Going to your first therapy session can be intimidating. If you’re considering psychotherapy for the first time, the process can feel a little mysterious. My aim is to demystify it a bit. Let’s explore topics ranging from choosing a therapist to common experiences after your first therapy session.
Psychedelic assisted therapy uses the ingestion of a psychedelic drug during a lengthy therapy session to provoke profound psychological changes. Different types of psychedelics are more promising for treating different illnesses. The four psychedelics researchers are most hopeful of are ketamine, psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA. Find out what each is best for.
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which one individual of a couple makes the other question their own thoughts, feelings, and even sanity. Learn more about what it is, how to detect if it’s happening to you, and how to stop and escape it.
This article covers the highlights of her research into vulnerability, focusing on the Brené Brown Netflix special The Call to Courage. Learn about the importance of vulnerability, and how even though it may be the birthplace of negative emotions like fear, guilt, and shame, it’s imperative for feeling joy, belonging, and love.
You can’t change your past, but each moment is a new opportunity to let go of your anger and forgive your parents. Forgiveness is never a decision you make only once. It’s a process. A series of decisions.
You have the power (and the responsibility) to choose and to change, little by little, the way you see the world. By repeatedly choosing to forgive, you’ll make the world feel a bit lighter and a bit easier to live in.
Creativity is not a quality that you either do or do not possess. Similar to the art of mindfulness, creativity is a way of organizing internal and external states that can be learned, honed, and exercised in the musculature of the mind.
Mindfulness is the state of being “meta-cognitive” or “meta-emotional”. It is a conscious state with the aim of simply NOTICING what you think and/or what you feel and takes place in the present moment. This is ideally done free from action, judgement, or anticipation. It is fairly straightforward to explain but far from easy to master.
The holidays can be a time to share and come together with your family, to remember those that are no longer with you, and an opportunity to extend yourself beyond your normal interpersonal “comfort zones.” However, there can be an ample amount of stress this time of the year due to the holiday hustle and bustle, grief over lost loved ones, loneliness, spoken or unspoken holiday expectations, or some of the family dysfunction that can arise during the holidays.
Here are some tangible suggestions to help you cope more positively with the season.
One of the first challenges to a greater level of overall emotional intelligence is knowing how to handle intense or seemingly powerful emotional reactions. Ultimately, adults are left to advocate for one’s emotional needs or to tolerate the seemingly intolerable intensity of an emotional experience. Let’s more closely examine the benefit and challenge of the later.
The Breakfast Club is a movie that is widely recognized for its unique plot and memorable characters. The rebel John Bender, the jock Andrew Clark, the pampered Claire Standish, the nerd Brian Johnson, and the introvert Allison Reynolds, all showcase their unique personalities, including their adolescent ways of protecting, fortressing, and establishing each of their own defensive structures.