The Quality of Life Quotient

Feb 22,2017 The Quality of Life Quotient (copyright2017) by Heidi D. Hansen, M.A. __________________________ The Back Story I got the idea for this model of mental health some years ago during a time I went through a period of depression and neuralgic pain. My inner lightbulb had gone out, and all’s I could do was lay…

Meditation Art

Observing is how we become great artists.  Mindfulness allows both hemispheres of our brain to communicate, associate, and experiences become meaningful. Feel free to browse these paintings (made by me, Heidi Hansen) and center your mind on the observation of it.  Teach a child to do the same.  Find your creative joywork. Heidi Hansen’s Meditation…

A Letter to Children: You Have A Say

Dear children — Hi, I’m Heidi hansen, a counselor for kids and this is Maile lei, a counselor helper pup in training. A Mental Health Ambassador for Kids! Maile Lei is only one year old, it is still so hard for him to be good! Oh, my it’s so hard to be good all the…

Foods For Moods: Plum-Veggie Chutney over Breakfast Eggs

Fresh plums, crispy veggies, eggs and whole wheat toast — a nutrition blast for depression and anxiety and something creative to boost your self-esteem! Heidi Hansen, M.A., has a mental health advocacy practice in Vancouver, Washington and is available online or in person on a sliding fee scale.  Payments can be made via Paypal.com, and…

“I Am Who I Say I am, not Who You Say I Am.”

(above, “Old Frederick Barn,” by Heidi Hansen c2007) Our personalities are so vulnerable to the powers of relationship, environment, events. Our personalities are also dynamic, creative, and expansive.  Or, can be, with some insight, support, and effort. We can tell ourselves, over and over, “I am who I say I am, not who you say…

The Power of Self-Talk

For those of us who were neglected or bullied by our parents, our self-esteem never had a chance. Kids fill in the blanks with negative life experiences, usually in the negative.  Kids learn to down themselves, inside their own minds and to others.  Kids will match their inside world with what their outside world is…

Reading Trees

We read to get to know others, we write to get to know ourselves.  Literacy plays a big part in children’s mental health because it builds a strong sense of Self.  My two Reading Trees posters are available in several sizes — 8 x 10 ($15.00); 16 x 20 ($45.00), and 22″ x 28″ ($75.00).  I accept…

Lullaby Dragon

A full-color print copy of Lullaby Dragon can be purchased for $14.99 plus shipping.  I can accept credit card payments via paypal.com.  Email Heidi at dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com to discuss your order!