Thursday, December 15, 2016

How To Travel With Anxiety

Check out this guest blog article on how to manage anxiety while traveling and being brave enough to go! Partnered with Click the link below. - Shine On, Dr. Kate

Monday, October 24, 2016

5 Things to Do When You're too Busy for Therapy

Here's my latest LIVESTRONG.COM article on 5 alternative things to do for your mental health and overall well-being when you're too busy for therapy. -Shine On, Dr. Kate

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Live Happy, Be Free. That's Something Beautiful.

Hello there! I'm glad you've found me here. I'm excited to announce that we're going to be doing a little something on this blog from today moving forward. Every Thursday, I'm going to send out a blog to help you understand what caring for your mental health, or soul, looks like.

A lot of times, people call me feeling like they have hit rock bottom, like going to a psychologist is 'last resort', or that they have in some way failed to 'do life on their own.'

Are you kidding me? In 2016, we still treat mental health, clinical psychology, and taking care of your emotional self like it's second best to physical health. It is easy for someone to march into a gym or personal trainer's office and begin. You begin caring for your body, making behavioral changes in exercise and eating well, and you start seeing results.

Well guess what? That's exactly what we do in private practice. My patients march in, hunker down, and start getting to the bottom of what they've got going on in life. Life is so messy. We try to control it and sometimes it controls us. The point of life is to go through the journey, with the good and the bad, and feel the joy.

So much pain happens from loss, deceit, grief, death, lies, disappointment, and messiness. If you don't pay attention, stop in your tracks, and face life in the mirror on the days that are the hard ones, you walk around with this pain holding you down. It robs you from joy, and it takes you hostage.

My goal for you is to live free, find happiness, and just be. Let's walk together towards making mental health just as important as everything else in our lives together.

I tell my patients I'm not really a traditional psychologist and they're not in psychotherapy. I tell them we are working on their self-care to walk into a positive self-image. Let me know when you're ready for this in your life too.

Shine On,

Dr. Kate

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to Travel the World

Check out this guest blog article about how to travel the world and managing anxiety connected to travel. Click on the picture below to get the information. Shine On- Dr. Kate

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Deal with All the Negativity on the News- LIVESTRONG.COM

Latest LIVESTRONG.COM article is up for your reading enjoyment. Here are ways to deal with all the negativity on the news to empower you and the choices you have in life. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

8 Risks That Seem Scary But Are Totally Worth It- LIVESTRONG.COM

Latest LIVESTRONG.COM article is up for your reading pleasure. Here are 8 risks in life that are scary but worth it. Enjoy! Shine On, Dr. Kate

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank You Veterans

           Today is Veterans Day, as you are all aware. In my work over the years with different populations, I have been most appreciative of those who serve our country and those who stand by their side in service. Military veterans and their families are selfless, resilient, and adaptable people who put their own needs and futures aside and provide safety and freedom for our country.
           During graduate school, my dissertation and research was based on military family members because I was amazed at the women and men who were able to give in such an altruistic way. Most of the research was concentrated on caretakers of children in the home during a paternal deployment. 
           The results found that healthy attachment patterns, as in a healthy and functional relationship in marriage, provided resilient children, decreased negative behaviors due to deployed parents, and a stronger ability for service members to mentally withstand deployment. In less psychological jargon, this means that those in the military typically have healthy and stable relationships in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle in their family system, especially during deployment.
           It is truly a special person who will move, uproot his or her life, deploy, and continuously commit to something for the greater good of our country and lives of those he or she will never know. It is truly a special person who will selflessly put a spouses career in front of his or her own wants of the future because of the selfless commitment their spouse has made. These men and women sacrifice over and over again. We are thankful for you. We appreciate you. And we are grateful to you. Thank you for your service.

Shine on,

Dr. Kate

Dr. Kate Cummins is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based out of Los Angeles, California. I am now accepting new patients in my private practice and through Skype (telehealth). Please look at my website, and contact me with any questions you may have (424)488-9973 or This information is meant for education and knowledge expansion. This blog post is not a form of mental health treatment or individual clinical work.