Want to Decrease Stress, Reduce Chronic Pain and Fight Depression? Yoga, Researchers Suggest, May Be the Practice For You!

“Multiple studies have confirmed the many mental and physical benefits of yoga. Incorporating it into your routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.” Find out more about the Benefits of Yoga.

The Vista Wellness Center is Now Open!

  • Would you like to take advantage of private, small group yoga in a comfortable and relaxing environment?

  • The Vista Wellness Center offers 60 minute yoga sessions on Mondays at 8:30am and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30am and 12pm. All classes are $25 each.  

  • Sign up for yoga using promo code, "1HALF" to receive half off of your first session! 

Visit the Vista Wellness Center to book a class now.  

Posted on February 6, 2019 .

Want to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence? Cultivate Empathy

“Empathy is not feeling what you would feel in a situation. It is stepping beside yourself and adopting another person’s emotion for a few moments. Some research suggests that we succeed at this task by virtue of mirror neurons, or brain pathways that fire whether we’re experiencing the stimulus or we see someone else experience it.” Read on to learn more about How to Develop Empathy in Relationships.

Posted on February 4, 2019 .

Rest Up to Live Well: The Surprising Ways that Getting a Good Night's Sleep Can Improve Your Health

“Sleep problems have long been recognized as a symptom of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s. But increasingly, researchers are exploring the two-way street between disrupted sleep and disease. And researchers who started out interested in cognitive functions such as memory or brain development are finding themselves focused on sleep because it is so fundamental.” Click here to find out more about The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep.

Posted on February 4, 2019 .

Does Your Busyness Make You Feel Productive or Burned Out?

“Creating change in the area of busyness can offer us improved physical health, greater peace and joy, and better, more connected, relationships. Having time for others and ourselves can offer us that sense of safety, value, and connection we were once looking for by being so busy.” Learn more about How the Glorification of Busyness Impacts Our Well-Being here.

Posted on February 4, 2019 .

Do you know someone who struggles with anxiety? Find out how you can help

“Helping someone with anxiety isn’t always easy and you may feel like you’re getting it wrong. But, if you remind yourself that you and your loved one are both doing your best, it can help you keep things in perspective. It’s important to remain compassionate and, as the saying goes, to put on your own oxygen mask first. That way, you’ll have a clearer head for figuring out what’s going on with your anxious loved one and how you can truly be of help.” Read on to discover How You Can Help a Loved One With Anxiety

Posted on December 28, 2018 .

Five Ways to Help Teens Thrive

“As many teens struggle with anxiety and perfectionism, our urge may be to jump in and fix their problems, whatever we perceive them to be. But a better approach, one that will hopefully help reverse these worrying trends, is to cheer them on as they develop the mental habits and strengths that will support them throughout their lives.” Read on to find out more: Five Ways to Help Teens Thrive


Posted on December 28, 2018 .

Feeling overwhelmed? Consider finding relief by letting go of the things in your life that are weighing you down.


It’s no secret that the spaces we live in--our homes, offices and vehicles--need regular maintenance and attention.  It should come as no surprise, then, that the non-physical spaces we occupy--our minds, our obligations, our relationships--also need tending to.  Learn more about the benefits of lightening up by reading on: Lighten Your Load

Posted on December 7, 2018 .

Emphasize the giving, and the thanks will follow: how to foster generosity this holiday season


For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection and giving thanks. However, emerging research suggests that the spirit of giving—helping others, being thoughtful, practicing generosity—can generate a sense of gratitude that spans beyond a single day of gratefulness. That’s because gratitude and generosity are part of a cycle that we may be able to harness in order to create a kinder, more generous society.

Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this holiday season and beyond: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_put_giving_into_thanksgiving

Posted on November 19, 2018 .

Research suggests that engaging in aesthetically pleasurable experiences can be a healthy way to combat addictive tendencies.

Did you know that the psychological reward derived from over-indulging in your favorite food or engaging in other addictive behaviors can be replicated by visiting a museum or listening to a compelling piece of music? Research shows that engaging in aesthetically pleasurable experiences can help satiate addictive cravings.

The next time you feel at the mercy of an unsavory craving, try immersing yourself in an aesthetically stimulating experience instead.

Read more here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/201810/can-aesthetic-pleasure-be-antidote-addiction

Posted on November 16, 2018 .

Increase Your Brain’s Resilience By Building ‘Psychological Body Armor’ (PBA)

While anxiety and excessive stress are the two most significant factors that prevent a person from realizing happiness, the good news is that neural pathways in the brain are—and remain—malleable.  


This means that while we may feel helpless to the stressors in our lives, a psychological phenomenon known as neuroplasticity allows us to fortify ourselves against the things that threaten to emotionally destabilize us. 

Find out how to protect yourself against anxiety and excessive stress by creating “psychological body armor’ (PBA) here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/when-disaster-strikes-inside-disaster-psychology/201811/immunize-yourself-against-anxiety-and

(Photo by Indian Yogi (Yogi Madhav) on Unsplash)

Posted on November 16, 2018 .

Want to feel calmer, less impulsive and more connected? The answer may be as simple as a good night’s sleep.

All of us are familiar with the ways that a lack of good, restful sleep can negatively impact our waking hours. But the effects of sleep deprivation reach beyond the individual. In addition to diminished mental function and increased emotional reactivity, sleep deprivation can also take a toll on our relationships with others.

Learn more about sleep’s relationship to our emotional health by clicking here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sleep-newzzz/201811/4-ways-sleep-deprivation-can-harm-your-emotional-health

Posted on November 16, 2018 .

Program Successfully Treats Binge Eating Disorder with Mindful Eating

Laurene Larson, M.S., L.P.C with Vista Counseling is running an Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating group for teens and adults with eating disorders.

Laurene Larson, M.S., L.P.C , a therapist at Eugene's Vista Counseling, is a nationally recognized co-facilitator at Dr. May's BED retreats, and has over 25 years of experience working with individuals who struggle with their relationship to food.  

Visit www.vistapsych.com/amihungry call 541-517-9733, or email welcome@vistapsych.com for more details.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED), which affects 3% of the general population and up to 40% of those seeking weight loss, can be treated successfully with an intensive program using mindfulness-based strategies. The new program, called the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating, was created by Michelle May M.D and Kari Anderson, DBH, LPC, experts in mindful eating and eating disorder treatment. In a recent study, participants in the program went from severe binge eating to a non-bingeing level in just ten weeks; preliminary analysis of the one-year follow-up data shows that the results were sustained for the majority of participants.  

Those who experience the symptoms of BED understand the seriousness of the disorder, but feel powerless to stop it. Fortunately, with the right professional help, the disorder is treatable. “Mindfulness-based strategies aimed at self-regulating emotional and physical states have shown promise in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder,” explains Michelle May, M.D., the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops and Facilitator Training Program (http://www.amihungry.com/) and co-author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating (Am I Hungry? Publishing, January 2014).



Posted on October 28, 2016 .

Vista's 2nd Eugene location opening soon!

We are very excited to announce that we are opening our second Eugene location Dec 1.  We are adding new terrific staff, and are very excited about our new space.  Warm and welcoming, we think you'll love it.  More details coming soon!

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Posted on November 19, 2015 .

The 2014 Block Party was a great success

Thanks to all of you who joined us this year at the 2014 Eugene Pearl District Block Party.  We at Vista had a great time meeting all of you.  We had 123 participants go through our scavenger hunt to win an iPad Mini.  The face painting was a big hit with the children. She is with Legendary Faces, and is quite an artist! Vanilla Jill's offerings went fast, we'll have him bring reinforcements next year.  Ari Gold's musical accompaniment was wonderful as well. There are rumors he is going to bring a dance party next year!

Yet, we heard from so many of you that one of the best parts of the block party was learning and meeting our therapists and hearing their Five Tips for living a better life.  Did you miss it, or want to share it with others?  Here's a link.  You can find all our tips from this year here, and years past.  

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We just love this opportunity to contribute and share positive psychology with our community.  See you next year! 

Posted on September 17, 2014 .