Rachel Glaser, LCSW

Rachel Glaser, LCSW is a private psychotherapy practice in Austin, TX.

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Rachel Glaser, LCSW updated their address. 08/16/2021

Rachel Glaser, LCSW updated their address.

Rachel Glaser, LCSW updated their address.

01/28/2021

I’ll be presenting to Central Texas Eating Disorders Specialists (CTEDS) on Friday, February 12. See details below!

Date: Friday, February 12th

Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Location: VIRTUAL - Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclf-GuqjsrE9BKG4fwydaHQOM0W8TdXwCb. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Check your spam/junk folder if it doesn't arrive in your inbox.

Presenter: Rachel Glaser,LCSW

Topic: The Intersection of Eating Disorders and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Objectives: Participants will be able to: Understand diagnoses related to PMAD and EDs, discuss common risk factors for PMADs and EDs, and discuss assessment and treatment of PMADs and EDs. Locate available resources for treatment.

1.5 CEUs available! No partial CEs are available. You must attend the full, live CE event and complete an evaluation of the event in order to receive a CE certificate.

Fee: Free admission for members, $10 donation recommended for non-members- please send donations via PayPal to [email protected].

Please submit any questions to: [email protected]

10/25/2018

Excited to be here, to learn something new, and to bring this knowledge back to my practice!

Excited to be here, to learn something new, and to bring this knowledge back to my practice!

From Loss to Love 07/09/2018

From Loss to Love

Love Steven Hayes and really enjoyed this article!
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201806/loss-love

From Loss to Love

Changes in Prefrontal-Limbic Function in Major Depression after 15 Months of Long-Term Psychotherapy 02/01/2017

Changes in Prefrontal-Limbic Function in Major Depression after 15 Months of Long-Term Psychotherapy

WHY GO TO THERAPY?

Even in 2017, and even in a progressive city like Austin, going to therapy is often seen as "weak" or superfluous. I'm here to tell you how therapy actually works and why it can be beneficial. These are only a few of the reasons why therapy can be worth your time and energy:

1. It's not just talking.
A common misconception of therapy is that it is only a space to process and talk for the full hour and pay someone to listen. While this is an option, most therapists nowadays can also teach you tools and skills to better manage your life. You might be asked to do homework such as tracking your moods and behaviors, writing about your thoughts, or trying a new social situation to prove to yourself that you can survive it. Therapists will educate you about what is going on internally so that it is not so mysterious to you and so that you do not feel so alone or scared by your thoughts and feelings.
Over time, you begin to internalize the skills and tools your therapist teaches you so that they become habit, and hopefully do not need to go to therapy regularly and might just check in occasionally.

2. Therapy rewires your brain.
With brain scans, psychotherapy has been shown to alter activity in the brain over time. Therapists can help you notice your current ineffective habits and patterns of responding and hold you accountable to making changes and trying different responses, which over time carves out new grooves in the brain. See research article below.

3. Talking through feelings can help with physical aches and pains.
While many of us are taught to hold our feelings inside, this eventually leads to stress reactions in the body which can cause headaches, stomachaches, insomnia, and ulcers just to name a few. Having a dedicated space to regularly air out feelings and thoughts helps to prevent these aches and pains from manifesting.

4. Talking through feelings can save you from blowing up at the wrong person.
Feelings that are kept inside do not just go away. If held inside, we might blow up at the wrong time and at the wrong person. Therapy helps you to learn skills to openly, directly and assertively communicate your needs and feelings to others in your life and to validate your own experience when others are not capable of doing so.

5. Therapy helps you check the facts.
We assume things all day long, it's just part of being human and having a human mind. We read into things others say and do and we jump to conclusions. A therapist can help you step back and check the facts and change your reality. This helps you to regulate and manage emotions more effectively and engage more actively and genuinely in your life. In other words, a therapist can hold you accountable to doing the work that might be difficult to do on your own.

Changes in Prefrontal-Limbic Function in Major Depression after 15 Months of Long-Term Psychotherapy Neuroimaging studies of depression have demonstrated treatment-specific changes involving the limbic system and regulatory regions in the prefrontal cortex. While these studies have examined the effect of short-term, interpersonal or cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, the effect of long-term, psyc...

01/11/2017

NEEDS

January is Mental Wellness Month, and also the start of the new year. In other words, it's a good time to look at what you need to make this year, or even this week, as balanced and positive as possible. One way to think about how we create balance and positivity in our lives is to look at our varying needs and to assess how well those needs are being met.
Think of needs as ever-evolving and as balance as something we are constantly working on. It's like driving down a straight road: you still find yourself adjusting the wheel slightly to the left and right to stay straight. So you will find yourself always making slight adjustments here and there to find the right balance.

TYPES OF NEEDS

There are many different types of needs that humans have.

PHYSICAL: Of course, we have our basis physiological requirements for human survival, such as air, water, food, clothing, shelter, and rest. As basic as these seem to be, life gets busy and other needs and demands can get in the way of even our most basic of needs. So ask yourself, am I getting enough rest? Enough water? Even enough air?
You might try setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to take breaks during the day to do some deep breathing or to take a sip of water and check in with yourself.

SOCIAL: My favorite kind! Social needs include such things as love, acceptance, belonging and connection. Some of the things that satisfy this need include: Friendships, Romantic attachments, Family, Social groups, Community groups, religious institutions or organizations. It can be tough to carve out time for this, so try even shooting a friend a text and telling them to have a good day, or making plans weeks in advance as sometimes is required when you are adult-ing.

INTELLECTUAL: Intellectual needs refer to the need to stimulate curiosity and exploration of the world and of topics of interest. Ways to get this need met are: Reading, Writing, Taking classes, Discussing/Debating with others, Listening to podcasts, Joining a book group. I often throw a podcast or an Audible book on while driving or exercising, and love reading the same books as a friend or family member and casually discussing the book when we're both finished.

CREATIVE: Creative needs include the need we have to express our inner experience in different ways, including engaging in our own creative outlets (art, dance, writing) or viewing others' creative expressions (going to a museum or show). Again, you can combine several needs by engaging in a creative endeavor with a friend or partner.

EMOTIONAL: My other favorite! Emotional needs involve anything that helps us to process and acknowledge our emotions appropriately and manage our emotions in a way that is effective in our lives. This can include journaling about our feelings, identifying and honoring emotions, communicating to others about our emotional needs and asking for what we need, going to therapy, allowing ourselves time and space to process and prepare for difficult emotional situations. There can be major consequences for not making space for this need!

SPIRITUAL: Spiritual needs are what we need to connect with a higher power or with the universe around us. They are what help us to find or create meaning in our lives and put our lives into perspective. Ways of getting these needs met: connection with a set of religious or spiritual beliefs about the world and life; giving back to the community; turning pain into a fulfilling or meaningful experience. Therapy or meeting with a spiritual or religious leader in your community are great ways of processing and clarifying what this means to you. Or, start by reading 'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor Frankl.

MYTHS ABOUT NEEDS:

Now, let's explore some myths about needs that might be helpful to debunk:

1. MYTH: I should sacrifice my own needs for the needs of others.
TRUTH: Sure, sometimes we have to do this, and that's ok. Yet make sure you are not ALWAYS doing this or your relationships will become filled with resentment and you will have no sacrifice left in you.

2. MYTH: Having needs means I am weak.
TRUTH: All humans have needs. Every moment of our lives we have needs.

3. MYTH: Asking for what I need is selfish.
TRUTH: Asking for what you need is assertive and helps others to know how to support you better. You might have to understand that you will not always get your needs met, but it is OK to ask.

4. MYTH: If others can't meet my needs it means they do not care about me.
TRUTH: We cannot always meet the needs of those we care about, and this also means we are human. Everyone has their limits and has the right to say no.

5. MYTH: Those who are close to me should know how to meet my needs.
TRUTH: Others cannot read our minds, no matter how much they care about us. We have to explicitly tell them what we need.

Have any other myths or a variation of one of the above myths that gets in your way? Post it here so I can add it to my list!

Timeline Photos 12/01/2016

BALANCE
Balancing work and play, demands and desires is important for a well-rounded and full life. Often, we get caught up in all of the responsibilities and pressures in our life and do not make time for the activities that make us who we are. If we make time for only demands and work, I can guarantee you that you will be left with just that: demands and work. Anxiety and stress. Maybe even depression.
On the other hand, if all we make time for is play, we are left feeling directionless and out of control.
So how do we find balance?

I challenge you to complete this exercise, one of my favorites to do with clients:

Take a piece of paper and divide it into two columns: Column 1 is labeled 'Want Tos' (the things you do because you truly want to do them, because you find them enjoyable--not because they have an end product or a goal to shoot for). Column 2 is labeled 'Shoulds' (the thing you do because you feel pressured to or because you are explicitly demanded to by work or family). You might have some overlap in the columns-that's ok!

In each column, try to think of about ten activities that correspond. When finished with both columns, take a moment and think about times when you are overwhelmed and stressed out to the max. What activity, of all the ones you wrote down, in either column, do you tend to throw out the window first? Which activity gets put on the back burner? Is it a 'Want To' or a 'Should?' Now, keep going, and keep crossing out one activity after the next, by asking yourself 'When overwhelmed, which activity do I throw out the window next?'
Do you start to see a pattern? Is one column crossed out more than the other? If so, this means you may not have balance in your life and you may tend towards one side or the other when overwhelmed. This is just something to be aware of. If your 'Want To' column gets pushed aside when you are overwhelmed, you might find yourself depressed, anxious and overall unhappy. This is because you have no fun and no self care in your life. If your 'Should' column gets pushed aside when you are overwhelmed, you might find yourself avoiding important tasks and responsibilities and becoming even more overwhelmed over time.

See if you can challenge yourself to find more of a balance between the two for a fuller, richer and happier life!

BALANCE
Balancing work and play, demands and desires is important for a well-rounded and full life. Often, we get caught up in all of the responsibilities and pressures in our life and do not make time for the activities that make us who we are. If we make time for only demands and work, I can guarantee you that you will be left with just that: demands and work. Anxiety and stress. Maybe even depression.
On the other hand, if all we make time for is play, we are left feeling directionless and out of control.
So how do we find balance?

I challenge you to complete this exercise, one of my favorites to do with clients:

Take a piece of paper and divide it into two columns: Column 1 is labeled 'Want Tos' (the things you do because you truly want to do them, because you find them enjoyable--not because they have an end product or a goal to shoot for). Column 2 is labeled 'Shoulds' (the thing you do because you feel pressured to or because you are explicitly demanded to by work or family). You might have some overlap in the columns-that's ok!

In each column, try to think of about ten activities that correspond. When finished with both columns, take a moment and think about times when you are overwhelmed and stressed out to the max. What activity, of all the ones you wrote down, in either column, do you tend to throw out the window first? Which activity gets put on the back burner? Is it a 'Want To' or a 'Should?' Now, keep going, and keep crossing out one activity after the next, by asking yourself 'When overwhelmed, which activity do I throw out the window next?'
Do you start to see a pattern? Is one column crossed out more than the other? If so, this means you may not have balance in your life and you may tend towards one side or the other when overwhelmed. This is just something to be aware of. If your 'Want To' column gets pushed aside when you are overwhelmed, you might find yourself depressed, anxious and overall unhappy. This is because you have no fun and no self care in your life. If your 'Should' column gets pushed aside when you are overwhelmed, you might find yourself avoiding important tasks and responsibilities and becoming even more overwhelmed over time.

See if you can challenge yourself to find more of a balance between the two for a fuller, richer and happier life!

11/08/2016

Group Nutrition December

Facebook World: I will be hosting a Lunch & Learn event at Path Nutrition that focuses on Values. As the new year approaches, this is a good time to think about your values around your health and how to move towards what matters in the big picture. For more information, details, and to register, please click here:
http://www.pathnutrition.com/group-nutrition-december

Group Nutrition December Register for a Lunch & Learn with Dietitian Nutritionist Beth Boebel, Food Coach Jessica Pearson, and LCSW Rachel Glaser. Create the life you desire by identifying your values and goals. Learn to deepen your relationship with self and your community.

Timeline Photos 11/02/2016

HOW TO SURVIVE HOLIDAY STRESS:
As the holidays approach, stress, depression, anxiety, and struggles with time management can increase. With holiday parties, finding the right gifts to buy friends and families, and travel plans, the holidays' approach leaves us little time and energy for taking care of ourselves. Here are some tips that clients have told me over the years have been helpful for staying mindful and remembering what the holidays are really about.
1. BREATHE
Whether you are in a crowded department store trying to find the perfect gift for all of your family members, or at a stressful family get together, remembering to take deep breaths from your diaphragm can make a world of difference. Breathing helps you to pause, gets much-needed oxygen into your brain so you can think straight, and slows down your nervous system so your entire being feels safer and calmer.
2. EAT
Many families have a tradition of doing one large meal in the middle of the day on holidays. If this is the case in your family, I recommend that you eat regularly throughout the entire day as you would normally, rather than skipping breakfast to "save up" for the mid day meal. Going into the meal overly hungry can cause you to overeat and also to be irritable and grumpy.
3. DON'T OVERSCHEDULE YOURSELF
Between parties, meals, shopping and the responsibilities of everyday life, it is easy to over schedule yourself around and during the holidays. Know what your limit is and feel free to say "no" if needed or make some compromises. You don't have to do everything.
4. ASK FOR HELP
Do not put so much pressure on yourself to do it all. If you are stumped on what to buy someone, ask them to please just tell you what they would like. Better yet, make it a tradition in your family or group that everyone posts a list of their gift requests to make it easier. Ask someone to help you do the shopping, or help you cook. Make the meals potluck style. You deserve time to relax and enjoy yourself just as much as everyone else.
5. DO NOT EXPECT PERFECTION
In magazines, we see perfectly lit fireplaces, perfectly set tables, and smiling family members eating chef quality meals. THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE. Dishes will burn, families will fight, and someone will spill red wine on that pristine tablecloth. You are much better off if you set an intention to go with the flow and accept that perfection does not exist. After all, the holidays should be about time with loved ones and gratitude for the good in your life. Make a decision this year to keep it about what matters as much as possible.

HOW TO SURVIVE HOLIDAY STRESS:
As the holidays approach, stress, depression, anxiety, and struggles with time management can increase. With holiday parties, finding the right gifts to buy friends and families, and travel plans, the holidays' approach leaves us little time and energy for taking care of ourselves. Here are some tips that clients have told me over the years have been helpful for staying mindful and remembering what the holidays are really about.
1. BREATHE
Whether you are in a crowded department store trying to find the perfect gift for all of your family members, or at a stressful family get together, remembering to take deep breaths from your diaphragm can make a world of difference. Breathing helps you to pause, gets much-needed oxygen into your brain so you can think straight, and slows down your nervous system so your entire being feels safer and calmer.
2. EAT
Many families have a tradition of doing one large meal in the middle of the day on holidays. If this is the case in your family, I recommend that you eat regularly throughout the entire day as you would normally, rather than skipping breakfast to "save up" for the mid day meal. Going into the meal overly hungry can cause you to overeat and also to be irritable and grumpy.
3. DON'T OVERSCHEDULE YOURSELF
Between parties, meals, shopping and the responsibilities of everyday life, it is easy to over schedule yourself around and during the holidays. Know what your limit is and feel free to say "no" if needed or make some compromises. You don't have to do everything.
4. ASK FOR HELP
Do not put so much pressure on yourself to do it all. If you are stumped on what to buy someone, ask them to please just tell you what they would like. Better yet, make it a tradition in your family or group that everyone posts a list of their gift requests to make it easier. Ask someone to help you do the shopping, or help you cook. Make the meals potluck style. You deserve time to relax and enjoy yourself just as much as everyone else.
5. DO NOT EXPECT PERFECTION
In magazines, we see perfectly lit fireplaces, perfectly set tables, and smiling family members eating chef quality meals. THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE. Dishes will burn, families will fight, and someone will spill red wine on that pristine tablecloth. You are much better off if you set an intention to go with the flow and accept that perfection does not exist. After all, the holidays should be about time with loved ones and gratitude for the good in your life. Make a decision this year to keep it about what matters as much as possible.

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