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Antidotes to Emptiness

When things are going well

When things are going well

May 31, 2011 / 5:00 am

Although there are many great aspects to psychology and psychotherapy, one pitfall is that sometimes we can get too focused on problem solving. This can...

Feeling stuck

Feeling stuck

May 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

Last week I wrote about change and how we need to take action in order to change. Sometimes change is also in how we see the world, think about ourselves, treat...

You have to change to change

You have to change to change

May 10, 2011 / 5:00 am

One of my favorite authors, Irvin Yalom, MD, is a psychotherapist who has written a book entitled Existential Psychotherapy. I’m sure I have mentioned him...

Anxiety and Control

Anxiety and Control

May 3, 2011 / 5:00 am

Anxiety is a complicated mental, emotional, and physical human experience. There is not usually one answer or cause to one’s experience of anxiety....

Who are you?

Apr 27, 2011 / 5:00 am

So often in counselling/psychotherapy/social work and many self-help books, the focus is on “fixing” pathology. The focus is on exploring...

Addiction is good for you!

Apr 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

I’ve written before on the idea that addiction can give a person reason to look more deeply into his/her life, resolving issues, hurts, and longings...

Hope

Hope

Apr 12, 2011 / 5:00 am

Hope doesn’t seem to be a word we use much anymore – at least I haven’t used it much and I don’t hear others using it. I hear my clients...

Addiction in relationships

Jan 25, 2011 / 5:00 am

I work with couples that are trying to mend their relationships after or during the impact of an addiction. There is a typical dance that happens in many of...

Addiction and potential

Addiction and potential

Jan 18, 2011 / 5:00 am

The more I work with the phenomenon of addiction, the more fascinating it becomes as an extremely dynamic coping strategy – dynamic in the sense that it can...

I dont love you anymore

I don""t love you anymore

Jan 4, 2011 / 5:00 am

“I don’t love you anymore,” is a phrase that gets thrown around either in the middle of a deteriorating relationship or at the end. One person does not...

Our existence

Dec 28, 2010 / 5:00 am

In continuation of last week, I wanted to address the third area of the unseen – our spiritual/existential dimension. This is another area that often plagues...

The unseen

Dec 21, 2010 / 5:00 am

I am struck by the impact of the unseen in our lives as human beings. I spend most of my time with clients talking about aspects of themselves or their lives...

Holiday depression

Holiday depression

Dec 14, 2010 / 5:00 am

Now that we are pretty much into the holiday season, I wanted to write an article for those of you who do not find this time of year to be full of holiday...

Emotional sobriety

Emotional sobriety

Nov 30, 2010 / 5:00 am

This week I wanted to share a book that can be quite helpful to those struggling to overcome addictions or to manage their more drastic emotions. Emotional...

Space and place

Space and place

Nov 23, 2010 / 5:00 am

An area of our lives that does not always get a lot of attention in the realms of psychology and spirituality is that of place. There is a lot of focus on...

You are not your emotions

You are not your emotions

Nov 16, 2010 / 5:00 am

One thing the Eastern religions have given us in the West is a perspective that we are not our emotions, that we are the part that can observe our emotions and...

Coloring outside the lines

Coloring outside the lines

Nov 9, 2010 / 5:00 am

“Hey, you! Yea, you! Why you trying to be so perfect? Who do you think you are anyway? Do you really think you are going to work so hard that you never let...

Acceptance and change

Acceptance and change

Oct 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

Acceptance can be a very powerful approach or mindset to deal with suffering. It is not always about self-acceptance but overall acceptance of the way things...

Something to hold on to

Something to hold on to

Oct 19, 2010 / 5:00 am

Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate wrote a book entitled Hold On To Your Kids, which is written for the purpose of educating parents on the concept and practice of...

Boredom

Boredom

Oct 12, 2010 / 5:00 am

Psychologist Rollo May (1909-1994) wrote quite a bit on the issues of our existence as human beings, especially subjects such as anxiety and emptiness. In his...

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