exercises created to guide them with focusing on their experiences, thoughts, and emotions. The other half participated in a sleep education class that informed them of ways to improve sleeping habits. Each group met for two hours, once a week for six weeks. The group that participated in the mindfulness awareness program reported that they experienced less insomnia, fatigue, and depression at the end of the study. Former Harvard professor Dr. Herbert Benson coined the term “relaxation response” in the 1970s. He describes this as a deep physiological shift in the body that’s the opposite of the stress response. This method is known to ease symptoms of depression, pain, and high blood pressure. As a result, many will experience restful sleep.

Binaural beats are another type of relaxation technique that promotes better sleep quality. It is a creation of two slightly different sound frequencies that creates a perception of a new frequency tone. It is believed to be effective by using headphones, listening to one frequency in one ear, and the other frequency in the other ear. When your brain hears the combination of both frequencies, it is able to tune to the new frequency. These frequencies are relatively low, which can trigger slower brainwave activity, resulting in feeling relaxed and a decrease in anxiety. As it has been previously mentioned, the less stressed you are, the more likely you are to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and feel more rested when you awaken.


Feel free to visit our store if you are interested in trying our selection of high quality CBD oilIf you feel that you may have a mental illness that is impairing your ability to get restful sleep, please contact our office at (412)-532-1249 to see how we can help.




About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again. Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

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Anxiety: Common Symptoms & Treatment

Many individuals use the term anxiety to refer to a great deal of worry. However, what does anxiety really mean? And what does anxiety disorder look like? anxiety disorder


Anxiety disorder means an excessive worry or anxiousness that lasts more than six months. The fear and worry manifest themselves in various extreme forms. These forms could look like physical ailments, emotional, and or psychological unrest. The toll that anxiety takes on an individual is very severe. For many individuals, it may not seem clear or evident that he or she is experiencing an anxiety disorder due to the lack of knowledge and information about its manifestation ( anxiety disorder


Research suggests that women are more likely to develop an anxiety disorder in their lifetime than men (McLean, 2011, pp. 1). Gender differences and anxiety has shown that the manifestation of anxiety in both women and men could be presented in a similar fashion. However, research suggests that the main difference is “the observed differences between men and women are somewhat influenced by gender-related differences in the conceptualization and reporting of symptoms” (McLean, 2011, pp. 11).


So, what are the common symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety’s most common psychological symptoms are: excessive worry, nervousness, irritation, racing thoughts, and a sense of panic. On the other hand, anxiety could take a much more physiological form in certain individuals, the common symptoms are: increased heartbeat, difficulty sleeping or remaining asleep, loss of appetite, tense muscles, and sweating. “These shared physiological states suggest a shared underlying biology and that anxiety maybe a whole-body condition” (Jovanovic, et al., 2018).


Treatment for anxiety could include various options. When combined, evidence-based therapy (EBT), cotemporary and alternative therapies have been shown effective in the treatment of anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an example of one type of EBT. “It teaches people different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful objects and situations. CBT can also help people learn and practice social skills, which is vital for treating social anxiety disorder” Typically, some therapies are combined to increase their effectiveness in treating anxiety. CBT and exposure therapy have been utilized quite a bit together to treat social anxiety disorder (SAD) (NIMH, 2018).


Another form of treatment for anxiety disorder that has been researched intensively is the use of medical marijuana. The research that has been complied thus far suggests that medical marijuana is capable of reducing anxiety, relaxing muscle tension, and stimulating appetite (Lava, 2018). Pennsylvania is one of the 33 states that has legalized the medical use of marijuana, “short-term use of medical marijuana with low THC and high CBD content has been shown to be most effective in treatment of anxiety disorders” (Sasko, 2019). anxiety disorder





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About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again. Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

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Art Therapy for Children

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that inspires clients to use free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling. This method is used as either a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis. Children may find the idea of therapy and speaking with a counselor scary or intimidating. This can make it hard for them to properly express what they are feeling. Kids have vivid imaginations and are alarmingly creative, and this is where art therapy for children can be affective. In traditional therapy sessions, the client is usually asked a series of questions. What if a child does not feel comfortable talking about a situation, or their vocabulary is somewhat limited? They can use art as a form of expression while a mental health professional can interpret the meaning of their creation.


The Process of Art Therapy for Children

The idea of art therapy for kids is to make them as comfortable as possible while gathering enough information for a diagnosis during a session. It is a cautionary way of discussing emotional or triggering topics. The counselor can initiate conversation based on the art and help the child translate what they have created. Art therapy for children can address and support a number of difficulties such as:

  • death of a family member or friend
  • childhood trauma (physical, emotional, sexual abuse)
  • learning disabilities
  • emotional issues or phobias
  • recognizing and treating mental health disorders
  • understanding and treating physical disabilities
  • behavioral problems


The process typically begins with a mental health professional supplying the child with age-appropriate art supplies. Sometimes they will give the child a prompt, or they will ask them to draw anything that comes to mind. The counselor will focus on repetitive patterns, dark colors, or other distinctive characteristics about what they have created. Art therapists are trained to understand the roles that colors, textures, and different art media can play in the therapy process. They are also able to identify how these tools can help reveal one’s thoughts, feelings, and psychological dispositions. The art therapist will come up with a strategy to address what they have found in the art and discuss this with the child. This will help the counselor develop a diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan.


Efficacy of Art Therapy for Children

The expression of art can be seen as a form of non-verbal communication. Therefore, art makes it easier for children to express what they are not able to say. If a child experiences a traumatic event such as abuse, it is likely that they are afraid to speak about the situation and how it affects them. It is also known as a sensory-based approach which grants the child access to communicate on different levels, particularly by applying their senses. Research states that some sensory components of making art have been shown to improve moods and calm the body and mind.

Another result of art therapy is that it gives the opportunity for a child to enhance what they are attempting to tell a counselor. In the example of trauma, they may have difficulty speaking about the specific details of the event. Drawing those details can alleviate some of the damage and confusion they may feel about what happened. This lets the counselor visualize what triggers the child, and then they can help them recover.

Expressing emotions in the form of art can also give them the confidence they need to speak up about situations in the future. When a child finds the courage to let out their feelings to a therapist, they may begin to earn their trust and open up about other topics. This can eventually lead to enhancing their dialogue towards symptom expression.

Art expression can positively affect function, mood, cognition, and behavior. Children with special needs, such as autism, speech impairments, developmental disabilities, and other mental/behavioral health conditions are known to have positive experiences with art therapy. It allows them to show their strengths and individuality without judgment.

All children have a voice, whether or not they have the developed language skills to express themselves. Art therapy activates a child’s imagination and creativity to guide them in self-exploration of their mental state.



Art Therapy for Children at Makin Wellness

Barbara specializes in art therapy and loves working with kids! She sees children at our Downtown New Kensington office from 12-7 pm. Please contact our office at (412)-532-1249 to schedule with her.



About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again. Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

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Anxiety And Depression … What’s the Difference?

Anxiety and depression are very common mental health disorders in the United States. The terms are often used interchangeably and sometimes the symptoms appear to be similar. About half of individuals diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety. Getting a proper analysis of the disorder can be extremely important when diagnosing and treating these two different conditions. So, what really determines whether a person feels anxious, depressed, or both?


What is Depression?

Approximately 17.3 million adults suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. Depression can feel like a continual sense of sadness and restlessness. It can lead to a range of physical and behavioral symptoms. It can cause heavy impairment in a person’s life if left untreated. Many people seek help from a licensed counselor when depression begins to interfere with completing simple tasks. There are specific criteria in order to be diagnosed with depression. In order to be clinically diagnosed, a person must experience 5 or more of these symptoms within a two-week period:

  • depressed mood
  • loss of interest/pleasure in enjoyable activities
  • weight loss/weight gain
  • insomnia/hypersomnia
  • psychomotor agitation
  • fatigue
  • feelings of worthlessness/guilt
  • difficulty concentrating
  • suicidal thoughts or behaviors


What is Anxiety? Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety disorders are more prevalent than depressive disorders, affecting 40 million adults in the United States. Like depression, anxiety can feel like a sense of restlessness, fatigue, and leave a person with the inability to focus. Anxiety can also interfere with daily activities. Different types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A licensed counselor may diagnose you with an anxiety disorder when you meet any of the following criteria almost daily for more than six months:

  • excessive worry
  • fatigue
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability
  • sleep disturbances
  • muscle tension
  • rapid heart rate
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • chest pain


Anxiety and the Brain

Medical professionals believe that anxiety starts in the amygdala of your brain, which is the part that controls emotional responses – like pleasure and fear. When a person feels anxious or stressed, signals from the brain are sent to other parts of the body which is commonly known as the “fight-or-flight” response. When the body responds, stress hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol are released. Too much of this response can become unhealthy for the body. During the process, a person may become dizzy, lightheaded, nauseous, and possibly faint.


Depression and the Brain

Aside from anxiety, there are actually three parts of the brain that can play a role in depressive symptoms – the hippocampus, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is located at the front of the brain. It controls emotions, decision making, and memory forming. The hippocampus is near the center of the brain and it is responsible for cortisol production. High levels of cortisol are believed to play a role in the deterioration of all of these major parts of the brain. As a result, these structures physically shrinking can put a person at a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression.


Anxiety and the Body

Anxiety and depression seem extremely similar when you look at the symptoms. But anxiety and depression have different influences on different parts of your body. In the same way that they affect your cognitive thinking, they can affect your physical health.

Hyperventilation is a common anxiety symptom. When this happens, breathing may become shallow or rapid. This can make a person feel like they are not getting enough oxygen and begin gasping for air.

Anxiety can affect changes in blood circulation and a person’s heart rate throughout their body. An increased heart rate can cause blood vessels to narrow, affecting a person’s body temperature and giving off sensations of hot flashes. As the body beings to naturally cool down, a person will then feel cold. This rapid change of blood circulation can potentially damage the cardiovascular system.

Too much cortisol can also impair a person’s immune system by blocking areas that usually fight infections. As a result, it is likely that a person with an anxiety disorder may experience a common cold or the flu more often than others.


Depression and the Body

People who are diagnosed with chronic health conditions may often feel defeated and helpless when it comes to managing their symptoms. As a result, they are more likely to develop depression. Having difficulty finding a cure for an illness can even exacerbate feelings of depression. It is important to seek medical advice as well as mental health therapy since there is a correlation between the two.

Depression can lower the likelihood of a person willing to make positive lifestyle changes. This can negatively impact a person’s physical health. People with depression tend to develop poor eating habits and are less likely to engage in physical activity. This makes depression a risk factor for heart health problems. Research states that 1 in 5 people with heart failure or coronary heart disease have depression.


How Can We Help?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to get help. With the proper mental health advice, the overwhelming feelings of anxiety and depression can be treated and we can help you get your health on track. We can provide mental health counseling for anxiety and depression right here in our office. Please contact our office at (412)-532-1249 to schedule according to your availability and preferred location. 






About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again.  Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

Mental Health Assessment for Court

What’s a Mental Health Assessment for Court?

A court ordered mental health assessment can determine if there are any clinical underlying factors that may have influenced a legal situation. A judge or prosecutor may request an evaluation to increase understanding of any mental illnesses that have impacted an event. Some illnesses that may have an effect on this include depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and substance abuse, among others. It is necessary for a licensed clinician to perform an evaluation in order to determine if a mental illness exists. Having a mental health assessment is extremely important for providing appropriate treatment for the individual as well. Mental Health Assessment for Court


Why Does My Judge or Lawyer Want Me to Get One?

Even though it can seem intimidating to have your mental health questioned, it is in a judge or lawyer’s best interest to understand the reasons behind your offense. A mental health assessment gives you the option to have a better outcome towards your situation while also getting adequate treatment. This can also be seen as an effective way of reducing repeat offenses and helping you move your mental heath in a positive direction.Mental Health Assessment for Court


What is the Process of a Mental Health Assessment Like?

The process of receiving a mental health assessment can vary between 15-30 minutes,. You will first answer a brief questionnaire about your mental health and wellness then send us the results.  An additional session would be scheduled for  30-55 minutes, you will discuss the answers from the questionnaire with a professional counselor. Topics of discussion include your symptoms and severity levels, family history of mental illness, and other psychiatric concerns. Other questions may include personal regards to your childhood upbringing or past traumatic events. Your physical appearance and behavior plays an important role in your evaluation as well. A professional counselor will pay close attention to your overall mood, eye contact, posture, and body language. They may also analyze your ability to think and recall information by completing short tasks. Once the discussion is completed, a summarization of your mental health report can be written by our evaluators. We can provide you with a court accepted document within one business week of your visit. If you need the results faster, we can rush your order for an additional $200.Mental Health Assessment for Court


How Soon Can I Get Started?Mental Health Assessment for Court

We can typically schedule mental health assessments within a week. Please contact our office at (412)-532-1249  to schedule according to your availability and preferred location. We also can conduct these assessments virtually if you prefer to do the evaluation online instead.Mental Health Assessment for Court


About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again.  Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

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Nutritional Intervention for Anxiety & Depression

We’ve all likely heard the term “brain food.” Likewise, when we think of mental health we may think of the mind, or certain brain chemicals. Growing research in the field of nutritional psychiatry explores nutritional interventions to relieve mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression. Did you know simply drinking a glass of water can improve brain function??

Adults and children alike are affected by mental illness, with anxiety and depression being the most common. In our ever hurried world, fast food may provide convenience, yet takes its toll on both mental and physical health.

Modifying lifestyle and diet has shown to be a preventative measure in mood disorders. Nutritional interventions encouraging a balanced, nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, helps prevent and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. The Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research brings together practitioners and scientists interested in various nutritional research, linking the effects of nutrition on mental health. Dozens of research on the following nutritional recommendations have shown to have a positive effect on anxiety and depression: nutritional intervention

  • Whole foods (fruits and vegetables): Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption has been associated with lowered depression and anxiety. A diet high in a variety of raw fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal physical and emotional well-being.
  • Probiotics: Probitiocs are the beneficial bacteria in the gut, providing better nutrient absorption, and have been connected to mental wellbeing. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods, beverages, or supplements.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3’s are essential to brain function and development. Low levels may contribute to brain deficiencies and accelerate aging. Omega 3 fish oil has shown to positively impact mental clarity, memory, and depression. Salmon, sardines, and nuts and seeds like flaxseeds and walnuts are high in Omega 3’s.
  • Water: Water is essential to brain function and mood, as it flushes out toxins, carries nutrients to cells, acts as a lubricant to the body, and prevents constipation. Even if you’re mildly dehydrated, you may feel tired, having impaired concentration.

Holistic nutrition and therapy is an approach that looks at the root cause of illness, offering a natural approach to dis-ease. This includes considering a variety of factors affecting physical and mental health, such as nutrient deficiencies, lack of exercise, stress, and thyroid issues. A holistic approach works to improve immune function, digestion, and brain function, with an understanding that all body systems are interrelated. Makin Wellness is happy in providing nutritional intervention and other holistic treatment options. nutritional intervention

About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again.  Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

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Mental Health Services in Pittsburgh, PA – Counselors, Therapists & Life Coaches

Anxiety, depression ,stress and relational issues are all things that can complicate our lives . One of the most difficult things is finding someone who you can trust and count on. It can be tricky finding out who you can trust and who you can’t. Family, friends and loved ones can be supportive while you are having a hard time, but so many people face challenges that require more assistance than they could offer.Mental health Services in Pittsburgh
Makin Wellness mental health services can be your tool in your mental well being. We offer premier mental health counseling and coaching in our Downtown Pittsburgh, Downtown New Kensington and virtual offices.Mental health Services in Pittsburgh

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The Makin Wellness Pittsburgh Coaching program is created to elevate your mood. The sessions you spend with your coach can be fun, uplifting and an experience that most of our clients say they look forward to!  Interpersonal growth is not something that is done best on your own; having a life coach  can boost your growth much faster. All of our coaches are licensed professional counselors as well, so when you do go through a hard time, you will have someone to help you process through it. Regardless of what you are are looking for, Makin Wellness can assist you. Every client is unique, so our coaching is individualized to best suit what your needs are.

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Makin Wellness Counseling Associates can also help you realize your  habits in life, negative  relationships and challenges. Our counselors are trained to help you see what you have been struggling to acknowledge. If you also struggle with mental health or addiction issues, we are able to accurately diagnose you and collaborate on a treatment plan.Mental health Services in Pittsburgh

Your Makin Wellness Pittsburgh counselor may also help you identify your skills and talents, develop realistic and honest goals, create action steps, and measure progress. When you have been trying to make a change in your life, simply having someone to process your thoughts and emotions with, can make a huge difference.Mental health Services in Pittsburgh

Here’s a few examples of how Makin Wellness Pittsburgh & Makin Wellness New Kensington can make a difference in your life…

Anxiety & Depression

The majority of people don’t fully grasp what it is to live with a debilitating mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Doing mundane tasks like getting out of bed or getting ready in the morning seem like monumental tasks. Feeling trapped in your own negative thoughts can make you feel alone, out of control or even hopeless. The good news is that there is hope .Mental health Services in Pittsburgh

At Makin Wellness Pittsburgh & Makin Wellness New Kensington, truly understand how severe the symptoms of depression and anxiety are. We get how these disorders can wreak havoc on your success, career, relationships, family and basic functioning. Our licensed professional counselors and clinical team are ready to help you. We have decades of experience in treating depression and anxiety. Please know that these conditions are treatable. Give us a call today and set up an initial session with one of our renowned clinicians !

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We are sure you have heard how the only consistent thing in life is change. No matter what your background is, you have previously or currently experienced difficulties along your life journey. Regardless of your field of work, the common thing all humans share is stress. If you are overly stressed out, your quality of life and health will decline. Many topics addressed in stress management counseling are career choices, relationship tensions, money worries and / or self doubt. Whether you are looking to make a huge life change or learn effective ways of managing your stress, our professional counselors are trained to help you become less stressed out and more happy.

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It doesn’t matter how complicated or simplistic the challenges in your life are; our staff are ready to provide you with emotional healing and support. We are able to do this by helping you find out what your priorities and goals are. Our mental health counselors can help you to :

  • Learn your priorities
  • Figure out how to manage your priorities
  • Implement strategies and effective coping skills
  • Eliminate obstacles and obstacles in your way
  • Provide emotional support

Scheduling an Appointment at Makin Wellness Pittsburgh or New Kensington

Now that you are ready to meet with a mental health professional, consider reaching out to Makin Wellness Pittsburgh or Makin Wellness New Kensington . Our  counselors, coaches, and therapists at Makin Wellness Pittsburgh know that it can be hard to ask for help. All you need to do is give us a ring and we are more than happy to help you start on your healing journey. We have appointments available for new clients within 48 hours.Mental health Services in Pittsburgh

Call Makin Wellness  today at (412)-532-1249.  Let’s heal & become happy again.


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Boosting Immunity for “Back to School”

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin

Whether you have children in school, homeschooling, or you’re kid free, it’s that time of year where the back to school germs flying around can affect us all. Grocery stores, libraries, and other public places all have the potential to spread germs. As we move into fall and temperatures drop with less sunlight exposure, our bodies could use a little immune boost.

While most public places take measures to reduce the spread of illness, with sanitization and public hand sanitizers, the best defense against germs is a strong immune system. Its common for colds and flus during winter months and we may not be able to prevent all illness, but a little preventative measures can go a long way. Diet, exercise, and adequate sleep all support strong immunity. boostingimmunity

First and foremost, a healthy diet is essential to boosting immunity. Highly processed foods, dyes, artificial sweeteners, and chemical preservatives are all things to steer clear of. Quick and easy may be convenient, but its best to avoid these things to prevent sickness. A balanced diet with whole foods will provide nutrients the body needs to fight off infection and function at its best. boostingimmunity

Unhealthy foods can cause inflammation in the body, making it harder to fight infection. Here are some foods to support a healthy body and mind:

  • Colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Organic leafy greens
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wild-caught fish
  • Organic eggs
  • Grass-fed beef/organic poultry

Essential oils are an excellent option to boost immunity, promote restful sleep, and help calm the mind. Therapeutic grade oils provide the best results. Lavender and chamomile can be used to support a good nights rest. Sleep is essential for immunity and overall wellness. Here are essential oils to keep on hand during cold and flu season:

  • Eucalyptus – eucalyptus is an uplifting oil that promotes mental clarity and support the respiratory system.
  • Lavender – lavender promotes restful sleep and has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety
  • Peppermint – peppermint is excellent for mental clarity and opening up the airways. Its great to have on hand for sinus congestion and colds.
  • Lemon – lemon oil helps supports immunity, and promotes nutrient absorption.
  • Thieves – thieves is a blend of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary from Young Living Essentail Oils. It can be rubbed on the bottoms of feet to boost immunity and diffused into the air to reduce airborne germs.

If you’re interested in support with meal planning or would like a customized oil blend to boost immunity and support your overall wellness, contact us today for your personal blend!

About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again.  Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.

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Laura Stewart B.A., CHN

Addiction Counseling – Therapists and Counselors in Pittsburgh, PA

Who all is impacted by addiction?

People who are addicted to substances or alcohol often don’t think they have a problem. It can be so challenging to honestly recognize and admit all of the negative consequences that have resulted because of their ongoing using. They might not be at the point where they are sick , totally out of control to exhausted yet; this is why it can be hard to seek out addiction counseling. Maybe a loved one colleague or friend has noticed that their their buddy is struggling. It can so overwhelming and flat out upsetting and shameful to take an honest look at what has happened in their life.


Is it really possible to be treated for addiction?

We hear so many times about people wondering if it is really true that addiction can be treated. The great news is that it absolutely can. There are countless different types of lightens, styles and types of effective treatment that cane implemented.  At Makin Wellness, we offer highly individualized treatment to best fit our client’s needs.  Lots of people consider therapy to be an important part of their sobriety and find it to extremely beneficial. Combining therapy with medication assisted treatment or medical cannabis* may also be extremely effective at reducing cravings. It doesn’t matter if you used drugs for a couple months or decades; counseling helps your better understand addiction, consequences, triggers and a can help to create a concrete relapse prevention plan in order to help you stay sober. Unlike popular belief, you don’t need to be at your worst in order to start therapy for addiction. It is possible to start healing … today.Addiction Counseling Pittsburgh

What is addiction counseling and treatment like?

Addiction can be treated with counseling alone or with counseling and medication… only taking medication or medical cannabis is not enough to keep someone sober, although it does help reduce cravings. Once you are a place where you don’t have any more substances in your body, addiction counseling assists you with learning new ways of living , coping and healing from past wounds.

Where can I become clean?

Makin Wellness in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington can help you become clean. We firmly believe that evidence based and holistic therapy can help you live a happier , healthier and sober life. There are many different treatment and therapy choices for people struggling with addiction, so we custom tailor our treatment to best suit your needs and what you want from therapy. We have experienced and caring addiction therapists that will help you understand addiction, learn how to cope and progress in recovery.Addiction Counseling Pittsburgh
At Makin Wellness Addiction Counseling of Pittsburgh, we don’t think you should have to wait before you start. We offer a luxurious , safe and nurturing environment where you can work on improving yourself and get the support you need. We honor initial appointments within 48 hours or even less sometimes. Don’t like addiction steal your happiness ; schedule your session today here.Addiction Counseling Pittsburgh

If you are looking for relief , please schedule a session today  to get connected with Pittsburgh’s best therapists!Therapy Business Owners

About Makin Wellness: 

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pennsylvania’s premier therapy and coaching centers located in Downtown , Pittsburgh and New Kensington, PA. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again. Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction , trauma , medical marijuana and relationship counseling .Addiction Counseling Pittsburgh


Mental Health and Nutrition


“I haven’t had an anxiety attack in months. I’m completely off my antidepressants, which I 100 percent attribute to diet and lifestyle changes.” – Jane Green

We love hearing stories like these, where behavior changes are made to improve diet and lifestyle and positive results are clearly seen. While everyone is different and there is no one size fits all approach, research has shown the many benefits of diet and lifestyle changes for mental health. mental health

Fueling the body with nutrient dense foods supports enzyme function and serotonin levels (the happy hormone). Reduction of sugar intake improves mood and energy, while an abundance of sugar has been found to decrease a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is connected to anxiety and depression. Consider one study showing the benefits of reducing sugar intake.

In 2017 a study showed those who ate 67 or more grams of sugar (17 teaspoons) had more anxiety and depression. Those who had less than 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons) exhibited less anxiety and depression. Reducing sugar in the diet can be difficult at first with symptoms of headaches, feeling tired, and flu-like symptoms. It’s the body’s way of detoxing.

Nutritional counseling can be a great addition to traditional therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Diet and lifestyle is an important part of self-care and self-love, which is key in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). We are all worthy of self-care and incorporating tasty, nutritious foods is a great self-care habit to form.

Increasing healthy habits and reducing unhealthy ones can seem difficult at first, and does take a bit of discipline and behavior change. If you are interested in professional support in making positive changes to support your mental wellness, contact us today for a free consultation! mental health

About Makin Wellness

Founded in 2017 , Makin Wellness is Pittsburgh’s premier therapy & coaching centers located in Downtown Pittsburgh and Downtown New Kensington. The company’s mission is to help people heal and become happy again.  Makin Wellness specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana assisted treatment and relationship counseling.