Brain Floss RX

Mental Hygiene: Mental Well-being.

For the Whole Family.

brainflossRX@gmail.com

Brain Floss RX

Mental Hygiene: Mental Well-being.

For the Whole Family.

brainflossRX@gmail.com

    What is Brain Floss RX?

    Mental Hygiene for Mental Well-being

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    What if there were simple activities you and your kids could do daily that would promote mental hygiene, in the same way tooth brushing promotes dental hygiene?

    Who Am I?

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    Stacey Mietus, APRN, CNP

            (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner)


    I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) trained to provide medication management and therapy services across the lifespan.  I am also a long-time yoga practitioner and meditator, and have training teaching both of these modalities to kids and families.


    More About Meds or Therapy, Please!

    What is Brain Floss?




    Brain floss takes this idea of mental hygiene and makes it tangible, with information and ideas on activities you and your family can do together to build your brains and - by building brain - also growing your resilience and mental well-being.   At Brain Floss RX,  there are two arms to this growth: 


    • First, via the Brain Floss RX website and blog (coming soon!),  by way of mindfulness and meditation , done individually or in groups.


    • Second, and sometimes equally important, by way of medication management and supportive psychotherapy through the private practice group, Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy and Wellness.  


    You can choose to engage in both arms of Brain Floss RX, or choose one or the other.  I value both immensely and have personally found both to be vital to my own well-being.




    More About Mindfulness, Please!

    More About Meds and Therapy

    What Is Mental Health Exactly?

    A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.  

                               - the World Health Organization

    Where Do We Start?

    You want the best for your kids and family, no matter what life brings; so do I.    Sometimes mental well-being can be accomplished without medication, which is why I prefer to start with a recommendation of lifestyle modifications (exercise, sleep hygiene, healthy eating habits, etc.) and 8-12 weeks of therapy and parent coaching before making a decision to try medication. Sometimes, however, meds are needed sooner, or therapy alone is not sufficient.  

    When are Meds Needed?

    I do not take the topic of medication lightly; what goes in is no laughing matter, especially for young people’s developing brains. When medications are needed, I take the time to talk over the risk/benefit analysis, answer any and all questions you may have, and discuss appropriate alternatives. As much as possible, I also always try to have an exit plan; not everyone needs lifelong medication treatment, so we will work together to find out what you need, and for how long.

    More About Mindfulness

    Mindfulness vs Meditation

    Mindfulness is all the buzz these days, so a definition is in order.  Meditation is a broad term for any contemplative practice that seeks to better understand the mind.  Mindfulness is a skill set under the meditation umbrella.  I practice and teach both in a completely secular manner.

    What's the Big Deal?

    There's quite a bit of hype out there about the  benefits of mindfulness and meditation, but here are the ones the research backs up: these practices support brain and immune health, support mental health - especially anxiety and depression, and improve pain tolerance.  

    How Do These Skills Benefit Kids?

    The research into mindfulness with kids is limited at this time, but early findings indicate benefits will echo those in adults, as well as: improved ability to choose and maintain both behavior and focus, improved emotional regulation, and growth of self-acceptance and empathy.   

    Services & Contact

    For Meds & Therapy with Stacey

    Contact me through Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy & Wellness to schedule an appointment soon.  Let them know you found me though Brain Floss RX!

    For Mindfulness with Stacey

    Send me an email - brainflossRX@gmail.com -  and let me know you're interested in discussing mindfulness training.

    Brain Floss RX Blog

    Topics on kids, families, meds, mental health and well-being, mindfulness and meditation.  Your questions answered and more!

    About Stacey

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    Education

    • University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing: MSN, PMHNP-BC, May 2014
      • Master Psychopharmacology – originally certified 10/2013 thru Dr. Stephen Stahl’s Neuroscience Education Institute; recertified 1/2019
      • Clinical Internship Practicum Modalities:
        • Individual and family psychotherapy
        • Child-centered play therapy
        • Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
        • Group psychotherapy, dialectal behavior therapy and psychoeducation
        • Psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment – child, adolescent, adult, and gero
        • Medication Management – child, adolescent, and adult
        • Neuropsychiatric evaluation and management (esp. autism, ADHD) – child/adolescent
      • Program theoretical basis: Family systems, survey from psychodynamic to postmodern individual and group therapies
    • University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing: BSN, December 2006; RN, August 2003

    Professional Development

    • Master Psychopharmacology - re-certified thru Dr. S. Stahl’s NEI (as above), 1/2019
    • Connected Kids: Lorraine Murray’s 6-12 month self-paced online training to teach mindfulness to kids and teens, a course for teachers and professionals - IN PROCESS
    • MBSR (Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) - April - May 2018
    • Little Yoga House Kids Yoga Teacher Training, November 9 - 12, 2017
    • Austin Yoga Institute: RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), May 2010

    Meditation Resume

    • Reached 500 hours meditation practice, January 2019
    • Unified Mindfulness's Foundations Training - IN PROCESS
    • Unified Mindfulness’s CORE Training, September 2018
    • Cultivating the Boundless Qualities of the Heart: 10-day self-guided series with Mark Coleman, September 2018
    • Appreciation Training: Introduction to See, Hear, Feel with Shinzen Young, September 2018 
    • Connected Kids Level 2: August 2018 - IN PROCESS
    • Celebrating the Three Jewels: Awakening, Truth & Community: Weekend retreat with Howie Cohn, August 11-12, 2018
    • Intermediate Mindfulness: 4-week self-guided series with Gil Fronsdal, August - September 2018 
    • Connected Kids Level 1: July - August 2018 
    • iRest/Yoga Nidra: Resilience for Everyday Stress: 10-day self-guided series with Richard Miller, June 2018 
    • Introduction to Meditation: 6-week self guided series with Gil Fronsdal, June - July 2018
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: 8-week self-guided course, April - May 2018 
    • Mindfulness of Emotions: 4-week self-guided series with Oren Jay Sofer, March 2018 
    • Self-Compassion Step-by-Step: 6-week self-guided training with Dr. Kristin Neff, February 2018
    • Still Quiet Place: Dr. Amy Saltzman’s 10-Week Online Practicum for K-12 Educators and Allied Professionals, October - December 2017
      • Teaching mindfulness to school-age children

    Brain FLoss RX: The Blog

    Anything and everything for kids and families related to mental well-being, mindfulness, medication and meditation, therapy, and more.