The Wisdom of Questioning

When an individual or group blindly accepts a concept as truth without questioning, we might say they “drank the Kool-Aid“.  This saying is based on an unfortunate incident in the past where a large group of people died following their troubled leader’s orders.  Blind acceptance without reason is often a fool-hardy venture and sometimes even…

In Search of Truth

In this era of alternative facts and fake news, it can be difficult to differentiate truth from falsehood. Truth is a highly valued concept. I often work with clients who are in great personal distress and civilization has a long history of people misguidedly harming others in their passionate efforts to uphold truth. Did you know we…

The Power of Pet Peeves

Are you easily annoyed by people or situations? Does traffic on the commute to work make your teeth grind? Maybe the way your partner eats has you muttering under your breath. Perhaps you have a very specific collection of pet peeves – things that are likely to set you off and put you in a foul mood. Psychological irritation is a…

The Problem with Positive Thinking

Many times I find my clients have incorporated the idea somewhere along the way that they need to be thinking more positively. While it holds understandable appeal, the problem with this strategy is that it is no more sustainable than thinking negatively. It rejects what is and attempts to replace it with what is preferred. Both negative…

Is it Jealousy or Are You Just Hungry?

Are there times when you find yourself feeling resentful when you witness someone else’s good fortune? Do you become suspicious and possessive when someone you love shows affection for another? And if so, do you then beat yourself up for feeling this way? Jealousy is an emotion that arises out of an attitude of scarcity, deficit, or…

The You Factor in Psychotherapy

Did you know that you are the most important factor in your therapy?  It may seem surprising given the amount of time we spend searching for the right provider and the right therapy approach.  However, research shows that around 55% of therapy outcome is related to extra-therapeutic factors such as client readiness for change, willingness,…

Meditation as Desensitization

Research has shown that meditation can help with stress and anxiety. With the rise in war exposed veterans in the US needing treatment, studies are being conducted to see how mindfulness and meditation can help people dealing with trauma. As a psychologist with a regular meditation practice, I have noticed how closely meditation resembles the exposure…

How Meditation Helps

A growing body of research is showing that there are many physical and mental health benefits to practicing meditation. Mindfulness (vipassana) meditation is useful in managing pain and distressing mood states. According to the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Alternative and Complimentary Medicine (NCCAM) “there’s evidence that [meditation] may reduce blood pressure as well as symptoms…