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Kimberly Key
Austin, Texas
Counseling Psychotherapist and Health Practitioner
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In my last post, I promised to write about how we teach people to treat us. I remember a doctor friend told me this when I was young and I can still recall how mystified I was by that remark. How could we teach a bully not to be mean?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Kimberly Key
Recognizing the difference between expressions of feelings and actions is one of the biggest causes of conflict between people (of all ages). Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Kimberly Key
Healthcare and psychology practitioners are facing increasing burnout rates in record numbers, so much so that the American Psychiatric Association focused their 2017 annual conference on the “burnout epidemic.” It has only continued to escalate. The 1,710,000 psychology professionals and 12 million+ healthcare workers in the United States provide an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Kimberly Key
As we head into Christmas, I wanted to offer this post for anyone out there who is feeling sadness over the holidays. First, it helps to know that you're not alone and that many people feel blues during this time. It's a hectic season filled with a rush to get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Kimberly Key
With more than 70 people dead and billions of dollars of damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the full impacts of both disasters are still being tallied. Hurricane Harvey saturated parts of Texas and Louisiana with 27 trillion gallons of water and Houston received a whopping 53 inches... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Kimberly Key
Where do you fit on the scale of people pleasing? How does it impact what you do in your career and your relationships? Belonging is fundamental need, so doing anything to disrupt one’s state of belonging can be frightening. People want to be liked and often adopt manners and behaviors... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Kimberly Key
I hope everyone is having a great summer. It has been HOT here in Texas. With heat comes a lot of extra stress and studies have revealed that road rage and other stress factors can increase in the heat. Some of the reactions can be physiological as many get overheated,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Kimberly Key
World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Deterioration of mental health... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Kimberly Key
This post complements my most recent post in Psychology Today that addresses Communicating through Conflict. (click title link to read) The article describes how we can get into a state of fear or defensiveness when our basic needs of survival (food, shelter, love, safety and security) are threatened. In today's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Kimberly Key
Out of love for a dear person who killed himself, I feel compelled to share the following state resources and address a few myths... Sometimes there are warnings, many times there are can be an impulsive act in the moment...which is important as the surviving loved ones are filled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Kimberly Key
Father of logotherapy and concentration camp survivor, Viktor Frankl, said, “Despair is suffering without meaning.” Forlorn comedic writer and actor, Woody Allen, said, ““To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Kimberly Key
I started this blog almost a decade ago to provide information to clients that reinforced some of the things we were working on in therapy and to give general guidance on many of life's topics. As a natural health practitioner, I have shared some posts on natural rememdies. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Kimberly Key
It’s difficult to write about natural remedies without addressing a core issue that leads to so many health problems—improper nutrition. Much of the popular American fare (i.e., processed sugary snacks in a box like meal replacement bars, cereal, pop tarts, etc., and fast food burgers and fries) is lacking in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Kimberly Key
There’s nothing more anticlimactic to a romantic date over an indulgent dinner than getting swollen feet and legs from too much salt in the meal. Water retention. Not cute. Not comfortable. Not healthy. Before you give in to a ruined night and try to seclude yourself from your partner, try... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Kimberly Key
Cravings can wreak havoc on a diet. Here’s how to work with them rather than against them. Have you ever experienced any of the following scenarios? ~It’s late at night and you’re watching a gripping thriller on your TV and desperately want to munch on potato chips. ~It’s a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Kimberly Key
When I think about all of the motivations for eating healthy—promises of a longer lifespan, reduction in diseases, losing weight and looking better—the one that most appeals to me is improving my brain. If eating can help me remember things better and process information more quickly then I’m getting an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Kimberly Key
In our hurried society we often forget the most important ingredient to healing—time. Many viruses, infections and colds can actually be healed with time. The body is powerful like that. Give it fluids and give it time. Yet many of us get scared and want a quick fix, so we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Kimberly Key
You may have heard of gluten. It seems everyone is sensitive to gluten these days. I’ve heard some people question the legitimacy of gluten intolerance and have suggested it’s just a fad. Maybe. But what if I told you that gluten and its cousins, other grains (which are abundant in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Kimberly Key
Aging takes a toll on the body. You don't have to fight it. Instead take these must-have supplements to age with ease and heal your body naturally. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Kimberly Key
The problem is that experts differ on what a proper diet contains. Like automobiles, we all need our own personal fuel mix and our engine can have difficulty if given super unleaded gas when we need regular or diesel gas. You are special and you need solutions that work for you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Kimberly Key
Your antacids might be making things worse and if you're past 35, your body is getting even more depleted of this vital nutrient that eases digestion, bloating and helps your thyroid. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Kimberly Key
I have a confession. It concerns the reason for the long delay of my writing Part II to my last post. It also discloses a bit of personal information. I offer it, however, as a way of illustrating the grief and recovery process. My mother passed a few months ago.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Kimberly Key
Contrary to what some scientists and professionals may tell you, your genes do not dictate your destiny. If your parents abused you, it does not mean you are forced to go on and abuse your kids. Similarly, if your family tree appears dense with certain medical conditions like heart disease,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Kimberly Key
This is in response to a reader who asked why children seem to be able to bounce back from stress more than adults. While it's a bit complicated, there is actually a powerful lesson that adults can learn from children about tackling anxiety. Do you know children's number one secret... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Kimberly Key
Bread pudding is a humble and historic food. It’s soul food. Simple food. Delicious food. And it can be one of the most delectable desserts your taste buds can savor—if done correctly. That’s why I felt pretty good that an upscale steakhouse that touts its Texas history would surely deliver... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Best Bread Pudding