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I am probably not that different than many people that are my age. I often have difficulty sleeping through the night. Maybe it is aches and pains. Maybe it is something on my mind. Or maybe some combination of the two. The last two nights have been different. I slept through the night on both occasions. So what was different ? Well I went to bed at about the same time each night. I read a self hypnosis script and then a novel for a short time. I made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of liquid I drank before 8PM. While these were all good and important physical steps, I think one thing I did made the most difference. I merely decided that I would sleep well-that's right-I convinced myself that everything would be all right (my mantra) and by God it was. Of all the habits that I have formed before I sleep, maybe that is the one that needs to be adhered to more than any!!
I wrote the folowing article for the National Psychologist,
In my 27 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, I have been guided by a continuous curiosity to study and implement the most effective tools for helping my clients experience relief and healing. Whether the techniques are firmly rooted in the psychotherapeutic establishment or newly emerging, the main question for me has always been, “Do they work?” And like most scientist clinicians, I start off in a skeptical, yet open place. My toolkit at this stage is rather expansive – including hypnosis, solution-oriented therapy and systems approaches to name a few.
Central to my work in the past decade, however, is the practice of Energy Psychology (EP), a psychotherapeutic strat- egy that integrates established clinical principles with methods derived from various healing traditions of Eastern cultures (acupuncture, yoga, etc.). The most prominent EP modalities being practiced today (Emotional Freedom Techni...
In January, I wrote an article for the publication in the national psychologist about Energy Psychology. In a subsequent issue there was a scathing letter to the editor by Dr. Chambers that was full of errors and misinformation. In his letter, among other things, he asserted that:
“The fundamental concept of this modality, that manipulations such as tapping or eye movements can alter dysfunctional cognitions or emotional responses, has been repeatedly discredited in controlled peer-reviewed studies”
“Its [EP’s] current use in clinical practice may strain ethical boundaries.”
Chambers, M. (2012). Evidence lacking for Energy Psychology [Letter to the editor]. National Psychologist, 21(3),
Here was my response in the July issue:
Dr. Chambers’ letter, in the last issue, opens by saying he is “dismayed and concerned” that The National Psychologist would decide to publish a piece that advocates an energy psychology approach. He j...
By Randy Brazzel MA, LPC, LMFT
Unfortunately, traumatic experiences are a relatively common event. Current estimates are that as many as 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes. Given the number of veterans who have experienced combat, the frequency and intensity of recent natural disasters, and the tragedies associated with the recent events in Boston and Newtown, these numbers are not surprising.
While anyone can experience trauma, not all people perceive traumatic events in the same way. Some are able to manage these events relatively well, while others experience significant distress as the result of traumatic events. It is currently estimated that as many as 20% of people that experience a traumatic event will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some estimates are even higher (between 30 and 60%) for those who have experienced a disaster, such as a hurricane, industrial accident, or a terror attack. In addition, betwe...
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It’s becoming a bit of a pop star in the academic and scientific world, the word “resilience”. But what does it mean when it’s used (say, like “empathy”) within the context of psychotherapy?
Let me give you a scenario…
You suffer from a general (though intermittent) anxiety revolving around things in your environment that are not within your control (think: a hornet buzzing around you on a patio, an untended tea kettle whistling in your neighbour’s kitchen). You find a therapist you feel comfortable with and for the next while you begin to explore what happens to you under these circumstances. You follow emotional threads which lead to your past. You are eventually able to delve into unresolved disturbances in your history, and perhaps how those events reverberated up to the present.
Throughout this process, the theme of “control” happens to re...
La pleine conscience est un état d’esprit dans lequel l’individu focalise son attention sur les sensations corporelles. Une personne pleinement consciente a connaissance des manières dont son corps réagit aux sources de stress, qui provoquent des pensées et des symptômes physiques d’anxiété.
Par la pratique de l’art-thérapie de la pleine conscience, la personne s’entraîne à être « présente » dans sa propre vie et à le demeurer pour faire face aux pensées négatives, à l’angoisse du futur, aux peurs ou encore aux attentes des autres... Pour en savior plus, svp visitez http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/
Breaking news, yet again of another major national crisis. Two brothers have been allegedly identified for planting two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past week.
It is difficult, if not impossible to avoid the barrage of information cast out across our nation like a giant sand storm. The media coverage was nearly as impressive and swift as the police and military response to this crisis. Information is presented to us in every known form from newspapers to internet, to tablets, even through text messages.
This decade brought the advent of “embedded reporters” who broadcasted live, graphic coverage from the Middle East. Our nation, and indeed the world can experience tragedies that occur on the other side of the world just as visceral as if we were there in person.
Generations ago, people would ask one another, “where were you when Kennedy was shot?” This generation remembers “where were you when 9/11 happened?”...
I am curled up in the fetal position. Clad only in swim trunks and a t-shirt, I lie in the bottom of a wooden ship, sailing in the open waters offshore of Somalia and Kenya. The night is deeply and painfully black. The ship is fifty feet long at most. As I lie in the shallowly-keeled bottom, I feel the rough thick mango wood of which it is comprised, against my skin. I am floating in a foot of briny water that laps against my skin and drenches my clothes. It is so much like a dream. The winds are strong and the ship heaves upon each ten foot wave, before crashing down into the troughs. With each smash of the ship’s bottom against the phosphorescent salty wave troughs, I consider vomiting yet again.
Inside my body, traveling in my bloodstream, are millions of malarial parasites. They conspire to make me wretch that which is not there. For the last two days, I have drank only a little and eaten nothing. This is the work of the parasites. To dehydrate and to emaciate...
The Dark, Black Hole…Women and Depression
It seems like there is an epidemic of depression in women in this country. Depression can seem like a dark hole that can hold you down and suck you under, draining the life out of you. It can leave you powerless, unable to function even in a normal fashion. It deprives you of your self-esteem, making you tell yourself “if I would just try a little harder, I could be a better wife, a better mother.” Depression wants to win the battle for your life, and many times it is a daily struggle.
What are some of the causes of Depression?
There can be many factors that bring about depression:
1. A chemical imbalance with too little dopamine, serotonin, or other neuroreceptors; typically inherited.
2. Addictions (drugs, alcohol, sex, food) can reset the dopamine receptors in your brain, and continued use of the addiction will be needed just to feel “normal”.
3. Medical traumas such as surgery or a recent illness.
WHAT IS TRUMA?
There are large “T” traumas such as rape, war, assault, sexual, physical & emotional abuse, accidents (or witnessing one), natural disasters, divorce, chronic/acute illness, etc and there are small “t” traumas such as betrayal, mild forms of bullying or negative feedback, lack of proper emotional support as a child, etc.
Events happen to you that you are unable to process and you are left feeling overwhelmed, with symptoms that just won’t go away, that’s also considered a trauma response. Memories are stored in the brain and symptoms can also be experienced and felt throughout pains or aches in the body. There is a mind-body connection and what we think and feel reflects our pains and joys through behavioral and thought patterns. In order to heal you have to deal with the whole person, both the body and mind. If the trauma remains unresolved, it will, many times, cause symptoms in your present life.
Following is a short list of p...
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