Family Therapy – Part 2

The founder of “Conjoint Family Therapy” was Virginia Satir. It’s impossible to write about family therapy without mentioning her name.  Although some may consider her work to be dated and unscientific she undoubtedly made some very uncanny observations about the way we as human beings behave in families.  Her contribution to this field is withoutContinue reading “Family Therapy – Part 2”

Family Therapy – A Brief History of Part 1

Historically psychotherapy has always been about treating the individual, some methods of therapy (of which there are in excess of 160 different kinds!) still believe in just treating the individual completely independantly of their family or friends. Bowlby and Freud started working with some family members, in particular Bowlby was concerned about attachments that weContinue reading “Family Therapy – A Brief History of Part 1”

Trauma and Survival

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as defined in the DSM-V, is characterized by 5 symptoms. The last four must last longer than a month and cause significant distress: Exposure to trauma: death or threat of death or injury. Intrusive symptoms: memories, flashbacks, psychological distress, physical distress. Avoidance: trying not to think about the trauma, avoiding placesContinue reading “Trauma and Survival”

Tech Addiction and Executive Burnout

The Rising Problem of “Tech Addiction” Executive burnout clients often tell me about how they are plagued by seemingly never-ending calls to action. Messenger services which are supposed to help with project management – although useful are giving people the sense of always being at work. Employees are also finding it increasingly hard to putContinue reading “Tech Addiction and Executive Burnout”

An Interview with MYSELF

A curious little exercise I decided to embark upon. I interviewed myself, what lead me into counseling, what continues to be my driving force and what problems doe it create for myself and others…. I asked myself the following questions: 1. What are your main motives for counselling? 2. Do you ever feel curious whenContinue reading “An Interview with MYSELF”

How Emotions Play a Part in Eating Styles

  “Another day, another row about obesity, its causes, and what might be done to stop people from getting any fatter. The medical profession and various crusading types, Jamie Oliver among them, insist that the government must take urgent action to reduce childhood obesity: there are now 12.3 million people at risk of type 2Continue reading “How Emotions Play a Part in Eating Styles”

Core-Beliefs in Addiction

Core Beliefs Below is a list of common negative core beliefs, tick the ones you can identify with.   Addict’s beliefs I can’t live without it — Getting high is my most important need I am weak — I must avoid pain at all costs I need it — It helps me — There’s somethingContinue reading “Core-Beliefs in Addiction”

Joe Rogan and Greg Fitzsimmons On Addiction and Wasting your life

Here is a recent interview between Joe Rogan and Greg Fitzsimmons discussing addiction and wasting your life:   Joe Rogan and Greg Fitzsimmons are both stand-up commedians (although rarely sharing their humour in the podcasts), Greg Fitzsimmons decided to give up alcohol and drugs through attending ACOA meetings. ACOA meetings are 12 step based meetingsContinue reading “Joe Rogan and Greg Fitzsimmons On Addiction and Wasting your life”