Something You Can Do When There’s Nothing You Can Do: Relaxation Therapy

When you go to as many conferences led by therapists as I do, you’re subjected to lots of speakers beginning their talk by telling you to close your eyes, get comfortable, and pay attention to your breathing. Some try to lead you on visualizations that include forest glens, peaceful waves on the beach, warm sunshine,Continue reading “Something You Can Do When There’s Nothing You Can Do: Relaxation Therapy”

Stillness

Most feelings seem like wild carnivores that ambush you, jump out of the bushes, seize you in their jaws, carry you off, and consume you till there’s nothing left. Stillness is not like that. Stillness is like a rare flower, easily overlooked; but, if you find it, you’ll want to collect and grow it inContinue reading “Stillness”

Defamiliarization

One of the advantages of being a reflective eclectic is I can borrow techniques from other fields and apply them to psychotherapy. Some of these techniques come from surprising sources. Today I’d like to talk about something I learned from being a photographer: defamiliarization. Photography can be a simple reproduction of the object photographed, orContinue reading “Defamiliarization”

The Shrink’s Links: Mindfulness Apps

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. You don’t need an app to be mindful. As a matter of fact, getting rid of that phone and the laptop and the computer for a day, or even an hour, and paying attention to the here and now might be a great exercise in mindfulness.Continue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Mindfulness Apps”