Therapist Blogs for February 2012
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Be Free From Abuse Now!
Join Dr. Lisa Cooney, MFT and retired NFL MVP Ricky Williams on Blog Talk Radio as they talk about getting free from abuse in...
The Boy and the Dragons...
(Author’s note: This story will be blogged in two separate postings, one now and the other within the next few weeks). ...
Access Bodywork to create the life you want!
Access Consciousness is a set of tools and techniques to change whatever isn’t working in an individual’s life, o...
Establishing Healthy LGBT Relationships
There is a stereotype that LGBT persons don't desire long-term, meaningful relationships‑that we would rather experience an...
Should your beliefs or values matter when choosing a therapist?
In today’s society everyone is looking for a way to ‘fix’ their problems. However, the role of the therapis...
Monday, February 27, 2012
Cosmic Reality Here Now!
As I sit looking out the window at tiny snowflakes blowing about during this otherwise mild winter, I find myself musing on the cosmos. I just took a break from reading The View from the Center of the Universe, a gift from a client. While I ponder its new perspectives, I’ve had what I call another aperture opening in my awareness.
I have been blessed for some years with a holistic perspective of myself and our world. I see and feel the oneness, and no longer experience the separations: good/bad, male/female, rich/poor, Democrat/Republican. I hold no positions except honoring all that exists. And yet, reading this scientific exploration has strengthened my point of view in an unexpected way, by widening and deepening my outlook:
This new story of the universe is a gift so extraordinary that most of us don't know what to do with it. We have been living for centuries in a black and white film. There were no obvious gaps in t...
Is your partner "screwing around" on the Internet?
February 21, 2012
It’s important for therapists to keep up to date. The trouble is, one indicator of the vast literature on “couple therapy” produced over 300,000 hits today. As troublesome as it is to keep up to date, it is possible for therapists to read a few key journals that focus on their areas of interest. Being that couple therapy is my most favorite focal point, I read the widely referenced Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Well over a billion people now use the internet worldwide. As a result, more and more partners are complaining of internet infidelity. I keep my eyes open for new research concerning this key topic in couples therapy.
When I saw a study of Internet infidelity in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy published as recently as February 9, 2012, my interest was sparked....
Happy Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
What better time than Valentine's Day to invest a...
Like a double edged sword, the lack of standards for mental health workers in Kuwait puts both the client and the would-be "therapist" at risk. The absence of any locally offered graduate programs in psychology leaves the would-be "therapist" one of two choices: either leave Kuwait for several years of graduate study and APA approved internships abroad; or become a 'doctor' virtually overnight by getting an unauthenticated online diploma. Although online diplomas and degrees are not officially recognized in Kuwait--this legal stipulation has done little if anything to deter those who are interested in little more than getting a diploma that they can hang on the wall and start referring to themselves as "doctor". The trouble is that these 'online doctoral programs' somehow manage to convert 'life experience' into college "credit", conveniently ignoring the fact that professional ethics are not something that can be acquired sim...
Part 2: Source Energy Optimizes Life – Soul Energy Exchange (S.E.X.)
Although I was unprepared, it gave me the opportunity to address the issue, and I shared my struggles with the group. When I asked if anyone else identified with the issue, all hands went up. I immediately felt a sense of relief, having previously thought I was uniquely flawed. And then I felt angry that no one had told me about this before, which launched my enthusiasm to shift the primary focus of my work. I began to create healing techniques ...
If you have found this page then you probably are interested in knowing more about anxiety, social anxiety or shyness, stress, worry, and related problems or disorders, what they are & how to get over them. You are in the right place! I am aSanta Rosabased psychologist and psychotherapist who was formally the head of the Anxiety Disorder Best Practices for all of Northern California Kaiser-Permanente Psychiatry. I have some very important information to share with you!
Fact: Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health problem in the US!
Over the course of a lifetime, Anxiety Disorders will affect 25 to 30% of the entireUSpopulation! There are 6 primary anxiety disorders: Simple phobia, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). There are also Adjustment Disorders with Anxious Features (also very common).
Anxiety is an out of control fear response
Anxiety is related to fe...
Hi! I am Santa Rosa California psychologist, therapist, and counselor Dr. Eric Ryan—I often use mindfulness techniques and principles in my psychotherapy practice to help you experience greater focus, attunement, and become fully present. Learning to be present, to truly live in the moment, rather than getting caught up in the past or future is a powerful antidote for negative moods like depression and anxiety. The result is a greater sense of aliveness and openness to all the possible inherent joys in life, which are usually not available to you when you focus too much on the past or future. In this sense I am a mindfulness doctor or psychotherapist. I integrate mindfulness principles and techniques into therapy with individuals and couples in Santa Rosa, California. Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Herbert Bensen, has conducted scientific research on meditation; finding positive effects on both the mind and body (see relaxation response). Below you will find a basic mindfulness medita...
Are you depressed? People wonder why they become depressed. Sometimes the causes are very clear, like the loss of a loved one, getting fired from a job, a relationship breakup, or even losing one’s home to foreclosure. Many times, however, depression seems to come out of the blue or it slowly creeps up on you, building so gradually that you never notice it until you wake up one day and say to yourself: “how did things get so bad?” Contrary to the common view that depression is just a “chemical imbalance” (meaning your neurotransmitters are somehow out of whack), depression is usually caused by something, even if you cannot immediately identify the reason. In fact, depression has many causes and can be more like a sign of an underlying problem then what is typically regarded as a medical disorder (like diabetes or cancer). Depression rarely occurs in a vacuum and the underlying reasons for your depression may not be clear. One less obvious, yet common, reas...
Sometimes life's messages to us whisper, then knock, knock louder, or even scream before we really tune in and listen!
I cannot even count how many times I have appreciated my eyesight after seeing a person without sight, until my own next neurotic moment! Or seen a homeless person with no shoes, and felt blessed for my heated home and designer shoes, until yet another neurotic moment created its' amnesia again!
A recent and quite raw personal experience pointed this out to me, but unfortunately this one was a scream for me to tune in and listen!
A hard learned lesson, but the message is "When you are focused on your own pain, how little vs. how much you have, or how dimly your light is shining, THIS is the time to give to someone else..."
How much do your personal feelings about animals affect the way in which you are authentically able to help a client who has just lost their pet? How does your past inform your present? Whether it be a sibling's allergies, cultural beliefs, or perhaps a traumatic experience you had with a dog as a child, they all help inform our view today!
As therapists, we have a rare opportunity to learn from our clients, as our clients learn from us. Over the course of many years, I continue to bear witness to clients' pain, whether it be buried, projected, internalized or stuck! One thing remains the same: when it comes to the loss of ones' pet, there is nothing stuck about their deep and expressed/experienced pain!
I have had a good deal of experience throughout my career to work with people around the dying or death of their best friend, their pet. Quite often, it is this pain that brings them in. Many clients have shared their stories and disappointment or lack of empathy or understandin...
How often do we forget the fragile balance or imbalance between our emotions and physical ailments? You can see your PCP for headaches, muscle aches, and a rash and leave his/her office with nothing more than $150 dollars worth of creams, ointments, and prescriptions. It is a delicate balance, however, as it can be equally as unhelpful to be told "it must be stress" or "it is simply in your head; get some rest, take some time off, and I am sure you will be good as new". As patients, especially in a Westerm Medical doctor's office, we learn early on in life that the doctor is the expert and must know us better than we know ourselves.
It is vitally important that we all, practitioners and patients, find ways to work more collaboratively together. Practitioners need to see the bigger picture, ask better, more thought-producing questions, and patients need to find their voice and make that heard. If you, as the client or patient find yourself rushed, don't feel heard or respectfully ...
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