Psychotherapy

spiritual fitness :-)

By |August 19th, 2014|

If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches & pains,
If you can resist complaining & boring people with your troubles,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through […]

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    To Call Myself Beloved by Eina McHugh – a personal account of psychotherapy

To Call Myself Beloved by Eina McHugh – a personal account of psychotherapy

By |August 18th, 2014|

Late Fragment
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
– Raymond Carver

I’d like to recommend a beautifully written, deep and moving book by Eina McHugh. Her book is a personal account of psychotherapy, told from the patient’s perspective. […]

How what you believe about stress matters?

By |August 14th, 2014|

Although stress has been demonised in modern society, being named as the cause of all our problems, research is showing that the harmful effects of stress may be a consequence of our perception that it is bad for our health. So how you think about stress matters!

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing […]

The Serenity Prayer – a mindful moment

By |August 6th, 2014|

‘God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.’

The serenity prayer sums up  the very essence of mindfulness, as it includes elements of acceptance, non-judgment, living in the present, and awareness. From a therapeutic perspective, the serenity prayer is a remedy […]

Why can’t we just stop it?

By |July 28th, 2014|

Psychotherapists often hear their clients accuse themselves of being weak or feeling like a failure for not dealing with their problems on their own. If only we could tell our mind what not to think, erase certain memories and instruct our bodies how to feel psychotherapy would not be needed. However, as you may […]

Feelings are not problems to be solved

By |July 6th, 2014|

Tension, anxiety, fear, sadness aren’t problems that can be solved or analysed. They are emotions to be felt. Once you have felt them – acknowledged their existence – and let go of the tendency to explain them, figure them out (What’s wrong? Why do I feel this? What does it mean? What does it […]

Managing a challenge

By |June 8th, 2014|

Here are some useful pointers when you need to face a difficult situation. Look at the circumstances and determine:
– the immediate difficulty versus what’s possible or likely later
– what’s known versus what’s not known
-what you are able to do something about versus what is beyond your control
– what needs to be done now versus […]

Looking at a problem vs. Thinking about it

By |May 8th, 2014|

I’ve recently been inspired by Jan Frazier’s book ‘When Fear Falls Away’. It is the author’s day-by-day account of the shift in consciousness and its impact on her life.
I’d like to mention the way Frazier speaks of looking at a problem and being with it vs thinking about it or analysing it. She describes […]

Anger as a Pointer – Jan Frazier

By |April 23rd, 2014|

Anger — whether outwardly expressed or concealed — is a response to something underlying it, something felt before. Often that prior feeling was hurt, damage, fear. To focus on the anger, as if it’s the “problem,” is to stay on the surface of things. Trying to deal with anger itself might help a person […]

Feelings

By |April 16th, 2014|

‘ A feeling tells you what is happening not who you are.’ Adyashanti