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Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy

 
I recently completed the two-year training for Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. Of all approaches I’ve been trained in thus far, this one resonates most closely with me. A review of the five underlying principles may give you a sense of...

What is PTSD?

As you may know, PTSD stands for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” In the most recently published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), PTSD is included in the chapter entitled “Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.” The...

A Little on Trauma

A helpful way to look at trauma is starting with the assumption that traumatic events happen to each of us. To be alive is to experience trauma and suffering.
 
Sometimes the definition of trauma can be linked to an objective event...

Addiction – 3 First Steps Towards Kicking It

The road to beating an addiction can be a lot of emotional work. Here we’ll talk about three steps to get started down your path to change.
 
First, and quickly, what is addiction?
 
There are many possible definitions for the term “addiction,”...

What is Bipolar?

When it comes to mental health diagnoses, there can be a blurry line between what types of experiences do and do not fall within a particular category. Part of this lack of clarity is reflected in curiosities we may have...

One Piece of Dealing with Childhood Sexual Abuse

The psychological effects of childhood sexual abuse can be, and often are, long-lasting. Childhood sexual abuse can lead to a variety of emotional difficulties including a sense of loss of control, decrease in self-esteem, depression, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, trust...

Social Skills 101

Would you like to improve your social skills?  If so, here are some basic steps you can take to move yourself towards improving your ability to connect with others:

Put yourself in social situations. In order to improve at anything, it’s...

Communicating Well With Your Partner

Call it stereotypical psychologist stuff, but it turns out that talking about your feelings with your partner is exceptional for strengthening your romantic relationship. Having said this, yelling “YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME SO ANGRY WHEN YOU…” isn’t quite what we’re...

Adolescent Depression: How to Spot it and How to Help

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), just over 10% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. As parents, caregivers, and teachers, this is an important statistic to be aware of since adolescents tend...

The Benefits of Mindfulness in Experiencing and Processing Your Feelings

What are you Distracting Yourself From?
If you pay any attention to mainstream media and news, you have probably by now heard of “mindfulness” and the rumours of its benefits. It’s often difficult for us to effect particular changes in our...