In: Psychology

Sitting with Emotions – Gina
June 17, 2017

Sitting with Emotions I regularly work with clients who are trying to avoid and push away feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness…

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Tools for Change
Tools for Change
June 11, 2017

In my previous post I outlined the idea of “stages of change,” here I want to focus on some of the…

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Ready for Change
Ready for Change?
June 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Change The process of getting ready for change has been the focus of the research of James Prochaska…

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Nature and Wellbeing – Gina
June 5, 2017

Nature and Wellbeing Many patients I work with speak of the value that nature plays in their lives and I can…

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Treatment Controversies
May 30, 2017

Treatment controversies abound in psychiatry. An earlier post about a conversation I had with a patient’s therapist in which it seemed that…

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Sadness Benefits
May 16, 2017

Are there sadness benefits? It often seems as though the work I am supposed to do is to eliminate all negative…

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Shame and Guilt After Mania – Gina
May 10, 2017

Addressing Shame and Guilt After a Manic Episode I have witnessed the immense pain caused by the shame and guilt experienced…

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Boost Creativity by Walking
May 1, 2017

“How can I get my creativity back?” One of my patients, who has been wrestling with depression for quite a…

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Impulsivity – Gina
April 28, 2017

Impulsivity is something everyone has experienced. We have all had moments when we have said something impulsively that we regret or…

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Avoid Intimidation
April 23, 2017

Rick Hanson has written an elegant and timely newsletter article about how to avoid intimidation and fear from paper tigers and…

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Cognitive Recovery from Mania
April 13, 2017

Cognitive recovery from mania or depression seems to lack behind the improvement in mood symptoms. In our experience full cognitive recovery…

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Pace Yourself for More Manageable Moods
April 3, 2017

I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to pace yourself so that you can capture some of the…

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Hope and Self Efficacy – Gina
March 25, 2017

Believing you can create change in your life is the foundation for successfully making the change. Self efficacy is the sense that…

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Positive Emotions
March 19, 2017

We had a wonderful conversation (see the conversations tab on this site) with two smart young UC Berkeley graduate students in…

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Sustained Attention and Denial
March 5, 2017

What to do when a loved one is refusing necessary medical care? Is an “intervention” the answer, or can sustained, loving, attention accomplish the same goals?

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Happy Acts by Gina
March 4, 2017

The Happy Acts Challenge Did you know that giving can activate the reward centers of the brain? We think regularly about…

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Interpersonal Effectiveness and DEAR MAN
January 28, 2017

For many people with depression, it can be hard to find an assertive, but not hostile, way of dealing with conflict….

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Hamster Brain
November 20, 2016

A young woman who has been making good progress tackling the problem of severe depressive episodes suddenly is having trouble managing…

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Coping with Political Uncertainty
November 15, 2016

Many of the people that I work with on a regular basis have been experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety related…

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Friends and Purpose
October 24, 2016

Maff Potts spent his professional life working with charities for the homeless in England. But he was frustrated that all of his…

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