Falling Forward

Stop coping and start thriving!

Feb 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

I’ve been thinking about the idea of coping strategies lately. Sometimes in my work with substance abusers, or anyone struggling to deal with their lives,...

Finding substance

Jan 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

The word substance has my attention lately. There is something both conceptually satisfying about it as well as experientially satisfying. Substantial, filled...

New adventures are never final

Nov 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

After being lost for periods of time, we sometimes find our way. Or maybe I should say we find “a” way. A path, a route, that at least begins to...

The annoying thing about change

Nov 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

I’ve written elsewhere that you have to change to change (http://jasonmccarty.ca/2011/you-have-to-change-to-change/). Pretty simple, right? But yet we all...

Living honestly

Nov 1, 2013 / 5:00 am

Why do we live in a world where honesty is a scarce value? What does honesty mean to people? What are we even talking about when we discuss honesty? The way I...


Oct 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

You are standing on a street corner and wondering how you got there. Nothing looks familiar and anxious energy starts to rise. You aren’t even sure when...

Welcome to your life

Oct 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

I’ve been learning a lot in the past several years. I have delved more deeply than ever into the areas of philosophy, psychology and religion in ways that...

Seasons of our lives

Oct 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

We are now into the autumn season. It’s cooler, it gets dark earlier and things are beginning to die. The fall is a transition period. Nature’s...

Why is parenting so hard?

Sep 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

Where to begin. I have so many thoughts on parenting that I should be writing several articles but I don't feel like doing that. I want to say as much as I...

The blank page of life

Sep 6, 2013 / 5:00 am

As I sit here and stare at the blank page, anxiety builds. There many things to say, too much really, and carving that down into an essay feels hard sometimes....

Why you want to stay stuck

Aug 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

Why are you not getting better? Why does it seem like nothing changes for you? Why do you continue to have the same ailments haunting you? Why are you...

When counselling is part of the problem

Aug 23, 2013 / 5:00 am

Sometimes I believe that people come to me for the wrong reasons. Not that there is even anything wrong with that, because who am I to really know what are the...

Can you accept the world as it is?

Aug 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

Can we accept that some people won’t get better? Can we accept that issues like addiction and homelessness aren’t going away? Can we accept that our...

The power of walking

Jul 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

I like simple things that have a lot of meaning. I also like utilizing experiences that do not require a whole lot of preparation, planning, and money. Over the...

The legacy of aging

Jul 19, 2013 / 5:00 am

In the following video, James Hillman, archetypal psychologist, takes on the important but neglected topic of aging. We have lost a sense of appreciating what...

Why are you dying?

Jul 12, 2013 / 5:00 am

There is something exciting and rewarding when embracing the fear that comes with “falling forward” (see my article Getting Into Your Life to learn...

The shades of our experience

Jul 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

Curiosity is a word that has been on my mind for months. I try and let it guide both my life and my work with clients. I try and encourage clients to be curious...

Why are you angry?

Jun 21, 2013 / 5:00 am

We have over vilified anger in our society. Religions see it as a major problem. Psychology treats it like a toddler to be managed. People are fearful of it....

Living like Harold & the Purple Crayon

Jun 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

When you sit down to write a story or an essay; when you begin work on a piece of art; when you begin to fully step into your life – you often have a...

Accepting that which we fear

Jun 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

I want to write about the experience of embracing fear, or the very experience which one fears happening. Whether it is the actual experience or being very near...