Greetings, Michael Labiak Nursing Professional Corporation presents My Esteem which is a set of services that applies professional therapy. Our goal is to assist in alleviating the need for mental health services within the public. We provide psychotherapy, counseling, and mental fitness services. The patient enters through our website and uses the messenger icon in the bottom right. The patient will have a conversation with a registered nurse about what type of changes they are trying to achieve in your life, then the RN will perform a formal nursing assessment.
We focus on your well-being. How you interact with others, and how you feel day to day. If you feel like you want to make improvements within yourself and for the rest of your life, then come talk to us. Our mission is to assist others in increasing the quality of their life by increasing your self-esteem through techniques that are proven to work. Whether you are finding yourself struggling in life, or you are focusing on a performance goal, we want to identify your barriers and strengths to help you succeed. We can think of it as your strengths are pushing you forward and, you are held back by your barriers at the same time. If we can weaken your barriers and utilize your strengths to your fullest potential we have a great chance to increase the quality of your life.
Two of your biggest assets are your confidence and emotions. These can be affected by our self-efficacy which is linked to past perceived successes or failures. My Esteem is here to validate what is true and not when it comes to what is mentally healthy and what is not. Then we will utilize therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, to make positive habit changes in your life. Since we used CBT as an example, let us talk about it.
What is the basis of CBT and how will it work and continue to work for me after my session? CBT is a technique that recognizes the link between behavior, thoughts, and emotions, and how each influences the other. This is used to change undesirable behaviours since we know behavior comes from emotion and thought. There is another concept that has to be acknowledged called neuroplasticity and it can work new habits into keeping them. The idea behind neuroplasticity is the brain is ever-changing, making new connections, not using old ones, but also, certain neurofiber tracts will be strengthening or weakening depending on the amount of use. We are going to use our therapies to effectively change your habits, and repetition to utilize neuroplasticity to make it stick. The more you reinforce good habits over bad habits, the thought patterns supporting good habits strengthen and the bad habit thought pathways will decrease due to lack of use. This way the sessions are designed for the patient to maximize the use of their time by giving the patient the tools to create lasting results.
My Esteem is focused on you and the mission to help others. We value diversity in all forms and welcome all. Let us work together to point out strengths and hurdle barriers stopping you from your goals. My Esteem wants you to form positive habits to enhance your abilities throughout your life. Feeling better and more focused, you should feel your confidence growing through our motivational interviewing techniques. After increasing your confidence with new and positive habits, our staff will work to raise your esteem which increases your performance and therefore quality of life. Together let us take some time to invest in you and, make a difference that you will truly appreciate for the rest of your life.
January 1, 2022 Diversity is a must. We need people to be different, ideas to be different, and people who are influenced by different people. An organization is a group of people working together for a common goal. If the whole group thought and acted the same, then we are working with one point of view. This is a huge disadvantage for any company as the business environment is dynamic and ever-changing. Instead, we need a variety of backgrounds, ways of thinking, and approaches because we are a corporation that betters the lives of people, and people are all different from one another. Our care cannot be optimized for a few different people, rather the services provided are customized to the patient’s individual situation. Getting feedback, listening to other input, and collaborating with a variety of people will only give our corporation an effective approach to improving the patient’s life.
We know that enforcing a culture of diversity and understanding starts with the staff. Diversity training and awareness will be in our education period. It is through understanding cultural backgrounds that we can truly foster trust and move forward as an organization, as people, to do our part to better society. Colorblindness is not an appropriate method of being understanding of others. Treating everyone like everyone else will take away the diversity that we cherish so much. The staff will need to understand that diversity is a strength. The ‘My Esteem’ project also has a high interest of caring and My Esteem needs to care about all people of minority, LGBTQ+, personality disorders, and other populations that I failed to mention.
Empathy, creating a human connection, will decrease anxieties. Our population fears being judged and misrepresented. My Esteem creates a safe space for open discussion. Instead of focusing on breaking down barriers, create an environment that will decrease the natural reaction of putting barriers up. We plan on utilizing the guidelines set out for the Health Equality Index for health care professionals set up through the human rights campaign.
Dignity and respect are fundamental human rights. Nurses are at an unequal power difference with the patient who is coming for help. This is potentially embarrassing, can easily undermine the therapeutic relationship, and make others feel very uneasy or offended. My Esteem will use wording that can make others feel safe and help settle and feeling of trepidation when booking with us. For example, when speaking to a member of the LGBTQ+ community, using the words sexual orientation and gender expression will help the patients know that this company is well versed. It is important to know the literature from companies that advocate for its members in the community to keep everyone feeling comfortable to be themselves in this environment.
Accountable organizations that endow ethical behavior do better in the long term. The emotional understanding that staff must know well is enabling the human-to-human connection. Nurses professionally create a therapeutic relationship that allows for a connection to be made between patient and nurse. ME believes true ethics is doing what is best, but knowing what is best is where the theory and practice experience will make a more significant impact.
It is the ability to see a human in someone else that resembles someone they know deep within themselves. When that connection is established, you naturally see the person as they are through their mental illness or personal problem. It is an amazing part of our service because you can not only isolate the mental illness from the person, that person can finally work to isolate themselves from that mental illness or problem. We tend to focus on the disease, but the reality is the person also needs to be motivated and shown that they contribute positively to the world.
This innovative perception of people helps staff empathize with patients. To those who are high functioning, they can be seen as another person who is just trying to better themselves and needs help doing so. Empowering that person on the inside through motivational interviewing, validation, and encouraging good education about habits, and personal awareness will allow you to be functionally better in life and raise your esteem. When our esteem is raised we have more to give and more confidence to carry our daily wants and needs. It is only through diversity, innovation, and ethical principles that we can use a multi-leveled approach to healing and mental fitness.
In Ontario, there is a law called the Nursing act of 1991. #4 on the first page it states: “Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.” The link is below or copy and paste to your internet browser:
The College of Nurses of Ontario define Psychotherapy to RNs. The link to CNO’s website page on psychotherapy is below:
There is a final piece of legislature is called the Regulated Health Professions Act of 1991. In 27(2) it states the 14 controlled acts of Ontario, psychotherapy being the 14th. In 33.1 the law states the colleges the can carry the title of Psychotherapists, and the College of Nurses of Ontario is at the top of the list. Link below:
I am passionate about helping others. When I see pain, whether physical or mental, I need to help. I believe the experience of life and what makes life good is everything life brings to us. Life brings to us people, animals, a planet, and our own self-awareness. To be successful and happy in this life we need to acknowledge ourselves and others that make up the world. Everywhere you go there are people to interact with. For example, a company is made up of a collection of people working together for a common goal. To have your ideas presented to the company, better emotional understanding, and social awareness is crucial to getting ahead. In a relationship that is getting difficult, you will need emotional understanding and social awareness as well. Simply put, empathy and understanding are everywhere in life. I want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin and have a strong set of personal skills that makes them stand out. When we are suffering on the inside, or something is wrong, I recognize that it is difficult when your day feels like a chore. When we feel good, the day generally feels good as well. These connections are not a coincidence and I want to apply them to help others.
I feel like in the world, we often work against each other and we get lost in it all. Feeling impatient toward one another, not willing to compromise, or not having energy for each other are some examples. I know it is no one person’s fault, but I believe that we can still make the most out of life if we put the extra effort towards each other. I want people to be themselves in the best ways possible. If you are a gardener I want to picture you in your own large garden while family and friends are enjoying it with you. If you are someone who is very career orientated and is working tirelessly to get another promotion I want to be that person who helps you with your stress to get you to your goals. I want to build a service to help those going through a plethora of problems because of my need to help those in pain. I also wish to make others the best they can be across the mental fitness spectrum. I want to enable you to reach higher levels of memory, concentration, and time management skills. I want you to truly excel in your life.
Now that you know about my values, mission, and personal ideals, my background is very people-orientated. I came from a family of a mother, father, and younger brother and sister. I have grown up playing sports, playing an instrument, and working hard in school. During that time I had to go through great struggles on my own and I am very thankful for a best friend that was there for me. Even though everything seemed right from the outside, on the inside I struggled. It was not until I started studying mental health as a nursing student that I really started getting interested in the material. After spending most of years three and four doing mental health placements I finished off my Nursing Education at Western University in London ON with a 400+ hr, full-time clinical placement called an integrative practicum. This practicum was at Urgent Consultation Services in Victoria Hospital where we would perform very in-depth psych assessments and the psychiatrist would analyze the data and make a plan for your mental wellbeing afterward the first session. The skills I acquired from working with UCS is very applicable to everyday life, behavior change, making sense of our emotions, and how we feel about others.
I can appreciate the empathy and mental health skills from UCS when I left mental health work and went into more nursing the physical body. I have spent the last six years at Henry Ford Hospital downtown Detroit first as a stroke RN, then over the last four years as a staff nurse with leadership roles in a level one trauma Surgical ICU. On SICU we also accept a wide variety of transplant patients, as well as the overflow unit for Cardiovascular ICU, and Neurological ICU. Here I feel I gathered a certain acumen, needing to be accurate is life or death and a bad terrible decision will negatively affect the outcome.
With these people going through the toughest days of their lives with my mental health background I was able to utilize being there and helping these individuals and their families get through their tough days in the ICU. I was full-time school and full-time work through leading during COVID and switching from day shift to night shift. I had to switch my mindset to maximize my performance. I was stubborn and I knew I needed time for hobbies and my relationships so it curtailed for me to do more with less time. I focused on time management techniques, keeping myself focused and energy levels up, and practiced achieving excellence, not perfection. I want to take these techniques and set goals for others for high levels of personal achievement. Now having be educated in healthcare management, I want to continue my life’s mission of ending pain and anguish. To push those to higher levels of performance, a higher quality of life, and ultimately higher levels of happiness in themselves.
Michael Labiak, MBA-HM, BScN, RN, CCRN.
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