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by Julia Hood, Ph.D., BCBA, NCSP

Julia Hood, PH.D., NCSP, BCBA

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and most of us associate this day with chocolates, flowers, and romantic dinners. We want to let our partner know that we love them and appreciate them by giving them gifts or pampering them. When is the last time you gave yourself that same love and attention?

It is so important to take care of ourselves and show ourselves that same level of caring we show to those we love on Valentine’s Day. There are many ways we can do this. Taking care of our physical health and wellbeing is important, but so is taking care of our emotional well-being or mental health. When someone leaves emotional needs unmet, they often experience difficulties in other areas of their life also. For example, if something upsets you at work and it goes unaddressed, you are more likely to snap at a family member that evening or react poorly to another driver on the road. If you had not been upset about the situation at work, you likely would not have reacted that way to the family member or driver. Mental health and well-being can have a similar effect in many, if not all areas of your life.

If you are struggling emotionally and you do not address it, many areas of your life will likely be affected. It is time to show yourself the love and caring that you deserve and support your emotional well-being. Many people do not seek help for concerns with their emotional health, but it is just as important to treat mental illnesses as it is your physical health and should be given the same care and consideration.

At Valley Behavioral Health, we are passionate about helping people lead more fulfilling lives and our mental health therapists are experts at helping you do this. We offer a variety of therapeutic services to address each individual client’s needs. We have clinics throughout Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties. We also provide many different levels of support based on our clients’ needs. You will receive individualized, evidence-based, client centered care at our clinics.

Our therapists are able to help you address your emotional health that can help improve so many aspects of your overall health and well-being. This Valentine’s Day don’t just pamper your loved ones, love and pamper yourself by seeking help to support your emotional well-being.

Julia Hood, Ph.D., BCBA, NCSP
About Julia Hood, Ph.D., BCBA, NCSP
Julia Hood completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Westminster College and her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. After completing her Doctorate, she worked as a psychologist in Granite School District. She joined Valley Behavioral Health in 2014 as the Director of the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning. In 2017, she expanded her role as the Senior Director of Clinical Services. She further expanded her role in May 2018 as the Chief Clinical Officer and will work in this role to ensure the highest quality of clinical care for our clients and support the clinical teams across the company.