Depression

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Psychotherapy and “the Middle Way”

Psychotherapy and “the Middle Way”

by Beth S. Patterson, MA, LPC When I hear the clients in my psychotherapy and grief counseling practice talk in black and white terms, or view their options in terms of extremes, I am reminded of the Buddhist concept of the Middle Way.  When the Buddha was asked how one…

Mindfulness for the Election Year

Mindfulness for the Election Year

Do you think mindfulness has a place in politics?  We do…. Raising the world’s compassion set point -This is just one of the gifts that can be uncovered by mindfulness.   Congressman Tim Ryan is an eloquent and brave proponent of the practical benefits of building a more attentive, compassionate culture,…

Black Friday Alternatives:  Emotional prep for the holidays

Black Friday Alternatives: Emotional prep for the holidays

The Ghost of Christmas Past.   If you are already dreading this upcoming holiday season, maybe it is because you are mistaking it for last year – and last year wasn’t that much fun for you.  I sometimes wonder what would happen if holiday advertisements promoted getting ready for the season…

Balance in every season:  Make Peace with the Winter Months

Balance in every season: Make Peace with the Winter Months

Whether it’s a post-holiday slump, or genuine seasonal affective disorder brought about by a lack of sunlight, the winter months can be challenging.   It’s easy to fall prey to unproductive habits like overeating, sleeping, or relying too heavily on technology and media for entertainment.  These habits are only unproductive…

MIndfulness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

MIndfulness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

There are many components of mindfulness that can help if you are ready to change obsessive thoughts or compulsive habits.   Whether or not you have a confirmed diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), these habits can be very painful and disruptive.  Symptoms of OCD include troublesome repetitive thoughts (obsessions)…

Anxiety is a Big Fat Liar – Challenging Anxious Thoughts

Anxiety is a Big Fat Liar – Challenging Anxious Thoughts

Anxiety is a dirty rotten Liar.  Well, most of the time.  If you’re about to rob a bank, or yell at your boss, and you’re feeling anxious, that’s probably good common sense.  But if you are feeling worried about some upcoming event, or bothered by something that happened yesterday, your…

Using Music to Support Mindfulness

Using Music to Support Mindfulness

Your formal meditation practice doesn’t have to be practiced in silence.  In fact music can be a great object of concentration. You can use any kind of music to support your practice.   but keep in mind that when you’re meditating, you are aiming for a calm and alert state…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 39 ~ Make peace with your true nature

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 39 ~ Make peace with your true nature

Our deeper nature usually prevails, and what a relief when it does. Remember the big hair of the 1980s?  It was a time when young men and women alike where subjecting themselves to a head full of chemicals followed by gobs of sticky, slimy, hair gel.   Madonna or Michael,…

40 Days of Letting:  Day 11~ Let go of self-loathing

40 Days of Letting: Day 11~ Let go of self-loathing

One of the benefits of your mindfulness practice is that you will build an awareness of the negative self-talk that proliferates your mind.  At first, this may not seem like a benefit.  Who wants to hear that voice more clearly?   That voice that’s telling you you’re and idiot, a…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 8 ~ Let go of fear

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 8 ~ Let go of fear

Like so many of our letting go suggestions, letting go of fear is not a quick-fix, or a one-shot deal, but it’s worth loosening the grip of anxiety even a little by shining light on it from time to time.  If you really think about it, all “letting go” practices involve…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 3 ~ Let go of shame

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 3 ~ Let go of shame

What do you feel when you hear the word shame?  How about guilt?  Shame is usually a toxic emotion that keeps us frozen in time.  Guilt on the other hand, can be instructive, and can spur us on to be our best selves.  Your mindfulness practice can help you develop your best, loving,…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day One ~ Let go of perfection

40 Days of Letting Go: Day One ~ Let go of perfection

The pursuit of perfection is insidious in our culture.  I could write volumes on its negative effect on our lives.  But in keeping  with the spirit of the letting go project, I want to offer you a short meditation on letting go of perfection. In my therapy practice, letting go…