Atlanta Coaching & Hypnotherapy Associates

Decatur Office

2711 Irvin Way, suite 211
2nd Floor, Suite 211
Decatur, GA 30030


Buckhead Office

3495 Piedmont Rd. NE,
Building 11, Suite 205
Atlanta, GA 30305


“Your Results & Outcomes in Life are determined by your daily thoughts, feelings, choices, actions, patterns and responses.
So, if you desire better results and outcomes, then start by creating better thoughts, feelings, choices, actions, patterns and responses.
Believe it or not, a single thought has the ability to change your life, your journey and trajectory in life.”

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Atlanta Coaching & Hypnotherapy Associates

• Life Coaching & Life Direction
• Hypnosis
• Hypnotherapy
• Career Change & Career Direction
• Self-Improvement
• Self-Empowerment
• Self-Development

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• Health Coaching
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• Chronic Disease Management Coaching
• Wellness & Exercise Coaching

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• Achievement of Academic Success
• Learning Strategies & Coaching
• Study Strategies & Coaching
• Test-Taking Strategies & Coaching
• Standardized Testing Strategies
• ADHD, Attention, Focus & Concentration
• Foundational Performance Improvement

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Mind Matters: Your Guide to Empowering Mental Health Self-Advocacy

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Mind Matters: Your Guide to Empowering Mental Health Self-Advocacy


By Dorothy Watson & Jill Palmer

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Taking charge of one’s mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked. Being your own best health advocate, particularly in the realm of mental health, is not just beneficial; it’s essential. It involves understanding your needs, making informed decisions, and seeking appropriate care and support. In this article from MLC of Greater Atlanta, we will explore various strategies to strengthen mental health self-advocacy, empowering individuals to take an active role in their mental well-being.

Educating Yourself on Mental Health Treatments


A key step in self-advocacy is gaining a comprehensive understanding of available mental health treatments and therapies. This knowledge enables informed decision-making, ensuring that the care you receive aligns with your needs and preferences. Whether it’s therapy, medication, or alternative treatments, being well-informed about your options is vital. This proactive approach ensures that you are in control of your mental health journey.


Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle for Mental Well-Being


A healthy lifestyle is a cornerstone of mental well-being. Regular physical activity, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep contribute significantly to mental health. Engaging in activities like yoga or meditation, eating nutrient-rich foods, and ensuring enough sleep each night can have a profound impact on your mood and mental state. These lifestyle choices create a solid foundation for mental health and resilience.


Proactive Approaches to Preventative Mental Health Care


Proactive, preventative measures are crucial in maintaining mental health. This includes strategies like stress management, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in activities that promote mental relaxation and well-being. Regularly dedicating time to self-care activities can prevent mental health issues from escalating. Prioritizing these preventative practices is a testament to the importance of self-care in the context of mental health.


Planning for Long-Term Care


If you are a senior, considering your options for long-term care early can alleviate some of the stress associated with these decisions. Planning ahead before your situation becomes urgent allows you to explore various possibilities, including senior living facilities that cater to different needs. If you face a serious health issue that requires skilled nursing and round-the-clock care, a nursing home might be the most suitable option.


Before making a choice, it’s wise to thoroughly research potential facilities. Reading reviews of nursing homes in your area, understanding the associated costs, evaluating payment options, and examining detailed facility reports can help ensure that you choose a place that meets your requirements and provides the level of care you deserve.

Bolster Your Mental Health through Lifestyle Choices


Lifestyle choices play a significant role in managing mental health. Opting for a lifestyle that promotes well-being, such as reducing alcohol consumption, avoiding smoking, and maintaining social connections, can positively influence your mental state. These choices not only improve physical health but also offer mental health benefits. The power to enhance mental well-being lies significantly in the lifestyle choices you make.


Organizing and Managing Your Mental Health Records


Keeping detailed records of your mental health history, including treatments, medications, and doctor’s notes, is crucial. These records should be organized and easily accessible, enabling you to provide accurate information to healthcare providers. This organization not only aids in receiving tailored care but also gives you a sense of control over your treatment process. Effective management of these records is an essential aspect of self-advocacy in mental health.


Understanding Mental Health Insurance Coverage


Navigating the complexities of mental health insurance coverage is a vital part of self-advocacy. It is important to understand what your insurance covers, including therapy sessions, medications, and psychiatric services. Being informed about your insurance policy helps in accessing the necessary mental health services without undue financial strain. This understanding ensures that you are well-equipped to receive the care you need.


Seeking Second Opinions for Mental Health Diagnoses


Considering a second opinion for mental health diagnoses can be beneficial. It offers the opportunity to explore different perspectives and treatment options, ensuring that your diagnosis and treatment plan are comprehensive and tailored to your needs. Seeking a second opinion is a demonstration of taking an active and informed role in your mental health care. It reflects the importance of being fully comfortable and confident with the care you receive.


Becoming an empowered advocate for your mental health involves educating yourself, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, being proactive in preventative care, organizing health records, understanding insurance coverage, and seeking second opinions when necessary. These strategies collectively contribute to taking charge of your mental health and ensuring that you receive the best possible care. By applying these methods, you can effectively advocate for your mental well-being, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.


MLC of Greater Atlanta is a boutique abundance, empowerment, mind setting and prosperity practice that specializes in helping individuals who wish to create abundance, positive mindsets, increased fulfillment, enhanced empowerment, and progressive levels of prosperity within their lives. Visit our website to learn more!


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