Entries by Ridgeview Institute

The Health Implications of Caregiving

By: Shelly-Anne Johnson, LCSW Family caregivers are the backbone of this country’s long term care system. Taking on the essential role of caring for family members with disabilities, loved ones who are ill, and wounded service members is a reality for many Americans. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States provides care to […]

Understanding Domestic Violence

Knowing the warning signs of an abuser and of one being abused could mean the difference between life and death. Understanding and being able to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence can empower you as an advocate and can serve as a red flag for someone just entering into a potentially abusive situation. Armed […]

Suicide Today

Despite growing awareness around suicide and suicide prevention, it remains a leading cause of death in America. The pandemic has only served to worsen this issue as the CDC reports that “about twice as many people reported having serious thoughts of suicide than they did prior to the pandemic.” This is becoming something that we […]

Normalizing Conversations About Minority Mental Health

With the advent of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008, the struggles of minorities and marginalized communities have come into focus. The hope is to reduce the stigma and normalize conversations surrounding the negative mental health outcomes for members of these communities. The fact is, one in six Americans suffer from a treatable mental […]

Mental Health and Men in the LGBTQ+ Community

By: Shelly-Anne Johnson, LCSW According to the CDC, “…compared to other men, gay and bisexual men have higher chances of having; Major depression, Bipolar disorder, and Generalized anxiety disorder… Gay and bisexual men are more likely than other men to have tried to commit suicide as well as to have succeeded at suicide.” The majority […]

Professional Spotlight: Kirsten Moore

Meet Kirsten Moore, Psy.D. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who has specialized training providing assessment testing and psychotherapy. She is intensively-trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which she provides to children, adults, and families. Dr. Moore also teaches DBT classes and Coping Skills classes to adults, adolescents, and children. DBT is particularly effective in […]

Real Men Do Cry

By: Shelly-Anne Johnson LCSW “Be a man and take care of it… Real men don’t cry… You’re real sensitive for a guy.” These comments and others like these are often told to men when they try to be open about their emotions. Most men in the United States are raised in a culture that frowns […]

Professional Spotlight: Luca Valentine

Meet Luca Valentine (aka Lucia Caltabiano) (they/them). They have over eight years’ experience in mental health, with five years post masters. They have most of their experience in substance use and eating disorders, and have been working almost exclusively within their community for two years providing individual, group, and family therapy. Luca received their Bachelors […]

Building Self-esteem by Harnessing the Power of Thoughts

By: Shelly-Anne Johnson Self-esteem is so much more than thinking positively about yourself. It is wrapped in the way you feel about yourself at your core. It is the confidence you have in your own worth, your value, your abilities, and the respect you have for yourself. It shapes the way we show up in […]

The Kids Are Not Alright

By: Shelly-Anne Johnson LCSW Our kids are in trouble. While the rates of drug and alcohol use and teen pregnancy are down, the rate of mental health issues have grown exponentially among adolescents in the past few decades. Kids are reporting and are being diagnosed with mental health disorders at an alarming rate. Diagnoses like […]