Ashley Nestler, MSW
Ashley Nestler is a Bibliotherapist and a survivor of Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD, Quiet Borderline Personality, Fibromyalgia,multiple eating disorders, and C-PTSD. Ashley has dedicated her life to books and advocating for mental health.
Harris had moved his wife from their quiet, rural town in Nebraska to Colorado in an attempt to escape the overhanging grief from the loss of their two children. But he had not expected the move to worsen his wife’s heartache. The memory of their children had haunted their lives in Nebraska, and Harris had worked hard to find a new home in Colorado that provided a fresh start. He had chosen a house that shared little resemblance to their previous one for this purpose. The house was sandwiched between two others in a newly developed suburban neighborhood – its grey and white exterior camouflaging it amongst the other homes set against the Rocky Mountains. Their new life projected the affluent and ideal Western life so many transplants came to Colorado seeking – on the outside – but within, Harris was fighting a battle of his own.
This New Kit Allows You to Practice Therapy At Home
Therapy and mental health and wellness have always been vital, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, a spotlight has been shed on mental health and the importance of therapy. As a mental health specialist, I am incredibly appreciative of this newfound focus on mental health, particularly the resources that have been made available for individuals to attend to their mental wellness at home.
Get Swept Away with This Female-Focused Epic
Rating: 5/5 Synopsis Unwilling to face life as a teenage mother, eighteen-year-old Penny Azevedo leaps at the chance to move to Portugal; she leaves behind her childish nickname and her three-year-old daughter, Jewel. As Pauline, she builds an exciting new life in Coimbra that includes a complicated relationship with a guitar player and a unique way of repaying her mentor's generosity.
Are You Ready for a Rip-Roaring Thrill Ride?
Synopsis In a refugee shanty town on the outskirts of a vast and opulent imperial capital city, an insidious sect of demon worshippers, the Cult of Ebon, began to prey upon the Gathered, a diaspora of peoples displaced from their nations in the aftermath of a
These Books Will Change the Way We Teach Children About Mental Health
Child mental health is so incredibly important, but it is now more vital than ever. Studies have shown that the mental health of our children has declined throughout the pandemic, and depression and anxiety are still on the rise. When I was a child, we never learned about mental health, and my various mental illnesses went undiagnosed until I entered adulthood. It was only when I suffered a nervous breakdown as an adult and was admitted to a behavioral health hospital that I received my diagnoses. At this time, I also began to work on and think about my mental health for the first time. Fortunately, mental health is more widely discussed now that it is more of a central topic regarding the impacts of the pandemic on our health.
This Toolkit Revolutionizes Mental Health Treatment At Home
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Linn Martinsen, psychotherapist and creator of the revolutionary Therapy Toolkit: Sixty Cards for Self-Exploration. We discussed this new toolkit that she created as well as how we should all manage our mental health as the pandemic continues to change. Read about Martinsen’s Therapy Toolkit below and enjoy the interview!
Chrissy Teigen Proves Just How Harmful Adult Bullying Is
Chrissy Teigen has been trending for quite a while now — but not for the best of reasons. She has a history of attacking individuals online particularly through Twitter , and being called out for her bullying has caused a lot of people to consider her “cancelled” (which is a problem all on its own in our digital age — but that is another story).
Slay Stress with Author Barry Shore
This past year, we have all been experiencing more stress than usual worldwide. With COVID-19, isolation, job loss, the closure of schools, the cancellation of events, and the shortage of supplies, we have had to get used to a new normal.
Reflecting on the Past, Present and Future This Fibromyalgia Awareness Month
May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, and as someone who lives with this complicated condition, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the history behind it — including its diagnosis and treatments.
Through Trauma Treatment, I Was Able To Accept My Panromantic Asexuality
For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with my sexuality. Ever since I was a child, I’ve grappled with feeling like I was different from other people. I’ve frequently pondered about whether or not I experience sexual attraction, and whether or not I identify as straight.
5 Tips for Navigating Summer With an Eating Disorder
Summer is especially difficult for me as someone who has multiple eating disorders . So many of summer’s activities involve food — barbecues, festivals, etc. — and as the world opens up more than it has in over a year, I am finding myself having increased when it comes to my body and food. While food seems to be a big part of summer activities, there is also the added stress of exposing more of our bodies through cooler clothing and swimwear. I admit that I have been struggling with eating disorder behaviors, and I have been extremely anxious about how my body looks as it has changed since I have been in treatment for a little over a year. I am still getting used to how my body looks and feels now and having to wear cooler clothing and swimwear often sends me into a panic and makes it especially hard for me to maintain recovery.
Hyperfixation: My Story
Hyperfixation, commonly associated with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – and autism, is an occurrence when an individual becomes fully engrossed with something, may it be a hobby, movie, book, person, etc. Often, this hyperfixation affects the rest of the person’s life as they have a challenging time focusing on anything other than their fixation, including work, school, self-care, and relationships. While hyperfixation is associated with ADHD and autism, it is also present in various mental illnesses, and as someone with mental illness, I often experience hyperfixation and would like to share my story with you.