The Cost of Avoidance

It seems that smartphones and other forms of technology have redefined and expanded how we distract ourselves. How many times have you found yourself endlessly scrolling through Facebook or playing just one more level of Candy Crush instead of being engaged in life? Electronic devices aren't our only forms of distraction; eating, drugs, alcohol, spending money, and watching TV are...[ read more ]

Perfectionism is on the Rise

Christopher Bergland The Athlete's Way Is the Perfectionism Plague Taking a Psychological Toll? The rise of perfectionism among young people has psychological consequences. Posted Jan 03, 2018 Source: RomarioIen/Shutterstock The first study to examine generational differences in perfectionism over the past three decades reports that young people’s desire to be flawless has skyrocketed over the past thirty years. Today’s college-age students are...[ read more ]

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Managing Panic Attacks

What Is A Panic Attack? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders describes panic attacks as "an abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes, and during which time four or more of the following symptoms occur: accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling, feeling short of breath, chest pain or discomfort, nausea, light-headed, chills...[ read more ]

Overcoming Self Loating

Self loathing often arises when we have suffered incredible hurt at the hands of others.  Emmy Van Deurzen is an existential therapist based in London who incorporates a strength-based, self-compassionate approach to find meaning and purpose in life.

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Finding Meaning As An Introvert

Personality Types Carl Jung, one of the early pioneers in the field of psychiatry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the first to create a classification system for personality types. Jung placed individuals in one of two main categories; Extraverted (E) or Introverted (I).  He also added two pairs of additional subcategories; Thinking (T) versus Feeling (F)...[ read more ]

Can’t, Always, Never, Anything and Everything

Can't, always, never, anything and everything are some (but not all) of the most irrational words in the English language. This is especially true if we are prone to depression, anxiety, and low self esteem. Why are these words so troublesome? Because they typically suggest that we are engaging in overgeneralizing and/or black and white thinking. For example; "I never...[ read more ]

How Can Self Compassion Improve Mental Health?

Self Compassion Therapy is a relatively new form of therapy that incorporates Buddhist principles of loving-kindness with some of the more traditional models of cognitive therapy.  Loving-kindness can take the form of a basic meditation practice where you engage in wishing yourself and others wellness, happiness, and peace.  Numerous fMRI studies have been conducted on Buddhist monks who have logged thousands of...[ read more ]

Beliefs, Values and Assumptions

Whether we realize it or not, we all move through this life with a certain set of beliefs about ourselves, others and the world as a whole. Common synonyms for the word belief within the psychotherapy world are; assumptions, values, core values, core beliefs and schemas. Regardless of a practitioner’s approach or choice of language, one thing is clear; We all...[ read more ]
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